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Making a news page
I'm running to a new problem.
I would like to make a news page for my website.
Now the template is done etc. But i want to be able to add topics and text to this page easily, without having to download/adjust and upload the entire page again. Is there any easy way in doing this? Any advice?
The main idea is that the owners of the website will have to do very little trouble to keep their news up-to-date.
Then here's the second problem, i want in a small colum on my homepage the 2 latest news topics. wich would also be updated automaticly when the original news page is updated.
Could someone please help or advice me?
Anyway, help would be much appreciated!
Sounds like you need a database driven site.
This will mean you can add news items to the database, you can then show the topics on your page, and also show the 2 latest news topics.
Or a Content Management System like Wordpress or Drupal, which will automatically generate the feeds for you. There is also a Content Management [webmasterworld.com] forum here at WebmasterWorld should you decide to go that route. :)
I like the first option most, i took a quick peek at wordpress but it makes a site for you on its own or something, im not sure.. it might be cool if i could use my current template for it but then someone would have to guide me trough it, maybe on skype or msn for some direct feedback? pm me if ur interested in that, if not this is fine to :P
Anyway i have an MySQL server active, but what should i do with it? + How can i make it easy for the website owners (who are noobs lol)
Both Wordpress and Drupal will automatically make use of your mySQL database, but learning the details of any CMS is a big deal. There are people whose entire livelihood is earned through their knowledge of Drupal or Wordpress.
The problem is your question is asking for a whole "college course" on RSS technology. My advice would be to just start - pick a direction and wade into the waters with a test site first to learn the ropes.
If you want to build it yourself, a *very simple* idea would be.
A news table in MySQL with ID, title, article & date fields.
You'll then need a couple of admin PHP pages to add/edit & delete articles, how you secure these is a different matter.
Then you can select the articles you need on you home page, and on your new pages.
I did have a website setup like this, but recently did a whole refresh and switched to Wordpress as my needs out grew my own system.