Im very new to web design and i want to know what you think the right approach is for building small (a few pages) webistes for individuals who would want to be able to update their site now and again - perhaps to change images and text.
I hear CMS is the way. What are your thoughts and can you direct me to any resources that help with this question (mind you, i'd rather not have to learn CMS if i can help it. My plate is already full with learning stuff).
Hello, you can check the wordpress.com about more information. Wordpress is a good opportunity to make a seo optimized websites and also easy to use and clean. Also supporting a lot of theme with nice plug-in's. (:
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My suggestion would to be either build them a wordpress site where they can login and do everything themselves, or build them a standard site, and offer them a monthly or yearly contract service where you can perform the design changes for them. CMS like Joomla you probably don't need to learn and wordpress is fairly easy. Here on Long Island, when I'm to design a website I propose the option of both to my clients. Good luck!
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People can already go to Google and build a web site in minutes using Google's own CMS so it seems impossible for a web designer to ignore CMS today.
What value do you intend to offer? If your core business/skill is design, look to a content management system that is easy to theme. Each CMS will have a section on their web site dedicated to theming/design. See which CMS is most accessible to you for design.
Content Management Systems come big and small. The one you choose depends on a) your coding skills, b) client's requirements, and c) budget.
1) Cushy CMS might be all you need for this project (watch their video to see how it works).
I have a working demo of Cushy CMS on my site you can try.
2) Content Seed - (commercial product)
Available in ASP, PHP, or ASP.net
no database needed.
Adobe Business Catalyst -- bundled hosting, CMS, web apps & e-commerce solutions.
The open source favorites (PHP & MySql required).
10+ More Free CMS mentioned here:
I have been very happy with the learning curve and the ability to offer clients content management options by utilizing wordpress. If you have a client that has highly specific needs for their site you can always hire programmers to build a CMS for you, you end up with similar learning curves (for yourself and your client) - a site we designed with a custom cms - for a company in Seattle, Portland Landscaping http://www.teufellandscape.com and using wordpress: http://www.cpricework.com/work
Contenet managment website gives the user the ability to edit or update thier own website without using any software or web design skills. Traditional website are usually designed by professionals that use software that is expensive and very technical.
- Benjamin Marc
Europe, Middle East and Africa