Tips for creating website to be maintained by noob

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  1. Deltoid

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    My sister has started running a charity, she created a site herself just using publisher or something and it actually turned out pretty nice.

    Anyway, I'm going to redo it for her as she has a bunch of problems with it and wants it to be more maintainable, eg things like content managers but not sure if that will realy do the job.

    So what tips do you have for making it more maintainable? It'd be pretty much static HTML or asp. Any tips for good free templates to look at?
     
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    CMS Made Simple is the easiest CMS system I've ever used.

    Create your HTML template with {content} in the content area, create your stylesheet and assign it to the template, and then create your 'pages' of different content. Runs on PHP and MySQL.

    Either that, or create the site in Dreamweaver and setup Contribute on your sister's PC.
     
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    thanks for the tip, I will look at that CMS system, I think she has php on her site.

    Anyone able to suggest some free templates worth a look or template sites to browse.
     
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    This is the first time I have seen this, all I can say is wow! This will revolutionise the way we do simple sites now.

    Or have I just been hiding under a rock :)

    Ridecwb
     
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    Nice, that looks good lukhangcheng. That is kind of what I'm looking for, something my sister can use to update content but not break the rest of the site in the process.

    Considering you are setting particular elements to the cushycms class does that stop you from using a css class to define the theme for the element?
     
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    you could encapsulate editable items in another div or span and then use selectors to theme the content. Or you could probably just use an ID on the content which cushycms is editing and then use that in your stylesheet.
     
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    You can have more than 1 class name on an element...
     
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    Yeah thats true, or you can give your divs IDs.

    I am eager to give this one a try too.
     
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    Do you know what ID's are?
     
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    Thanks Elyzion, in case it wasn't obvious I don't know a lot about making websites, I've made a few in my time but have only used CSS once or twice.
     
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    Ok well just seperate them by a space, like

    class="cushy centered awesomness"
     
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    yeap, you can give you div a id instead of a class and then assign you style by id. This is often perferrable i find, but it depends on the layout of the page/site.
     
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    An ID should be used to uniquely identify an element. It should NOT be used in place of a class.

    Class's should be perferrable. While ID's define specific elements such as Head/Footer/Content/Login-Control etc, things that are only going to be specified once.
     
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    sure :D :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Painless as possible? Contribute CS3 would have to be on the shortlist :) Depending on the exact functionality, requirements, budget, and time.
     
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    Wow, I love you. This is the best thing I've ever seen, and it's saved me from tons of manual coding I was about to start. :thumbup:
     
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    Yeah, you guys should be aware of the limitations of such a site (cushycms) vs a full blown CMS (like Joomla or Drupal).

    Joomla and Drupal has a "HUGE" mods/plug-in community and is way more powerful, so depending on your needs those might suit you better.
     
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    Yeah, I'm going to test the cushycms on a simple page first. From what I've seen it looks like it will do the job though, she basically just needs to be able to update the news and the likes on the page and from the looks of it cushy can do that and looks easy to implement from my end.
     

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