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    Senior Member slyder's Avatar
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    Hey, I've been around web design for a long time, but ive never used a CMS before. My question here is can i use a site I designed in valid xhtml, and valid css and kinda use wordpress or textpattern to just handle the posts, or do i have to completely redo my pages from the ground up depending on what CMS i want to use.

    This question has been bugging me for a long time. I just dont want to lay down some money for hosting and then go intall wordpress only to learn that i have to change everything, or use one of their layouts.

    Thanks in advance, if you want to see the site i want to use the CMS for check out an early version here.
    http://christopher-scott.org - Ramblings of an amateur web designer
    http://childfreechoice.com - An online community for the positively childfree

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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    With a CMS like WordPress, you do use their template and customize it to look
    like your site ... so, it means you will start all over again. These extensive CMS
    systems use MySQL. Terrific programs, but probably more than what you want?

    There are some other simpler PHP scripts that just use includes to insert blocks of
    text into your pages. You then have a login that lets you change the simple text
    files.

    I'm thinking of a rich-text editor like this one:
    http://www.kevinroth.com/rte/

    Throughout your web page, example "index.php", you have a
    bunch of lines like this:

    <?php include 'text3.txt'; ?>

    It takes whatever is in the text file "text3.txt" and displays it, whether it's
    just text or text with HTML tags ... whatever.

    The Rich-Text-Editor allows you to edit any of those text files online and
    make changes.

    With the PHP includes, you just insert them into your existing site.

    If you're the only person making CMS changes, you could even use an FTP
    method to edit and upload your text files. No MySQL required using this method.



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