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    i have created a website template in photoshop and dreamweaver cs3. Everything is working great but how do I create an admin panel to allow others to change and update the site?

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    Easy to ask, infinitely complex to answer, and perpetually needing adjustments to solve.

    Seeing that you're a designer, you have a few options. You could grab a Content Management System like Wordpress (not really CMS, but its good for simple things), Joomla!, or Drupal. Then you'd need to learn to port your design into your desired CMS, which could be a hassle. CMS will probably be the best solution for you, but it's quite rigid - it's hard to make a CMS do exactly what you want.

    So your second option would be to write yourself a way to edit them, in a server-side language, like PHP, RoR, or ASP.

    But before you do any of this, I strongly suggest you make sure your code is as minimalistic as possible. Meaning, keep size as low as possible, make sure you're using clean, non-table layouts (which isn't what you get when importing from photoshop), because otherwise it'll probably be a pain to import to your CMS.

    An extensive knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a server-side of your choice is necessary to do this alone. Most of the time, if you're a designer, your job's only till this point, and you hand this to your developers.
    Note on code: If I give code, please note that it is simply sample code to demonstrate an effect. It is not meant to be used as-is; that is the programmer's job. I am not responsible to give you support or be held liable for anything that happens when using my code.

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    I see, I was planning on using this program for CMS and my admin panel, http://cmsmadesimple.org . Anyone think this would be a bad idea or have a better one?


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