Illustrator artwork, vector graphics
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  • Dreamweaver advanced course in English in Amsterdam
    Dreamweaver Advanced Course
  • CSS code cursus, inline CSS en stylesheets, cursus in Amsterdam
    CSS positioning and modern layouts following W3C guidelines
  • HTML code & CSS code: creating and formatting web pages
    Learn HTML code and CSS code to create and layout web pages

Dreamweaver course: Learn HTML code, CSS code and Dreamweaver. Create webpages with images, forms and interaction


  • 7 lessons in total
  • Extensive lesson material
  • Puzzles to prepare you to cleverly do your work
  • Homework and homework corrections
  • Depending on your choice: single or combined lessons
  • Book your test when you feel you practised enough
  • Doing the course independently? Get 10 free video calling minutes per lesson.

During this course you will use Dreamweaver to create websites that are flexible and modern in both set-up and style. This means you will have to learn a lot more about code and what makes a design for webpages. You already know code from the first Dreamweaver course, this course is going to take you a step further, or even many steps to be exact. With Dreamweaver for instance, you can validate pages to check if your code is correct and understand what errors mean. You can use a file management system that allows you to maintain websites quickly and efficiently. You can tweak pages to get the most out of Dreamweaver and to add exciting interactive content.

You can use this to work fast and save time and to develop impressive user interfaces that can be used in independent website but in content management systems as well.

Study independently at your own pace with new, extra material. With homework, homework correction, tests and help in between lessons this can't go wrong. Stuck? Use your 10 minutes video help per lesson, or save and use them together during the course.

Lesson content Lesson content

Advanced design with Dreamweaver

This Dreamweaver Advanced course teaches you more techniques to lay out website pages. You use CSS positioning and special classes and styles to create the perfect look and feel. Creating good layouts is a big thing, especially since you can use these to create themes for WordPress and other CMS.

You create templates and learn how to manage websites. This course will help you add special interactive elements. Webdesign has never been more fun.

Learn how to use Dreamweaver

This course is perfect if you need learn to create designs for web pages that comply to the latest demands and guidelines. Learn all about this during your Dreamweaver Advanced course.

More webdesign? You could attend the complete Webdesigner Education to learn a complete package of skills, or have a look at all the other webdesign courses.

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 1

Dreamweaver functies voor snel doorwerken, handige extras

Handy tricks
Fast functions: preparing production

During this lesson you will learn how to put Dreamweaver to good use. You will learn handy settings and tweak Dreamweaver to fit your needs. This will allow you to work efficiently and fast from this lesson on.

You also learn how to automate specific tasks. You will use these well and you will create a library of handy commands. Creating, editing and managing special Dreamweaver objects makes this lesson complete.

Special commands
Cleaning up code and preparing for the future
Using the document history
Using specific automization tasks
Creating your own Dreamweaver environment
Tweaking source code options
Creating Dreamweaver objects
Special page settings

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 2

CSS positionering, absolute, relative, static, fixed

CSS positioning
The basics of positioning

During this lesson of the Dreamweaver Course Advanced you are going to position elements using the Dreamweaver interface. This will help you understand the new, fascinating way to lay out pages.

This new technique will allow you to position elements more freely while letting you control the way these elements look using CSS in a new way. First steps first: there will be much more work to be done during the next lesson.

Placing elements with absolute position
Using new layout techniques
Standards and web pages
Managing CSS in a new way
Different formatting and structuring options
Exchanging stylesheets
Getting to know new elements
Pruning code

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 3

HTML elementen positioneren met CSS, CSS positionering

Using CSS positioning types
Creating layouts with CSS

Positioning elements on a page is an essential part of being a web designer. The presentation of content is important to attract visitors.

Properly positioned elements are crucial for readability and technical realization. And although there is no accounting for taste it is important to understand the techniques for content positioning and presentation. You will find out all this during this course lesson.

Using CSS level 2
Positioning types
Creating layouts
Separating content from layout
Absolute, relative, static and fixed elements

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 4

HTML code schrijven, webpagina's met HTML, HTML5, XHTML

Layout and positioning
Different ways to layout pages

During this lesson you will use the different layout and positioning techniques that were addressed during the previous lessons to create layouts that load fast and that comply to standards.

You use relative and absolute positioning and use the other positioning types too, of course. Knowing the difference between these types and understanding when which type should be used is crucial to get the best results.
You will find examples in the lesson material and for your homework, use these to help you understand it all.

Using management inside Dreamweaver
Creating management environments
Creating templates
Creating template-driven pages
Adding and managing template content

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 5

Websites beheren tijdens Dreamweaver Cursus, content management, templates

Website management
Creating templates and sites

Today you will use the Dreamweaver management environment and you will put its powerful options to good use while building and maintaining websites.

You will also create templates. You won't use existing ones of course, it's more fun and educational to create your own from scratch. It will prepare you for using layout techniques that can be generated by content management systems, if you later want to use these of course.

At the end of this lesson you know how to create templates and use management.

Using management inside Dreamweaver
Creating management environments
Creating templates
Creating template-driven pages
Adding and managing template content

Webdesign: Dreamweaver Advanced course lesson 6

HTML code cursus, HTML code leren schrijven

Special CSS styles
Keeping elements consistent

During this lesson you will use special CSS classes that can be applied to specific elements. This way you can keep the layout and structure of your pages consistent and you can finetune all formatting.

You will also learn how to style elementss that are inside other elements and what to pay attention to when you do this. The trick is to keep things stable and to make good use of what CSS has to offer.

You will also learn how to create special CSS classes and styles that can be assigned to selected elements.

Using insertable dynamic elements
Formatting external files
Using multiple CSS techniques
Using element specific formatting
Managing CSS elements

Test lesson of your course or education module

The test lesson

All tests
The last lesson of your course or education module is the test lesson.You will do a few exercises that require the knowledge and new skills you acquired during this training. These tests take 1:45 hours to complete.

InDesign and InDesign Advanced
Since this test is quite extensive it takes more time to complete: 1 month. You send in your work on the agreed date and will receive tips and input to adjust things to make your design more professional.


After your test
Your test will be evaluated after you send in your work.
You may receive tips and may be asked a few more questions to make sure the result is all right.

If you sent in all required homework and the final test results are good you you can come over to pick up your certificate, or you can receive a digital certificate you can easily share and send to prospective employers.

When is the test?

With individual courses
The test should be scheduled within a month after the last lesson.

With educations
You can schedule the tests during the education but you can also do all the courses at the end of the education, allowing you to have lots of time to practise. This way you use the entire runtime of the education to let things sink in. Schedule your tests within two months after your last lesson.

Questions about this course

HTML code schrijven, webpagina's met HTML, HTML5, XHTML

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 lesson material is available in English.


Full English training

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

Live / video course
Normal pace

6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment

We combine 2 lessons each time +
Individual test lesson is after that
Practice week after each lesson

Independent course
Your very own pace

6 lessons +
1 personal test lesson on appointment

Define your own pace: you work independently and have 10 minutes of video training per lesson, if you like this.
Test on appointment.

Illustrator artwork, vector graphics

Personal video course
Special dates and times

You can decide on your own pace, this also allows you to combine more lessons, or to split lessons, have class on special days and times.

Live / Video course
Normal pace

Combined lessons: 3 hours (2 lessons)

Independent course
Your very own pace

You can decide on this yourself, you can also decide how much time you need for the homework.

Personal video course
Special pace

You can book single lessons or can combine more lessons to get to where you want to be faster, this is great if you need the course to fit your schedule.

Single lessons 1.5 hours
Combined lessons 3 hours

Regular video training

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 best 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.

Independent training
Your very own pace

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

Homework after each lesson
You will receive homework each week. Making this homework takes about 12 hours per week in total. If you only do the required assignments you will need about 5 hours per week to do your homework during this course.

When do I send in homework?
You have a week to make your homework: you send it in in the week following your lesson so your teacher can evaluate your work.

Homework correction & questions

Homework correction
Your teacher reserves time each week to correct and evaluate your work. You will receive corrections and tips, if necessary. There are guide lines to send in your work: you will receive them during your first lesson.

Answering questions
About 12/15 minutes are reserved for questions at the start of each lesson. This allows your fellow students to learn from your questions and the answers.

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
  • If you need the software for more than half a year or a year, which is the case during educations, you may be eligible for the student plan: call Adobe to find out tell them you will need student software during an education at LearningTrain and get back to us so we can give you pointers on how best to proceed.
  • 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.

Adobe students save 65 percent

As a LearningTrain student, save up to 65% on Adobe software.

Don't miss discounts!

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

This course includes

  • Course fees
  • Syllabus
  • Test
  • Extra practise time to prepare for your test (one month max)
  • Digital or printed books with exercises, homework and a recap of what was addressed
  • Extra assignments and tools for which there is not enough time during class
  • Extra telephone and email support in between lessons
  • Homework
  • Homework correction
  • A week aftercare

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 will need to know all the things that are addressed during the HTML, CSS & Dreamweaver course. Go to the page and read what the subjects are. If you prefer help, feel free to call for advice.

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.

The course is for everyone who needs to work independently and creatively and is responsible for good design. We assume a professional and/or creative intent from our students but welcome amateurs and non-professionals as well. Feel free to join!

Video / live course
Normal pace

€ 825,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 998,25 including 21% BTW

Doing the course independently
Special pace

€ 825,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 998,25 including 21% BTW


Personal video course
Special pace

€ 1.195,00 excluding BTW (VAT, taxes)
€ 1.445,95 including 21% BTW


Illustreren en tekenen, ontwerpen met Illustrator van Adobe, cursus volgen in Amsterdam


Het is een hoop te verwerken stof, maar gelukkig erg helder uitgelegd. Louise K.


Na het volgen van div. cursussen bij LearningTrain kan ik moderne websites met een verantwoorde technische structuur ontwikkelen en deze professioneel aanbieden als onderdeel van mijn grafisch ontwerpbureau.
Tevens is LearningTrain voor mijn bedrijf het aanspreekpunt voor vraagstukken en infocentrum over nieuwe ontwikkelingen in webdesign en om inzicht te krijgen in belangrijke bijscholingsmogelijkheden.
Steve Silberberg


Ik had alle informatie gelezen en dacht het zal wel even afwachten. Maar alles klopt, ik ben tevreden en heb echt alles geleerd wat jullie zeggen. Geen reclame is ook reclame, ik zeg het voort!
Steph J.


Ik ben nu echt klaar, ik kan niks bedenken dat ik nog wil weten alleen ook SEO bij jullie. Heel erg bedankt voor de lessen, het was leerzaam en ook erg leuk.
Jan V.

Lekker dynamisch

Deze cursus voelt als een trein. Lekker dynamisch. Met uitzicht op heel veel nieuw landschap. Ik bouw nu een website voor een (grote) klant. Had ik nooit zonder jullie aangedurfd.
Wiard S.

Zo duidelijk

Sinds het begin verbaas ik me over de helderheid waarmee les wordt gegeven. Er is werkelijk geen vraag die niet kan worden beantwoord. Mijn complimenten, dat wou ik even kwijt.
Karin van den A.

Snelle leergang

Ik ben blij dat ik bij jullie de cursus heb gedaan. Het was een snelle leergang maar goed te doen. Kostte wel tijd maar ik heb ook veel plezier gehad. Ik ga door met Photoshop, jullie horen nog van me.
Bruno de V.


Aan het eind van de cursus was iedereen in mijn groep zo enthousiast. Dat is me erg bijgebleven. Ik houd nog contact met twee medecursisten. Goede club, goed lesmateriaal, professionals. Ik had niet verwacht dat ik het zou halen maar het is me gelukt!
Maria D.

Make money

Done learning! Time to practise it all. It was a good time, enjoyed Flash a lot too. Now let's make money!
John D.

Baan gevonden

Nooit gedacht maar al snel heb ik een baan gevonden. Alles wat ik geleerd heb kan ik gebruiken. Het leuke is: ik weet meer dan mijn baas van Dreamweaver. Te gek. En van code weten mijn collega's niks dus ik mag dat opknappen als het fout gaat!
Lorelei J.

Hard werken

Het was hard werken tijdens de twee Dreamweaver cursussen. Maar alle moeite waard! Gelukkig werd me op het werk de ruimte gegeven om oefentijd in te ruimen: ik moest het tenslotte voor het werk doen. Ik gebruik het in mijn huidige, uitgebreide functie en maak de nieuwsbrieven en presentaties op. Echt te gekke cursus! Ik kom terug voor Photoshop en Illustrator.
Joris van B.

School's out

I feel a bit sad 'cause school's out. I may come back for more training this Fall. Miss the weekly gathering, people. Loved it all, material is the best I have ever seen, coaching is great.
Diane W.


Nooit gedacht dat het echt was maar jullie corrigeren het huiswerk dus echt. Ik lever het in en krijg de fouten gecorrigeerd terug met aantekeningen. Huiswerkcorrecties!!! Niet meer gehad sinds de middelbare school en wat is het fantastisch. Dit werkt echt!
Juul M.

Questions about webdesign

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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?


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

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

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.

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.

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 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.