[thelist] Client wants to update page content

Kevin webmaster at websitesupdate.com
Thu Oct 10 21:31:01 CDT 2002

> Hello, all.
> I recently developed a site for a restaurant:
> http://www.nellsrestaurant.com
> The owner/chef is eager to be able to update various pages (such as menu)
> himself. He is not very tech-savvy, but doesn't want to have to pay me
> forever to update frequently-changing data.
> I know there are a myriad of server-side solutions for this, but there is
> budget right now for developing any of them. One suggestion that has been
> made is to install a WYWIWYG html editor on his machine, teach him how to
> get the pages he wants to edit via FTP, and then re-put them when he's
> Of course, he could always edit the html file itself in a text editor but
> that make me pretty nervous, given his knowledge level.
> I've also run across a couple of web-based content editors (WebEdit and
> editace, for example). Anyone had any experience with this sort of thing?
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
> richard
> --
> Richard McFarland (rlmcfarland at attbi.com)
> 206-378-6942
> --"The more you learn, the more there is to learn."--


A solution I have implemented before goes like this:

1) non-tech savvy user updates a prebuilt text file on his desktop
2) user emails the textfile to update at mydomain.com
3) perl script checks the pop account every few minutes and updates the HTML
based on the email.

That is my low budget - non savvy user solution.


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