John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
the_gneech

Embarassing Web Designer Admission

It's odd ... I design webpages for the gumminit all day, and yet I haven't the foggiest idea what the best technologies and options are for the re-do of SuburbanJungle.com and gneech.com.

I'd like some sort of LJ-like content updater -- right now I have to manually edit the HTML files for both sites and then FTP the files up to the server. I'd like something that allowed for comments and other bloggy sorts of features, but I also want to be able to use my own CSS files and put in various bits of programmability.

I'm hoping that for gneech.com I'll have access to Railo, which is an open-source ColdFusion server, but little or no database to speak of (and I'm useless at database programming anyway beyond quasi-DB XML files and the like). That will enable me to dump the javascript that's on the page now, at least. kevinjdog also mentioned Disqus, which is worth a look.

See, the problem is that this is the kind of website I build — which has none of this stuff. They occasionally make noises about wanting that kind of thing, but in practice "interesting technology" and "government website" don't usually occupy the same sentence comfortably. In fact, the preceding sentence is just such an example.

Do I resort to WordPress? Is it any good? Can I integrate it into an already-existing site? So much I don't know!

-The Gneech
Tags: gneech news, i.t., writing
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