When creating a custom built website, the easiest way undoubtably is to design a few images in photoshop, then use a template/tables in dreamweaver to pull it all together.
That’s grand in that it’s custom built, easy to make a template then just tweak it every now and then… but when it comes to SEO and fancy little ajax effects etc.. you’re left dead in the water by dreamweaver. It’s a basic editor that can only do so much. No spam protection, no contact forms, no widgets and admin dashboard 😆
This is where wordpress comes in and rescues joe webmaster that doesn’t know about how to create xhtml or ajax or even css files. WordPress kicks ass in that all it takes is a plugin to make you look like a genius. An ajax driven contact form for example looks classy. Much classier than a mailto: link on your dreamweaver tabled based site 😉
I’ve decided to overhaul a site i put up about a year ago. The client happens to be a relative so i’ve got the go-ahead to tear apart everything and turn the site into something which can challenge rivals in terms of design and SEO. I figured wordpress is the best way to do this as it’s quick, cheap and i know my shit as i’ve set up my fair share of wordpress powered sites 😎
Anyway, i’ve been working on this yesterday and today and i’m almost finished, Check out the difference… new wordpress template on left, old dreamweaver one on right.
Things are much cleaner, much more eye catching yet very classy and simplistic. And that’s just the design… once i get the plugins installed and tweaked, the site will be pushing competitors for keywords and hopefully generating extra traffic.