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@Dunderdale272

Posted in: #Content #Contribute #StaticContent #Wysiwyg

I've set a few clients up with Adobe (formerly Macromedia) Contribute to edit static html content. Add the comments to prevent them from causing too much damage and it works okay:

<!-- TemplateBeginEditable name="UserEditedSection" -->
<p>stuff the user can edit</p>
<!-- TemplateEndEditable -->


So my questions:


Are there any Contribute competitors that are worthwhile?
Are there any Contribute competitors that don't require a piece of desktop software?
Are there any Contribute competitors that work on mobile (iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry?)

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@Cugini213

@Cugini213

While this question is quite old, I'd like to add my 2 cents. Most answers include links to CMS, some I like (e.g; GetSimple), but a CMS is not exactly a static site. I recently discovered Sitecake which is just that: a static site editor. Their demo is definitely impressive. (I am in no way affiliated with them!)

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@Pope3001725

@Pope3001725

InPlaceEditor can be suitable. To limit editable area one have to set the selector for editable area in js/inplaceeditor.js

cosnt editable_container = '.editable_area'


demo xreader.github.com/inplaceeditor/demo.html

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@Deb1703797

@Deb1703797

Here are a few different options of simpler CMS's, hosted and downloadable:


PageLime (Hosted, Commercial,
Free up to 3 sites)
SnappySnippets (Hosted, Commercial, Free for simpler sites)
CushyCMS (Hosted, Commercial, Free for unbranded sites)
MarkupFactory (Hosted, Commercial, 30-Day Free Trial)
Nuggetz (PHP, Flat File, BSD
License)
Pulse (PHP, Flat File)
Phpns (PHP, MySQL, GPL)
OneFileCMS (PHP, Flat File, CC
License)
GetSimple (PHP, XML Flat File
DB, GPL)
Pixie (PHP, MySQL, GPL)


For a more comprehensive list of CMS options, check out OpenSourceCMS. You'll find all sorts of non-hosted options there, ranging from the simplest solutions to more complex, each with a demo so that you try it out before downloading. Note that I've not used any of these, so I can't make a recommendation of one over an other, but hopefully you'll find something useful.

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@Megan663

@Megan663

Perch is an excellent and simple CMS. I don't know CushyCMS, but - from what I can tell - the two are pretty similar.

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@Sims2060225

@Sims2060225

Honestly, I'd recommend creating one. (and when you do, release it as open source!) CushyCMS, if I understand correctly, requires they know your ftp details? Eek. Also, I'm not one for depending on an outside service like that. It's too risky: they could go under, and then all your clients are mad at you.

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@Sarah324

@Sarah324

CKEditor

I've been using CKEditor in my proprietary content management system for some time. It is JavaScript based with a great deal of configurability. Customers seem to be able to handle it well enough and it provides enough power to create some very detailed HTML without touching the raw HTML.

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@YK1175434

@YK1175434

For small websites you can create a Google Docs account for your customer and have a document for each web page. If you enable sharing on the document, then you can pull it from the server-side and display it in their website. To them, all they see is the Google editor and their changes immediately become live when they reload their website.

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@BetL925

@BetL925

Check out the new Aloha Editor.

Aloha Editor makes HTML5 contenteditable possible - now. All major browsers support contenteditable. But they provide no interface or even break the HTML source code. Contenteditable is the heart of Aloha Editor and makes it to worlds most advanced Editor. With Aloha Editor you are one step closer to the exiting new world that comes with HTML5. The future of content editing. Available now with Aloha Editor.

It allows you to directly edit elements on the page, no special CMS backends required. Could definitely make life easier if your clients aren't so technically inclined. They just start editing what they see right there on the page where they see it.

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@Carla537

@Carla537

If you just want to allow them to modify a few static texts on the site, I recommend CushyCMS

You just put some html tags around the areas you want to make editable, you give CushyCMS your ftp access, and you're done. Very very easy.

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@Turnbaugh106

@Turnbaugh106

Some ideas :


Amaya by W3C , open source
WYSWYGPro can be embedded on a web page - No desktop software (does not do task requested)
TinyMCE Javascript WYSIWYG editor - No desktop software (does not do task requested)


I haven't any personal experience with any of them.

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@Fox8124981

@Fox8124981

If you are looking for a "competitor to contribute," the most common one I've heard used it Dreamweaver, also available from Adobe. But, this is also a piece of desktop software.

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@Cugini213

@Cugini213

Personally I use Drupal for such things. Drupal is a content management system, it takes a bit to get setup and a developer can be expensive if you want to do anything real fancy, but the end result is usually a good site. If it is setup well then it is easy to use also.

more info at druapl.org

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