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Should I be giving up on CMS?
I have become frustrated by Wordpress recently & looking for a solution
lazymudskipper




msg:3955310
 3:54 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Last year I really started getting into Wordpress, I thought it was a great solution to build sites instantly. Then, over time I started getting curious and began slightly editing existing templates which never really worked for me as I wanted to make them my own and had rather limited knowledge. So I tried building my own over and over again but just wasn't getting it right and gave up.

Now I have stopped seeking Wordpress as my solution and I'm building some great looking sites with CSS. Problem is, I just can't seem to get my head around how it all fits together LOL. I tried Joomla and that was worse for me...

So I was wondering, are there any (free) solutions out there that would simply allow me to build a site as normal and then perhaps enable certain aspects to become editable through some sort of online CMS? I hope I'm making sense here. I don't want to work with MYSQL or download/upload software, I simply want to be able to create a page with PHP and somehow login, click on parts of that specific page and edit the text or image - that's it.

Any ideas or recommendations? I would sit down and try learn but I have no time due to other commitments.

Hope someone can advise me,

Thanks

 

benevolent001




msg:3955316
 4:05 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi Welcome to WebmasterWorld

I would suggest you to try Drupal for your work , i guess it would be fine for you to work out.

Good Luck

lazymudskipper




msg:3955317
 4:12 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks - how much easier is Drupal to manage though? I thought it was the same as Wordpress in terms of building themes?

Would it be simple enough to take a site I have now and easily plugin Drupal?

iCMSonya




msg:3955334
 5:05 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Try CMS Made Simple. The templates are built with HTML and CSS.

lazymudskipper




msg:3955436
 9:32 pm on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

While their all unique in their own positive right, I would just love something simpler still.

For example on the content of my homepage, I could just specify a section that I can just edit on the screen (like a wiki).

I'm probably just being lazy LOL

Thanks

ergophobe




msg:3955564
 5:30 am on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Have you had a look at Concrete5?

It's not for me, but it might be for you. I find it confusing because you can change things on one page and they don't necessarily propagate to other pages, but that sounds like you would see that as a plus. You *must* watch the how-to videos before getting started though (or at least I had to), because it's a totally different model than Wordpress or Drupal in terms of editing pages.

It might at least be worth watching the vids and see if it looks right to you.

laertes




msg:3955857
 4:14 pm on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Have a look at NanoCMS- touted as the world's smallest CMS. It creates static html pages, but includes a php editor and includes for content and sidebars.

lazymudskipper




msg:3955910
 5:05 pm on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I just tried installing Concrete5 locally on my Mac using MAMP. Never had a problem installing Wordpress locally but I keep getting the following error with Concrete5

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1380 bytes) in /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/concrete/concrete/libraries/loader.php on line 45

Any clues?

@laertes - I'll have a look at NanoCMS now

Thanks

BradleyT




msg:3955919
 5:30 pm on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

In your php.ini file you'll have to bump up the available memory that php can use.

It should look like this -
memory_limit = 16M;

Try 32M or 64M.

lazymudskipper




msg:3955920
 5:35 pm on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

thanks @BradleyT but in fact I have just found the solution I've been searching for (I think).

I needed something that did not consist of MYSQL etc on my server but just something that you could place a class in sections of your site and then login to edit.

I've just found CushyCMS of which I had looked at in the past when I was into my Wordpress and laughed it off. But in fact, this is the solution I've been crying for.

I've just done a test on my site and I basically just add class="cushycms" into a div or similar and that's it. I then log into my account and I can edit that section of my site through CushyCMS.

I'm so happy with that... unless someone knows of any flaws with this company that I should know about? LOL.

Thanks for all your help

tedster




msg:3955948
 6:07 pm on Jul 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Here's a look at some of the pros and cons in a discussion from last year:

Cushy CMS - Is it too light? [webmasterworld.com]

The consensus seems to be that it may have uses, but for most webmasters, it is indeed too light.

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