Looking for some help/ advice


#1

Is there anything out there I can use to publish a paragraph or so of text on the front page of my website that I can change regularly without having to upload the entire website every time? Does that even make sense? :wink: I’m using iWeb create and then upload the files via FTP to Dreamhost. Each time I want to change the greeting on the website, I have to go through that process. I’d love to find something easier to use. I’m thinking something like an RSS feed, but I really have no idea. I’m pretty new to the whole web site building/ hosting/ maintaining gig. It’s just a hobby for my homeowner’s association. Any help would be really appreciated! Thanks.


#2

Sure! That’s exactly what Content Management Systems (CMS) software does. Joomla! and WordPress (using the WordPress “Pages” functionality) provide this “out of the box” and are available as “one-click” installs on DreamHost. There are literally hundreds of other programs/scripts available for doing this in varying ways and to varying degrees - some a “news” type scripts that allow you to keep an easily changeable section of a page for the updating of an section, while others take a different approach by simply provided a CGI facility for editing a definable area of a page (check out hotscripts.com for many such things).

You are likely to find that iweb is difficult to use, at best, in a traditional web hosting environment. It was primarily desigined as an interface/tool for .mac, and it does things very differently than the way traditional websites are constructed and managed.

If you search for iweb in these forums you will find quite a bit of discussion about its use on DreamHost, and several excellent suggested alternatives that might be of interest. Even for a “hobbiest”, it’s good to maximize the return on your investment of time, and many other technologies/tools will give you a much bigger “bang for your buck” in the long run than iweb.

Since you are embarking upon a learning process anyway,why not learn something that is universally useful rather than something that is particularly .mac oriented? :wink:

Both Joomla! and WordPress can do a great job of handling a site like this. WordPress would be great for a basic informational site, and provide a “discussion” vehicle via blog comments, but Joomla! would be a much better choice, as it has a good selection of user management tools, community related features, and a wide selection of extensions that would allow you to have a “public facing” site and private sections for discussions, photos, etc.

–rlparker