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    Default Web designers: Easiest way to allow clients to update pages on their site?

    A client of mine would like to be able to update parts of a website I have recently done for them.

    At the moment, it would appear to be specifically the calendar on this page:-

    http://www.glasgowkayakclub.com/Calendar.html

    Whats the best and easiest way I can have them be able to update that part themselves?.

    Not very familiar with allowing clients to update parts of their sites on their own, I was thinking perhaps getting them to use Macromedia Contribute, but I have heard various disaster stories about it?.

    Are there a few more easier ways to go about this?.

    I have VERY limited knowledge of php and MySQL as far as CMS goes, looking for an easier option.

    Thanks.

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    I was about to suggest a CMS to be honest.

    As that section uses CSS can't you simply pull via PHP (or similar) the data from a small Access database or text file that the client can update and then FTP up to the site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSV_Ecosse View Post
    ....I was thinking perhaps getting them to use Macromedia Contribute, but I have heard various disaster stories about it?.
    I'd have thought Contribute would have been ideal given that it's such a small part that needs updating. A CMS system would be a bit OTT just for a calendar listing IMO. I haven't heard of any disaster stories about Contribute, although I haven't frequented enough sites/forums on it to see general feedback - good or bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSV_Ecosse View Post
    A client of mine would like to be able to update parts of a website I have recently done for them.
    I have VERY limited knowledge of php and MySQL as far as CMS goes, looking for an easier option
    er, isn't that one of the first pre-requisites of being their webhost / webmaster, that you can offer solutions and support?!

    It might be easier to revamp the website and integrate it into a suitable CMS, like Joomla
    You can then add modules, giving both yourself and the client full access

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    er, isn't that one of the first pre-requisites of being their webhost / webmaster, that you can offer solutions and support?!

    It might be easier to revamp the website and integrate it into a suitable CMS, like Joomla
    You can then add modules, giving both yourself and the client full access

    Agreed, but when they first approached me to do their site, they did not mention being able to adapt/update it on their own. I assumed I would do that for them otherwise I would have based/designed the site around a Joomla template. The support offered was that I would update it as an when required via email from them as to what needed updated. They did not mention anything as far as updating it themselves goes.

    As you say, an easier option might be to go down the Joomla road, although that would mean all my work so far is null and void. Total pain in the bum!!!.

    I'm looking for another option to integrate into the current site as it stands, if there is anything that can do that?.

    Thx.

    Gaz.

    *@Duncan* Yep, looking into that, Contribute would seem to be the easy option, as long as the end user is comfortable with using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSV_Ecosse View Post
    *@Duncan* Yep, looking into that, Contribute would seem to be the easy option, as long as the end user is comfortable with using it.
    Yep, all you should need to do your end in Dreamweaver is set up the calendar section as a Contribute section that they can alter, leaving the rest of the page, and site, uneditable by them - and of course sell them a copy of Contribute!

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