So I've done some research into this, but maybe someone here has done it before and knows of a bit more simple solution than some of the wordpress tutorials I've found that are heavy on .php which isn't a language I know.

Anyone know of any good blogs where my client can just log on and post like facebook, but have it seamlessly update onto their webpage? I am very familiar with HTML and CSS coding and can manipulate all the divs or whatever to make a nice place for a pre-set blog to sit, but I want it to look and feel seamless.

Anyone have any good places to look over, or is wordpress the best solution?
  • Cutty.

    I think wordpress is perfect for that kind of thing. It does run on .php, but all the styling and everything is based on css and HTML. I don't know much about .php, but I've created a lot of wp themes, it works great as a CMS. This goes over everything you'd need to know about creating a custom theme (in pretty simple, step by step terms), if you feel like some heavy reading: http://www.wpdesigner.com/2007/02/19/so-you-want-to-create-wordpress-themes-huh/

    And yeah, once the themes all set up, all the client has to do is click "add new post"
  • Matt Borchert

    Thanks so much cutty, did you end up using wordpress as the complete solution or integrating it into a website that was pre-existing? I'm hoping to be able to code the website completely then just drop in something like wordpress into a div box and be done to keep it simple, but maybe it isn't going to be that easy.
  • DrowningDesign

    Matt Borchert said:Thanks so much cutty, did you end up using wordpress as the complete solution or integrating it into a website that was pre-existing? I'm hoping to be able to code the website completely then just drop in something like wordpress into a div box and be done to keep it simple, but maybe it isn't going to be that easy.

    Its do-able but I think its going to take a little php to pull off.
    *Note: This is just off the top of my head so take it with a grain of salt*
    Create the site separate to wp. Then put wp inside a folder in the root directory so you have something like www.mysite.com/blog/wp-article.
    You can then use a little bit of straight php on your sites main page to access the posts table in the database that wp uses.
    ie: (sudo code)
    $q = mysql_query('SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE ...stuff that you want ');
    while($r = mysql_fetch_assoc($q)){
    echo $r['post_title'];
    ...
    }
  • ModernMarc

  • justinryan

    if you aren't married to wordpress, you can embed tumblr into a .html page with a single line embed code and than a few css tweaks to make it look right.
  • hoang

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me...thanks kinh mat thoi trang
  • fuggart

    gone are the days when I did my own coding but when I did I found it fairly easy to integrate tumblrs and style them to suit the rest of the website. Wordpress is definitely the best but I could never get my head around it personally as I'm a print designer through and through
  • Ella Mobbs

    If you haven't resolved this already, using Tumblr for the blog component is a relatively good way to approach this. Find a tumblr theme that does mostly what you want it to do, then swap out the header and footer to match with your existing website. Then just update the links for 'blog' to go Tumblr. I use Wordpress on my website to manage portfolio content, but use Tumblr for blog - it's easy to post from Instragram through to Tumblr and Facebook, and it's socially connected /trackable(can show likes, re-blogs, etc).

    Ps, My first Mintees comment/entry ever ^.^
  • Eureka!!!

    Wordpress is pretty awesome for that idea, but if you are looking to customize or childtheme, you will need to learn a bit of PHP on top of HTML/CSS. It can get pretty messy, which is what I am currently experiencing with a client. I haven't sued squarespace.com but it works pretty much in the same way.

    Also, I use Virb.com for a portfolio site, but could easily be set up for businesses, bands, or other artists at a low monthly cost.

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