7 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2010 1:03 PM by stardust169

    NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE

    stardust169

      Hi. I run my own business and got a friend of a friend to design a website for me. The problem was that when I wanted it updated I was paying £50 each time. I have decided to try and learn how to update the website myself but feel as if I have bitten off more than I can chew. The designer used dreamweaver and he has given me all the information I need to log in to edit the website. What I need to know is this.....is it possible for someone who has never done anything in web design to learn to change text and images on a website and if yes can all of this be done on dreamweaver? I went on to one of these just answer sites and was advised to download  FTP and HMTL editor. Do I need to do this as well as dreamweaver? Sorry for all of the questions.

        • 1. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
          Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          This isn't a simple question to answer because it depends on how your site was created: static html or dynamic with server-side scripts and databases.

           

          And if your site was created with much Flash content, you would need to use Flash Pro to maintain those portions of the site.

           

          Have you asked your web designer if he/she could add a Content Management System to your site?  That way you could log-on to an admin panel from your browser and update select pages yourself without having to learn DW.

           

          Can you post a link to your web site?

           

           

          Nancy O.
          Alt-Web Design & Publishing
          Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
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          • 2. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
            stardust169 Level 1

            yes thanks www.stardustballoons.co.uk

            • 3. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
              stardust169 Level 1

              Sorry I have marked this as answered and didn't mean to. First time user I'm afraid. Can I change it?

              • 4. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
                Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                Your site appears to be fairly simple static HTML with a few other scripts for menus and JQuery image lightboxes (portfolio).

                 

                is it possible for someone who has never done anything in web design to learn to change text and images on a website and if yes can all of this be done on dreamweaver?

                 

                It is possible, yes.  But if you don't know anything about HTML, CSS and JQuery, you may cause harm to the site.  Lacking the necessary skills to repair your mistakes, things could get ugly in a hurry.

                 

                My best advice is to ask your web designer for a CMS.  If that isn't possible, start learning HTML and CSS first.  Knowing the basics will make DW much easier to learn.

                 

                HTML & CSS Tutorials - http://w3schools.com/

                 

                Adobe Developer's Center - Getting Started tutorials
                http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/css.html

                 

                 

                Good luck!

                 

                Nancy O.
                Alt-Web Design & Publishing
                Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
                www.alt-web.com/
                www.twitter.com/altweb
                www.alt-web.blogspot.com

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                • 5. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
                  stardust169 Level 1

                  Thanks for your advice Nancy.

                  • 6. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
                    Rob Hecker2-uhQIgt Level 2

                    Adding content management, as Nancy suggested as one possible option, can be very costly, although it is the easiet way for non-technical people to maintain a website. Normally content management isn't added after the fact.

                     

                    Your situation is similar to that of a client of mine. He had a website created by someone who did a nice job, and the client attempted to maintain it in dreamweaver afterwards. For the most part this went OK. The client was able to change names and photos of his staff as they came and went. He was able to update his product offering and so forth. But sometimes, because he had little grasp of HTML and CSS, he made a little mess here and there, so that eventually the site didn't look very nice.

                     

                    Your site is very simple (that's not a bad thing) so self-maintenance probably would not be overwhelming. Download the trial version of Dreamweaver, spend a few days with a beginning Dreamweaver book, and see if yo still want to go down that road.

                     

                    It sounds like the designer is willing to cooperate with you, so maybe you can dive in and maintain it in Dreamweaver, calling on the designer for help on an as needed basis.

                    • 7. Re: NEW TO WEBSITE DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE
                      stardust169 Level 1

                      Thanks very much for your advice Rob. I pick up things really quick and all  I'm needing to do with my website is to change or add photos and change prices  etc. I feel as if I saw it being done once I would know what to do. I really  don't want to be pestering the designer and would rather find out how to do it  on my own. At the same time I don't want to mess up the website either. I will  have a long think and decide what to do but thanks again for taking the time to  e-mail me.
                      Suzanne.