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show user profile  gattattak
Hi MFers (not to be rude),

I know some of you are pretty good with web design so I was hoping you could point me in the right direction. I wouldn't know what to type into a search engine to look for this stuff.

I'm helping make a webpage for the school I work at. I'm using dreamweaver and am reluctant to learn HTML as this is pretty much a one off job.

I want to make a 'bulletin' page, which can import text from a different file (eg a text document) so that someone in admin can easily update it often.

I was also wondering if it's possible to make a page automatically display pics that are contained in a folder, so that we could just throw a bunch of pics from a recent event into a certain directory and have it automatically get added to an online gallery.

If anyone knows how to do this in Dreamweaver that would be great. If not, perhaps I could just cut and paste some code from somewhere else?

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4/9/2008 4:26:34 AM (last edit: 4/9/2008 4:26:34 AM)
show user profile  HappyDude2
PHP can do all this and more.
There are TONS of people developing PHP script, and many many sites offering code for free.

You will have to know enough PHP/HTML to customize the free code though.

Also, check with your school before going to lots of trouble, as some IT folks don't understand (thus don't like) PHP and won't run it on their web servers.

Easiest way to see if PHP is installed on your web server:

Create a file named test.php
Put this into it:

phpinfo ();

NOTE: replace the [ ] brackets with the proper "greater than / less than ones.

Upload the file to the server, then try loading the file in a web browser.

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4/9/2008 4:35:45 AM (last edit: 4/9/2008 4:39:57 AM)
show user profile  gattattak
Hmm. Thanks for the tip. I'll ask the guys at school. I don't have easy access to the server. I'd just make the site locally and get them to upload it at the end.

Any idea what I'd actually search for. Like, is there a special name for what I want to do?
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4/9/2008 5:29:56 AM (last edit: 4/9/2008 5:29:56 AM)
show user profile  Setherial
he doesn't want to learn html and you want to have him set up and customize a php script, lol

anyway, if it does support php I suggest setting up something like DokuWiki. It pretty much works out of the box with no knowledge required, it's easy and looks good. You can easily update pages from within your browser and you have a simple user management system so some people like an adminsitrator can do more stuff then your avarage simple user.
It also alows you to upload and show images.

(edit: and I'm sure the local school nerd can install it for you :)
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4/9/2008 7:03:10 AM (last edit: 4/9/2008 7:04:57 AM)
show user profile  Kajico
lol, can't afford a web guy, so lets get staff who have no clue what it really takes to make a website to do it for free

Sounds like you need a blog like wordpress and a gallery plugin for it, then just modify the theme. It's probably the simplest solution as most webhosting companies have a backend with Fantastico installed that will easily walk you through the steps of installing wordpress.

(\/) (°,,,°) (\/) Woop woop woop!

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4/9/2008 8:29:55 AM (last edit: 4/9/2008 8:29:55 AM)
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