I'm really getting stressed with this dilema.
I've been using DW for the last 3+ yrs. I'm not a WD, but rather a biz person.
I learned the basics of DW & can create new pages from a template, know about editable regions etc.
In the last year b/c a Programmer decided to create pages with .phtml, I've been having nothing but problems w/ DW.
I can't see the design view or the files when I click "open".
About 3 wks. ago I had a programmer create .php pages & then redirect them, so that solved the problem in the interim.
Now, onto CMSs.
I've been hearing about them lately from a few people & I had a WD create a new template for me which I was going to just use in DW, but then she wanted me to start using a CMS (typo3) & she was going to train me on it.
Well typo3 ended up being a hog, so she searched around for another CMS. She found textpattern.
She gave me a very quick run-through & I started creating pages not knowing what I was really doing, but it was never really used. Turns out it infected my template anyway & put code in it even though it shouldn't have.
This WD ended up not helping me to learn it any further, so I figured I'd go back to DW (since I already know that program well enough).
I hired someone to get the template set up in DW which took him 3 minutes to do.
I also had him create a 2nd template that was to look exactly the same w/ the exception of one pic.
When I got the template & opened it in DW, it didn't look like anything like the first template :(
At this point I'm soooo frustrated.
Then last week I came across a programmer who couldn't stop talking about Mambo (another CMS) & had me sort of convinced I should switch to that CMS entirely.
Unfortunately I don't think we are all that suited to work together (she doesn't understand a lot of what I say), so now I'm in a quandry about whether I should just stick with DW (it's hard finding someone to hire to help me with the changes I need) or totally switch to this new CMS (Mambo) which is a pain to set up on the server, as my hosting company hasn't really dealt with CMSs b4.
Also I'd have to be trained, but my VA would also be in on the call to help.
Any suggestions or comments are much appreciated b/c obviously once I switch over, there's no switching back & that means ALL of my future sites will have to be developed on Mambo.
On the flip side, DW is starting to be more of a headache then a help.
Thanks so much & sorry for the long post.
Have a great night !