I've decided to take the leap and set up my own web design company. I'm confident in my abilities in making websites however I have never made sites for other people. I quickly realised that if I'm making websites for other people then they will need their own way of editing the content on the site without constantly asking myself to do it... and have now begun to research the wonderful world of Content Management Systems.
I've looked into Wordpress, but it seems to boast way too many features to what I'd want my clients to be able to do. The closest I've seen to a simple content editing tool that I would want it CushyCMS
, however I feel it's a bit of a risk with them being a small and lesser known company, as if they go offline.. then I'd have to transfer ALL of my sites to something else, and causing inconvenience for the client.
So...my main querstion is does anyone have any opinions on making their own CMS? I can code in PHP and SQL, and have a fair idea of how I could go about doing the technical side of it. I thought I could just store text content that can be edited in the database, and then just print it onto the page using PHP. The user would then have access to a form type CMS admin area (nicely designed of course
) where they just update the content, or even add new pages etc using php/sql powered forms.
Has anyone tried this before? Or does anyone know of any reason why me doing so could be a bad idea?
Any information and advice about this would be very much appreciated, I'm quite excited about getting the company going but I obviously need to work out what CMS platform I'm going to use to get going.