certainly isn't DreamWeaver, although it is undoubtedly onme of the best web design applications on the market.
DreamWeaver, like all software is far from perfect, and sometimes I feel its reputation oustrips its capabilities. I use DreamWeaver when I think it's appropriate, but I also use NetObjects Fusion, Adobe GoLive (which is every bit as good as DreamWeaver), FrontPage 2003 (extremely powerful, and perhaps better than almost any other application when it comes to integrating with data sources), and some other programs.
It's a question of horses for courses, and if you are just starting on web design I wouldn't recommend DreamWeaver - it has a pretty steep learning curve, and it's far from inexpensive. My personal recommendation for a first venture into web design would undoubtedly be NetObjects Fusion - it's very powerful, yet easy to learn.
This thread should really be in our WebDesign forum anyway. I'll move it there now, and I'm sure you'll get all the advice you need. read through some of the other threads, and you'll soon get a feel for what goes on there. Ask as many questions as you like - there are plenty of beginners doing just the same thing.