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  • # November 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I am creating a straight-forward static website for a client who wants control of the content after I am finished.

    What would be the best CMS to use? Am really looking for something that is easy to customize, won’t look like a blog, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
    -Ben

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I usually use wordpress, I know that it’s a blogging platform but it does have the ability to add pages and those pages are overall pretty easily customized. You could just not display blog posts anywhere and just use the pages that wordpress offers.

    Just my thoughts though I’m sure someone will have another suggestion.

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Depending on the size of the site, WordPress might be overkill though it’s usually my first choice.

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Great– so how should I approach this? I have my mockup all finished up for each page within Photoshop. Should I just go ahead an code it like a normal page (html and css, add images and everything)? Or should I just code within the WP files?

    Also, any solid WP theme creation tutorials out there? I have seen a few, but they are all for blog-type WP sites.

    Cheers

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I used to prefer going in this order:

    * Complete Design
    * Code all templates in basic HTML / CSS / JS
    * Convert templates into WordPress

    These days, though, there seem to be some pretty amazing WordPress templates that are design to be a starting point. I checked out *underscores* recently and thought it was pretty great: http://underscores.me/

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Brilliant– so it is sort of like a template reset of sorts? Pretty excited to start this project!

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Yea, it strips everything down and provides you with a relatively good starting point.

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I also recently checked out http://underscores.me and plan to create a theme from it.

    Other than WordPress, you might want to check out [EE](http://expressionengine.com “”)

    # November 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    check out perch ;)

    # November 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    As @strages said – Perch is super awesome for sites that need a straightforward user interface, or basically sites that could be static aside from the content like text/imagery.

    I have about 90% of my customers on perch and they love it.

    # November 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    [Textpattern](textpattern.com “”) is another

    # November 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I’ve been eyeing perch for a while – I like how it’s progressed.

    @andy_unleash how does image management work? The one thing that always seems a frustration is the management of larger images clients upload and they can make it show up with smaller pixel dimensions but the file size was still 2mb. When you upload images in Perch does it resolve that issue?

    # November 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    @JoshWhite I think there is a plugin for WordPress that crunches the image automatically for you. YCruncher or something like that.

    # November 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    @ben_boomer @strages you should check out our newly launched https://copybar.io . We built it for the exact use-case you enumerated. It can be implemented client-side or server-side, works with WP, and gives your users the power of incontext editing in addition to element by element ACL. I use it for a number of different client sites where WP is too clunky and my clients want a simpler workflow. Please forgive the shameless self-promotion, but I sincerely think Copybar would be useful in this case.

    # November 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

    @JoshWhite – within perch you can set a “crop” size – so forcing a maximum real pixel amount.

    It then creates a cropped version of it – so for example if they uploaded a digital shot at 5000x4000px you can force it down to 600×480 (for example) – the new file will be much smaller.

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