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    Designing Dliemma - Simple site no longer, scripting, program help

    Designing Dliemma - Simple site no longer

    I am a graphic designer who for a long time has also done very simple web sites. Dreamweaver HTML and using Web Pro. My work mostly are the type of sites that graphically look good, get a customers product out and they use as a contact point / showroom for clients.

    I now have a job that started off easy.... and has now bcome complicated. 90% of the way thru the building process my client has come up with the idea that she would like to have an email code verifier on the contact form, she would also like to have a "booking form" where clients can express interest in a workshop and make an online booking.

    I am clueless.

    The site has been nearly completely done in WebPro and to my knowledge isn't possible to drop scripts into. I could upload the files into Dreamweaver and do the script addition. My problem is I have no idea what I am looking for in the way of scripts - do i need to re-do it in some other program. Would they require specialised php scripting?

    Is it an option for me to complete the site in WebPro and have someone else add the neccessary scripts etc? How do I work what I want? (if its beyond me I will stick it in one of the marketplace forums and pay, but I hafta know what I'm asking for)

    Throw me a bone people, I've got nothing.

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    I have no experience with either DreamWeaver or WebPro so I don't know what you can "drop" or "plug" into it.

    The server-side validation of form input is essential. Client-side javascript validation is a plus. AJAX form validation is a double plus.

    Fortunately there are countless scripts available for both form creation and input validation. Maybe you can use PEAR QuickForm?

    The "booking" aspect isn't so easy. It will require a backend database to deal with the information. You may not need to write a custom script from scratch, but most likely you will need to at least tweak a script to fit your specific details and needs.

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    SitePoint Member figgster's Avatar
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    Thanks mitteneague I appreciate your response, mostly over my head but I will use what you have said to search further!

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    Wow you really are in a pickle. Um I would not pay over 150 for what your asking. I would recommend attempting to do the email verifier by yourself. Many good free scripts out there simple copy and paste. Just have to know where to paste.

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    What I would recommend is that you explain to your client that you can produce the website design to their specifications however the additional scripting they require may be an issue as your knowledge does not cover these aspects. Be honest with the client and explain to them that they have a couple of options, either you can do the design and take the bits you don't know to a 3rd party by outsourcing the development (there’s lots of freelance websites which can help you with this - so you can pay someone else to do the bits you are unable to provide and take that expense onto the overall cost) or you could say to the client that at their own choice they can either pay you to simply do the design and then take the development to another place of their choice or simply take the whole project to someone else.

    Remember that there is no shame in passing up on projects if you feel you cannot do them justice, it may be worth learning how to script along the line but for the short term solution, if you and the client feel uneasy about outsourcing the scripting, perhaps pass them onto another developer you know can do the job well (you will be surprised how often clients will come back even if you had to refer them if you found them someone who would do the job they need).

    Hope this is helpful

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    You might also switch to doing sites in CMS's like Wordpress or Drupal, which have a lot of built scripts and features that you're client will like.
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