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    I have a client that wants as much control over his site as possible. He’s one that I’ve inherited from another business that went under, and he’s using some rickshawed, pieced together CMS that was created by the previous programmer. Now my problem is, everytime he wants to edit his site, or change something with his layout, he breaks the previous layout. How can I go about creating a template that he can use without ruining his layout every time he wants to edit something?

    His CMS is basically comprised of PHP includes that bring together each page. There’s a template that is used for header and footer, and then "modules" (which aren’t really modules) to make up the content. For example, here’s the main page module.

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    Every time he edits something, he can edit the layout of the page also. Anyone have a way to make it so that he can touch his content without touching his design? Oh yeah, I might add that we can’t use wordpress yet, seeing as how he’s not willing to switch.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


    Yes, I know that it looks horrific. I’m working on cleaning that up. Like I said, I inherited this client from someone else. Anyone have any suggestions to the question at hand?


    Thanks to both Eric and JoshWhiteDesign. Those answers have literally saved me tons of time with this client. I just spoke with him, explained the pros and cons of what he’s got compared to WordPress and others, and he’s agreed to switch. And with resources such as, making the switch will be a lot easier.

    Thanks again.

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