Frontpage vs Dreamweaver with a CMS
Posted on 2009-05-16
Our company wants to use just one software for web design/publishing. Our cms is Sitefinity. Currently, our graphic designers are using Dreamweaver, and we'll be upgrading to CS4 shortly. The designers design the websites, as well as HTML e-mails with go into Informz. The web developers create the web page templates in the Sitefinity CMS, and there's alot of back and forth to ensure the templates are visually correct. The designers have found it helpful to understand CSS and coding, using Dreamweaver, as this has streamlined the communication between the two groups. The web developers and web editors are using Frontpage. I am a layman when it comes to the technicalities, but I need to thoroughly understand the pro's and con's between Frontpage and Dreamweaver so I can speak to this issue effectively. To put it another way, if the graphic designers were forced to switch to Frontpage from Dreamweaver, what would the downside/upside be? Are there differences in the code quality? What about features, such as emulating your design on mobile devices, etc. My gut feeling is that we have two different levels of users, hence maintaining both softwares makes sense, but I may need to bow to corporate pressure, given the sensitivity around costs these days.