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In this course, author Joseph Lowery shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Adobe Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. The course demonstrates how to create new blog posts and pages, customize WordPress themes, and extend WordPress editable pages from within Dreamweaver. It also covers how to add Spry elements, add and customize plugins, and enhance WordPress-stored content with Dreamweaver's dynamic pages. Plus, a chapter on responsive design shows how you can adapt your layouts for tablets and mobile devices.
Before you can start integrating WordPress and Dreamweaver, you'll need to make sure that you have the proper development environment, as well as the most current files. There are four main components for developing with WordPress. A Local Web Server, a PHP Server, a MySQL Server, and the WordPress PHP files. Luckily, the first three can easily be installed in one fell swoop, on either the Mac or the PC. On the Mac, you can use MAMP, which stands for Mac, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
Apache is a powerful open source web server. MySQL is the database server and PHP is the server-side language, which Dreamweaver calls a server model. PC users can use WampServer, which installs of the same components on the PC side. The final component is WordPress itself. WordPress is essentially a PHP application that stores data in a MySQL database. Like the others, WordPress is open-source and freely available.
Unlike the others, WordPress is a set of files and not a server. So you'll just need to uncompress these files and put them in the proper place prior to running the installation, which sets up the connection to the MySQL database. Once all these pieces are in place, we can integrate it into Dreamweaver. If you need to set up a local development environment, I strongly suggest you check out David Gassner's excellent free course right here in the lynda.com online training library. It's called Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP, and it includes a terrific overview as well as very specific steps for handling the installations.
If you already have a development environment in place, go on to creating the database in this chapter, where you'll see, how to establish the necessary database for WordPress.
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