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Is WP the way to go?

Is WP the way to go?

(OP)
Hi,

I've been hearing a lot about word press especially how it is becoming possible to set it up in a client/hosting environment, where by I as the host supply a template and then can give access to my clients so they can use it as a CMS interface.

Is this correct?

We currently have a bespoke White Labelled Website application integrated with our member's extranet, they can control content , colours , fonts, images etc for their website but it's looking old and tired and needs re-writing.

The company has been considering getting a designer to mock up some new templates and then I manually look after them and would require me to have to make changes when ever the member requests it unless I spend the time to write another CMS integrated application.

Is the way forward to offer this service to our clients Word Press?

I've also had the name Drupal mentioned, would that be a better way to acheive what I'm after?

All input is appreciated.

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RE: Is WP the way to go?

WP multisite (an option in WP config) would be fine for this.

for some clients the difference between the admin site and the front-end can be quite daunting but a little bit of handholding should overcome that.  and it's no less daunting than most CMS.  additionally there are a number of edit-in-place plugins that could allow content editing and creation via the actual site, rather than the admin site.
 

RE: Is WP the way to go?

(OP)

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additionally there are a number of edit-in-place plugins that could allow content editing and creation via the actual site, rather than the admin site.

That sounds interesting, especially as a number of members when purchasing our service for some reason seemed to think they can just go to their website and start changing things.

You have to explain they need to log into the CMS, imagine if anyone could just go to your webiste and start altering the content!

Do you know of any good resources to learn about all this, or who may do courses?

"In complete darkness we are all the same, only our knowledge and wisdom separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

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RE: Is WP the way to go?

in terms of resources ...

that depends on how adept you are with php.  Let's assume that you have a solid working knowledge of php, enough to pick apart/write the average plugin.

in which case wordpress is really as simple or as complex as you want it to be.  to do straightforward things like a content managed site, all you will probably need is some html and css knowledge, plus a sound understanding of the WP framework.

the best place to learn about the WP framework is from the WP codex (check out wordpress.org) and from picking the twentyten theme to bits.  also check out the p2 theme (quite a lot more advanced than twenty ten so a good learning step) and then choose some plugins at random and pick them apart.

There are some books on wordpress, but the development release schedule for WP core is so rapid that no book can really keep up.  Regrettably I do not know of any courses available but if they were I suspect that they would be more along the lines of how to use the blogging engine.  

Whilst WP clearly started as a blog engine and is still (probably) the market leader in that sphere, in reality it is now a full featured CMS.

I now develop all my sites on wordpress.  My client extranet is an extension of WP alththough the bespoke code is more or less twice the size of the WP core ...

RE: Is WP the way to go?

(OP)

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that depends on how adept you are with php.
Not at all, I develop using perl.
However, I have seen PHP as well as ASP so i'm sure i could learn it if required.

What about Drupal? Do you know if this is an option, if it means either way I need to learn stuff from scratch such as PHP as both are based on it, do you know if for my purpose Drupal would be a better option?

"In complete darkness we are all the same, only our knowledge and wisdom separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

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RE: Is WP the way to go?

drupal, joomla and wp all will require knowledge of php if you want to be able to customise them at a deep level.

to my mind wp is more user friendly than drupal and joomla.  but i do not have extensive experience of the latter two.  i dip into them every now and then but find the learning curve too steep.


 

RE: Is WP the way to go?

(OP)
Thanks for the advice.

"In complete darkness we are all the same, only our knowledge and wisdom separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"

Google Rank Extractor -> Perl beta with FusionCharts

RE: Is WP the way to go?

My understanding also is that WP is being offered by many web hosting companies I believe mainly to attract customers but also because it is apparently very easy to use and has more plugins than most - it seems the continuing development and availability of plugins is its big feature.

cheers,
Mike

Mike the 3D Guy www.3DTVchoices.com

RE: Is WP the way to go?

(OP)
Thanks Mike

"In complete darkness we are all the same, only our knowledge and wisdom separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you."

"If a shortcut was meant to be easy, it wouldn't be a shortcut, it would be the way!"

Google Rank Extractor -> Perl beta with FusionCharts

RE: Is WP the way to go?

I've used Wordpress for all my sites and have had generally good experiences with it. It does everything I need it to do and is pretty simple to use.

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