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    Question A simple content manager

    I am making a website for a client, and the client wants to be able to edit the content of the site through a user friendly console.

    I searched google for such scripts, but all of them were much too complex compared to what I want to achieve. The client only wants to be able to edit the main content of the site (adding content boxes, images) and maybe accesss to modify the navbar (its in html and css, so it is dynamic).

    Im pretty sure I can accomplish this without downloading a complex set of scripts, just something pretty straightforward and simple I assume, just don't know how to achieve this since I'm pretty new to php.

    Anyone can help?

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    Perhaps get WordPress, style it up a bit, and show the client how to navigate through the CP (control panel). Their wiki has a lot of good info. It's not a full-blown CMS (content management system), but it can be if you do a few things here and there.

    WordPress as a CMS (Two-part tutorial)

    HTH (Hope this helps) a little, despite me being fairly new with it as well.

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    I tried wordpress, and it is still far too complex for my needs,

    Unless there a way to connect wordpress with my already made static website.

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    Thanks for the link, but isn't there something similar to Sitepoint's Editize, that would be free of cost, and preferably open source?

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    There was a script I used several years ago called Empower 2001 for this sort of thing.

    The author no longer supports it, but you can get it here: http://www.grahamspice.com/docs/

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    I have a simple one you could use if you wanted to. Check my contact info and add me to msn or something if you like.

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    You may want to check these sites out. They are very informative for users yet to make a decision:

    http://www.cmsmatrix.org/
    http://opensourcecms.com/


    Hope it helps!
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    Thanks for the links, unfortunately, I havn't found anything of interest...

    I need a really simple WYSIWYG java editor that is compliant with XHTML 1.0 transitional. I am very new to content managers and WYSIWYG editors, so I need something simple and easy to use, since the client only wants to modify certain fields of content, thats all, no blogs or discussions or forum.

    So basically, the website is already done, i just need to intergrate a WYSIWYG editor into the pages so the client can modify his content.

    Any one can point me out in the right direction?

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    !

    Why not try reading this article on melonfire

    It was the first tut i read when creating my first cms, You can use the code and manipulate it, use it as a skeleton model if you want, that way you can learn the language and touch up on a few other skills,

    Of course you will need to read a few other articles to get it working but it should get you off to a decent start!

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    Take a look on the attached files, this is a super simple micro site that works on files, it offers HTML-Area (an wysiwyg editor) as interface to edit the files. Should work pretty much right off, make sure that the folder "content" is writable though.

    If nothing else it should give you an idea of one simple way to go.
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    where do I download the file?

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    ?...
    It's attached as a .zip file in my post above, just right click and go "save as".
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    The file only recently got approved DmS but I sent GrafDude a copy!

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    man...
    program it by your self..
    u have 3 more pages to do!
    news editor with change/upload image
    center and side boxes editor
    and menu editor....
    1 day of work
    cheers

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    change the client!!!!!
    every client which want to update by him self is selfish and he dont want to pay!!!
    advice him to use an cms...thats why cms exsists..
    cheers

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    AlthoughI agree that some clients may want to update a site themselves to save money, if they are paying you 20,000 to set up the system in the first place, that is good money you would be throwing away by kicking them out.

    You could always set up a 'monthly maintenance charge' so that if they mess things up, you can heroically step in as part of the agreement and fix it. If they don't mess things up, you still get monthly income!

    BTW I also agree with reminder, coding it yourself is not that difficult and really quite rewarding! (That was the more polite way of saying it!)

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    thanx mark W
    I didn't realize that it needed to be approved, it turned up right away for me...

    As for the "to CMS or not to CMS" thing.
    To toss a client out for wanting a tool to make his life easier ?!?!?
    Come on, that's more than stupid!

    Client orders stuff, we provide knowledge & solutions, we get paid.
    If we do a good job we will be asked to do it again, and again, and again... So what's a good job then? The job that makes the client happy!
    Simple as that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by btvillarin
    You realize that Editize is no CMS by itself?

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    have alook at phpwcms

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    One word....Etomite

    It is great for PHP programmers because all the CMS tricks such as building menus, sitemaps etc is done by snippets of PHP code.

    The CMS itself is a nice web interface into a tree structure. It comes nicely setup out of the box (its free, figure of speech). However, you can customise everything if you want. The author is very responsive and there is an active support forum.

    After trying some of the bigger OSS CMS packages I found them complicated and setup time would have been weeks. Etomite was up and running in a day.

    BTW: If you want to see it in action the faxOnline site in my signature line was built using an older version.

    Etomite


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