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I didn't really know how CMS worked, so I just installed Joomla and played around with it. I realize now that I have no idea what it is!
I'm thinking it might be easier to just teach her some simple html at this point!
How many pages are you talking about here? You could just cut and paste the pages into Joomla (or some other CMS). Depending on the nature of the site, you could even do it with Wordpress. Once the page is created in Joomla, you delete the html page and set the Joomla page URL to point to the old address and nobody should know the difference (especially if you tweak the Joomla template to match the current design).
Then, for the client, you could add in a rich text editor (TinyMCE, FCKEdit, Spaw or some such) so she could edit pages without really knowing HTML.
Another solution that I've used, which requires the client to learn a tiny bit of HTML, is to create a site that has a basic template and a simple form and login so that users can change specific content, but not create pages or change the design and template.
Even in this case, BTW, you could integrate TinyMCE for the client.
That's kind of a big topic and you would need to know how to do some scripting (PHP or the like).
Thank you for your suggestions. I will definitely look into that. It sounds easy! I suppose I have to sit down with Joomla for a while, or any cms really, and try to figure it ou.
And the investment in learning the CMS will, of course, not be down the drain, because you can use it to build future sites as well.
Best of luck.
That's not to mention the dozens of other excellent CMS out there (ModX is another I've tried and liked, for example). It's a personal choice depending on needs, skills and so forth. Most of them are free, so I think taking them for a test drive is the best.