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Latest version: 1.2.1 | Released: July 7, 2016

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System requirements

Dreamweaver CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, or CC

Windows or Mac

This extension does not require you to use PHP. However, if you want to take advantage of any database-driven components (i.e. add a CMS), you need a web server that runs PHP 5.2 and your database needs to be MySQL 4 or MySQL 5. If your computer is not already set up to be a web server, we have tutorials that will assist both Windows and Mac users.

You will also want to define a dynamic site in Dreamweaver and create a database connection if you are creating a database-driven site.

Getting started guide

Getting started guide
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Using Templates in PowerCMS

Use templates in PowerCMS

Learn how to use templates in Design Extender's content management system.

Create new pages from CMS templates

New pages from CMS templates

Learn how to create new pages in PowerCMS and  automatically display them on your site.

Using themes in Design Extender

Using themes in Design Extender

Create a theme from a template using the Framework Builder tools; apply it to every template-based page; and create new pages.

Create custom Site Sculptor designs

Custom Site Sculptor designs

Use a custom site design in Design Extender's Site Sculptor wizard.

Centering your Google map on a chosen address

Centering your Google map

Center your map on a chosen address in Pro Maps for Google or Design Extender's mapping tool.

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Visit our tutorial library to see more Design Extender tutorials.

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Use your own custom DWT with the Site Sculptor wizard

Using your own DWT

This video teaches you how to incorporate your own custom Dreamweaver template with Design Extender's user-friendly site-building wizard, which allows you incredible template flexibility, while still increasing your productivity.

Create a content management system

How to create a CMS

This video takes you through the steps of automatically adding a browser-based content management system while building out a new website with the Design Extender wizard, then walks you through the simple steps of adding a CMS to your existing website.

Convert your site to theme-based

Design Extender's theming engine

This video discusses the pitfall of using traditional Dreamweaver templates and demonstrates the steps to instead converting your DWT-based site to a theme-based site, using Design Extender's theming engine.

Create a Facebook activity feed

Facebook activity feed

This video shows you how to use one of Design Extender's many social media tools to add a Facebook activity feed to your website so that visitors can see the likes, comments, recommendations and shares on your site.

Add a Google map to your website

Add a Google map to your site

This video demonstrates adding a static and database-driven Google map to your website with Design Extender's simple mapping tools and also covers the new mapping features that were released in Design Extender 1.0.1.

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View our Design Extender playlist

We have many more videos on the Design Extender tutorial playlist on our YouTube channel. Don't forget to subscribe while you're there. Then you'll be notified every time we release a new video tutorial!

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I'm new to web development, where should I start?

If you are new to developing websites or have never used a Dreamweaver extension, we suggest you start with Design Extender's CSS tools. Read the CSS Sculptor Getting Started Guide - or in Dreamweaver, click on WebAssist > CSS Sculptor and use the help links in the wizard, as needed.

Do I need a PHP testing server?

Setting up a PHP testing server will make your life easier when you start using more dynamic/database-driven components of this product, such as the content management features. A testing server will allow you to run your entire PHP website on your local computer for testing, and also allow you to manage your database without uploading to a remote server. If your computer is not already set up to be a web server, we have tutorials that will assist you for both Windows and Mac users.

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Free technical support

Free Technical Support

Should you need further assistance, rest assured - we provide free, unlimited technical support.

Premier technical support

When it's urgent...

When you need expert guidance or rush assistance, we offer premier support for $99.

Recorded webinars

Recorded webinars

Browse our in-depth training sessions on beginner to advanced web development topics.

Build websites with a little help from your friends

Your friends over here at WebAssist! These Dreamweaver extensions will assist you in building unlimited, custom websites.

Build websites from already-built web applications

These out-of-the-box solutions provide you proven, tested applications that can be up and running now.  Build a store, a gallery, or a web-based email solution.

Want your website pre-built and hosted?

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