Before you begin working through this chapter, you must ensure that you have the following:
All of this information will be required at some point over the coming pages, and is essential to providing you with the richest development experience possible.
Dreamweaver is a unique tool in the way that it allows you to view your web page within the User Interface. Certainly, there are many WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editors on the market today, but few, if any, offer the rich design experience that Dreamweaver presents. Indeed, Macromedia describes Dreamweaver as a "visual editor" in order to highlight this fact, and many Dreamweaver developers prefer this description.
One of Dreamweaver's best features is its ability to interact with your web server and application server, so that dynamic elements of your web page come to life within the UI, even before the page has been uploaded to your server.
With the above information to hand, we shall now take a look at the essential first steps you should take when creating any web site with Dreamweaver MX.