When you have lots and lots of things to show on a Webpage to the point it becomes unreadable what do you do? You try to split the content on several pages. The old way to do this was to create separate pages and the user could browse and open various content sections in new pages. The new way to do this is to create a single page that shows the first section of content and hides the rest. Viewing the rest of the content sections is possible without reloading the page, which makes things very fast. Dreamweaver’s Spry Tabs are an easy way to display several content sections without refreshing the page. To give you an example, have a look at this page were you can browse through samples of Vertical, Tabbed and Dropdown menus without reloading the page. Sweet isn’t it? Let me show you how I did the sample page (tutorial explains also how to do the 2 columns DIVs that hold the screenshots).
Setting up a site environment in Dreamweaver is very easy and it’s always better when creating more than a simple HTML page. For example, if you also use Dreamweaver extensions to ease up the work, they usually create additional files and folders which should be placed in a “site” environment.
Do you need to create dynamic sites, for example generate menus or web charts based on database values or save a contact form in the database ? To run dynamic web applications you need a server (Apache) a server-side language (PHP) and a database (Mysql). These are provided by the hosting companies for the live application (you should check yours) but if you build dynamic webpages using Dreamweaver then you’re also going to need a local testing server so you could test the application on your machine before deployment on the live server.