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WordPress Course: install WordPress and the database and learn how to adjust elements and formatting in WordPress

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With web design training on demand you can tell us what needs to be addressed. Whether you need to know some HTML coding, want to know special CSS tricks or need to know something about managing a website: all can be addressed. You can use company files to clarify matters and use examples that you need to create. All is allowed and you can even integrate some Photoshop or Animate topics. You have this training on your own, you decide what you want to learn.

This is the perfect training if you need to know the ins and outs on a specific topic, or are not sure about your skills and need to create something. You can expect help on any web design related topic which can help you out if you need to get your work done fast. You can also ask for help on using particular software to get up to speed on the latest options and tools.

Since this trianing is on your own, it's efficient and you will usually need less time. Training on demand can therefore save you time, and money.

training content Lesson content

Personal on demand training

You have class on your own, can ask all the questions you want and that matter to you.

This training is perfect if you need to do a lot of web related design, you will quickly learn what you need to get the work done.

Learn all you need about tools that are crucial to you and that will help you do your work a lot faster and more professionally.

It is not possible to ask your student to create commercial designs during class. You can though show your designs to get tips to make it look more professional. What's more: you can hire your teacher to create designs.

Your training on demand does not include books and homework.

Webdesign Course
WordPress Course lesson 1

Fonts op websites gebruiken, fontkits en CSS

Example: learn HTML code

Want to know how to write HTML code? Learn it all from scratch during your personal training.

Example: CSS

CSS, cascading stylesheets. Perfect for websites (and more). But how does it work? And what can you do with it. Learn it all, even from scratch, to understand the options and possibilities of CSS, stylesheets or even animations with CSS.

Example: setting up your website

Setting up a website can be tricky: where do you start, what should you pay attention to, what should be done for clients, for traffic, and what should you avoid? Learn good tips and tricks from your teacher to make sure it will all work for your personal situation.

Webdesign Course
WordPress Course lesson 2

Artwork ontwerpen in Illustrator van Adobe, Illustrator cursus in Amsterdam: tekenen en ontwerpen.

Example: WordPress questions

WordPress has been a wonderful invention. From blog to website, and the developments are pretty fast. So, it's possible you missed something crucial, or didn't notice some options. You may want to quickly adjust something in a stylesheet, or adjust content. Ask this during your training.

Example: help with domain and hosting

If you run a website you will of course encounter hosting and your domain specs. But what is handy, and what can be shoved off the table without hesitation to make sure you don't waste your money? Ask this all during your training.

Example: help with plug-ins

It can be fun to add nice extras with plug-ins or to use special scripts. But if those are difficult tu understand it can be handy to find help here.

Result: your own blog
Or website

Adobe Illustrator leren transformeren, spiegelen en tekenen met Adobe Illustrator

Example: help withyour design

Designing a website is terrific work. But sometimes the creative muses are out for coffee and you will realise your ideas have run out as well. What works? What's a good design, should you follow trends? Ask this all during your training.

Example: Photoshop web designs

Creating designs in Photoshop for banners and websites: it's possible. But what is handy? And how do you cleverly use the tools? Learn all about it.

Example: structures for your website

A website absolutely needs a clear structure. This does not mean randomly creating directories and hoping for the best; you need to put on your thinking cap and prepare for a few good years of easy to understand set-ups. Learn about what you should and should not do and get the tips you need for your personal situation.

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English classes

Yes, this is absolutely possible. Now that all courses and educations are available via video training, you can book English spoken course from wherever you live.

English lesson material

All books are available in English.

 

Full English training

During your courses and education, all the training can be done in English. This means you will receive books in English, and your homework assignments and other assignments, as well as your homework corrections, will be communicated in English.

Personal video course
Normal pace

2 combined lessons
Runtime 1 half day.

Doing the course from home
Special pace

You decide how much time you need, and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule.

Personal video training
Special pace

You can have your training on special days and times, and have special schedules that allow you to fit the training into your personal schedule.

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Personal video course
Normal pace

2 combined lessons
Each lesson takes 1.5 hours to complete

Doing the course from home
Special pace

You decide how much time you need, and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule.

Personal video training
Special pace

You can have your training on special days and times, and have special schedules that allow you to fit the training into your personal schedule.

Regular video training
Personal & groups

Regular video training allows students to train together via video. This is similar to training in a classroom, but it's online.

This type of training is perfect if you want to attend a course from a different country, too.

This is usually the preferable way to train since you learn from other students' questions, but it is possible that you end up in class alone: we don't cancel classes since we don't like minimum attendance requirements. Every student is welcome if they want to train.

We set up a schedule which depends on availability and always combine two lessons. If your course contains an uneven number of lessons, one of them will be a single lesson. Simple.

Personal video training
Special paces & schedules

With a personal video course or education you can set up a special pace. You can for instance combine or split lessons and have class on days and times that work with your personal schedule. This will depend on availability: if you would like to book a day that is not available, we will find another day that will be good for you too.

The course from home
Special paces

If you prefer, you can do the courses and educations from home at a special pace. This means you receive the lesson books and required material when you are ready to receive them.
You decide how much time you need to read the lesson material and how much time you want to spend on doing the homework. In short: it's all up to you. We can help set you up a schedule though, if you like.

Homework with this course

No homework
There is no homework during this course: this course focuses on applying what you learned on your own files and at your work. It is not possible to give all students the same or student specific homework.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
There is no homework during this course.

Answering questions
You can ask questions no what you have learned in the week following your lessons.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Needed during class

  • A notebook and pen
  • Your laptop (if you don't have one you can use one of our computers)
  • If you bring your laptop, the software for your course should be installed
  • Practising material: when you enroll specify whether or not you use your own laptop so you can install practising material in advance.

Please note the software for your course should be installed before class, there is no time to install it during class and this would mean you wouldn't be able to do the exercises.

Needed to make homework

  • If software is needed during your course you can buy it or download a trial, see below links
  • You can also download the student plan: call Adobe to find out more, tell them you will need student software during an education that will take more than half a year or a year to complete.
  • A computer (preferably desktop).
  • Optional: a Wacom tablet to design more freely. Attention: for some Wacom functions you really need the legal Adobe software.

Software installation tips
About Adobe software

Adobe software

Most courses you an attend at learningTrain will need you to use Adobe software. This can be a single application such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Dreamweaver. But if you attend an education you may need more applications. In such a case it's best to purchase the Creative Cloud software and use this to install the software you need.

It really is advised to only use legal software. Illegal software often does not allow you to install legal software. But evevn worse is that some functionality in illegal software may render Wacom tablets useless, or certain tools, such as a brush in Photoshop, difficult or impossible to use.

Don't miss discounts!

Find discounts, if available, via the following links, you can sometimes get discounts of 40%.

This course includes

  • Course costs
  • Help with online reference
  • A week aftercare for what has been addressed during your course. Attention: this help can not be used to solve specific problems that have to do with installation, software or hardware. You should contact your hardware or software support who know your system.

And the software?

You take care of the software yourself, as Adobe Preferred Partner we can only sell multi licenses and seats to companies.
You either buy the software or install a trial.

If you already own Adobe software there is no need to purchase the subscription based Cloud applications. The following suites are still perfectly usable:

Creative Suite CS4 through CS6

Prior knowledge

You don't need any HTML or CSS code skills, you can join this course even if you have never built a website before.

You will need a domain on which WordPress can be installed. This means you will need a host and ask him if WordPress can be installed on it.
Please make sure you can do this before you start, since all hosts do this differently.
At the host Bhosted this is all very easy to do.

Handy computer skills

It is a good idea to be handy when you use your computer.

This means you can install programs (you will have to install software most times) and you can organise, monitor and manage your folders and files.

Personal video course
Normal pace

€ 395,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 477,95 including 21% BTW

The course from home
Special pace

€ 395,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 477,95 including 21% BTW

 

Personal video course
Special pace

€ 495,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 598,95 including 21% BTW

Reviews

Illustrator cursus reviews

Zo leuk

Ik wilde een website maar weet niks van code. Met WordPress heb ik er nu eentje. Oh zo leuk!
Jannie B.

Praktisch

Ik wilde snel leren hoe ik een WordPress website kon maken en die heb ik nu. Praktische cursus, snelle antwoorden, slagvaardige docent. Ik ben tevreden.
Paul B.

Handig

Handig om alles nu te weten. Dit scheelde voor mij in weken solo getop en videos opzoeken. Nu kan ik doorwerken dat scheelt echt.
Hans G.

Bedankt

Ik snapte niks van WordPress maar nu is het gelukt. Bedankt.
Rick

Puzzelen

Meer dan een jaar puzzelen en toch weer proberen. Nu is het gelukt met de cursus. Fijn.
Nicola J.

Netjes

Bedankt, cursus was netjes en goed verzorgd. Sfeer was goed ondanks een persoon die inlogcodes niet had.
M. G. -de B.

Top

WordPress is top, les is top, jij bent top.
Rogier V.

Gezellig weer

Ik had besloten toch weer door te gaan met een cursus. Zoals vertrouwd weer professioneel maar toch ook veel lachen. En ploeteren. Mijn baas is erg tevreden en we kunnen alles aanpassen aan ons blog. Het was ook gezellig weer.
Jochem B.

To the point

Thanks guys, well done. Simple clean and to the point. Got website up and running.
Guy G.

Questions about Webdesign

Vragen over de webdesign cursussen en opleiding van LearningTrain

What is Webdesign?

Webdesign: combining content

Webdesign is combining different elements: content. This content will be added on web pages and presented on their visitors.

Web design, strictly speaking, is designing the pages in those websites. But this is currently not enough, and nowadays 'web design' also means actually building and maintaining the pages you design.

Creating & managing websites

Presenting the different content of the web pages should be done in an attractive way. Web design is not only about technique: it's about esthetics as well.

Websites should be maintained: kept up to date and adjusted. This can be done with a CMS (Content Management System), in Dreamweaver or on a multituded of different ways. This means you need to learn all about the pages themselves, and learning how to use Dreamweaver will give you solid knowledge of proper structures to allow you to use any editor and maintenance modules you want to use later on.

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What is Dreamweaver?

Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is an Adobe application (and originally developed by Macromedia), just like Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Flash. Dreamweaver is used to build websites from scratch. But you can also use templates to make your work faster.

Dreamweaver is used to build and maintain websites that are online or intranet based. You can create pages, add images and forms and define your very own layout.

Code en Design

Dreamweaver allows you to see both code and design to check for possible errors and to tweak everything until it's perfect.

Dreamweaver's biggest asset is the total freedom: you can design and build anything, use templates and even combine it with WordPress and other CMS.

You can quickly adjust colours and move content around: you're designing layouts. Dreamweaver is perfect for this.

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Is Dreamweaver difficult to learn?

Dreamweaver: you can do so much

No, Dreamweaver is not difficult provided you learn how to use everything properly. Dreamweaver has many, many features so it's a good idea to learn exactly what you need to get you started. You don't need to know everything, but what you need is a lot. You'll see.

HTML code, CSS code, PHP

The 'difficult' part is usually the code. Most students have never seen HTML or CSS code before, let alone written it. But they all learn it and have fun doing it.

As a creative user you will want to learn more. You will often find yourself fiddling with colour schemes and rearrange elements on the page: you are laying out web pages. And Dreamweaver is perfect for that as well, it is developed for both coders and designers.

Back to questions

I have an older Dreamweaver version, Can I still use it?

New guidelines for HTML & CSS

Adobe implements the latest guide lines from the developers of HTML and CSS into the software.

This means an older Dreamweaver version can generate older code that does not have to be supported by modern browsers. This may result in elements that are not shown, or simply shown but rejected in layout. Some formatting may not be accepted.

Know your code

An older Dreamweaver can not generate (X)HTML5 either.

But if you know how to write code and know what is right and wrong, you can simply use that older Dreamweaver. You should be fine.

Back to questions

What can I do with Dreamweaver?

Create websites from scratch

You can use Dreamweaver to build a website from scratch. You create the stucture with HTML. You can write this code yourself or let Dreamwaver generate it.
You then specify what the pages should look like and what should be added on them.

Edit WordPress blogs/sites

You can connect to a WordPress site to edit the layout and structure. Dreamweaver will show you all you need to see to make this a breeze. It will be fun to tweak it all.

Design newsletters

You can use Dreamweaver to design news letters and then integrate those in any system that can process HTML and CSS. And thankfully, these sytems almost all support that. You can decide what the news letter should look like and freely create.

Use dynamic content

Dreamweaver allows you to integrate PHP elements in static pages, or to build everything dynamically. Dreamweaver lets you manage and edit all possible types of pages and of course websites that have been created in no matter what type of editor. You can combine static and dynamic elements to be completely flexible.

Connect to CMS systems

You can connect to databases in Dreamweaver and allow it to get the information that needs to be shown on specific pages. You can create special connections and specify what content you need.

Create themes for WordPress

If you use WordPress you will have a lot of templates ('themes') to choose from. But of course, the best thing is to design them yourself! And you can use Dreamweaver to do that just perfectly.

Create online portfolios

A popular thing to do is to create a beautiful portfolio for online use. You can use Dreamweaver for that: you can create pages with all your important graphics and images for the world to see and adjust the other content as much as you need.

Maintain websites

Dreamweaver is often used to maintain websites. Because it allows you to see both code and design, maintenance is a cinch and will take far less time than other CMS based mainteance.

Managewebsites

Dreamweaver contains a management system that keeps track any changes in the websites you build. This means you can tell Dreamweaver to check links, for instance, or allow it to notify you if files or folders are moved or changed.

Create and use templates

Dreamwever lets you create and use templates. They allow you to quickly generate pages that are using the same structure. This will save you a lot of money since it saves you a lot of time! You can then freely change the content on the page and upload it to the server of choice. It's ideal.

Back to questions

Do I have to learn HTML code?

Learning HTML code

You don't really need it, strictly speaking, there are editors that allow you to create websites without even seeing code. Or you can use systems like WordPress.

But have a look at the above 'Questions' button. The HTML code tells the browser to show it. The same applies to the column in which I type this. The HTML code defines that the text ends up in this column.

All under control

If you want to change that though, and want to remove that button, or any other elements on the page for that matter, you will need to know HTML code. Don't let anyone fool you.

Even if you use Dreamweaver, HTML code knowledge is incredibly useful. It will allow you to specify exactly what you need on the page. What's more: for SEO techniques (Search Engine Optimization for Google, for instance) you will need that very same code since SEO is mostly done in the code and by placing the HTML elements correctly.

Back to questions

What can I do with HTML code?

HTML code: webpagina structure

HTML specifies the structure of a page. With HTML, you tell the browsers which elements should be shown. HTML defines what the visitors see.

For each such element you will need a 'tag'. And very often, an 'attribute'. A 'tag' is a word you use to tell the browser what kind of element it is. You need a tag to show an image, for instance. The tag for an image is 'img'. Nice and handy.

HTML code: tags & attributes

The 'attributes' are extras that are placed on top of these tags. You can tell the browser this tag needs something special.

An image for instance will need to be picked up somewhere by the browser. It does that with that image's source reference: it tells it where the image is.

Back to questions

Is HTML code difficult?

Nee, HTML code is niet moeiijk.

No, HTML code is not difficult. Like I said before: the code consists of tags and attributes. You can learn how to recognise and write these during different courses.

HTML code is logisch

HTML is a logical language that comes in different flavourse. Find out during one of the courses and get to know, for instance, HTML5.

Back to questions

Can I learn HTML5 code too?

HTML5 code

Yes of course! You learn HTML and HTML5 during all the coding (parts of) different courses.

Difference between HTML en HTML5

HTML5 code is identical to HTML, HTML5 contains a few more tags and options, you will find out all about this during the courses.

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Do I have to learn CSS code?

CSS code: layout and formatting

CSS code is important: it is at the heart of the design of all web pages. Again, have a look at the above 'Questions' button. It is there because HTML tells it to. But being there is not enough, it should look nice. It is yellow, has a specific size and is positioned on the left. All that is done with CSS.

The importance of CSS code

Have a look at two pages that are identical. But one is using CSS, the other is not. The HTML code though is identical.

Page without CSS
Page with CSS

Back to questions

What can i do with CSS code?

CSS code voor vormgeving

CSS code defines the way the elements on the page look and even the entire layout of the page.

You need CSS to define how elements look and HTML to define which elements should be present. The two codes work together, it's not one or the other.

Het verschil tussen HTML en CSS

HTML tells the browser what to show.
CSS tells the browser how it should look.

Example
HTML tells the browser it should show a paragraph.
CSS tells the browser which font and colour should be used.

Back to questions

Is CSS code difficult?

CSS code: cascading stylesheet code

No, CSS code is not difficult. It is a beautiful, clean language. It will be easy to learn during the classes, they are complete with homework so you really will learn it all.

Combining CSS & HTML code

You will learn everything from scratch during the 'HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver' course. You can also attend the CSS and Dreamwaver cursus if you only want to learn CSS and already know how to use Dreamweaver. You will then use CSS styles, classes and much more.

Back to questions

Can I build apps with HTML/CSS?

Absolutely!

Yes, HTML and CSS are at the heart of many apps, be it for smartphone, tablet or even desktop.
You will need (some) knowledge of scripting such as JavaScript/Ecmascript, and depending on the developing software you will use, this can be pretty basic or quite intense.

Combining CSS & HTML code for apps

To build your apps you will need knowledge of styles, stylesheets and positioning elements. You will have to learn all about creating pages to create the different tabs and menus in your apps, too. This is all addressed during the HTML, CSS & Dreamweaver Course and the Dreamweaver Advanced Course. You can then use this knowledge in any web editor you like.

Back to questions

Why would I learn Dreamweaver, isn't WordPress much more modern?

Dreamweaver versus WordPress

Systems like WordPress are very different. You can't design a website with them. If you want to design and build a website from scratch Dreamweaver will become your new best friend.

You will find it's completely flexible and you can use it to create WordPress themes, and you can even connect to databases such as a WordPress database.

But HTML...

The code WordPress uses on its pages, by the way, is yet again: HTML. If something should go wrong or has to be tweaked you should know what to do. It always boils down to code.

And CSS...

What's more, WordPress uses CSS in stylesheets too. CSS and HTML really are everywhere in websites, blogs and of course Facebook and other social media.

Back to questions

Can I attend a WordPress course?

WordPress course

Yes, of course you can. LearningTrain has a special WordPress course that will teach you all you need to install WordPress and how to set it up and use it.

WordPress elements

You will learn how to insert different types of elements and of course how to connect to the WordPress database. You will even learn how to create that database yourself, this will give you all the control you need.

Back to questions

Can I build websites with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal et cetera?

Content management

These are content management systems. In short: the content of the website is managed. Each text and image is referred to via a database and can be picked up at any time.

Database & content

The way the website looks is not defined by that database. You can decide how it all looks if you know your HTML and CSS code, or you can use one of the default templates that are available.
With Dreamweaver though, you build your own template.

Back to questions

Which programs do I need to be a webdesigner?

Webdesigner: a flexible job

As a webdesigner you need a few programs to perform tasks you need to do at work. You usually won't need everything but some students need a lot.

1. Webdesign programs

Dreamweaver
With Dreamweaver you can create webpages and websites and of course you can also manage websites. You can create WordPress themes with Dreamweaver and for different media like blogs, newsletters and other on screen presentations.

FTP program
If you do the publishing yourself a great asset is a proper external FTP program. Dreamweaver has many interesting options and functions but a real FTP application is a great addition for specialized tasks.

Plain text editor
It can be so good to quickly type some clean code. This helps you create a special stylesheet and format it the way you want, or clean a stylesheet that is not properly formatted or contains useless spaces if it was created by Dreamweaver.

Other programs

The following programs are great to design the layout and structure of your websites, they help you move content around to see if it all works before you build.

2. Design programs and more

Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is unbeatable for designing websites. This website was designed with it too. Attention though: designing a website is not the same as actually creating it. The design is static. The website was built with Dreamweaver.

Photoshop
You can design websites in Photoshop too. It is a bit slower and clunkier so it takes more time.
But: you really need Photoshop to edit all the images for the websites so you really need Photoshop too.

Animate
If your clients want an animated banner or a quick animation for presentations you can create this with Animate. But: Animate is also used to create apps. For Mac too, by the way. It's handy.

Back to questions

Can I learn PHP code?

What is PHP?

PHP is a different code language. Writing PHP code is easy but the options are legion. It all boils down to understanding all the possible commands you can give the server to create and generate the content you need.

Learning PHP takes time

If you want to learn PHP it's best to attend a PHP education that will take you at least a year to complete.

We have a short introductional PHP course to get you started with it. It will soon be translated into English.

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Can I learn JavaScript?

JavaScript/ECMAscript

Javascript is a different code language as well. And just as with PHP it will take you quite a while to learn it. You're better off attending a real Javascript education somewhere else.

JavaScript in Dreamweaver

You will though see some Javascript during the different courses. We will teach you what it does and how you can tweak certain elements.

Back to questions

I only want to design websites, not build them, what do I need?

Designing websites

There are plenty webdesigners around who do just that: they only design the websites and don't build them.

If you want to design websites you will need an application that allows you to create layouts for interfaces and pages. It should allow you to insert text, images and anything you need to create a visual representation of a page.

Graphics software

Adobe Illustrator
This really is the number 1 program to design websites. It is so handy, you can easily move elements around and make things perfect.

Adobe Photoshop
This is often used but frankly, it's usually due to the fact most designers know Photoshop and not Illustrator. You can move things around in Photoshop too, and recolor elements. But it all takes so much more time.

Adobe InDesign
You can design websites in InDesign too. It's just less easy than in Illustrator.

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I have to tweak pages that are generated by a CMS, can I use Dreamweaver for that too?

Dreamweaver for CMS

Yes, for sure! You can use Dreamweaver to create a design for a page and then use the structure and/or styles into your CMS (Content Management System). This can then use your instructions to format the pages on the website.

Some CMS are less persmissive though and won't allow everything. You can adjust the stylesheet though and test things in Dreamweaver to see how it works out.

Page layout

Designing webpages in Dreamwaver is so easy that it will save you a lot of time. Yu can for instance create a page and optimize it and then use it as a base page for your CMS. You will see, it has a lot of advantages. It's so easy to design in Dreamweaver, and often much easier than designing through a CMS interface.

Back to questions

What is Webdesign?

Webdesign: combining content

Webdesign is combining different elements: content. This content will be added on web pages and presented on their visitors.

Web design, strictly speaking, is designing the pages in those websites. But this is currently not enough, and nowadays 'web design' also means actually building and maintaining the pages you design.

Creating & managing websites

Presenting the different content of the web pages should be done in an attractive way. Web design is not only about technique: it's about esthetics as well.

Websites should be maintained: kept up to date and adjusted. This can be done with a CMS (Content Management System), in Dreamweaver or on a multituded of different ways. This means you need to learn all about the pages themselves, and learning how to use Dreamweaver will give you solid knowledge of proper structures to allow you to use any editor and maintenance modules you want to use later on.

Back to questions

What is Dreamweaver?

Adobe Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is an Adobe application (and originally developed by Macromedia), just like Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Flash. Dreamweaver is used to build websites from scratch. But you can also use templates to make your work faster.

Dreamweaver is used to build and maintain websites that are online or intranet based. You can create pages, add images and forms and define your very own layout.

Code en Design

Dreamweaver allows you to see both code and design to check for possible errors and to tweak everything until it's perfect.

Dreamweaver's biggest asset is the total freedom: you can design and build anything, use templates and even combine it with WordPress and other CMS.

You can quickly adjust colours and move content around: you're designing layouts. Dreamweaver is perfect for this.

Back to questions

Is Dreamweaver difficult to learn?

Dreamweaver: you can do so much

No, Dreamweaver is not difficult provided you learn how to use everything properly. Dreamweaver has many, many features so it's a good idea to learn exactly what you need to get you started. You don't need to know everything, but what you need is a lot. You'll see.

HTML code, CSS code, PHP

The 'difficult' part is usually the code. Most students have never seen HTML or CSS code before, let alone written it. But they all learn it and have fun doing it.

As a creative user you will want to learn more. You will often find yourself fiddling with colour schemes and rearrange elements on the page: you are laying out web pages. And Dreamweaver is perfect for that as well, it is developed for both coders and designers.

Back to questions

I have an older Dreamweaver version, Can I still use it?

New guidelines for HTML & CSS

Adobe implements the latest guide lines from the developers of HTML and CSS into the software.

This means an older Dreamweaver version can generate older code that does not have to be supported by modern browsers. This may result in elements that are not shown, or simply shown but rejected in layout. Some formatting may not be accepted.

Know your code

An older Dreamweaver can not generate (X)HTML5 either.

But if you know how to write code and know what is right and wrong, you can simply use that older Dreamweaver. You should be fine.

Back to questions

What can I do with Dreamweaver?

Create websites from scratch

You can use Dreamweaver to build a website from scratch. You create the stucture with HTML. You can write this code yourself or let Dreamwaver generate it.
You then specify what the pages should look like and what should be added on them.

Edit WordPress blogs/sites

You can connect to a WordPress site to edit the layout and structure. Dreamweaver will show you all you need to see to make this a breeze. It will be fun to tweak it all.

Design newsletters

You can use Dreamweaver to design news letters and then integrate those in any system that can process HTML and CSS. And thankfully, these sytems almost all support that. You can decide what the news letter should look like and freely create.

Use dynamic content

Dreamweaver allows you to integrate PHP elements in static pages, or to build everything dynamically. Dreamweaver lets you manage and edit all possible types of pages and of course websites that have been created in no matter what type of editor. You can combine static and dynamic elements to be completely flexible.

Connect to CMS systems

You can connect to databases in Dreamweaver and allow it to get the information that needs to be shown on specific pages. You can create special connections and specify what content you need.

Create themes for WordPress

If you use WordPress you will have a lot of templates ('themes') to choose from. But of course, the best thing is to design them yourself! And you can use Dreamweaver to do that just perfectly.

Create online portfolios

A popular thing to do is to create a beautiful portfolio for online use. You can use Dreamweaver for that: you can create pages with all your important graphics and images for the world to see and adjust the other content as much as you need.

Maintain websites

Dreamweaver is often used to maintain websites. Because it allows you to see both code and design, maintenance is a cinch and will take far less time than other CMS based mainteance.

Managewebsites

Dreamweaver contains a management system that keeps track any changes in the websites you build. This means you can tell Dreamweaver to check links, for instance, or allow it to notify you if files or folders are moved or changed.

Create and use templates

Dreamwever lets you create and use templates. They allow you to quickly generate pages that are using the same structure. This will save you a lot of money since it saves you a lot of time! You can then freely change the content on the page and upload it to the server of choice. It's ideal.

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Do I have to learn HTML code?

Learning HTML code

You don't really need it, strictly speaking, there are editors that allow you to create websites without even seeing code. Or you can use systems like WordPress.

But have a look at the above 'Questions' button. The HTML code tells the browser to show it. The same applies to the column in which I type this. The HTML code defines that the text ends up in this column.

All under control

If you want to change that though, and want to remove that button, or any other elements on the page for that matter, you will need to know HTML code. Don't let anyone fool you.

Even if you use Dreamweaver, HTML code knowledge is incredibly useful. It will allow you to specify exactly what you need on the page. What's more: for SEO techniques (Search Engine Optimization for Google, for instance) you will need that very same code since SEO is mostly done in the code and by placing the HTML elements correctly.

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What can I do with HTML code?

HTML code: webpagina structure

HTML specifies the structure of a page. With HTML, you tell the browsers which elements should be shown. HTML defines what the visitors see.

For each such element you will need a 'tag'. And very often, an 'attribute'. A 'tag' is a word you use to tell the browser what kind of element it is. You need a tag to show an image, for instance. The tag for an image is 'img'. Nice and handy.

HTML code: tags & attributes

The 'attributes' are extras that are placed on top of these tags. You can tell the browser this tag needs something special.

An image for instance will need to be picked up somewhere by the browser. It does that with that image's source reference: it tells it where the image is.

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Is HTML code difficult?

Nee, HTML code is niet moeiijk.

No, HTML code is not difficult. Like I said before: the code consists of tags and attributes. You can learn how to recognise and write these during different courses.

HTML code is logisch

HTML is a logical language that comes in different flavourse. Find out during one of the courses and get to know, for instance, HTML5.

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Can I learn HTML5 code too?

HTML5 code

Yes of course! You learn HTML and HTML5 during all the coding (parts of) different courses.

Difference between HTML en HTML5

HTML5 code is identical to HTML, HTML5 contains a few more tags and options, you will find out all about this during the courses.

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Do I have to learn CSS code?

CSS code: layout and formatting

CSS code is important: it is at the heart of the design of all web pages. Again, have a look at the above 'Questions' button. It is there because HTML tells it to. But being there is not enough, it should look nice. It is yellow, has a specific size and is positioned on the left. All that is done with CSS.

The importance of CSS code

Have a look at two pages that are identical. But one is using CSS, the other is not. The HTML code though is identical.

Page without CSS
Page with CSS

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What can i do with CSS code?

CSS code voor vormgeving

CSS code defines the way the elements on the page look and even the entire layout of the page.

You need CSS to define how elements look and HTML to define which elements should be present. The two codes work together, it's not one or the other.

Het verschil tussen HTML en CSS

HTML tells the browser what to show.
CSS tells the browser how it should look.

Example
HTML tells the browser it should show a paragraph.
CSS tells the browser which font and colour should be used.

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Is CSS code difficult?

CSS code: cascading stylesheet code

No, CSS code is not difficult. It is a beautiful, clean language. It will be easy to learn during the classes, they are complete with homework so you really will learn it all.

Combining CSS & HTML code

You will learn everything from scratch during the 'HTML, CSS and Dreamweaver' course. You can also attend the CSS and Dreamwaver cursus if you only want to learn CSS and already know how to use Dreamweaver. You will then use CSS styles, classes and much more.

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Can I build apps with HTML/CSS?

Absolutely!

Yes, HTML and CSS are at the heart of many apps, be it for smartphone, tablet or even desktop.
You will need (some) knowledge of scripting such as JavaScript/Ecmascript, and depending on the developing software you will use, this can be pretty basic or quite intense.

Combining CSS & HTML code for apps

To build your apps you will need knowledge of styles, stylesheets and positioning elements. You will have to learn all about creating pages to create the different tabs and menus in your apps, too. This is all addressed during the HTML, CSS & Dreamweaver Course and the Dreamweaver Advanced Course. You can then use this knowledge in any web editor you like.

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Why would I learn Dreamweaver, isn't WordPress much more modern?

Dreamweaver versus WordPress

Systems like WordPress are very different. You can't design a website with them. If you want to design and build a website from scratch Dreamweaver will become your new best friend.

You will find it's completely flexible and you can use it to create WordPress themes, and you can even connect to databases such as a WordPress database.

But HTML...

The code WordPress uses on its pages, by the way, is yet again: HTML. If something should go wrong or has to be tweaked you should know what to do. It always boils down to code.

And CSS...

What's more, WordPress uses CSS in stylesheets too. CSS and HTML really are everywhere in websites, blogs and of course Facebook and other social media.

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Can I attend a WordPress course?

WordPress course

Yes, of course you can. LearningTrain has a special WordPress course that will teach you all you need to install WordPress and how to set it up and use it.

WordPress elements

You will learn how to insert different types of elements and of course how to connect to the WordPress database. You will even learn how to create that database yourself, this will give you all the control you need.

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Can I build websites with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal et cetera?

Content management

These are content management systems. In short: the content of the website is managed. Each text and image is referred to via a database and can be picked up at any time.

Database & content

The way the website looks is not defined by that database. You can decide how it all looks if you know your HTML and CSS code, or you can use one of the default templates that are available.
With Dreamweaver though, you build your own template.

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Which programs do I need to be a webdesigner?

Webdesigner: a flexible job

As a webdesigner you need a few programs to perform tasks you need to do at work. You usually won't need everything but some students need a lot.

1. Webdesign programs

Dreamweaver
With Dreamweaver you can create webpages and websites and of course you can also manage websites. You can create WordPress themes with Dreamweaver and for different media like blogs, newsletters and other on screen presentations.

FTP program
If you do the publishing yourself a great asset is a proper external FTP program. Dreamweaver has many interesting options and functions but a real FTP application is a great addition for specialized tasks.

Plain text editor
It can be so good to quickly type some clean code. This helps you create a special stylesheet and format it the way you want, or clean a stylesheet that is not properly formatted or contains useless spaces if it was created by Dreamweaver.

Other programs

The following programs are great to design the layout and structure of your websites, they help you move content around to see if it all works before you build.

2. Design programs and more

Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is unbeatable for designing websites. This website was designed with it too. Attention though: designing a website is not the same as actually creating it. The design is static. The website was built with Dreamweaver.

Photoshop
You can design websites in Photoshop too. It is a bit slower and clunkier so it takes more time.
But: you really need Photoshop to edit all the images for the websites so you really need Photoshop too.

Animate
If your clients want an animated banner or a quick animation for presentations you can create this with Animate. But: Animate is also used to create apps. For Mac too, by the way. It's handy.

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Can I learn PHP code?

What is PHP?

PHP is a different code language. Writing PHP code is easy but the options are legion. It all boils down to understanding all the possible commands you can give the server to create and generate the content you need.

Learning PHP takes time

If you want to learn PHP it's best to attend a PHP education that will take you at least a year to complete.

We have a short introductional PHP course to get you started with it. It will soon be translated into English.

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Can I learn JavaScript?

JavaScript/ECMAscript

Javascript is a different code language as well. And just as with PHP it will take you quite a while to learn it. You're better off attending a real Javascript education somewhere else.

JavaScript in Dreamweaver

You will though see some Javascript during the different courses. We will teach you what it does and how you can tweak certain elements.

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I only want to design websites, not build them, what do I need?

Designing websites

There are plenty webdesigners around who do just that: they only design the websites and don't build them.

If you want to design websites you will need an application that allows you to create layouts for interfaces and pages. It should allow you to insert text, images and anything you need to create a visual representation of a page.

Graphics software

Adobe Illustrator
This really is the number 1 program to design websites. It is so handy, you can easily move elements around and make things perfect.

Adobe Photoshop
This is often used but frankly, it's usually due to the fact most designers know Photoshop and not Illustrator. You can move things around in Photoshop too, and recolor elements. But it all takes so much more time.

Adobe InDesign
You can design websites in InDesign too. It's just less easy than in Illustrator.

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I have to tweak pages that are generated by a CMS, can I use Dreamweaver for that too?

Dreamweaver for CMS

Yes, for sure! You can use Dreamweaver to create a design for a page and then use the structure and/or styles into your CMS (Content Management System). This can then use your instructions to format the pages on the website.

Some CMS are less persmissive though and won't allow everything. You can adjust the stylesheet though and test things in Dreamweaver to see how it works out.

Page layout

Designing webpages in Dreamwaver is so easy that it will save you a lot of time. Yu can for instance create a page and optimize it and then use it as a base page for your CMS. You will see, it has a lot of advantages. It's so easy to design in Dreamweaver, and often much easier than designing through a CMS interface.

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Webdesign & Photoshop

Combine web design with Photoshop!

Without Photoshop webdesign is more difficult. In Photoshop you edit images, you crop them or isolate elements. Tricks with text and even restoration: Photoshop is almost necessary.

Photoshop can even be used to design the entire website. You combine images and add text to create the example and then use Dreamweaver to build the website. It is a good idea to know how to use Photoshop and not have to depend on others.

Webdesign & Illustrator

Illustrator webdesign icons download buttons

Illustrator is a fantastic program to design websites. This is often done in Photoshop but this is mostly due to the fact Illustrator is less well known. Icons and buttons too are usually designed in Illustrator.

All buttons, special illustrations and even the background images you see on this website have been created by us in Illustrator. Illustrator allows you to create graphics that will scale perfectly and that are light and crisp.

Webdesign & Graphic Design

Webdesign en Grafisch ontwerpen

As a graphic designer you will often be asked to design a website. Not only that, your clients may like you to build it for them as well. A good idea to learn how to do that.

You can combine your great graphic design skills to create the most stunning website designs. The two worlds meet, be part of it and start creating websites now.

Webdesign & Animate

As a web designer your clients will often ask you to create an animated banner. Knowledge of Animate is crucial as a webdesigner. You can create animations that can not only be used on websites but on presentations on a company's intranet, or even in PowerPoint.

Animate course

Webdesign & apps

Animate is not only used for animations: it is also used to create apps. And apps are hot, you will need to know Animate to design. That being said though, Adobe has developed a new application. A new course will appear for this somewhere in 2019.

Webdesign & SEO

Search Engine Optimization is a crucial part of being a web developer but it may not yet be one of your skills. If you are not expected to optimize your client's websites, don't bother learning it since it takes a lot of time and research to keep your skills up to date. But if you want to offer SEO services, you will have to learn how to do that.

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