A good simple CMS for Freeway 7?

A client wants a fairly simple CMS so that he can change his (small) stock of used cars every week without involving me.

What would be an appropriate system for use with Freeway?

I’m sure it’s been asked a lot in the past, but I haven’t been able to find the answer I am looking for.


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What kind of content does he need to edit? Images, text, video?

How many people need to make edits? If more than one do they each require their own account?

From the sound of it, and without knowing more about the requirements, I suspect the usual FW suspects like Pulse, WebYep or Inlay would be sufficient.

Todd

A client wants a fairly simple CMS so that he can change his (small) stock of used cars every week without involving me.

What would be an appropriate system for use with Freeway?

I’m sure it’s been asked a lot in the past, but I haven’t been able to find the answer I am looking for.


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Thanks a lot, Todd. It would only be me and one other who would make edits.

Basically, he has a small stock of about 6-10 cars which (mostly) change every week. So, it would be text and images only.

I’m ignorant about these things, not having used them before. Are your suggestions basically FW actions that are linked to an online (paid?) service? Or something completely different?


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They are not actions but rather small 3rd Party server-side applications, though Max does sell a companion WebYep Action suite. Inlay is Walter’s own commercial product. They are all very simple to setup and use with FW.

Inlay is in fact a hosted solution, whereas the other two are self-hosted. Of course there are a great many other CMS options that could probably be used with FW.

Todd

I’m ignorant about these things, not having used them before. Are your suggestions basically FW actions that are linked to an online (paid?) service? Or something completely different?


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Looking at the respective sites for the 3 suggestion you made, I can’t actually see any demos or examples of these systems in action.

Do you know of any?


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Pulse used to have one but it looks like it’s gone. The same with WebYep. And nothing yet for Inlay, although Walter did say he intends to have one.

The good news is they are very easy to install so it would be a simple matter for you download/install the files and try them for yourself.

Todd

Looking at the respective sites for the 3 suggestion you made, I can’t actually see any demos or examples of these systems in action.

Do you know of any?


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I use this http://codecanyon.net/item/simplece-mini-cms/1398311
Simple.


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The way that Inlay works is this: you make a page (or pages) in Freeway that you upload to your server. In the Freeway interface, you use the Inlay Action to mark individual elements as “editable”. When you use the Inlay control panel (at the server) to scan your site, the Inlay server finds any page you have marked with the Action, and shows it to you in your control panel. There, you can edit the variable parts right in the browser, and any changes you make are seen by your site visitors the next time they view that page.

Now, if you’ve gone through all of this work for one page, you can simply duplicate it for another page. Inlay calls these “virtual” pages, and there is no limit to the number of those you can make based on a single template.

If you change your layout later in Freeway, and want the template to look different, you simply log into Inlay, update the templates, and all of your pages are now using the new layout. (As long as you didn’t change the names of any of the variable elements, you won’t need to update the individual pages at all.)

The base level account ($5/month) allows for you and one editor (your client) to access the site and change as many pages as you like.

Walter


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Walter, a question for you on Inlay. If I had 6 sites for 6 different clients that each one would require myself plus a single client as editors, what plan would that fit into?

Or, if I had 10 sites that only required myself as editor, would I be 1 editor or 10?


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On 24 Oct 2014, 4:02 pm, jgalicia wrote:

I use this http://codecanyon.net/item/simplece-mini-cms/1398311
Simple.

Looks interesting but stuff like this frightens me!

System Requirements:

  • PHP-Version 5.3 or greater (or 5.2.4 but with limits)
  • Image manipulation library like GD2 or Imagick
  • A MySQL 5 (or greater) Database is required
  • PHP cURL (only for the auto update function needed)
  • PHP ZZIPlib (only for the auto update and backup function needed)

No idea what that is all about!


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If you went for the Gold plan, you could have 10 sites and 5 editors spread among them, or the Platinum plan lets you have unlimited sites and editors. If you charge each client enough for monthly updates, this can be a profit center for you.

Walter

On Oct 24, 2014, at 1:19 PM, Iain Mackenzie email@hidden wrote:

Walter, a question for you on Inlay. If I had 6 sites for 6 different clients that each one would require myself plus a single client as editors, what plan would that fit into?

Or, if I had 10 sites that only required myself as editor, would I be 1 editor or 10?


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Just a note about the latest version of Pulse, they seem to be forcing you to employ their Templates to create the web site, whereas in the older version still available i think, you could create blocks within your page and just select the block of text you wished to edit. or generate galleries for the bloxk within your FW page

John


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If you went for the Gold plan, you could have 10 sites and 5 editors spread among them, or the Platinum plan lets you have unlimited sites and editors. If you charge each client enough for monthly updates, this can be a profit center for you.

Walter

Walter, I think my question is, can one of the 5 editors (in the Gold Plan) edit all 10 sites? That is, if that one editor was me, could I edit all the 10 sites, and have 4 ‘client’ editors remaining? Or, are the editors specific to each site?

Also, is there a minimum time commitment to the plans? Can the plans be ‘upgraded’ at any point in time?

Sorry, I’m just a little unclear.


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There’s two independent actions here that you need to understand. First, you can invite up to your limit (1, 5, or ∞, depending on plan) number of editors to Inlay. They will get their own (limited) account in the system. If they already exist in the system (say, they are already signed up for their own account) then they just get listed in your account. They may also be listed in someone else’s account. That’s step 1.

Step 2 is you choose one of your sites in Inlay and assign one or more of your editors to it. Once you do that, they can edit the content of existing pages and add or delete pages. They cannot edit the site account itself, or delete it, or any of the other “owner-only” actions possible. You can retract their editorship from that site at any time, and the only change that happens is that they can no longer see your site in their control panel, and they can no longer edit the content.

So you can have editors who belong to different client companies, and they can only see the sites you assign them to. So one client can’t edit another client’s site.

I’ve tried to make this system as simple as possible, but I fear I may not have explained it adequately. Does this help?

Walter

On Oct 25, 2014, at 5:43 AM, Iain Mackenzie email@hidden wrote:

If you went for the Gold plan, you could have 10 sites and 5 editors spread among them, or the Platinum plan lets you have unlimited sites and editors. If you charge each client enough for monthly updates, this can be a profit center for you.

Walter

Walter, I think my question is, can one of the 5 editors (in the Gold Plan) edit all 10 sites? That is, if that one editor was me, could I edit all the 10 sites, and have 4 ‘client’ editors remaining? Or, are the editors specific to each site?

Also, is there a minimum time commitment to the plans? Can the plans be ‘upgraded’ at any point in time?

Sorry, I’m just a little unclear.


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So, if I understand correctly, I could have 10 editors registered, and all of them could have access to 5 sites in the Gold package.


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Sorry, that should have been 5 editors, with all of them being potentially registered to the 10 sites in the Gold package.

I’m confusing myself now!


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Yes, you’ve got it now. You can also have a site in the 10 that has no editors assigned, and you could edit it. You are always editor #0 in any site in your account.

Walter

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Sorry, that should have been 5 editors, with all of them being potentially registered to the 10 sites in the Gold package.

I’m confusing myself now!


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Just a note about the latest version of Pulse, they seem to be forcing you to employ their Templates to create the web site

There are two versions of Pulse now. You can still use v.3 a.k.a Pulse Classic and skip the template. As far as I understand from the Pulse blog post, both versions will be supported and updated.

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Guys, thanks for all your contributions.

I’m going to look into all the suggestions over the next week, try to understand the process a little more and then I’ll come back with some more questions!


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