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  • I manage a ministry website that puts out a monthly newsletter. The newsletter is the main portion of the website. There are several years of articles all hard coded in html. I would like to switch to a cms that will give me more flexibility with layout changes in the future.

    I am only going to have one user (admin)
    no forums
    no galleries
    Only going to post once a month with new article and update the itinerary
    Maybe a new page from time to time

    need to have a page to search the article archive

    I also need printer friendly version of each page that I would not have to hand code.

    Is WP gonna work for me? If not (or you have another idea) could you let me know?

    Do I need a more complicated cms?

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  • Yes, WP would meet your needs very well I think. The monthly article would be treated as a ‘post’ while the itinerary could also be a ‘post’ if it needs to be archived or as a ‘page’ if there is there is only one version at any given time. There is also a plugin which makes printer-friendly versions.

    I have it installed on my site. See some examples…
    Posts are what you see when you visit
    Pages are static (but editable) like this
    And to print look at the bottom of each post (article) click ‘Print This’ and get this –

    Do you have a link to that plugin?

    It may be this one:
    (see it in the list)

    > Is WP gonna work for me?
    Sure. It may not be the best fit though as yours is more a standard website than a blog. In other words it is page heavy and less blog-like entries or posts in WP terminology.

    > If not (or you have another idea) could you let me know?

    You could also use Mambo. For your type of site Mambo CMS might provide more jazz out of the box. Check our corporate site for an example.

    It provides print facility, pdf version out of the box. It also allows polls and tons of useful utilities. I am barely scratching the surface here.

    WordPress will do it, you’ll just need the Print This plugin.

    I also highly recommend PHPWebsite developed by Appalachian State Univ. It can be found here:

    First off, there’s a print icon on just about every page, inherent in PHPWebsite itself. Another thing that it does well is it allows uploading of “documents” and creation of categories for those documents, if you desire, so that your readers can find the documents easily. You can restrict download of documents to registered users or anonymous visitors.

    Or you can install the “Articles” module and create articles from those HTML pages (just cut and paste them). Those, too, can be indexed by category.

    One of the things I like about PHP Website for some of my more web challenged clients is that its user interface is very easy to navigate. And you don’t need to know one shred of HTML or CSS to get the site up and going. You can even customize your 404 error page right from the admin console.

    Test it out here:

    The above site is a great way to try out or at least learn about some other applications that may suit your needs.

    Good luck!

    I have played with mambo but the learning curve seems so steep. And I am only bulding a site with static pages and almost no need for modules. But I do like the print capabilities and the large community, though it looks like they had a recent split.
    I guess the feature I am most need of is the database and theme so that I don’t have to hand code each page. that is why I am looking at a blob / cms.
    PHPWebsite looks promissing but I have no clue how to install.

    Also jonimuller – How difficult is it to skin / theme phpwebsite? I have done them for other cms’s in the past and I would need to completely customize the layout of at least the front page to have a horizontal (hopefully dropdown probably css) menu and static layout of the frontpage.



    It may be this one:
    (see it in the list)

    Yes, that’s the one I’m using.

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