Creating a Travel Agency Website Using Dreamweaver and KTML
When maintaining a website for a travel agency with hundreds of travel destination offers, you most often rely on a webmaster or web developer to edit content in HTML and then upload it using an FTP connection. Wouldn’t it be nice to allow any of the company’s employees edit the site content in a browser (in a secure and visual manner)? Well, it can be done, and it will allow you to enable any Microsoft Word savvy user to edit the website content, without learning HTML or anything.
In this article, I will walk you through creating a website for a fictional travel agency that sells vacations to the Caribbean, from designing and setting up the database, to creating the front-end, and editing travel destinations. You will have the website up fast, with minimum effort and coding, using Dreamweaver’s integrated server features and KTML Lite — a free product from InterAKT.
To complete this tutorial you will need to install Dreamweaver 8
- KTML Lite, a free Dreamweaver extension from InterAKT Online.
- Server Operating system: Apple Mac OS X 10.2 +, Microsoft Windows XP or later, or Linux.
- Web server: Apache 1.3.x or Microsoft IIS
- Application server: PHP version 4.3.0 or later (recommended version: PHP 5)
- Database server: MySQL version 3.x or higher
Note: You can build this application on any of the supported server models—PHP_MySQL, ColdFusion, ASP VBScript, PHP_ADODB. The steps are similar, however, for this article, I used PHP 5 and MySQL as the development framework.
- Familiarity with the Dreamweaver workspace and interface.
- Grasp of basic web application development concepts (no programming skills required).