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Adobe Dreamweaver vs Wix: What are the differences?

Adobe Dreamweaver: A proprietary web development tool *. It gives you faster, easier ways to design, code and publish websites and web applications that look amazing on any size screen. Create, code and manage dynamic websites easily with a smart, simplified coding engine. Access code hints to quickly learn and edit HTML, CSS and other web standards. And use visual aids to reduce errors and speed up site development; *Wix:** Wix.com is a web development platform enabling anyone to build a stunning online presence using simple cloud-based creation and management tools. Creating your stunning website for free is easier than ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, change anything you want, add your images, videos, text and more to get online instantly.

Adobe Dreamweaver belongs to "Text Editor" category of the tech stack, while Wix can be primarily classified under "Website Builder".

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I know a little about writing website code without any aids, but am not comfortable doing it. I want to redo the site of a community group and then probably maintain it. I am not interested in any other website. I do not know Wix too well, but at this point it seems very limiting. I would rather not work with templates, is there a tool where you just move design elements around on a virtual screen?

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Hi Sally

The advantages of choosing a drag-and-drop interface builder are obvious until you try to step outside what they offer. They rarely do exactly what you want, so you have to either compromise your requirements or struggle to make the tools do something they weren't designed for.

There's also a hidden gotcha in what you ask. You may be thinking of the screen as a sheet of paper on which you can lay out elements as you please. The trouble is, it's more like a sheet of rubber - infinitely stretchable rubber at that. However you lay out your components, it'll look different on every screen, from PC to tablet to smartphone, and some of these will look terrible. High-level tools do the best they can, but since they can't tell what you have in mind they don't always make a very good job of it.

I tagged JavaScript as my recommendation, not because I expect you to go and learn enough of it to be proficient (I take note of your "not comfortable doing it") but because whatever you use to control your screen will ultimately end up using a lot of JS code. The alternative is to pre-build everything on the server and ship it to the browser (e.g. using WordPress), but then you need PHP instead and the code-writing/testing cycle is lot less immediate.

I'm curious about your comment on not using templates. Can I ask if you feel able to describe your website in plain, unambiguous English? If so, there's no reason in theory why you can't code it in English, other than that few tools exist to do that, the whole world being hooked on complex templating systems for quite primitive languages.

I have for a long time felt the same as you appear to about the tools available. Fortunately for me I was able to devise my own tools, in the form of an English-like scripting language written in JavaScript and intended for people who want to get results but don't want to become programmers. (Or who are programmers but just want something simpler.) It runs entirely in the browser and it's called EasyCoder. You'll find some information at https://easycoder.github.io and I'm happy to answer questions. However you choose to go, good luck!

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Pros of Adobe Dreamweaver
Pros of Wix
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    FTP
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    Built-in dev tools
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    Website management
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    Real-time preview
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    All-in-one
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    Modern code editor
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    Visual editor
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    Has a Browser Preview
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    Has a Built in Live Preview
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    WYSIWYG

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Cons of Adobe Dreamweaver
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    Does not have a user-friendly UI
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    Is not cheap
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    Slow and sluggish to use
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    What is Adobe Dreamweaver?

    It gives you faster, easier ways to design, code and publish websites and web applications that look amazing on any size screen. Create, code and manage dynamic websites easily with a smart, simplified coding engine. Access code hints to quickly learn and edit HTML, CSS and other web standards. And use visual aids to reduce errors and speed up site development.

    What is Wix?

    Creating your stunning website for free is easier than ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, change anything you want, add your images, videos, text and more to get online instantly.

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