designing from scratch with CMS?

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  1. zombiecakes macrumors regular

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    Whats the easiest CMS to use if I want to design a page from scratch and add CMS stuff as I go? I hate working with templates and need a ton of control over the design, the CMS will really only be used as a way for people to make tweaks to text.
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68000

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    I recommend Wordpress. Not sure if it is the 'easiest', but it's certainly not the hardest.

    You can create a custom theme with just the index.php and style.css files. There are tons of tutorials on how to create bare bones wordpress themes.

    Good luck and let us know if you run into any issues.
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Wordpress. There are even some barebones template that allows you to design but still have some of the basic elements on the page so you're not starting from scratch.
     
  4. zombiecakes thread starter macrumors regular

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    I dont know if Wordpress is right for what I need, Im not making anything like a blog and havent been able to find a basic theme that doesnt include all the blogging crap in it that creates a giant template. I know WP can do what I want but it seems overly complicated for it.

    are there any completely stripped down templates for WP where I can start fresh and add the things I want rather than take them out?
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68000

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    Try the googles. To create a base theme:
    • Add new folder under WP themes. Name it: Bob
    • Add new file. Name it index.php
    • Add new file. Name it styles.css

    Google WP styles.css required elements.

    Done
     
  6. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

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    If you simply want to use the CMS to manage text content use a system like CouchCMS. No Theming. You code your site as you would normally and drop a few PHP tags to mark the content regions you want the CMS to control.
     
  7. zombiecakes thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, gave this a brief try and I think this is what I'm looking for, I can set individual parts of the site to be CMS'd by other people and the editor is pretty good for changing text
     
  8. iPaintCode macrumors regular

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    If you're not savvy with editing CSS files just search for a Wordpress theme that works for you. Another site that might serve your needs is Squarespace.com, it's great for amateurs and non techie people.
     
  9. Flood123 macrumors 6502a

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    Wordpress is much more than a blogging platform.
    This is my jumping off point for all wordpress projects. I highly recommend it. It is only limited by your imagination and level of technical ability.
    http://html5blank.com
     
  10. iPaintCode macrumors regular

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    Wordpress has grown over the years and is a decent CMS but the biggest pitfalls are all the poorly written plugins and themes. I've been moving toward flat file / nosql based CMS's, the pro's far outweigh the cons when it comes to using a monolithic CMS like Wordpress (still a great platform).

    I've been using http://statamic.com/ and GitHub pages (Jekyll), even for freelance work.
     
  11. Flood123 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah. I don't use plug-ins often and write my own themes. Typically i've only used wordpress for smaller freelance projects where the client has to update stuff themselves. Work related projects are node, express, async, underscore and handlebars. I am kinda over PHP.
     
  12. cudest macrumors newbie

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    Best CMS for Designing.

    The best CMS i personally prefer to joomla because this gives us many versatile themes and easy to manage your content, plugin, component and many more.
     

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