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Thread: Addressing the CLIENTS' needs... A few Q&A's from PRO gurus plz?

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    Plutarian(From Pluto, stupid!) kitchee's Avatar
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    Ok Im need to working with the puplic and am starting to get a lot of questions Im unsure of. I really need your imput..

    <client> I want a news section that I can update at will.
    <me> ok...Thats not be a problem.
    <client> but... I don't know what Im doing and don't want to pay anyone for the service... is there some free/very cheap software I can get that will allow me to do this?
    <me> HTML editor......hum..???

    Stuck! Which one? WYSIWYG editor for cheap????

    How do you guys handle this?
    Is there any other questions I should be on the look out for?

    Thankz!

    kitchee

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    Tell your client to search on http://www.tucows.com or http://www.downloads.com for a free one.
    Otherwise, find out if he has PHP. If he does, I can install a news updating package on his server for you for a small fee. I'll charge you and you can just charge him whatever you want to make.
    This way, he can just add news items right from a control panel, not even needing an editor.

    Regards,
    Jabez

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    well, if the text is not that complicated, can't your client can edit it in MW Word?

    VM

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    The best answer (nay, the only answer) is to use something PhP or PERL (or JAVA, CGI, whatever, so long as it allows dynamically built pages). a free app if you can use SSI's is Newspro, i cant find a link, but just search for it. It's dead easy to install, and you only need give a small link somewhere and it's free.

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    Plutarian(From Pluto, stupid!) kitchee's Avatar
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    Originally posted by JabezStone
    Tell your client to search on http://www.tucows.com or http://www.downloads.com for a free one.
    Otherwise, find out if he has PHP. If he does, I can install a news updating package on his server for you for a small fee. I'll charge you and you can just charge him whatever you want to make.
    This way, he can just add news items right from a control panel, not even needing an editor.

    Regards,
    Jabez
    Thanks for the offer and I would take you up on this, but the site this would be for is a non for profit charity and Im not charging.
    Can I contact you in the future regarding this service if I need it?


    >bandwagon<
    I can't find anything on NEWSPRO.. If you could post the link that would be great.

    kitchee

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    Try Blogger.com. Should be along the lines of what you are looking for. Any other questions, please e-mail me.




    Thanks for the offer and I would take you up on this, but the site this would be for is a non for profit charity and Im not charging.
    Can I contact you in the future regarding this service if I need it?


    >bandwagon<
    I can't find anything on NEWSPRO.. If you could post the link that would be great.

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    Sent you an email, Kitchee!

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    Sell him a copy of a simple HTML editor? Perhaps Microsoft FrontPage.. or?

    Or there is always the 'other' alternative if you have a handy CD-R drive..

    Of course, I will get flamed for mentioning that..

    (but I mean PURELY for evaluation purposes only)


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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    coffeecup does a free html editor.

    http://www.coffeecup.com/editor/

    or better yet tell him to use note pad.


    Then get rid of this client. Clients who use the word FREE are trouble.

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    Plutarian(From Pluto, stupid!) kitchee's Avatar
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    Yes... total pain in the a*s....

    The thing is I offered to do it for free and their giving me attitude like ..."Well how good is going to be... I don't know" and their site is a non 4 profit charity and it is sooooo aweful!!!!! I mean horrible!!! The Nav is at the bottom where you never notice it and it's all HTML. Looks worse then a free geocities site using templates.....

    I tried to explain I charged upwards of $35 dallors an hour and thier still like... I don't know.... Showed em a port of top level work and their still I don't know...

    What the f**k is wrong with people. Someone offers to give your company well needed free service and they still won't take.

    I just don't get it.

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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    give something away for free and the person will not value it.

    Why ?

    Because it is free.

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    Plutarian(From Pluto, stupid!) kitchee's Avatar
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    I guess... Seems like really bad business sence to me..

    I just gave up on GIVING this away to these people.
    Ya know it not like there is any obligation to use the new site....

    Some people just suck!

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    I just like to type......

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    tell me, is this sellable..... OddDog's Avatar
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    do not burn your relationship on this.

    be diplomatic

    I have had a similar problem and I got out of the job by stating that I was not able to understand what they wonted.
    This was a paided job, but the guy was getting way to over demanding for the budget. He came back the same afternoon offering to pay more.

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