Changing Wordpress site to mac friendly

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Shrill, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Shrill macrumors newbie

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    Hi all.

    I have a client who has a website designed in Wordpress. That setup is turning out to be a bit of overkill as they don't blog and only very occasionally update their site. It really isn't worth the time to upgrade security patches etc.

    They have just moved to macs and have asked about the possibility of converting their site to one that they can edit using their macs: possibly with iweb, and getting rid of Wordpress which they really don't like anymore.

    Is this possible? How would I actually accomplish this for them (and would it be more work than it is worth)?

    Thanks,

    Shrill

    I should probably add that we're looking at going to straight html here, no database at all.
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    If the client wants to maintain the site themselves, unless everyone knows web coding, I'd recommend sticking with Wordpress. You don't have to blog to use Wordpress as the backend for a site. It's a content management system, and there's no reason they can't edit a Wordpress site on a Mac just as well as they can on a PC.

    That being said, if they want to get away from Wordpress the site will just have to be rebuilt from the ground up using HTML. Personally I hesitate to recommend iWeb for a business site as the sites it creates are kind of cheesy without heavy tweaking. Something like Dreamwever or Rapidweaver is my preference.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I'd stay away from iWeb. They would be disappointed. I can understand the hassle of the security updates for WordPress. One option you can look at is RapidWeaver. It's template-based (you can create custom templates) so it may be easier for them to use.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Wordpress is easy enough. Updating takes 2 clicks.

    iWeb is good for certain purposes, but if WP is already set up, there is no point to change it.
     
  5. Shrill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What is involved with Rapidweaver?

    What would I need to do to convert from Wordpress to Rapidweaver?

    Thanks,

    Shrill
     
  6. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    If they dont like WP, then they will hate Rapidweaver

    Rapidweaver is even more limited than iWeb -- unless you start buying a bunch of add ons for it.

    I agree with everyone else -- they should stay with WP.

    Maybe some online tutorials or a couple of books might help?

    FWIW, my site was completely done in iWeb with no extra hacks or html.

    And you can do a lot more than you think w/iWeb.
    http://iwebfaq.org/site/iWeb_FAQ.html
    http://guimkie.com/projects/itweak/
    http://allaboutiweb.com/index.php/2008/11/iweb-add-ons/
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure, I don't have RapidWeaver so haven't ever needed to do the conversion. Might be able to find something via Google.
    I'm not sure you've really used RapidWeaver if you think it's more limited than iWeb. It's very robust compared to iWeb.
     
  8. star-fish macrumors regular

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    Agreeing with the WP people. Why bother changing it? If they aren't going to update the site much, then save all the hassle and just show them how to do the security updates and just leave it.

    The ts & cs for iWeb say that websites you make with it are for non-commercial use anyway.

    And WP is going from strength to strength - it has no real competitors and it's brilliant. Your topic title is also kind of misleading, since WP is 'mac friendly', and in any case it's more to do with the browser than the OS.
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    I own it. Bought it because of the others saying the same thing.

    I dont want a template, I wanted to make my own site.

    So I say, hey, let me draw a purple box right here...bzzzt. If you want to draw a box, its $20 more for a plug in. Ugh. Ok, how about a drop shadow... bzzt. More $$$. How about text rollovers... bzzt, plugin for that too.

    Since you dont have RW, I'm 100% sure you have never used it and ran into its limitations. Look at my site... all iWeb
     
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    You can create your own templates for RW, you don't have to buy anything more than the app itself. I don't have RW currently, but use to. I prefer hand coding with BBEdit because I focus on development rather than design so apps like RW or iWeb simply aren't a good fit.
     

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