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Ken Rogers
06-15-2005, 02:02 PM
I'm relatively new to DreamWeaver and the web. I've created a small website for a cottage rental and wish to add a calendar which shows availability. Here is what I've done so far:

Celista Cottage ('http://www.preciouseffects.com/ezak/rates.html')

As you can see, all I've done is add a link to a Word document. Is there a more professional way of doing this? What must I do to enable visitors to make bookings online? At the moment, my plan is to create a request form which sends me an email, then I update the Word document.

Any suggestions?

Ken

domedia
06-15-2005, 03:18 PM
You should take the information from your word file and insert on a webpage. People access information on the web through their browser, not through MS Word ;)

What must I do to enable visitors to make bookings online?
You need a reservation system. If you don't have one, you can search online for an Application Service Provider that has something like this set up, or you can hire a programmer to build you a custom system. My guess is that the first option is better for you.

In the mean time you could take your information from your word file and update a webpage every day instead.

Ken Rogers
06-15-2005, 03:33 PM
Thanks, Domedia. I am trying to find an easy method for my client to easily update an online list by himself without my help. HTML files are "over his head", so I figured that a Word file would be something easy for him to upload regularely on his own.

Good point, though. It's inconvenient to make a viewer download a Word file. Is there a method for computer-illiterate people to update data on their own website?

domedia
06-15-2005, 04:01 PM
I don't think so, you might want to outsource that part of the project. You're looking for an area your client log into where he's able to update his webpages through use of forms which inserts data to a database. Unless you're familiar with databases and server side coding, I'd either hire someone or start reading up on how Dreamweaver can handle this real fast ;)

You can create whole applications in Dreamweaver, but you need to know something about the technologies used.

Macromedia has some sample applications you might learn from:
http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/topics/sample_apps.html ('http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/topics/sample_apps.html')

And also some other great articles about application building:
http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/dreamw...evelopment.html ('http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/dreamweaver/application_development.html')

Note the learning curve for this is steep. If you are not familiar with any kind of coding at all you need to set aside a good amount of time to learn this.

Hope this helps :)

Ken Rogers
06-15-2005, 06:01 PM
Thanks for the info. I'm going to learn about what I can build with Dreamweaver.

Ken

Ken Rogers
06-16-2005, 05:47 AM
I found exactly what I was looking for at Yahoo. I can provide online booking with a CGI script and my client's email, but this Yahoo! calendar is what he wants customers to see. I'd like this to look professional. Let me know what you think of the Yahoo link on this page.

Celista Cottage -- Rates ('http://www3.telus.net/sprecious/peter/rates.html')

This is a temporary domain name, until my client decides on a name.

Ken

Sloth_Boy
06-16-2005, 08:04 AM
You might want to add a title to your pages man, currently it has no title so it comes up as "untitled document" which looks very un-pro...

domedia
06-16-2005, 01:01 PM
Apart from that (untitled document) this was probably the fastest way you could do it, nice.

Ken Rogers
06-16-2005, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the feebback guys. I'll add titles to my pages, along with a full meta tag to the home page.

Ken