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littleg
04-23-2011, 05:08 AM
Hi,
i have run into a little problem. I used a friend to build a site for me. The website is done and looks good. I now want a little control to change a few things and it seems to of caused a problem with my friend. Its now got to a point where he is going to hand control to me. The thing is he won't help at all.
He built it using dreamweaver and he says that he used dreamweaver to made any changes. My question is if i get dreamweaver what info do i need from him to be able to open and modify my website? Once im able to do this is it worth looking at using a CMS? if so how do i put it on the site?

In advance thanks for your help, G

johnMoss
04-23-2011, 06:37 AM
Point blank littleg go make up with your friend... Not to be callous but if you've no idea what you're doing at all, it's not something you can pick up in a couple days....

Corrosive
04-24-2011, 09:32 AM
Hi,
i have run into a little problem. I used a friend to build a site for me. The website is done and looks good. I now want a little control to change a few things and it seems to of caused a problem with my friend. Its now got to a point where he is going to hand control to me. The thing is he won't help at all.

OK, bad situation but you are there now.

He built it using dreamweaver and he says that he used dreamweaver to made any changes. My question is if i get dreamweaver what info do i need from him to be able to open and modify my website?

You will need the hosting details, FTP Host, what Directory the pages are in, username and password. You then need to define your site (http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/define-your-site.php) using a blank folder on your desktop. After you have access to the server you can synchronize to download all the pages and edit them.

Once im able to do this is it worth looking at using a CMS? if so how do i put it on the site?

You don't really put a CMS on a site, you build a website around a CMS platform. It really needs considering before you start. Maybe check out Adobe Contribute as the license is cheaper than Dreamweaver. That is if all you want to change is text/images etc.

Hope that helps and sorry for where you have ended up with this. I guess friends, favours and business don't really mix well.

DWcourse
04-24-2011, 06:29 PM
I guess friends, favours and business don't really mix well.

You certainly have to be careful about it.

<rant>The problem with doing favors for friends (or clients) by building them a website is that the website is only half the issue. They still need to be able to update and maintain it and they tend to expect you to handle that for them (still for free or cheaply). The sad fact is that even minor updates take a chunk out of your day and that's time you could be charging for (or enjoying for that matter). So a free website turns into an ongoing commitment with no compensation (and frequently little appreciation).</rant>

JESSEJJ89
04-29-2011, 10:45 AM
As mentioned above you need the web hosting info. Once you have taken control of your site, I would briefly learn the basics of HTML (easy stuff).. You'd be surprised what you can do just be knowing the basics.

Here is a couple of online tutorials:
http://webdesign.about.com/od/htmlxhtmltutorials/p/learnhtml.htm
http://blogs.sitepoint.com/html-css-beginners-guide/
http://ask.metafilter.com/106162/Whats-the-best-way-to-learn-web-design
http://www.webdesigndev.com/dreamweaver/learn-how-to-create-a-website-in-adobe-dreamweaver

enjoy 8-)

Ricky55
04-29-2011, 04:34 PM
Like the others have said I'd kiss and make up until you have the FTP details, download the site and then tell him what you think about him.

Good advice from Corrosive.

If all else fails depending on the complexity of the site you can get most of it just by downloading it page by page but you'll never have the original assets of course.

If its only a few pages and its just plain html this wouldn't be impossible. Just copy the source code from each page download the images and css and you'll have the site. Google Chrome would make this easier as it makes these assets links when you view source.

edbr
04-30-2011, 02:36 AM
people get touchy about their creations i would remake the site in a test folder and then show the improvements and you will at least have some grounds for discussion