Best way to create website w/ content editable by text document?
Creating a simple website for my friend in a band. He'll need to update it maybe once or twice a week w/ dates and showtimes etc. HOWEVER, he is not technically inclined. I want to make it so he can just type what he needs into a text document on his laptop (a Mac), and have that update his page.
I'm a graphic designer and somewhat technically inclined, but woefully ignorant of this side of things. What program / format would be both good for this purpose and simple enough if I'm only looking to learn this element? Are there any free tutorials online about it?
Also, I'd like for there to be a way he could update photos by himself. Maybe he could have a folder on his laptop with say three pictures that he names pic1, pic2, pic3, where if he saves a new photo to one of those names, the new photo fills that slot. Or maybe there's a better way?
Basically you are looking for a Content Management System. There are many freely available ones out there (Mambo etc) which should be fairly easy to install. Most open source CMSs are very complete and would allow a lot of control of the site.
Alternatively on the really simple side of things you could as you say have a text file, which your friend would then upload after making changes and have it 'included' in your HTML document by using PHP, server side includes (SSI) or what ever other method is available on your web-server.
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