I came to RW (starting I think with RW 3) from Adobe’s Dreamweaver (and before Dreamweaver NetObjections Fusion) .I switched from NOF when an acquaintance told me that NOF uses proprietary code which makes it difficult for anyone else to resolve problems. Acquaintance also told me that Dreamweaver was the industry standard. I bought books and did some evening classes to learn more about Dreamweaver and would’ve remained with D had D not steered towards coders.
Although I’d changed my office computers from PC to Apple, it was a wrench switching my website to RW: I felt I was letting myself down by giving up on D, also I’m not a fan of having my ideas curbed/limited by others and their add-ons. Generally, people find it easier to copy, whereas i find it easier to originate. Having spent a small fortune on third-party themes, stacks, etc (as one does!), most of which I don’t use (ditto!), I finally managed to achieve the style of website I wanted by asking Will Woodgate to customise one of his themes to my requirements. Asking Will to advise on and assist with other matters has led to the creation of a specialist stack for my own use whilst on my site, also for free use by others in my target market and the service provided by the stack is now quite possibly the only service of its type on-line.
Although occasionally I hanker after thinking whether things would have been different for my website had I learned to code, I have over the years come to accept that what is far more important, at least for me, is what is more important for visitors and that is the ease of navigation and quality of content.
The only RW website I have done for others was for a civic society/ registered charity which is one of the larger civic societies in UK, having more than 400 members and owning 2 heritage buildings. Much praise was heaped on the society for the presentation and style of the site. As a proprietary app, RW is not portable which mean that when it came to my resigning as the society’s website administrator, my successor either had to buy RW (also have a Mac) or change platforms. The latter choice was made and even if i say so myself the current site is not a patch on mine, or rather not patch on RW!
I agree with kpryce1 - except that I could never have tweaked any of my sites using inline ccs had it not been for RW and third-party developers supplying the code for me to copy and paste.