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I need to build a new website and content management will be critical. The website will consist of at least 75 pages of content or possibly more - each will be based on the same template. To see an example of what I need a page to look like, go here:

Each page will contain a photo, bio, fee (will be an exact number rather than a range like this page), list of topics, and more (about 15 different fields).

Question 1: Is this a viable project with CityDesk?

Question 2: Is it possible to set up search functions within CityDesk? For example, if I wanted to let visitors search by 1 of 3 criteria:

speaker fee (enter minimum and maximum integers)
speaker topic (ideally each speaker's page would have a drop-down menu so i could select from a pre-set group of topics and users could select from this same drop-down to execute their search)
speaker location (so users could select from a pre-set list of states)

Let me know. Thank you.

Shawn Ellis
Monday, May 24, 2004

correct web address is:

Shawn Ellis
Monday, May 24, 2004

Maybe.  Probably.  CityDesk has a keywords field that can be used multiple keywords.  It can publish separate versions for different audiences and different template families.

As far as fields go, filed date and last  modified date are built in and you can change filed date.

The other fields that you can rename and use for your own purposes are: Headline, Author, Teaser, Sidebar, About (the author), Extra 1, Extra 2.

So, it has less than 15 number of fields, but I don't think you really need that many to build the site you linked to.  You really only need to use fields to store information you need to sort on or pull for index pages or special formatting concerns, such as photo albums with captions.

You could actually type in and format all the information using the word processor-like interface.  You could organize the articles by folder or through added keywords to build your index pages and navigation menus.

Or, if you need separate index pages showing summaries by, say, location, or fee, you could rename and use the fields like this.
Headline -> Title
Author -> Speakers name
Teaser -> Summary
Sidebar -> Keynote Fee
About -> Bio
Extra 1 -> Travels From
Photo -> Extra 2
Keywords -> Topic1, Topic2, Topic3, Topic4, and so on

That would allow you to build separate index pages using these fields and still pull them into the speaker's home page by building a template that places the article's field data in certain places on the page.

The remaining fields, such as Testimonials, ROI, Specialties,
Topics, would just be formatted data typed in and formatted in the normal view.

Hope that wasn't too confusing.  It seems a simple enough site.  Why don't you download the limited-use version, design the site usind CityDesk and see if you run into any limitations.  Post those limitations here and maybe we can help you think of workarounds.

David Burch
Monday, May 24, 2004

Thanks, David. I'll give that a shot.

Shawn Ellis
Tuesday, May 25, 2004


Here is a site for a modeling agency, it's quite nice:

Sam writes a little about how he did it here:

Tuesday, May 25, 2004


I wonder if the pun was intended:
- model statistics {$.teaser$}


Perpetual Newbie II
Tuesday, May 25, 2004

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