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Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

(OP)
Hi all,
I'm helping a small organization (non-profit elementary school) migrate their static website, to a modern WP site. I have a technical b/g, but little experience with WP.

In brief, I envision a site which appears similar to their static website (combination text and pictures), but with a 'login' option at the top of the screen. Once an authorized user logs in, they will now have the ability to edit specific pages to which they have authority to edit (via some sort of button/link at the top of the page that says [edit]), plus they will see additional pages which are not public-facing (e.g. class lists). Once this user logs out, this [edit] link will stop displaying, and the 'privileged pages' will no longer display.

I've spent hours looking at THEMES, but cannot find one that appears to meet this simple need. Suggestions welcome.

Many thanks.
Mike

RE: Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

not sure I wholly follow.

are you saying that the existing admin site for editors (i.e. not admins but those with posting rights) is too complex for the school?

if this for a blog or would you be using WP as a CMS?

are you looking to make it easier to create content or edit content?

it may be that wordpress is not for you if you don't have the skills/time to customise it yourself to your client base's needs. At its heart it is a content-management engine aimed at being a blog. To repurpose it for pure content management is straightforward (pages rather than posts) but it is more difficult to prevent an editor/admin from breaking it in this mode.

One thing that is easy is to lock off certain admin screens from certain users. Then you could apply an editor framework plugin (like pressworks) to whatever theme you wanted which should allow most edit-related interaction to occur only at the front end.

RE: Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

(OP)
Great questions, thanks. I'll do my best to clarify.

1. today, none of the staff are 'technical'. As a parent volunteer, I assist by making changes to their website as required. This involves hand editing the html pages, and transferring them to the server via FTP. My goal is to enable the staff to edit the site themselves, without teaching them any html or ftp skills.

2. Definitely cms, not blog. I asked the hosting provider which of their offered cms's would be a good fit (after a brief description of the requirements). They could not say for sure, but did say that WP is the overwhelming choice of their other clients, by a factor of 100! Other research I've done indicates that WP can do 'anything!' - a bold statement, but I take this to mean that WP is highly extensible (via themes and plug-ins).

3. I guess I'm hoping to evolve their site so that it is easy to both add new content, and edit existing content (doing both functions right on the site instead of transferring files and hand-editing).

4. I have the skills to learn how to customize WP, what I am short on is time. I fear going down a specific path only to discover 20 hours later that it was the wrong path. This is why I am spending some time now asking questions, and benefiting from the experienced WP folks that have gone down many paths already.

I will research pressworks (editor framework plug-in?). So much to learn!

Thanks again,
Mike

RE: Site which can be maintained by non-technical users - need THEME suggestions

WP is just a blogging engine pure and simple. but as such it can be used as a CMS with little trouble.
there is a wysiwyg editor in the admin panel that gives at least some help for novice users.
but the choice of admin panels can be overwhelming, and there may be a temptation to muck around.
so what i have done in the past is disable loads of panels. effectively all panels that the user will absolutely not want. then their activities are guided by what's available and they are not tempted to meddle.

whether the wysiwyg editor that is built in is good enough for your needs I don't know. also I wouldn't let non-trained users loose on creating pages. just editing them. creating pages means also creating ways to get to pages (menu items).

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