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CMS with form-based input

I want to design simple web sites with about 4 main pages (such as for antique furniture refinishing: Home, Tables, Rocking Chairs, Cabinets, Misc). I'd like for site owners to be able to log on to the site to add photos and text about the individual items...using forms, and not an online WYSIWYG editor. Ouch! That makes it tough.

When Internet viewers look at the web site, we'd like them to be able to go to the correct main page, click an image, and have a page come up with a few photos and some text about the item.

Is ASP the way to go? If so, are there any free/inexpensive programs that could help me set up this form-based input system?

Between the need for a forms-based input (not an editor) and the demand for unique-looking sites (not from templates others have designed), I'm having real trouble figuring out what to do.

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Toni
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PS I use FrontPage to design, but have some level of comfort with about any editor and can edit HTML a bit too. Low-level user here!

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Re: CMS with form-based input

Use a Content Management System (CMS) that installs on your client's server. Then build your HTML template and let the client update text, pictures, etc.

My favorite is CMSMadeSimple.org and Joomla.org.

Use PHP instead of .ASP. Just my opinion.
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Re: CMS with form-based input

You are better off going for ready made opensource software if you can find it. If you want to use frontpage and write a bit of asp check out http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/frontpage/CH063547581033.aspx

Also make sure you google any errors you get when writing the asp chance are someone will have been hit with it.

The way I used to include forms in CMS's was as an include file so it runs when that cms page loads.
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Re: CMS with form-based input

I think I'm ready to try CMSMS. In the past, I used Content Seed, but my customers/friends have found that once they have about 50 pictures and maybe 15 or 20 pages, it becomes extremely cumbersome (it stores in a text file), and we are having a lot of problems saving changes due to time outs and errors of other kinds.

Will this be a problem with a web site that might accumulate 40 pages and a couple hundred pictures?

Thanks!

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Re: CMS with form-based input

CMSMS will be perfect - look for the Album Module.

I use content seed too, but that is good only for small page editing inmho.
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