Spicing Up A Website

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  1. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    I own and operate www.pfvrs.net, a website dedicated to the volunteer ambulance organization that I'm a member of.

    Problem is, I only know basic HTML and don't really have much time to update it all the time.

    Is there a way to edit the site so that logins can be put into place to have 'members' upload news articles and pictures for the betterment of the site?

    I tried setting up a stupid proof forum for them, but registration is comfusing for some of the new members and the ones that do comprehend some internet, don't use it.

    We've looked at 'turn-key' websites like www.firehousesolutions.com for a professional look and user-based uploads, but the cost is too much for the lack of updating that I (we'll) do.

    Also, I realize the site looks horrid graphically, is it possible that subtle Flash animations would assist it? I was going to folow the Sticky above considering what OT CandP considers.

    Finally, I'd like to add this to the site for members to edit and the public to view: https://sourceforge.net/projects/vtcalendar/ How hard is it to set up?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Schproda

    Schproda New Member

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    Use a CMS solution and you can allow anyone to upload articles into a forum or topic.
     
  3. goober

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    Try to set it up as a blog. You can get pretty creative with what pages and posts are, and set up multiple users. I've used wordpress (wordpress.org) a few times. Check it out.
     
  4. lulu_grl

    lulu_grl hi2u!

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    I recently used Joomla for a multi-user website. It's relatively easy to install, has support forums and a ton of plug-ins/themes that you can readily download.

    http://www.joomla.org/

    There's a demo link on the front page you can check out and it's a free app.
     
  5. Boogieman117

    Boogieman117 PSN: Boogieman117

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    Holy shit, I think this is what I'm looking for... should I back up the site I have now then delete it and try installing this? I'm really worried I'm going to screw up the install while trying to work with this. Do you have any IM handles?
     
  6. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    You don't need to delete your current setup in order to try joomla (or any other layout for that matter). Just make a new directory called 'joomla' or whatever you want and dump everything there like it's the root.
     
  7. Boogieman117

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    Ohhh ok... the site needed to be backed up anyway. :)

    I'll have to play around with it then.. thanks again!
     
  8. Boogieman117

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    Everything's coming along nicely, the joomla install wasn't as painful as I thought. Now to just re-populate all the information from the old site to the new.

    Also, can anyone recommend a good FREE calendar that runs on SQL back-end and a PHP front end?
     
  9. lulu_grl

    lulu_grl hi2u!

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    I don't know anything off the top of my head but there are a ton of pre-made plugins to use with Joomla...

    http://www.joomlahacks.com/
    http://www.siteground.com/joomla_calendar.htm
    http://swik.net/calendar+Joomla
    http://reviews.joomlaya.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=39

    And those were from just doing a google for "Joomla Calendar"...

    Good luck!
     

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