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PaBon
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New website - HTML & GUI question

Recently had a website built. Simple website but I’ll want to change some things up in the future. Web guy said they they charge extra to make a GUI page (for dummies) since it’s in HTML. Not familiar with HtML editing, but figure I can get the GUI made myself and save the money. Not a cheap-o, just thinking of my options for editing.

And how hard is it to edit some verbiage and text in my website in HTML? Anyone do a crash course recently?

TIA


FuzzyBearE
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
Start at W3schools

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You should be able to figure it out. Will the web guy give you the HTML?

What's the difference in your time to figure it out and the cost to have them give you a dummy interface?


PaBon
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
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What's the difference in your time to figure it out and the cost to have them give you a dummy interface?


Good question, I guess it would be nice to learn and change stuff in the fly w/o communication of my ideas to a 2nd party in hopes that it’s done correctly the first time. That’s my thought. It took forever for this guy to build this thing, kind of had me a bit wanting to do the maintenance in house I guess.

And yes, he will give me the html.


MarkInTable
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
If all you want to do is edit text/change verbiage you should be able to handle that yourself. Adding/removing elements could change the flow of the page causing issues, but just changing existing text shouldn't be an issue.


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wileyjones
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
it's more complex than just editing the html file, but chatgpt will make it a breeze, just type in your question and it'll spit out your code.

btw if you paid for it I'd hope it's using react and bootstrap or whatever the latest fad is.. chatgpt can answer all of it.

just be careful if you let users of the website type in data, ask the chatgpt to make sure there's security around any input fields


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Fat Batman
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
It would probably be easier for you to learn HTML/CSS and edit the pages directly than learn JavaScript or other language so you can build a GUI editor. You would have to do something like create a rendering engine, components for the sections you want to render, a JSON structure to dictate how the rendering engine renders pages and a database to store page structures. Basically a CMS. Raw HTML/CSS editing would be much much simpler. It's not necessarily hard but you're going to have to put in a decent amount of time learning. I doubt you'd be able to just ask chatgpt either since you have to know what to ask it to create which requires a certain level of knowledge especially when you get into responsive design.
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TigerinATL
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
Based on the minimal level of experience the OP seems to have, I think the best solution for him is to get his web guy to help him move to a platform that comes with a GUI page builder like Wix/SquareSpace/Shopify.


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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
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Recently had a website built. Simple website
How simple is "simple"? Some things can be way more complex than they seem. If it's just a static "brochure" type site, that is truly simple and your web guy probably should have just used wordpress or similar with a template so you could do content updates yourself.


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Fat Batman
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
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best solution for him is to get his web guy to help him move to a platform that comes with a GUI page builder like Wix/SquareSpace/Shopify


This. If the web dev knew up front that the client wanted to try their hand at managing future updates an existing CMS definitely should have been the original path. Although, this level of abstraction is a level lower than "pay someone who knows how do it". So, OP will still need to learn the CMS platform and work within its limitations. OP should decide if its more worth it to spend his time (learning and doing himself) or his money (pay someone to do it) and quantifying that really depends on the actual complexity of the site.


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ATLTiger
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
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Based on the minimal level of experience the OP seems to have, I think the best solution for him is to get his web guy to help him move to a platform that comes with a GUI page builder like Wix/SquareSpace/Shopify.



This is the way.

I'm curious to see the site in its current state.


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PaBon
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
Thank you guys. Lots to consider here and y’all are obviously light years ahead of me and my experience level.


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FLTech
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re: New website - HTML & GUI question
He is pulling your chain. The site is probably built with Wordpress or wix. frick that dude


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