Allowing others to update a website I created

Hi, I am pretty new to Freeway and web design, I have come from a publishing background and started using Freeway about a year ago. I have designed a couple of websites and feel they work well, but I have recently been asked to design a website/template and supply it so that the person can update/add to the pages themselves, can someone tell me how I can go about supplying a website for this purpose?

Thanks

Paul


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Well Paul, this is the realm of content management!! And what a realm…how long is your piece of string?!!

What I mean is there are huge ‘enterprise’ level content management systems (CMS), small change-a-few-things-on-a-page systems, and everything and the cat in between.

So it rather depends what your site is, what the client wants to change on it, and so on. It also means you’ll have to (at the least) grasp the principles of ‘scripts’ written in PHP, Perl or other web languages.

Freeway isn’t a content management tool per se, although in certain circumstance it might be able to create the visual template for changeable content.

Guessing your site might be smallish. So in the first instance take a look at these and see what you make of them:

Hugh


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Hugh, I have used WebYep for a few sites and it seems to do what most clients want.
You will need to to get WebYep and Max’s actions for FW. More info at Max’ site - Home

There is also MiniCMS the FW actions are here tts - freeway actions

Cheers, Marcel


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It’s not for me Marcel, it’s for Paul!!

But those look like good options, too.

Hugh


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Hugh, sorry about that : )


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Here’s some questions you can ask and answer on the way.

First, are you ever going to touch this site again? Will your client
ever ask you to make changes to the site after he or she has edited it?

Second, what sorts of changes will your client undertake? Editing
existing pages, or that plus adding new pages based on your design,
and updating site-wide navigation to track these new pages?

Third, how technical is your client?

There’s a whole spectrum of different things you can do to solve this
problem, but the first thing you have to do is figure out what the
problem is.

Given a suitably technical client who never needed your help again
after you deliver a template, you could simply publish a Freeway
document as HTML + Resources, zip it up, and e-mail the whole thing
over and call it done. After all, it’s just HTML, anyone can edit it
with a plain text editor and a fat book nearby.

Given a technophobe client who wanted to keep a little sidebar up to
date with the current house specials, you could turn MiniCMS or WebYep
loose and give your client a little Web console for making changes
without hurting anyone or breaking the layout.

Given a client who needed a look and feel, but wanted to have complete
control over the site structure and contents, you might run Expression
Engine on the server, make templates with Joe Muscara’s excellent EE
Actions, and deliver an enterprise-class solution.

And there’s everything in between, as others have pointed out here.

Walter

On Nov 26, 2008, at 12:17 PM, Paul Millard wrote:

Hi, I am pretty new to Freeway and web design, I have come from a
publishing background and started using Freeway about a year ago. I
have designed a couple of websites and feel they work well, but I
have recently been asked to design a website/template and supply it
so that the person can update/add to the pages themselves, can
someone tell me how I can go about supplying a website for this
purpose?

Thanks

Paul


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and the cat in between…

Oooh… can I have a tabby please?


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Thanks for all your help, the client will only be making simple text changes, like adding new events and extra staff as and when he needs to.

I have created blank templates for each section/page and he will just have to fill in when he needs to update anything.

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From your last description it sounds like an off the shelf CMS may suit your client.
As mentioned before, at the moment there are two variants that slot into this category that have actions made for freeway one is MiniCMS and the other WebYep.

As a rough guide both are capable of allowing clients to change content via a normal web browser by unlocking the site via a username and password.

Elements that can be adjusted, added or removed completely are:
Text, Images & Download files. Other things that you can do is create: Galleries, dynamic instances of items or complete new pages, dynamic menus, and lately I have used webyep to control and create new forms. It’s also possible to use them in Shopping carts, Meta-tags, and last week I tested out to see if WebYep could adjust a freeway generated google map … and yes you can do that too.
And all this is adjustable via a browser. So if at a later date you needed to add or change the website then the client changes would not have an effect on your freeway artwork. You can make the changes, upload and the mini cms or WebYep content would still be fine.

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If your client is handy with HTML (means he/she will not panic when sees tags), delivering raw HTML files is easy and quick way. Just create layers and defines styles so that there is no hopeless mess and COMMENT YOUR FILES. That means, layers are clear blocks in raw HTML and when you add empty space (returns) and comment lines it is very easy to find right place to make changes. If you design images standard size they are easy to add too.

If they need CMS then make CMS… but I think I would charge four times more of that fun.


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