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Offline 1918wedgewood

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What features are mutually exclusive?
« on: September 27, 2007, 10:59:29 PM »
Hope some of you can help me here. I am new to Web hosting though somewhat familiar with technologies. I am considering Lunarpages actively because I really like what I have seen so far. I guess I am somewhat bewildered by what is possible. Basically, I am trying to develop a non-profit non-commercial non-advertising site. My needs include content management, wikis or something similar with password access, forms, forums, and a few other things, which I might add in the future. My questions are:
1. Are these features mutually exclusive? For instance, can I use FrontPage and CoffeeCup and the standard site builder together? Also, could I still have Wikis and/or content through Drupal on my pages with Frontpage? Is it possible to use more than one content management system on different pages and still get a uniform look and feel? Is there any additional cost for doing the same? I hope these questions make sense.
2. Are there any discounts for non-profit .org sites?

Thanks in advance for your responses.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2007, 11:44:52 PM by 1918wedgewood »

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Re: What features are mutually exclusive?
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007, 04:54:42 AM »
Welcome to the Lunarforums.  :welcome:

I would highly suggest going with one or the other when it comes to Frontpage vs CoffeeCup.  Might play with both and see which one does the best job with what you need to do.  If you go down the content management system route, I would pick one and stay with it.  Both Drupal or Joomla are great choices to use.

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Re: What features are mutually exclusive?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007, 08:46:12 AM »
You need to get a better idea of what you want to do with your site. From your brief description, it sounds like some sort of CMS (Content Management System) might be your best bet in the long run. LP offers several through cPanel, or you may be able to use other ones. You would not want to mix CC and FP (or any other page/site builder) with a CMS, except under very well understood and carefully considered circumstances. You would not want to mix CC and FP (or any other page/site builder) anyway, as they'll step on each other's toes. By the way, FrontPage is history -- MS now has Expression Web instead. EW (or FP) will cost you real money, while CC is free (for LP customers) and can do the same thing. It's probably asking for trouble to try to mix multiple CMSs in one site -- stick with one if you can. You may be limited in how much you can have different templates for different pages. If you need to install separate programs for different tasks (a Wiki, a CMS, a gallery, a handcoded group of pages), do not try to install them into public_html/. Put them into separate directories under public_html/, so they stay separated and out of each other's hair. Then you hand code a Home Page with links to each section of the site.

LP has some sort of K-12 public school free/discounted site program, but I'm not familiar with it. I don't think they offer discounts for other non-profits or schools, but at $6.95 a month, it's almost free!
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Re: What features are mutually exclusive?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2007, 10:46:23 AM »
Hi 1918wedgewood,

I agree with what you have been told before, don't mix Front Page with any other web builder, whether it is Coffee Cup or a CMS (Content Management System). They are all trying to do the same thing, build a web site, and you will end up with a mess if you try.

As to your other scripts, forums, galleries, etc. Yes, those can be mixed with Front Page, but you should set them up in their own folders (or even subdomains) and never update those scripts with Front Page. If you don't tell Front Page that they are there, then it shouldn't mess them up.

You might be able to mix a few of the things you mentioned, but it will take a lot of effort on your part to keep the look and feel the same. And some of them can get pretty complicated with their template usage and changes to their css (which is what you would have to mess with to make the look, feel, the same). I'm not really knowledgeable with PHP or CSS (I know just enough to be able to really mess things up), so I try to stay as vanilla as possible with those things. I have also set up a not for profit site here using Front Page. So I understand where you are coming from.

Mr.Phil is right in that you should try, as much as possible, to decide ahead of time what you want the site to have and do. Will you want a gallery of photos, a member section, forums, a blog, etc. Once you have a general idea of what you want it will be easier to decide which tools will help you achieve that.

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Offline 1918wedgewood

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Re: What features are mutually exclusive?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2007, 07:53:47 PM »
Thanks Mitch, MrPhil and Fretnmore for the warm welcome and thanks a lot for the tips. It sounds like I will have to go with one product or the other and a CMS may meet my needs. What would be the best (low maintenance, high effectiveness) way to implement a site where the main content will be in the form of dialogs consisting of an initial set of questions with subquestions and their answers (more like an interview than a FAQ)  and people will be invited to offer their own questions to which further answers will be provided. There should also be a discussion forum linked to each dialog/interview. Upon researching the Web, I found a product called phpmyfaq (http://www.phpmyfaq.de/) that may work for the dialog part of the site but would I be able to integrate this product along with a form and forum and perhaps a request for contributions by PayPal on one site, keeping a consistent look and feel?  Thanks again.


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