New user here: can I use Dreamweaver with Hugo?

Hi Hugo community!

First I must say that I am not a developer.

I wish to know if some people are using Dreamweaver in order to manage their Hugo website?

I am currently learning to use Visual Code Studio, but since I am very used to Dreamweaver (and the design view in particular), I wish to know if it is compatible with Hugo.

I would be curious to hear your thoughts, do you advice to pursue with VCS or Dreamweaver is ok as well?

Many thanks!


Can you use it? Yes, you definitely can, will it be the best dev experience probably not.

If you really want to learn the most modern tools (like Hugo is) stick to VS Code (or Sublime Text). You’ll get the (more reliable) design view through Hugo’s server and the Browser you’re taking for development. Of course you can work with Dreamweaver too but I don’t know how to connect the design view to localhost. I personally stopped working with Dreamweaver more than 10 years ago and used Sublime Text for a long time before I switched to VS Code 1 year ago.

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Thanks a lot for your quick answers.

Not easy to get rid of old addictions like Dreamweaver :slight_smile:

However, since I am doing this new website, I thought it would be the time.

Good to know that you agree that VS Code is better than Dreamweaver, I shall keep in that direction then.

Recently, I discovered Typora to create my articles, I find the editor just perfect to create text content.

Therefore, i think i will end up with the workflow Typora > VS Code > Live website

Unless of course you think there’s better than that!

That’s a great start. Do yourself a favour and read the VS Code Manuals on their website: They did them very well and you’ll get a lot of great tips.

And for Hugo I recommend the video series from Mike Dane: You’ll find them also on the Hugo website.

And last but not least the blog from @regis: He wrote some great articles which help you out once you’re more advanced with Hugo.

Have fun!

P.S. And of course read the Hugo Docs…


Thanks for those links, really appreciate it!

I can also recommend VScode. I’ve been through Sublime 2, ATOM, etc. But VScode seems to be about the best in terms of balancing speed and capabilities. VScode is also written using Node.JS which I use a fair bit so works better for me than the Python-based Sublime (which is also not free - well I am an adopted Yorkshire-man, look it up).

I’m going to try Typora though since they’ve been nice enough to make a Windows port available :slight_smile:

I’ve gradually got used to Markdown over the years - hated the vanilla version, too restrictive - but newer versions are pretty flexible while still being easy to remember. Tables always catch me out though, I always have to look those up. So I’ll see whether Typora helps with that.

I have played with Forestry.IO but that hasn’t really worked for me for some reason. Just not gelled.

I still shudder when I hear Dreamweaver mentioned. Reminds me of the bad-old days of early web development.

Thanks for your feedback.

Not that I am in love with Dreamweaver, but after all those years I thought I would find a tool on the market that will allow me to create my content nice and easy, in a design view, with a minimum of coding skills required.

Looks to me there’s still room. But for the moment, switching from Dreamweaver to the combo Typora/VC Studio seems to be way to go.

I get you. I’ve never been quite sure what nobody seems to be able to write a consistent, robust visual HTML editor! Every one I’ve ever tried results in you having to manually tweak code at some point to fix issues.

However, the idea behind Markdown is that it is a lightweight analogue of HTML designed for zero-distraction writing. So while it takes some time to get used to it, once you do it quickly becomes pretty second-nature. With the big caveat that it is most useful for writing text. If your writing involves lots of custom layouts or is image based that’s when it starts to get less useful. Thankfully, most markdown capable editors (such as VScode) have decent live preview modes and helper functions that make things a lot easier. I also had a quick go with Typora and I think it may be helpful in some cases.

Thanks for the reply, I believe it sums it up nicely.

Spent some time at VS Code at the weekend and I feel confident it’s the right way to go.

Hope it will serve me for many years to come !

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Microsoft just announced direct support for GitHub Pull Requests. So they continue to improve VScode and have generally done a pretty decent job of it I think. I’ve only been using it for a year or 2 and while there are a couple of things I don’t especially like, I still find it better than any of the others. At least for complex use. I will admit that, if I want something really quickly, I still use Notepad++ (Windows only). But for an IDE, VScode is it.