I have to use my first CMS or something like it and im scared mommy

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Milfette, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Milfette macrumors newbie

    Milfette

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    http://freshandcosalons.com/

    Im making this site for a friends client (NEVER GONNA DO THAT AGAIN) so far its been a pain.

    Im pretty much done building it...(yes i know there is alot to fix all over the place but i have DW04 and i just got an intel macbook...) He wants to be able to update the front page. I think i should give him access to the services and bio's page too though because he keeps printing off his emails to give to me to type out... :confused:

    Ive used a CMS before, in fact i use em alot but im also so lucky as to work in a corporate environment and have always had a handy team of IT guys at the ready. I've used Coldfusion so im familiar with building pages around includes but i had to get someone else install joomla for a mini project at work and even then, i couldn't figure out changing the template.

    What is the best dummy proof option to easily transfer this site over? He always wants changes and i gotta start charging him for them and come up with an easier way to manage em... oh and im not new to this, in fact im embarrassed to say how long ive been the "old guy" that fears CMS's....
     
  2. Ap0ks macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure if cost is an option, but if it is mostly text that the client wants to change themselves, you could get them a copy of Contribute CS4.

    You set editable regions in Dreamweaver, set the client up as an contributor and they can then browse to & edit the site in-situ. It's a easy to use system, and makes website content updates a breeze.

    http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/contribute/features/?view=topnew

    Other than that maybe start playing with Joomla/Drupal/Typo3/etc... see what you can knock up on a test machine. If it's only for a couple of pages you could right your own little back-end in CF but would probably take more hours than you want to spend.
     
  3. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    truuuueeeee daaaat.

    I'm currently doing a project for a friends client. Never again.
     
  4. MCPeck macrumors member

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    You can hire me. Or, I have been thrilled with both Typo3 and desktop based RapidWeaver as a CMS.
    While Joomla and the like are popular "?", it is very limited and very very painful to use how you might want.
     
  5. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    You say your not new to this, and is probably your first thought anyway, but why not just give him access to a server folder, with basic html content files that he can change?
    Use whatever include function coldfusion has to get it on the site?
     
  6. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    Use php and mysql to pull content from a database dynamically. I know that is what Joomla and others do. I did it just to keep the html simple and not have to change all those templates.
     
  7. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    The "Contribute CS4" solution was a great recommendation.

    Aside from that, as you know CF and how to code, if you opt to customize your own solution then add FCK Editor as the WYSIWYG editor for editing content on the site. It's free, I've got it working with both CF and PHP on one of our portals, and it's reliable and easily customizable. It allows direct uploading of images, Flash content, and of course edit HTML generating XHTML that helps ensure content passes validation tests if you care.

    Just saying that's a lot better than textarea editing, uploading HTML, etc., that's all. This is not a "CMS".

    Personally, as to CMS's, I'd use Drupal as compared to Joomla in terms of "ease of use" but the Contribute CS4 suggestion is worth looking into as well.

    -jim
     
  8. jakeOSX macrumors regular

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    you could use server side includes, but those are probably out of style these days =)

    i've set up a site where i use PHPBB as my CMS. so I have certain forums that show up on the front page or on users pages as news or announcments. it was easier to write than figuring out how to template some of the more advanced ones.

    the biggest thing is that no answer is really an easy one. you'll need code or more software or the client will need to learn some HTML.

    one suggestion is to look into some of the wiki's out there. media wiki is a beast, but a well built one, but some of the smaller ones are much easier to theme. and then you can set up so your client can change any of the pages.
     
  9. Milfette thread starter macrumors newbie

    Milfette

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    it was my first thought but he is dumber than a post for anything but hair. whenever i try to explain anything even a simple as the ftp or server he looks at me like im speaking french.

    wysiwyg, sound perfect actually! i have to get used to the idea that once the site is handed over, i have no control over what he does with it but such is the business, Then again, i could just control text formatting with some CSS. at work i have this one station that makes us format text like this so i now make the templates and let them input everything beyond that.. and that's a NICE page too.

    anyway,FCK seems like a winner! Contribute sounds good but this guy is cheap cheap cheap and i don't think he would cover the cost of it for him or myself.
     
  10. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    Don't you sometimes just wanna tell the client, to his or her face, "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!" - but of course we can't, most of the time! Anyway, I forgot to include the link to FCK editor so here it is:

    http://www.fckeditor.net/download

    Cheers

    -jim
     
  11. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    Glad I came to this thread, the WYSIWYG editor sounds like a really good idea will have to look into one day.
     
  12. design-is macrumors 65816

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    Hi there, I know I'm a few days late, but I've recommended it before and I will do again :)

    CMS from Scratch is a great, easy to impliment, lightweight cms which has the FCK editor integrated. It sounds perfect for what you need.

    I have a small review on my blog.

    Hope it helps!

    /Doug
     
  13. eyup macrumors regular

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    have a look at webyep.

    a real easy dreamweaver extension - mini cms solution

    or cushycms

    Then again you could redo it in Wordpress.
     

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