You don't "build a site" in Fireworks.
Fireworks is really great for creating a design, because you can place rectangles, photos, and text to see how you'd like things to be on your site. Once you have everything placed and tweaked, then you can add slices to the design to export any (static) images you want.
Then, you open Dreamweaver and build your site there, using the images you exported from Fireworks. Dreamweaver is your site-creation tool...that's what it's for.
Fireworks has HTML and HTML+CSS exports, but the code you get from these is really awful and impossible to work with and maintain. Fireworks has this capability so that you can produce mockups of your design to show others. It isn't really good enough for a live site.
Thank-you so much!
Very to the point.
I've already started some animation in Flash. I'll try design of the pages
in Fireworks and use Dreamweaver to build it.
Saw your advice on taking Fireworks design to Dreamweaver for coding. I've been trying to do just that and can't find straightforward instructions on how to get it over there. My fireworks design is layered intensely but no slices. Would prefer to keep layers instead of slicing. Can you help?
You must slice your layout. Don't worry that you'll be loosing anything from your original design. The slices will retain all of the layers. Be sure to keep a copy of your editable PNG file in case you want to change anything later.
Taking a Fireworks comp to a CSS-based layout in Dreamweaver
Thanks for linking, Linda!
In Fireworks, slicing is how you tell Fireworks, "take this area, make a flattened copy for export, and export it with the settings I tell you." You add this information to your working document by defining the slice areas on the Web layer and setting their parameters. Slicing is not an operation that cuts up and destroys your working document, although I understand how the name makes it sound that way.
Thanks for the link. Great article I need to study. I can't use the sliced FIreworks method because I'm selling the materials as something they can rework without Fireworks.