Tony B 86

I have a client who is looking to have one page on his web site be a "blog" with articles that he finds that he wants others to read. The only reason I use the word blog is because it is content that he or his office assistant can edit whenever he deems necessary, and there are no visitor accounts or comments to manage.

I have thought about commenting the bajesus out of the actual page with "DO NOT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE" kind of directions so that he can just upload the new page via FTP to override the old one but this seems like a very risky and jury-rigged way to work.

If anyone has a suggestion or example of something that resembles this I would love to see it. I am not looking to use a CMS for this because it is a relatively small site using only XHTML, CSS, light PHP (for form data), and a little bit of Javascript.

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Try using editEase, it's a jQuery based CMS where content can be edited directly on the page. There's a demo of it, just click on 'Admin' in the bottom-right link, Username: demo Password: access.

Answered over 7 years ago by Nic Marson
Alex Holt 341
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Try: cushycms or perch or lightcms.

From memory cushy is free, and hosted, so you just add CSS classes to the editable regions, then the client can log into cushy's site to edit the content... pretty simple.

Answered over 7 years ago by Alex Holt
danwellman 5600
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have you considered wordpress? It can be an entire site, or just a single page on a site. Very customizable and easy to use :)

Wordpress uses PHP, but it also needs a mysql db too so may be overkill

Answered over 7 years ago by danwellman
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You could just set up the client with a tumblr site. http://www.tumblr.com/ - not sure if it's appropriate but perhaps worth a look.

Answered over 7 years ago by Andrew Turner
Tony B 86
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I have considered wordpress and the like but I don't want to mess with something that in-depth. The site he needs does not require all of the bells and whistles of a real blog, its just that one page that he wants to update.

Answered over 7 years ago by Tony B
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I would definitely take a look at perch (http://grabaperch.com/) for this. From a client perspective, it's really simple; and from a developer perspective, it's pretty painless to set up for them. Honestly.

Answered over 7 years ago by Nate Kennedy
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@Alex I'm not sure if cushy will be suitable in this scenario, as the client needs to keep adding new content? I may be wrong.

Answered over 7 years ago by Russell Bishop
Liam 53
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What about something like inline editing? You'll need to have some form of login for the site - even if it's just the one user to make sure that not just anyone can edit it, but it's really simple to do. Use this link for a demo and a bit more info. That'll sort your editing of the page with articles.

However, lightcms or even Wordpress is definately a viable way to create new pages. Wordpress can be configured to act nothing like a blog with ease. I in fact use it as the CMS for my main site. It's not too complex either.

Answered over 7 years ago by Liam
Tony B 86
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cushy might work depending on if I can add content and not just replace it. The scenario is basically when this guy finds an article that he likes he has a heading and the article to add under or above the old content.

Answered over 7 years ago by Tony B
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If your customer already has access to the site's FTP server (or however s/he updates pages) I suggest checking out Adobe's Contribute. I have had a lot of success in the past setting up clients with that system for updating pages.

All it takes is decorating your markup with Dreamweaver-like comments and creating a faux-template to go along with it.

Answered over 7 years ago by enricopulatzo
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+1 for Tumblr (or other tool that keeps the client from having to deal directly with the site).

Other good alternatives for posting articles with titles, links and potentially a short comment from the poster are delicious.com and Google Reader (if he uses RSS at all). Pull the RSS feed from whatever tool he wants to use into his site and style the items - google "PHP RSS import" to find several scripts to use for the job.

Set him up with a browser bookmarklet to make the adding of articles to the list dead simple - all three of these tools have them. The Note in Google Reader bookmarklet can tag stuff coming from regular web pages rather than his feeds, and insert it into his shared items feed.

Answered over 7 years ago by Thomas Taylor
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Tumblr is probably going to be the quickest/simplest implementation for you. Just set up a subdomain like http://blog.yourdomain.com and then configure it to use a Tumblr account.

If you really need it on a subdirectory, I'd go with CushyCMS.

Answered over 7 years ago by Ryan Jenkins
Alex Holt 341
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cushy and similar tools let you add content. it should be able to do what you want and will be painless to set up- ie: add css classes. start editing.

Answered over 7 years ago by Alex Holt