Been awhile. Always appreciate this forum.
Have a question.
Now I know we have some fine CMS and lite website builders here on the forum.
A while back I tried playing with the blogging platforms, WordPress and Blogger, they are nice
for my type of quick posting, however I don't like having to work around the sideways blogging
architecture, to mimic the top-down structure of a website. (Maybe this is not as awkward
as I think? With a special admin panel, eg. on WordPress? On Blogger, extras are minimal.)
One of my major goals is simple. Pages with fine RTF
for basic color, size of fonts, italics.
And easy insertion of pics, usually simple screen pics of a manuscript or from a book (all
copyright fine). The best is cut-and-paste, also very good is an upload facility that integrates
nicely, I don't mind the extra steps of creating a disk folder and save to file from a screen pic.
Also I want a good webpage administration architecture
, built in. This item is underneath this, and then
when you move that, maybe some tabs and links automatically recognize the new architecture. In a blogging
platform that is probably doable with modules, however unless there is some special implemenation,
I prefer a more elegant CMS-website building architecture.
Now, I looked at CMS Made Simple. The adminstration architecture looks very fine, exactly what I like.
However RTF is not directly implementable on the page through the editor, RTF works through style sheets,
which seems like it would be overly structured for my purposes, which are more ad hoc. This Bible verse
is purple, this quote is brown, this is highlighted and in italics. etc. I want that type of formatting
through normal editing (like when I work here, or on Eudora) not front-ended. (Unless I am missing something.)
Oh, an extra plus is if you can RTF cut-and-paste from an existing document (e.g. my Eudora email, or a web
forum) and keep the formatting intact. However, the extra steps of reformatting in an editor are not too bad, if
So anybody have a suggestion?
Likely a CMS (reasonable cost ok) that:
a) is easy to use and rarely if ever has to
fall down to code on simple pages.
b) has a fine administration center, where pages are edited, moved around, structure is built, pages are disabled, etc.
c) has a good regular editor, with color, sizes, maybe fonts, a step or three beyond the underlining etc.
that is in the rudimentary editors (e.g. MicroTiny that is bundled with the CMS Made Simple install).
Any help appreciated.
Here is my discussion on CMS Made Simple forum. (What puzzled me was that one of the CMS
videos I thought showed a nice full-featured editor. And I thought maybe loading the TinyMCE
module would accomplish my goals. The answers I got seemed to indicate not.)
editor functionality, RTF - text colors, size, fontshttp://forum.cmsmade....php?f=2&t=69386
I thought I put the following post in, as a follow-up.
Possibly, my error. Possibly not.
Eudora has simply a normal easy-to-work editor, with good RTF functionality.
Plus it has a special nicety, that you can paste pictures directly in from the clipboard (they don't have to be uploaded attachments.) So I think when I was playing with Wordpress I used that feature combined with emailing to the blog. However, I do not particularly like trying to mold a blog architecture to mimic a website. Seems unelegant.
With CMSMS I gather if I use style-sheets for RTF it would be hard to go in and out of different color and size on a web-page, in a free-form, not previously sectioned, manner. Without tweaking in HTML after the fact. That sort of free-form writing (e.g. Bible verses in one color, quotes from books in another, my text in another, some words might be in italics) is an ongoing part of my writing and what I am trying to accomplish on my web-pages.
Note: I test on my XAMPP installation. I don't mind testing a couple of CMS or similar platforms. Right now WordPress, CMS Made Simple and some others are "installed". (Also Concrete5, getsimpleCMS, ProcessWire, WolfCMS and MediaWiki, the last for a different purpose)
My goal is to to decide the best without too much extra testing of a tool, especially not one that might not have the basic features or on the flip-side one that requires too much initial coding expertise.