Congratulations on your purchase of Data Bridge!
With this undoubtedly wise purchase, you've become the owner of a collection of the most technologically advanced, and lovingly hand crafted Dreamweaver extensions known to man. With Data Bridge, you can create forms with an ease you never thought possible, build completely functional dynamic sites with just a few clicks, and secure your website from pesky ne'er-do-well in the blink of an eye*.
Any website in this day and age will be able to benefit from using one of Data Bridge's utilities. For example; your client wants a contact form added to their site that emails the contact information to them. Well guess what, buddy: Data Bridge will do that in a snap, saving you from the hassle and heartache. We're going to cover this scenario later in the Getting Started Guide.
This Getting Started Guide will help you get the most out of your Data Bridge purchase. We will cover how to get your system configured to make the most of Dreamweaver extension, how to download and install your extension, and how to plan your project.
*Eye blinking speeds may vary.
You will need the following items before starting this tutorial:
In case you don't know yet, Dreamweaver extensions are tools (sometimes big, sometimes small) that run from within Dreamweaver and provide invaluable, additional functionality that Dreamweaver doesn’t provide standard. The tools within Data Bridge consist of step-by-step wizards and "quick insert" interfaces that make developing key parts of your website a smooth and straight forward process.
Install your extensions
With your computer running everything you need to successfully use WebAssist Dreamweaver extensions and build websites, you can install your Data Bridge extension. WebAssist provides you with a Download Center for downloading all of the extensions you have purchased. You can log into your Download Center at any time to retrieve the extensions you own. Each extensions is delivered as a .mxp file which installs through the Adobe Extension Manager.
Follow this tutorial for steps on how to install a Dreamweaver extension:
In this section, we will discuss a few of the more common applications people use Data Bridge to make and teach you how to go about completing a basic project with your Data Bridge extension.
If you are new to extensions/web development...
If you've never built a website before, or Dreamweaver extensions are new to you, you should get your feet wet by playing with the utilities within Data Bridge to get the hang of how they work. Data Bridge's utilities are simple, and have been designed to be incredibly easy to use.
Here are some of the tools that you might want to take a look to get yourself more comfortable with extensions and web development.
Now you're ready to jump into dynamic development
Now that you are used to using the extensions and working within Dreamweaver, we're going to move on to building dynamic websites. A dynamic website typically means that you are using a database (MySQL) and server language (PHP), in order for aspects of the site to function. Your WebAssist extensions will do the dynamic work for you, but there are certain aspects of dynamic development that you should be familiar with when you enter this level of production.
New to databases?
If databases are new to you, we've got you covered with a free MySQL eCommerce Database that you can download below. Whether you are building an eCommerce website, or just a simple user registration system, this database should have everything you need to get started with a database-driven website.
Now that you've got your database set up and ready to go, you can start creating a more dynamic and useful web application using Data Bridge. Here are some examples of what you could build and which tools to use.
Create a simple contact form, and email the contact information
Here you are: world's greatest web design contractor, nice website set up, ready to fight the world, and take all it can give, and… you have no idea how to let clients contact you for a job. Sure you could give them an email address, but on top of being boring, it would be much classier to give them a handy dandy form that they can fill out giving you their information.
You can build a simple system like this using just one single Data Bridge utility; Form Builder. With Form Builder we're going to create the form, and add the email functionality to send the contact information right to your inbox.
Now that you have created a simple contact page, you're ready to start moving on to more advanced tools within Data Bridge. You could use the Theme It functionality in Form Builder to change the color scheme of your whole contact form. You could use Button Styler to make a majestic custom button and add it to your site and wow your friends. Create a full blown user registration and management section for your site using Form Builder and DataAssist.
The sky is the limit, and with the foundation you just gained, you're ready to tackle it.
The more you develop websites, the more likely you will run into hurdles or issues that you need a little assistance with. Here at WebAssist we understand this, and want to do everything we can to make sure our extensions save you time and give you abilities that you might not have otherwise.
For this reason, we offer free technical support via our Support Forums. These forums are monitored regularly by WebAssist support staff and also by our brilliant WebAssist Community Experts. Any question you post will be responded to by someone as quickly as possible.
For more information regarding support, and the support options available to you: visit our Support page at http://webassist.com/support.