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[resolved] In browser HTML Home page & dashboard Home page do not match (5 posts)

  1. krystle klear design
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have "successfully" updated my css as per this website to change a duplicated theme so that it looks like my HTML website. The problem is that nothing I see on the backend in the Dashboard looks like the page that's being displayed in the browser. Therefore, I cannot edit the page in WordPress (which is the entire purpose of my using WordPress). Can anyone tell me what I need to do?

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    There's nothing you can do. There's a limit to what even a WYSIWYG editor can do in terms of replicating a page display. You should always preview your pages/posts before publication and base any changes on the preview - not on what the Visual Editor displays.

  3. krystle klear design
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ESMI, appreciate your response! The thing is it's not WYSIWYG b/c I am not seeing ANYTHING.

    My HTML editor of choice is Dreamweaver and I have used that for years to build all of my websites. Afterwards, I usually recommend Adobe Contribute for my clients to maintain their websites. The issue is that a client wants to edit her website herself and she found Contribute too difficult. After researching Drupal, Joomla & WordPress, all of the feedback seemed to agree that WordPress was the easiest thing for a non technical person to manage a website. So, I've been looking at it as a CMS and not a blog. Without much luck!

    I was able to update the CSS as I mentioned in my previous post; but, there is no way to edit the HTML. I have been working on this on & off for 3 weeks with no great progress to report back to the client. :(

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    After researching Drupal, Joomla & WordPress, all of the feedback seemed to agree that WordPress was the easiest thing for a non technical person to manage a website.

    On that point, I agree. I have a number of non-technical clients who manage their own sites quite well using WordPress. Most of them would be positively overwhelmed and terrified by Drupal or Joomla.

    So, I've been looking at it as a CMS and not a blog. Without much luck!

    Now that's where we differ. 75% of my clients use WP as a CMS - not a blog. In essence, it's just about switching the focus away from posts/categories and towards pages. Most clients are not that interested in changing the design of individual pages, so WP's focus on simple content editing (as opposed to design) alongside pre-configured themes/templates works very well.

    Trying to get the backend editing area to resemble the front end of the site, though, is a non-non-starter, in my opinion. WP is specifically built to allow for drop-in, fully-functional, themes & plugins. Given that there must be thousands of themes, and probably twice that number of plugins, now available, any sort of emulation is going to be pretty poor compared to, say, Contribute. It's like comparing apples and oranges.

    Is the lack of a real-time editing interface the only problem you're having? Or are you perhaps approaching WP from too much of a Contribute-skewed perspective? Unlike the latter, you can't use WP to completely maintain a pre-existing site - though you may be able to get halfway there.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Integrating_Wordpress_with_Your_Website

    Ideally, though, the entire site needs to be built within WP. I think once you start doing that, you'll being to see how the process works and the benefits (and disadvantages) that it does have.

  5. krystle klear design
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It could very well be that I am looking at this with a Contribute-skewed perspective. I'll check out the links you've included and see what progress I can make. Yours, very likely, is the first help with real promise that I've had thus far. Thanks again esmi.

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