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I need to convert a website from a custom written CMS to an open sourc
--an open source CMS like Joomla or Drupal

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Msg#: 3898699 posted 3:30 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I started working for a small non-profit in another capacity, but since I have a lot of hmtl experience I've been conscripted into maintaining the website. Unfortunately, the original web designer is very unreasonable cost wise, and since I don't have php experience it's very difficult for me to change up the site.

I need to add tabs and rearrange links in the navigation.php page, but since they've designed their own CMS, I can't figure out how to do it. The static nav page is different than the current nav page due to changes made in the CMS. I do have full ftp access.

How do I get started? Any ideas on how I can edit the page with another CMS?

Thank you in advance for your help!


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Msg#: 3898699 posted 4:45 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Understandably, you wouldn't want to learn PHP purely because the navigation is embedded in PHP.

I'd suggest getting a colour coded PHP editor.

The colour coding should make the editing much less daunting. It'd be worth making a backup 'just in case' you accidentally edit some of the PHP syntax.

If the nav is a block of HTML in navigation.php it should be quite simple to do, otherwise if you have a fair idea of what the PHP 'does' to the navigation then that may help getting round the problem.

Just replacing navigation.php with a block of HTML may also be a workaround for you.


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Msg#: 3898699 posted 6:34 pm on Apr 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Replacing the navigation.php would be a fantastic workaround for the time being! What way I can edit the php until I get it like I want it without having to wait...or ruining the site.


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