Support Dynamic Web Templates
Include support for Dynamic Web Templates. This feature existed in Expression Web. With EW being removed as an MS product, it would be nice to move it's capabilities into VS.
VS is great for ASP.NET, but in many cases ASP.NET is a massive overhead that does not fit a website project. HTML5 is preferred for general website design, but a method for consistancy is still needed, thus Dynamic Web Templates.
I create and manage websites for non-profits. In most cases they host the website on whatever platform is free or donated. Providing the website in HTML and PHP is the best approach to provide cross platform support. The DWT provides a simple way to manage the structure of all of the pages.
Many people will state "just use CSS". Well, when working with non-profits and, in general, small companies with low budgets, CSS is (beleive it or not) too complicated for them to manage themselves.
Absolutely. In my case, I inherited supporting a web site (small business) that uses DWTs. The site itself is small (less than 3-dozen pages). The business owner knows a little html but ASP flavors are not even close to her web-design-radar. PHP isn't close to on that radar either. So, to keep it such that she can support the web when/if I'm not available, I need to keep it html. Without DWT files, every change to a header or footer needs to be copied to all 3-dozen files. What a pain!
I could not agree more. Dynamic Web Templates just makes sense for small business websites. It keeps the project simple and the cost low. DWT support would be a smart addition to the VS product.
John Rose commented
I also agree with Mr. Van Oeffelen. In fact, I have long used Visual Studio in my programming (VB, C#, NET-MF, and some ASP.NET), and for teaching various classes on programming. I also use Expression Web 4 to maintain my web sites, and so am very pleased with the new integration of EW-->ES; basically, migration to using VS for that would be ideal, as would teaching intro web design at my university with VS very nice!
However, leaving out DWTs weakens my argument to use VS for teaching intro web design, and also makes the practical decision to migrate difficult, since there is just no other way to synchronize changes throughout a large non-ASP web-site. Without DWTs, even minor modifications can be a headache to propagate by hand. Also, students know this, and tend to want to locate free DWTs to begin, so they need this functionality.
If you would, please add it back, for SP2.