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#1 Ryan Deegan

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:20

How often do you find yourself updating simple content on client sites e.g. posting up a news story? I'm finding a lot of clients just don't want to touch it and just pap everything over to me, despite CMS training etc.

 

Finding a CMS like WordPress a bit pointless when developing in this case, in fact the last 3/4 sites I've built have been put live as plain old static files. 

 

Going forward, for the majority of projects, I can see Jekyll being my go-to. Obviously for more complex projects something like WP might be necessary but for the most part it's becoming less relevant to me.

 

Thoughts?


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#2 MikeChipshop

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:25

All the time!

 

At the end of the day though, whether the client wants to do content management themselves or not, if they wanted a CMS that's their choice and in the long run even if they get others to update the content for them, it should still work out cheaper to hire someone to manage content rather than a dev to add static content.


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#3 ryan

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:35

I get this all the time.

 

I tell them to go do the updates themselves, otherwise it's absolutely pointless. I'd rather spend 5 more minutes showing them how to prevent further updates, rather than just doing it.


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#4 MikeChipshop

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:46

Put them on a content manage package.

A per monthly fee to manage the content up to a certain level.


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#5 ryan

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 10:47

Put them on a content manage package.

A per monthly fee to manage the content up to a certain level.

 

 

Yeah, true. If its a regular thing, 100%. Mine clients never really have a regular thing. The ones with blogs know how to use it, thankfully.


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#6 CraigP

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 11:32

Something I have just personally addressed.

 

I now offer management contracts per year, they were all a bit shocked as I rarely charged to change a bit of content. !i know, i should have, but it generally takes me longer to write the invoice.

 

so no we offer a full suit of management packages.

 

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I also found this a great way to filter out clients who just want everything for nothing.

which means you can really offer a service and your time to the clients who value your time.


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#7 Notbanksys Copy Shoppe

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:53

I thought you were winding down and going to uni Craig?


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#8 CraigP

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 12:59

I thought you were winding down and going to uni Craig?

 

I am,

Filtering out costly clients,

Managing existing clients, being paid properly for it.

I can't just tell everyone to do one, that's not very professional is it.

Plus, there is clients that I want to keep for when I am finished with this new adventure!


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#9 Notbanksys Copy Shoppe

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 13:12

I can't just tell everyone to do one, that's not very professional is it.
 

Depends on your definition of professional. That's EXACTLY what I plan on doing as soon as is economically viable.

 

Clients if you're reading this, I'M JOKING!*

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#10 Inspired

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Posted 01 July 2015 - 19:19

Going forward, for the majority of projects, I can see Jekyll being my go-to.
 

 

Hell yes. Build it with Jekyll, host it on Github; best of both worlds. Managed server, with hard-to-match levels of redundancy, backup and failover, for either $0 or close to it (for private repos) and still have the ability to author posts and update styles from any browser?? Jekyll+github pages is a no-brainer. Throw prose.io into the mix and you have, what appears to most clients to be, a fully fledged CMS.

 

jekyll+github+prose.io = 99% of client requirements sorted in a hackproof, maintenance-free and near bulletproof solution.

 

For clients who might actually do some blogging themselves, and understand what a webhost is, my goto is currently CraftCMS.


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#11 madesimplemedia

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 10:47

Some want to make their own updates, some don't.  With most client I'm happy to do it and they are happy to pay me to do so.


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#12 rajdeep7830

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 12:23

Yeah, right. I am agreeing with Rayn. If it’s a regular thing, 100%. Mine clients never really have a habitual thing.


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