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Crumpy1
04-16-2014, 05:08 PM
Hi,

I would like to learn how to create a back end for my customers websites so I do not need to keep making changes every 5 mins as this is now becoming really time consuming.

I have no idea where to start and wondered if anyone can point me in the right direction in how to do this.

Thanks

Ricky55
04-16-2014, 05:25 PM
Not much point in creating something yourself. Even if you had the know how it would still be pretty pointless.

The only reason to do it from your POV would be to learn.

You'd be far better using a CMS, such as WordPress and building you websites around these.

Best thing to learn would be how to theme these to create custom websites for your clients.

All the popular CMS' have far better options and UI then you or I could create in a life's work.

Don't get me wrong, if you want to learn then thats something else but there's no practical benefit.

I'd learn how to theme wordpress using PHP that would enable you to create powerful, custom sites that your clients would love.

HTH

Ricky55
04-16-2014, 05:27 PM
BTW your Twitter and web address links don't work in your signature.

Ricky55
04-16-2014, 05:29 PM
You could also try looking at something like Perch CMS. This is a lightweight CMS that you could plugin to your existing websites without too much trouble and give your clients the ability to make edits.

http://grabaperch.com

Crumpy1
04-16-2014, 06:11 PM
You could also try looking at something like Perch CMS. This is a lightweight CMS that you could plugin to your existing websites without too much trouble and give your clients the ability to make edits.

http://grabaperch.com

I have never used word press, i tend to make everything on Dreamweaver from scratch so i will look at this option first and if this does not give me what i need for whatever reason then i will look at this as another option.

BTW your Twitter and web address links don't work in your signature.

Forgot to delete the signature when i moved the site.

Thanks

Ricky55
04-16-2014, 09:13 PM
You can build most types of website using WordPress, from blogs to brochure sites to e-commerce although its not always the best choice for e-commerce IMO.

Only time when it might not be great is for smaller sites that don't need the weight of WP, for sites like this Perch would be great.

There's also nothing wrong with building just static sites if the client doesn't need to change things. As long as you are using decent modern work flows.

If you are wanting to give clients the ability to edit though WP is a great choice. My clients love it and when you get to know it you can create really customised solutions for them.

Check out wordpress theming.

Cheers

Crumpy1
04-16-2014, 10:09 PM
If I wanted to learn how to use WordPress to design websites what is the best way of learning it? Are there any courses, books of online tutorials that you can recommend?

IPTVExpert
04-17-2014, 01:22 PM
Hi, I am new to Dreamweaver. Can anyone send me links to beginners tutorials??
Thanks.

d a v e
04-17-2014, 03:19 PM
Hi, I am new to Dreamweaver. Can anyone send me links to beginners tutorials??
Thanks.

start your own thread and don't hijack someone else's

Ricky55
04-17-2014, 03:42 PM
start your own thread and don't hijack someone else's

Indeed.

Yes to learn WP the web is full of tutorials.

First of all you need to learn your way around WordPress, I would just download the latest version and set up a local copy and have a play around.

Get a copy here for free: http://en-gb.wordpress.org/

WordPress uses PHP and mySQL so you need to have a local server running. If you have a Mac you can do this using MAMP or WAMP if you are running windows.

If you don't know how to set it up locally come back and I'll record a video to show you how to get started with it all.

Then you need to get to grips with creating themes. CSS Tricks has some good tutorials on theming, Lynda.com also has some great ones on WordPress and themes.

http://www.lynda.com/WordPress-tutorials/WordPress-Essential-Training/154417-2.html?srchtrk=index:1%0Alinktypeid:2%0Aq:wordpres s%0Apage:1%0As:relevance%0Asa:true%0Aproducttypeid :2

http://css-tricks.com/video-screencasts/71-building-a-website-photoshop-mockup/

Here's a simple blog that I've just done with WP.

http://www.gordonrigg.com/the-hub/

Ricky55
04-17-2014, 03:45 PM
should also point out that you can continue to use dreamweaver if you want when working with wp.

Crumpy1
04-17-2014, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the link and the tips. I have already got xx amp installed for testing locally so I will have a play with wp and see what I can do.

Thanks for the assistance with this.

Ricky55
04-17-2014, 10:55 PM
If you've already been using PHP in your websites, PHP includes etc then you'll get on just fine with WordPress.

Its not always obvious what level folks are at on the forum.

Have a look and please come back if you need any help.