I am so incredibly frustrated trying to get Dreamweaver CS5 to actually follow WordPress includes on a consistent basis. I'd even settle for semi-consistent if I could figure out how to get DW to cooperate 50% of the time. Briefly, after I first setup a Wordpress site with DW, DW functions as expected. I am able to see a correct list of all dynamic PHP includes. At times, one page can pull 50+ files and DW is able to follow and reveal all of the files but this behavior has absolutely no consistency... at least, I have not experienced any consistent behavior in how this feature functions. While DW never has any trouble finding JS, XML and CSS files that are hardcoded as includes on the first php file or linked in the HTML source, it has zero consistency in following all of the dynamic includes. I only want to see the files that are not obvious, as in the files that are included by other PHP includes. I would not have purchased CS5 if Adobe didn't claim to have seemless integration with WordPress.
Am I doing something wrong? Once DW suddenly decides the site definition is not correct, I am unable to get the application to work with the same WordPress site again.Interestingly, if I delete the DW site and create a new one from scatch using the exact same structure and WP site, it will recognize the includes again for about an hour but that's it. I don't understand why it works briefly without failure but then suddenly decides that the definition that was created with DW's setup is suddenly invalid.
Furthermore, I can't figure out how the "code hinting" actually works with WordPress. While the feature sounded great, I am beginning to think it's not functioning either. Is this Adobe's idea of "seemless WordPress 3.0 integration"? So far, DW CS5 has been nothing but a hassle. I've wasted the last two weeks just trying to get it to work. Unfortunately, I am designing a site for someone who refuses to use any other design tool because he bought CS5 Masters thinking it was "the" solution for building his WP site. The situation is so frustrating that I want to quit the project over his insistence on only using Dreamweaver. I can't even convince him to use FileZilla's FTP to upload content to the server because he only wants to use CS5 tools. Of course, he is not coding the site and doesn't understand how/why I am having problems getting it to work with the Wordpress code.
Ugh, I really apologize for whining. I am just so frustrated, and really hope I am overlooking something so I can focus on getting the site up and working with DW CS5. It can't really be this bad, can it? It must be me.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.