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spazzer
04-07-2010, 11:19 AM
Hi,
I am looking at building websites for paying customers, can someone explain how I can allow them to add content to there own site once it has been designed or does all the update work have to come to the web designer, can someone advise if possible please ?

Many Thanks,
Nick C :grin:

Corrosive
04-07-2010, 11:21 AM
What a strange co-incidence...

http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35701

James_Law
04-07-2010, 11:23 AM
You've got a number of options. You can make good money by offering support and editing options once the site is built - that's not for everyone though (especially if it's a relatively low cost project).

If the site is pretty static you can use something like CushyCMS or Pagelime - that's a really good way of giving customers controlled editing options. Our product http://buildorlite.com might work for you too.

If you need more dynamic content try WordPress - much more than just a blog platform or maybe Expression Engine.

Good luck!

James_Law
04-07-2010, 11:25 AM
*Actually, re-reading that, I think I over reacted - you weren't accusing me of spam right - too much coffee!!! :) *

A coincidence but I promise not by me (I replied to this before I saw your post).

Honest, we're not here to spam - I guess this didn't help but we're completely legit.

I just got your DM - I reply to that too.

James

What a strange co-incidence...

http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=35701

Corrosive
04-07-2010, 11:27 AM
*Actually, re-reading that, I think I over reacted - you weren't accusing me of spam right - too much coffee!!! :) *

A coincidence but I promise not by me (I replied to this before I saw your post).

Honest, we're not here to spam - I guess this didn't help but we're completely legit.

I just got your DM - I reply to that too.

James

Ha ha, no that is fine. I wasn't suggesting you were spamming the timing just made me smile :)

Corrosive
04-07-2010, 11:29 AM
James, shall we take 5 mins between posts from now on? ;)

spazzer
04-07-2010, 11:53 AM
Hi James and Corrosoive,
Software looks good James, so basically when the website has been designed the client can access there site through your software and edit the site, then if I give them the FTP details they can edit to there hearts content !,if they don't have the ftp details nothing changes !,is this basically how it works ?

Cheers,
Nick C

James_Law
04-07-2010, 12:09 PM
That's right - nothing is actually edited until the user hits Publish (and they need to know the FTP details) - until then it's just a temporary copy.

It means you can create the site and just hand it over - nothing to set up or configure.

However, if you want more control over what the user can edit and a little more site wide control take a look at CushyCMS or Pagelime etc - but they do require setting up by you.

Whilst I'm at it, BuildorLite is primarily aimed at non-developers who want a quick way to edit their content as they don't need to make any changes before they can get going. In the future we aim to include more tools for developers to configure before they hand over to clients.

dzwestwindsor
04-07-2010, 11:20 PM
With all due respect to jame's cool piece of software, I can give you (spazzer) some pretty handy web frameworks/cms that you can poke around with..

I myself is a huge Ruby on Rails fanatic. www.rubyonrails.org (http://www.rubyonrails.org)
I'm not a PHP fan, but hey, drupal isn't bad- www.drupal.org (http://www.drupal.org)
Wordpress is good for updating blogs- www.wordpress.org (http://www.wordpress.org)
And there's joomla. never tried it though- www.joomla.org (http://www.joomla.org)



All of those frameworks makes editing/adding/removing information really easy.

if you go here - http://media.rubyonrails.org/video/rails_blog_2.mov

you can see how a person takes 15 min to make a ruby on rails blog, that someone can easily edit/update/add/remove posts.



They are really worth learning too. Try some of the above, its vital skills a web developer should have. Chooose one, and stick with it. Get good, and you will be selling those dynamic websites for a whole wad more cash :D




have fun

Skunk
08-11-2010, 07:24 AM
would these work for say a my page where a user can change the look of their own page and ad a pic?

Corrosive
08-11-2010, 11:37 AM
Some CMS frameworks will do this. Drupal or Joomla spring to mind. In fact that may be a better answer to the other question you posted :)

dzwestwindsor
08-11-2010, 12:09 PM
I just extensively tried Drupal and Joomla

Joomla = EXCELLENT for website building, extremely easy for users to update content

Drupal = same, but Drupal is more complex, better suited for "web applications" instead of "websites."

If you are just looking for a website go for Joomla. Easy to set up, get going in no time. Good CMS. But if you are looking to build a webapp , with forums, members, profiles, friendships, all that stuff, then you should go with Drupal. It takes a bit longer to set up, but it is so freaking powerful :mrgreen:

(why am i saying this if i'm a rails addict XD)

Ricky55
08-13-2010, 09:19 AM
Joomla is crap IMO the code it creates is bloated and unnecessary. Your best bet is like James suggested is to use either a full blown cms such as word press, text pattern or expression engine or just use a smaller plugin style cms such as cushy or perch. In fact perch would work well for you and it's easy to implement.

You don't need to learn ruby or php to work with these.