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7:22 pm on Mar 22, 2012 (gmt 0)

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This is my first time EVER posting to a forum, so please correct me if this is in the wrong place.
I just took over our nonprofit website management with no real knowledge of how a website (or the internet) works. Since then, I have learned a lot.
My Question: Currently I edit our site in CMSMadeSimple, but there are so many things I can't change because they are so separated into Pages, stylesheets, templates, etc. It has been suggested that I move it all over to Dreamweaver and this will be easier to edit. I believe I am capable of learning code, but do not want to try to put our site into a program and then destroy it...thoughts? Currently CMSMS is drving me CRAZY.
12:06 am on Mar 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Welcome aboard emontherun, a CMS system of ANY kind is designed so you can modify content without breaking the web site - just like you say here.

... but do not want to try to put our site into a program and then destroy it ...

Why would you take on something you have no idea how to manage? CMS systems are made for people **just like you.** That's not a flame or an attack, you have better things to do with your time than learn all the tech stuff, don't you?

Sure you're capable of it, but why would you put yourself through it? Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG page editor, but it seldom gives you what you expect.You'll have to understand how to work the program, then go under the hood when it's broken. You'll have to dismantle the current CMS system, then learn how to build pages manually. You'll still have to deal with CSS, style sheets, Javascript, seo issues, graphics, cross browser issues, and tons more stuff. Your CMS has already managed (most of) that for you.

If it's a true non profit, you need an intern. There are thousands of high school and college kids just begging to work on this stuff. Find a couple and manage them. They get school credits, you get to learn a little of what they've learned.

The short story IMO is Dreamweaver creates horribly hard to maintain and update pages. Whoever told you this is oversimplifying your plight. Put your effort into tweaking the CMS to meet your end, the site will survive it and everyone goes home happy. :-)
3:17 pm on Mar 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your response. My issue is that the CMS has pages that are nearly impossible to find, but I suppose it may be worthwhile to put my efforts into finding those pages instead of moving our page over to Dreamweaver...BTW I enjoy learning this stuff and there is always a place to learn something new. Thanks for the help!
3:52 pm on Apr 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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CMSMadeSimple is a great cms - you can edit absolutely everything, if you know where to look. It's not hard to find the pages in the system - just look under Content > Pages. (the only reason you might not edit a page to edit content would be in the case of a specialized module)

CMSMS separates the content from the design - so you have templates for the html/layout and css to style it - these are easy to edit too. Layout > Templates will have your templates for the various page-types. Layout > Stylesheets has the css.

Dreamweaver doesn't make it easier to maintain a site. What a cms does is standardize things, keeping it more consistent and manages things for you like the navigation and such, so you can focus on working with the content.
4:58 pm on Apr 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your response, I really appreciate the help. I have tried to ask our IT person at work and he gets very frustrated.
So I have decided to NOT get Dreamweaver and to try to get better at using/understanding our CMSMS program. Here is a problem that I have not been able to fix: When ppl register for our event an email is sent to us and a copy to them. I was able to change the emails subject line, but not the line in the body of the email. Any idea where I could get at that? I have tried module manager, template manager and tried to follow those clues, but no luck.

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