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Customer EDITS and CARTWEAVER dilema

Feb 23, 2013 1:56 PM

Tags: #dreamweaver #templates #cms #e-commerce #cartweaver #drupal

Dear Trusted Forum Users,

 

I am about to undertake an E-commerce website using Dreamweaver for the first time and I need good sound advice and help from anyone willing to give it and who has previous experience of creating an Ecommerce from scratch for a small / medium sized company.

 

 

I have 2 areas that are causing me headaches already which I hope you can advise me on:

 

  1. The client wishes to update the articles etc. themselves, and I would like to know if the Cartweaver software add-on for Dreamweaver would enable them to do this if I was to create their shopping cart using it? I have read over the info on the website for Cartweaver and it seems quite good, but without a real working site to look at in front of me, I don't know how easy it is for a client to login to the site and edit things (text, photos, codes etc.) Anyone using Cartweaver in this way please let me know.

  2. The client will want to update info as required on other pages, mainly text and maybe few images. What would be the best way to set things up so that the client can easily update info on pages by themselves? Is creating Template dreamweaver pages with editable regions for them to edit feasible? or do I need to go the whole CMS route with something like Drupal to achieve this feature??

 

 

 

Any and all advice, help and opinions will be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanking you in advance.

 
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    Feb 23, 2013 4:05 PM   in reply to le_mac_man

    You're undertaking a mighty big first project in DW.  I hope your coding skills are excellent.

     

    You might want to look at Web Assist's Power CMS Builder - an extension for DW.

    http://www.webassist.com/dreamweaver-extensions/powercms-builder/

     

     

     

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    Feb 24, 2013 9:16 AM   in reply to le_mac_man

    Content Management System (CMS) sites can be edited from any web device with an internet connection.  No special software is required by the client.  They go to their site & log-in to CMS's admin panel or dashboard to add/edit/delete pages.

     

    A CMS site does not necessarily have E-commerce.  Simiarly, an E-commerce site doesn't  necessarily have full CMS.  Cartweaver is for E-commerce only.  It is not a full CMS.

     

    You could use an Open Source CMS and add an E-commerce plugins:

    • WordPress,
    • Joomla!,
    • Drupal,
    • Concrete-5

     

    Another option is Adobe's Business Catalyst which bundles hosting, CMS and E-commerce into one package.  This might be the simplest option for you.

    http://www.businesscatalyst.com/

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Feb 24, 2013 8:49 PM   in reply to le_mac_man

    I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!  Just let me know...

     

    lawrence   at   cartweaver   dot   com

     

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    Feb 24, 2013 8:55 PM   in reply to Lawrence_Cramer

    Here's a little more information that you may find helpful...

    What we normally tell people is, "you don't have to know how to code to work with Cartweaver, but you should be willing to learn some new things along the way".  If you are well familiar with Dreamweaver and with HTML, and you're not afraid to dive in and learn some new things you should do just fine. If you are new to dynamic, database driven sites you you'll need to decide to go with either ColdFusion or PHP. ColdFusion, being a tag based language similar to HTML will be immediately more familiar than a script based language like PHP and therefore presents an easier initial learning curve but either version will serve you well. Regardless of which version you choose, Cartweaver makes the development and implementation of a shopping cart and admin about as easy as it can be, and a standard implementation can be performed with virtually no coding at all.

     

    But be aware, there is a learning curve involved. You will need to set up a development environment and create a data source connection. This isn't a Cartweaver specific requirement, it will be necessary for whatever dynamic application you wish to work with. If this fact doesn't intimidate you, then I'd say you'll do very well with Cartweaver.

     

    Ecommerce capabilities are becoming more in demand all the time, Cartweaver will give you the ability to offer this to your customers or clients in a very short period of time.  Dive in, have fun.

     

    Here are a few resources you may want to check out.

     

    http://tinyurl.com/877vfsz  -  training on ecommerce and Cartweaver

    http://tinyurl.com/8a3oku7 - training on ColdFusion

    http://tinyurl.com/4lp7u8d -  training for PHP

     

     

    note: Lynda.com is a paid subscription site, but if you are not a member  you can sign up for a seven day free trial which will give you plenty of time to go through this course - here is the URL for the trial sign up page:

     

    http://tinyurl.com/7dqryy7

     

    There are also many good tutorials to be found on the Adobe Developer's Network

     

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/application_development.html

     

    Hope you find these helpful.

     

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    Feb 28, 2013 1:02 PM   in reply to le_mac_man

    You will need to use server-side code inside your HTML markup.  Which one depends on which CMS you choose and which programming languages & databases are supported by your remote server.

     

    Cushy CMS  (watch the video to see how it works).

    No PHP or databases required.

    http://www.cushycms.com

     

    Perch ($59 license per site)

    PHP & MySql required

    http://grabaperch.com/

     

    WebAssist Power CMS (Commcercial Extension for DW)

    http://www.webassist.com/dreamweaver-extensions/powercms-builder/

     

    Get Simple CMS - (free)

    PHP, no database required.

    http://get-simple.info/

     

    e107 CMS - (free)

    PHP & MySql required

    http://e107.org/

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Mar 1, 2013 8:12 AM   in reply to le_mac_man

    It depends...

     

    Think of the CMS as an "engine" for the site. Some are quite large engines and require a lot of design and development within the structure of the CMS (SharePoint comes to mind). Others are quite light engines and you design and develop your site like a normal site but use special code to identify to the CMS which areas should be editable by an authorized user.

     

    As you get to know your CMS "engine" better, you can become more flexible in how your site looks and functions, within the constraints of your CMS. Every CMS has it's pros and cons and only you and your needs can determine which one is right for you.

     
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    Mar 1, 2013 9:11 AM   in reply to le_mac_man

    IMO, if you go with something as powerful as Drupal or Joomla! you should use it to build the entire site.  Using it for anything less would be a waste of your developing time and server resources.  Also, you would need to train your client how to use them.  The learning curve is steeper with these products.

     

    As mentioned in my last reply, there are smaller CMS systems you could use (Cushy, Perch or Web Assist's Power CMS builder) that allow you to add CMS editing capability to specific pages in your current site.  Less development time on your part but also less control by the client. 

     

    Decide what you need then choose the product that best fits those needs.

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Mar 19, 2013 10:20 AM   in reply to le_mac_man

    le_mac_man wrote:

     

    Hi Lawrence,

     

    Thank you for your email address. I sent you an email on the 2nd March and have not received a reply yet.

     

    Just wondering if you have had time to look into my questions as it is very urgent.

     

     

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Ding, if its any advice this is a big big step up for someone who is asking the question what is a CMS and how does it work, really....it's a massive learning curve. Think carefully before diving in because you could be biting off more than you can chew.

     

    I've tried just about every cms out there, Wordpress, Drupal, Concrete5, Perch, SimpleCMS to name but  a few and they are all a complete nightmare to be honest. None do exactly what you want, others like Wordpress, Drupal are bloated and the client wont be able to use them without many phone calls to you.

     

    Recently I've taken to writting my own with the insert, update and delete behaviours which are part of Dreamweaver. But getting all of the pages editable without the client being able to screw things up isn't possible. I now limit areas/pages so the client can update them and the rest they have to come back to me.

     

    I have reasonable knowledge of how it works but reading what you are asking would even be a big step for me. As for the ecommere part what payment gateway are you intending to use, because depending on which you choose even those will be a nightmare to get working. Paypal is the easiest but if you go down the merchant account road you'll run into more integration problems.

     
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    Mar 19, 2013 1:59 PM   in reply to le_mac_man

    Sorry, but I don't remember getting your e-mail!  Spam filter may have grabbed it.

     

    Could you please send it again an I'll keep an eye out for it!

     

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    Mar 21, 2013 1:39 PM   in reply to le_mac_man

    Editable Regions are for Dw Templates used in Dreamweaver software only.

     

    Contribute uses Editable Regions. That's a stand alone product you & your client would need to purchase.  IMO, Contribute has outlived its usefullness.   A CMS on the server would be a much better solution.

     

    Can you write PHP includes?

     

     

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    Mar 21, 2013 4:42 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Hi Nancy,

     

    With all due respect, I beg to differ in this point.  Sometimes, for a small  site the complexity that a database driven full CMS introduces can be more trouble than it's worth and Contribute offers a very viable alternative!

     

    I have many sites that I've done that are a combination of Cartweaver, for the store and "static" pages that are managed using Contribute, and they work amazingly well, the clients love them!

     

    Here's a very good example:  http://www.myscrapchick.com/

     

    The tipping point is, what is the intended use of the site and how many pages will it likely grow to. If the site is small and will always stay that way, as many small regular and e-commerce sites do, then managing the static pages with Contribute is a very effective, user friendly way to go.

     

    As with anything else, just look what the job is and the tools at your disposal, then pick the best tools for the job.  Contribute in the right circumstances can be a very good tool.

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    Mar 21, 2013 5:14 PM   in reply to Lawrence_Cramer

    I don't use Contribute because it straddles users to stand-alone software which Adobe may or may not be offering in the future.  It's worth noting that Contribute is NOT available from the Creative Cloud.

     

    I agree that a databased CMS might be overkill here.  We don't know for sure.  That said, a simple xml or flat file CMS might very well fit the OP's requirements without a heck of a lot of heavy lifting. 

     

     

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    Apr 19, 2013 6:37 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    "it straddles users to stand-alone software"

     

    Like Dreamweaver, Photoshop, or from others, MS Word, Outlook...  We do our jobs with "stand alone software". As for the "may or may not be offering", that goes to the same thing.  It is standalone, even if they did quit offering it, which there is no statement anywhere that they are, and in fact they still maintain an active development team and many large Adobe clients use it, but even if they did, the one you have will still work. For a lonnnnng time.  A lot longer than most let their web sites go before updating them. If it works on a site now, it will work for years to come.

     

    Sometimes web developers make things too complicated. It's like the zealots that declare that jQuery is bad and that all JavaScript should be written for the specific task at hand, or those that are so biased against tables that they will create incredibility complex CSS to deliver tabular data, which SHOULD be in a table.

     

    Again I say, look at the task at hand, then size up the tools at your disposal and use what works best in the given situation.  And for many, many situations I've yet to find a tool as well suited as Contribute. But am I a Contribute zealot?  Heck no!  I totally see the need for CMS solutions.  Doing a large frequently updated site air a blog without one would be a bad idea!

     

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