I am a hand coder(use Homesite), were familiar with dreamweaver(DW) a few years ago but havnt opened it since.
;;;when I test out the page in my browser
What method are you using, the view within DW or hitting the page opening browser and typing in the address http://localhost/rootDirName/pageName.asp
What page suffix you are trying to view, .asp?
IMO DW is:
1..good for a person who does not know what code to write to get your desired outcome.
2..good for checking in and out of files for multiple coders working the same project
3..Bad cause it writes code that may be described as verbose in many instances (lots of unneccessary code)
Im not a fan of any WYSIWYG packages personaly.
;;;but I'm using apache and not IIS on my computer.
What OS are you using? Do you have IIS installed? if so is it running? You can not run Apache and IIS on port 80 at the same time. I write a bit of PHP on Windows (XP Pro) I choose to use Sokkit (sokkit.net I think - a great tool) If you are using windows and do not write PHP code as well as ASP I dont see the need for you to be using Apache - why are you running Apache?
There are lots of questions in my reply so Ill stop there. Address then all and we will go from there...
Wind is your friend