I have never used it, but I think Contribute can do what you're looking for ($99)...
Otherwise you'll need to develop some kind of Content Management System in php (or some other server side language) to make sure your client can't break things. Maybe switch the site over to Wordpress or something similar.
One of my clients and I tried Contribute about five years ago and hated it. Have no idea if it has improved since then.
Adobe Contribute will allow you to do edits. You have to have a copy of DW to administer it. I believe the administrator will have to have a copy also, so the price is double.
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Cushy CMS (watch the video to see how it works)
No PHP or databases required.
Perch ($59 license per site)
PHP & MySql required
Adobe Business Catalyst (subscription includes CMS & web hosting on BC servers)
Thx for your suggestions:) I will analyze, whether Contribube 6.5 oder Business Catalyst will be the best solution. At the first glance, Cushy CMS seems to need a Pro-Membership (28$/month) to be usefull. And the Basic membership requires Code Editing by the Client. In Germany Contribute 6.5 upgrade costs about 120€ and a non-upgrade license costs about 220€ (Geizhalz.de).
Most clients want browser based editing so that they can log in to the site and make edits from any internet connected computer or device.
Contribute was a good idea when it was first developed in 2002 but it is still licensed by the seat and needs to be installed locally to be used. It is also software which must be learned in terms of interface and workflow.
If your client has several computers and Contribute is only installed on one (or two at most) then those computers are the only ones from which the website can be edited. That's an extremely inflexible workflow these days.
If they know a thing or two about HTML/CSS and they have basic common sense then they can use Microsoft Expression Web free of charge.
They can edit any webpage and/or css file using this wonderful tool.
It is not 42 degrees C here in UK fortunately.
Thx for this link! I will try it out and report how it works.
Expression Web won't recognize DW's Templates. The client would have full access to all aspects of the site.
Most CMSs have a WYSIWYG Editor that looks like Word so it's easy for clients for to use. And you can designate which elements are editable and lock down everything else.
Most of my clients prefer Wordpress as a CMS - though WP can be daunting for anyone who only has basic knowledge of html, css, js, and php.
Nowadays almost any client comes to me with the question if I can build their website in WP, whether for good or bad ;-)
I suppose there is a reason why more than 20% of all websites on the web now run on WP, and it takes 40~60% of the CMS market currently. Clients just like it - it's very easy to use for the end user.
Bit scary, actually.
I admit to being initially impressed with WP when I saw all it could do. But over time I grew to hate it. Every upgrade resulted in wasted hours chasing down solutions for a Theme, Plugin or other add-on that suddenly stopped working. No more WP for me.
I'm still in the Wordpress fan club myself. It still offers most of the power and flexibility that my clients are looking for and they have adapted to it well.
I was initially overwhelmed with the regular WP updates but they've become more automated and regulated.
I've restricted sites to Premium Themes and plugins which are generally well supported. I also run plugins e.g. Vaultpress which automate the backup and recovery process.
Last time my client moved server (their host, their choice) we migrated the entire WP site with the Vaultpress plugin. It was fully functional within an hour. All parties were very happy with that outcome.
Yes, I can completely understand your experience with WP - the client situation changed drastically about seven years ago for me, and it forced my hand to learn to code and develop within the WP framework. I create WP themes and plugins from scratch, so I do not have to hunt down solutions for pre-built themes.
However, even after all this time I neither like nor dislike WP - it's part of what almost all my clients want, so I need to deal with it. I admit that only reasonably experienced html/css/js/php developers should try their hands at Wordpress.
Unless the client wants a simpler WP site, of course. Systems like Gantry can make life somewhat easier as well in WP.
I can set up multiple levels of user permissions, permissions to author articles, edit articles, or publish articles. Usually the total file count for a web site is under 50. Anyone who develops a good strong knowledge of MySQLi, PHP, and CSS, can do this.
Set up a database table for pages, sections, articles, assigns, and then just use standard relational database procedures to tie them altogether. You can use one page layout for your main content and have it automatically divide up into rows and columns based on your CSS and a few cleverly written if statements.
echo '<div class="col2">',$row_article['heading'], $row_article['intro'], $row_article['content'], "</div>" } ?>
I am developing websites in responsive webdesign using Dreamweaver. The sites are using Dreamweaver templates with editable and locked reagions. My clients want to add text and Images to existing pages. It is not necessary to use a complex right-administration system or to keep former states. They just want to use something simple with handling similar to Word to make changes in the editable regions.
If you are developing your site with DW then clearly any CMS package is not going to help your client. Also, if all they need to do is add some images and change some text on some pages in the editable area then clearly access to DWT and all that nonsense does not apply to them. by the way what is their knowledge of HTML/CSS?
You really need to be practical and give them a site properly constructed and let them add whatever they want in the editable area using any tools they can use - Notepad, Notepad++, plain text editor or even the SeaMonkey's composer.
Don't ever make the mistake of starting everything all over again using CMS unless you have plenty of time, and your client is paying you for duplicating the work. In that case good luck and keep printing money. That is what capitalism is for.