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    To WP or not to WP

    all my clients are small businesses with static sites i update once per year
    i have avoided all CMS options for 10 years now
    except CushyCMS to give clients fast access to update content

    a new client is asking for a Wordpress-based site
    the sole reason they want WP is to edit and ADD NEW PAGES without my intervention
    i feel WP is overkill and i prefer the idea of a custom php/mysql admin panel
    or something along the lines of a mini CMS or a simple CMS to only do what the client needs
    any tips or advice would be much appreciated.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by escocia1 View Post
    i feel WP is overkill and i prefer the idea of a custom php/mysql admin panel
    What the customer wants, the customer gets, if not from you, then from someone else. Wordpress is popular these days and will probably be for a while until the next latest trend comes around. And that next trend is not going to be reverting back to static HTML. It may be best to give the client what he or she wants. So if you don't know much about Wordpress, it's probably time to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escocia1 View Post
    something along the lines of a mini CMS or a simple CMS to only do what the client needs
    any tips or advice would be much appreciated.
    There are various CMSes that are perfect for this. I recommend you check out Perch. It's a bit like Cushy but on your own server, and allows for adding new pages etc.

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    statamic has also mentioned along with perch
    but are these mico cms options being used succesfully?
    and will they be well supported for long?
    the micro cms concept is great but in practice is the cheesdude WP option the only one we have?
    like a custom admin panel in php/mysql for example?
    surely it can be setup and repeated easily enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by escocia1 View Post
    are these mico cms options being used succesfully?
    Absolutely. They are very popular.

    will they be well supported for long?
    They are two of the best supported CMSes on the market, and I don't see any sign of that changing. Nothing lasts forever, of course. But even if the companies were to go out of business, your CMS won't go anywhere, as the software sits on your own server.

    The reason I focused on Perch was that it plugs into an existing, static site. Statamic is really for a whole site. But it's a great CMS.

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    we are the service provider, so that to make for customer to satisfy is the top requests. You should consider carefully what the customer requires and try to perform

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    or we act as consultants instead of service providers and explain the pros and cons to our clients helping them to make an informed decision relative to their own business requirements instead of simply doing what they think everybody else is doing
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    Explane your customer that wordpress has to be maintained, updated all the time, as it could be a target for hackers - being the most popular cms (happened to me). And if he insists on using it, do it


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