I have designed a few small websites for friends, and a few clients. I use Dreamweaver, and code the HTML and CSS myself, and also using Dreamweaver to create a template for the Header, nav, and footer areas, so updates are a breeze. So far all my sites are static and this has worked up until now. I'm also just learning a little about Jquery. This will only be a parttime biz for me, so I'd like to keep everything simple.
I recently lost a potential client because I was unsure of my abilities... they wanted an events calendar, registration forms with payment option, a secure login page for clients, and wanted to be able to update a few things themselves. I know I can eventually figure out how to do all these things... using JQuery, PHP, CushyCMS, or something. My question is... which direction should I go from here? I'm not opposed to learning PHP or a CMS.... do I put my energies into learning a CMS (they seem to be the wave of the future and seem to have plugins for forms, event calendar, etc.), or do I continue with Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS and figure out how build what I need or use available plugins (which I'm a little clueless on as well).
I've been reading Sitepoint forums - lots of good info - and it seems that Perch is a nice CMS that may meet my needs (and future clients). Is the only reason to go with a CMS, is so the client can update info on their site themselves? I'd be very grateful for any direction, advice you can provide me. Thanks, Diane.