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Thread: CMS? An interesting perspective...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Euphoria, all the time...

    Unhappy CMS? An interesting perspective...

    Hi all,

    I've a few questions refering to a CMS system.

    Not so much "which on to use" but rather, what to do.

    Now, lets say that you have a customer who you're designing sites for.
    THis customer wants to log on to some sort of admin page, where he/she

    -Message the web developer working on their site,
    -Edit the general site layout (no HTML or wysiwyg, because if they do, then who
    need a developer?)
    -Add new pages (customize the general look, and body content).

    -view an invioce, of somesort.

    Oh, and they're NOT actually editing the site, thier editing the content
    that the developers puts on a site...

    I was originally going to use a CMS, but I was absolutely confused beyond
    any form commonly fathomed! So, I wrote my own, it's very simple, mostly PHP, and it only took 2 days.

    User: demo
    Pass: demo

    Anyway, my question is:
    Should I just go with a CMS and try to customize it? Or should I spend
    a couple more days working on my project trying to get it professional and secure?

    Which brings me to my next question: if I should go with a CMS, which one best suites this purpose?

    phpNuke is too bulky, more work to customize it.
    phpWebSite doesn't seem to do what I'm looking for.
    webSiteBaker is kinda nice, I didn't know how to customize it though.
    XOOPS, seems complex...

    Anyway, if this is the correct area to post this in, and you actually
    have the heart to help me through this perplexed state, then
    PLEASE PLEASE help me.

    Oh, and the English language doesn't contain enough words to accuratly
    express my gratitude. THank you so much... in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    I like what you have done so far. I recommend you continue working on it rather than purchase a pre-made solution that will contain much unneeded functionality.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Euphoria, all the time...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Continue working on your own project, continue offering it to new clients, implementing and improving it. And you might eventually end up with something worth selling as a product in itself.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Euphoria, all the time...
    I am working on it, All I have to do now it improve security (strip mySql from the login),
    and improve the descriptions.

    I just finished an install program about 5 minutes ago...

    If you're interested, the client login is posted above,
    but here's the admin login:
    user: admin
    pass: admin

    Do you think anyone here would like a copy?

    I'll post a download URL when it's done, if anyone wants it that is...

    Thanks for the imput!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    I wouldnt mind seeing it, im trying to do a similar thing

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    We had a slightly different situation. We have a small team. Mostly we do network/consulting/development.. But sometimes we have clients with money that want websites made. We want to make the site, do the structure, etc, but we don't want to be actually editing their content in a month. So we made a CMS from scratch using htmlArea. It simply opens text, looks for flags, hooks (targets) as comments in the html, and rebuilds page as a form with an editable area.
    on submit the stuff gets stored, backups made, etc.
    It was much simpler then other things I've seen. PHP nuke is a caveman.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Euphoria, all the time...
    Yeah, I'm doing a similar thing.

    However, I'm not talking about a CMS, I'm talking about a
    Customer Login wich allows them to initially set-up their site look without
    ever communicating online (just info in a DB, not actually creating Physical pages,
    or editing content that'll actually be displayed.).

    You know, for those impatient people who want to get started right after paying
    for their site.

    Yup, but I really like CMSMadeSimple and WebSiteBaker as far as CMSs go.

    Never tried htmlArea (that's a wysiwyg, right?),
    I use the openSource RTE...

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