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    Default Help Needed- Adding Pages and Blog to non Word Press Site

    Helping a friend do some work to his website, I basically want to create a couple of more pages as well as adding a blog.


    Ive got all the FTP info I need....I simply need to create the pages and add the blog.
    Whats a good program to all me to do the page editing? Whats the easiest way to add a blog? If it were a WP site this would be easy, but alas that is not an option.


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    Outdoor Kitchens - Fire Pits & Fireplaces - Stamped Concrete - Retaining Walls - Custom Concrete Masonary Specialist - Orange County, California - Los Angeles California
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    I would do it by hand. Just use the original page as a template, cut out the inside parts and add new content for each page. Doesn't Word or Publisher make web pages, you could use one of those.

    You could also get some sort of site script like VBulletin and work with it. I'm sure there are some public domain ones available.

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    Hmmm, Komoser vs Komodo for free webppage editing software. Any thoughts on which is better???

    And still not sure how Im going to add the blog....
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    Default Help Needed- Adding Pages and Blog to non Word Press Site

    I use dreamweaver for everything pretty much. I also typically install Wordpress 3.5.2 I believe is the current version, unless you're looking for something else.

    I'm not even sure I'm allowed to link you mine so I'm not gonna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    Helping a friend do some work to his website, I basically want to create a couple of more pages as well as adding a blog.


    Ive got all the FTP info I need....I simply need to create the pages and add the blog.
    Whats a good program to all me to do the page editing? Whats the easiest way to add a blog? If it were a WP site this would be easy, but alas that is not an option.


    Here is the website,

    Outdoor Kitchens - Fire Pits & Fireplaces - Stamped Concrete - Retaining Walls - Custom Concrete Masonary Specialist - Orange County, California - Los Angeles California

    If you have Adobe Dreamweaver, that's the bad mama jama for WYSIWYG editing. Obviously comes with a hefty price tag.

    If you need an alternate, here are a few FREE (yea! Open Source) programs in order of learning curve:

    Coffee Cup

    Bluefish

    Apanta Studio



    Personally, I like hand coding. The nitty gritty view of syntax highlighting gets me motivated to create. But you obviously have to be comfortable coding by hand.
    Either way, it's always good to have a nice text editor. I don't know how I would get by without Notepad++. (yea! more open source!)

    Notepad++


    I'm @ work, so I'll post more about blogs when I get a chance. Cheers!
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    Just downloaded Kompozer....not a bad program. My skills are a little rusty but this seems to be a good free open source dreamweaver option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    Just downloaded Kompozer....not a bad program. My skills are a little rusty but this seems to be a good free open source dreamweaver option.

    Kompozer works well, it'll definitely get the job done.

    It has been sooo many years since I've used Coffee Cup, it looks like it has a $70 price tag now... :(

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    Here is the website I am working on....

    Outdoor Kitchens - Fire Pits & Fireplaces - Stamped Concrete - Retaining Walls - Custom Concrete Masonary Specialist - Orange County, California - Los Angeles California

    I basically want to add maybe an additional page or two of services to the menu bar and then add a blog.
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    The biggest problem I see here is you have a static website, built with tables and images. You want to add content that should be dynamic and styled with CSS.

    If you want to add static pages to the current menu, you are going to have to add more cells to the row in the table,
    <td>

    <a href="NEW_PAGE_LINK">

    <img width="74" height="33" border="0" alt="home" src="images/NEW_PAGE_IMAGE.png">



    </a>



    </td>









    and then create an image that matches the font and style of the previous images created for each page you make. A real PITA if you don't have the original font or what I'm assuming was a layered (photoshop/fireworks) art file that was used to create the text effect you see in the menu.


    My suggestion would be to get rid of the table/image menu, and create a unordered list menu and style it with css. You can match the typography and effect with style declarations like text-shadow and using web fonts. You could get fancy with some javascript, but not needed for such a simple website. You can create simple hover effects with CSS pseudo class declarations.


    Adding a blog is a whole 'nother can of worms. more to come....


    I still haven't come through with a remedy for adgy-san that I said I'd do. All in due time!

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