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Writing a site entirely in JavaScript...
Is this a bad idea?
MonkeyWithTypewriter




msg:1483536
 2:07 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm new to this site. I recently had 2 questions that I searched for, and Google had this forum as responses to my queries....

Anyway....

I recently designed a web site for a client real cheap. She was my first paying customer so I agreed upon a price that met her budget so I could add to my profile. She was happy. Then, 2 months later, she had to add a page, and she was surprised with the bill, so the next time she needed a page added, she got her friend to do it for free. I don't care so much, but I have my business name at the bottom of her site, and this free change by her friend was ugly. She must have used FrontPage. The links were all (and still are) broken on her new page, the columns are sized wrong, spelling errors, HTML incompatibility errors with other browsers, etc. And my company name is at the bottom of this new page. I'm so embarassed. I told her to remove my name from her site since I don't do work of that quality.

I was reading on JavaScript this week (I'm new to JavaScript), and realized I could have written her site in JavaScript and FrontPage wouldn't be able to read it.

I did some research, and the percentage of browsers without JavaScript enabled is 12%.

Is this bad to design a site entirely in JavaScript to prevent an amateur from ruining your hard work?

Is this 12% something to worry about?

If I were to write a NOSCRIPT version, she would still be able to edit that version. Is there a way to prevent this.

I'm not about keeping a customer from editing their own site, so long as it's done PROPERLY (i.e. no FrontPage or other MicroSoft products).

 

tedster




msg:1483537
 3:44 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hello, Monkey, and welcome to the forum.

Writing an entire site with Javascript would create a site that was completely invisible to the search engines. It's really not a good idea.

bobriggs




msg:1483538
 4:20 am on Sep 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

Is this bad to design a site entirely in JavaScript to prevent an amateur from ruining your hard work?

The amateur would start over and write it entirely in html. It would be seen by 100%, not 88%.

There's nothing you can do to keep a customer from editing their own site, other than not giving them the password.

and she was surprised with the bill

You'll have nothing but problems with her anyway, unless your prices are really exhorbitant.

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