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    to add a CMS or not...

    Just wondering...should a CMS, i am looking at Drupal, be added to a site even if only developers will be updating the site?

    Am I just adding more work to the development?

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    It always makes updating easier. Even if developers know what they're doing and are able to successfully edit source files and reupload them, it can be a security risk unless you personally have trust in all of the developers.
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    I am for adding a CMS, it is alright with it. Also, I would recommend to have a look at WordPress.
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    You don't give any real specifics, but if you think you're going to need a CMS in the future, you should go ahead and put one in place right now. I can tell you this from bitter personal experience

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    A CMS makes it possible for someone who isn't a developer to work with the content, so you can save money when you have a simple job to do by hiring a lower-skilled assistant rather than a developer for those tasks, and save the big jobs for the developers.
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    That depends on how often (if at all) it's going to be updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Max View Post
    You don't give any real specifics, but if you think you're going to need a CMS in the future, you should go ahead and put one in place right now. I can tell you this from bitter personal experience
    Thanks, i will keep this in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trishacupra View Post
    A CMS makes it possible for someone who isn't a developer to work with the content, so you can save money when you have a simple job to do by hiring a lower-skilled assistant rather than a developer for those tasks, and save the big jobs for the developers.
    This is what i am looking to achieve, but have sometime before i get to that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Boss View Post
    That depends on how often (if at all) it's going to be updated.
    daily.

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    Presently I use a CMS system (Joomla) for my website and I have also used other scripts in the past including drupal, dolphin, memberspeed, butterfly for other websites and out of all I find Joomla to be the best in many ways.
    Lots of plugins available, fast loading websites, good SEO capabilities built in and much more. If you can edit CSS and create your own template then you will have no probs but there are hundreds of free joomla templates available online. Here is a link to another website where you can find some free html tempaltes with built in css navigation if you don't decide to go for CMS.
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    If you're going to add content to it on a daily basis you definitely need a CMS. It'll make your life easier now, and will prevent huge headaches down the road when you hit a wall and get tired of editing massive .HTML files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic.certs View Post
    Just wondering...should a CMS, i am looking at Drupal, be added to a site even if only developers will be updating the site?

    Am I just adding more work to the development?
    How can you add CMS to an established site?
    Do you mean you want to transfer all content from the established site to a CMS? Or you want to add blog (CMS) to the established site?
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    you would rebuild the website into the CMS not the other way around.

    Hardest part is if you have a very unique design that doesn't really fit into one of the templates of Joomla/Drupal etc... can be a bit intimidating if you haven't played around with CMS platforms before. Only way is to do a comparison based on your exact needs/future needs and stick with one CMS.... head to the forums/documentation and start reading.

    I use Modx CMS and am very happy with the ease of customization.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Boss View Post
    ...huge headaches down the road when you hit a wall and get tired of editing massive .HTML files.
    I wish I had thought of that when I was going through this. I literally had static pages over 1MB in size before I started subdividing them. My goal was to get each page broken apart into subpages of 100kb or less. Insanity. I archived the site and joined up with another site doing what I did that uses a proprietory CMS to handle the massive amounts of data we input. The whole thing was madness. Don't do what I did.


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