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Allowing customers to edit their own websites

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4:39 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I'm looking for something that will allow the customer to update the content on their html pages themselves for only their website that I host for them.

I know there's got to be something out there. If I design a site for a customer, I would like the customer to have the capability of logging in with a password and userid and editing their site.

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4:42 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Make CMS based website that would be solution , why are you doing this? is this customer requirement? You are loosing something here i guess
5:10 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi

I want to offer the flexibility of allowing the customers to update simple content on their site. Some customers may not need to contact me just to update a paragraph of text for example. I guess cms is the only way to go. I've seen web design companies offering this to their customers. What if the customer's site isn't designed using a cms application?

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You could find a programmer type and have them develop a low grade CMS that allows the customer to edit the content on certain pages. You may have to make some edits to file names (like .html >> .php) but it shouldn't be too painful.
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You can also assign individuals to roles - Joomla uses Access Control Levels. This way they can edit or create new content and you don't have to worry about them messing up the website.
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You can also assign individuals to roles - Joomla uses Access Control Levels. This way they can edit or create new content and you don't have to worry about them messing up the website.

Yes, and I find this option to be working very well with the clients so that they are not capable to produce a giant mess. One more alternative is to use wordpress as a content management system. Some people believe it is not a nice bet, for wordpress is basically a blogging system. Actually, it works great as a CMS too.

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Somebody's proposed to you a CMS based site. I really have to say that this could be the best way to go. Easy for you and for the client.
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Yes, and I find this option to be working very well with the clients so that they are not capable to produce a giant mess. One more alternative is to use wordpress as a content management system. Some people believe it is not a nice bet, for wordpress is basically a blogging system. Actually, it works great as a CMS too.

Yes, Wordpress has been used as a CMS recently, though originally a blogging system. BUT you should mind that WP remains in a great deal based on the intention of the content to be published while Joomla and the other traditionals - more on the content presentation.

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Generalinq,

The conversation has already moved beyond this suggestion, and while a CMS would probably be best long term, you may want to consider this anyway (or in addition to a CMS), depending on your customer's needs.

I ran into WYMeditor the other day, and it looks very promising. It would allow your users to edit (via a web interface) their information, including importing from Word documents apparently, and focus on structure and content. It saves the data as XHTML, and relies on the website to decide on formatting (via CSS). Thus taking the presentation aspect completely out of their hands, and preventing non-technical users from screwing up the whole site's layout. Just google for WYMeditor.

Note that you could incorporate this into a CMS implementation, thus providing your users with an effective (and safe) content editor that won't mess up the site's layout.

Alternatively, a simple site template, with presentation controlled via CSS, could allow new content additions using this tool. Anyone have any experience with WYMeditor?