A friend of mine has asked me to take over the hosting of his static site, and replace it eventually with a CMS site that he can update himself.
He currently has quite a large site, of about a 100 pages. This includes a basic members area, which is just a few pages inside a password protected directory.
I'm seeking some advice or suggestions on two aspects if possible.
1. If I build the new site with Wordpress, all the pages will be in the same directory. Is there anyway to organise the admin side of WP so that the pages can be grouped under the top navigation links? For example, his products page consists of one page with links to 17 other pages. I can imagine it could get messy trying to see the bigger picture with all the other pages listed! Just wondering if there is any way to make life easier for big WP sites?
2. Secondly, I'm not sure of the best way to set up a protected area in WP. I don't won't the whole site restricted. Just a few pages. I know that WP can password protect individual pages, but I don't want the user to have to login to each separate page.
I'm guessing I could set up a sort of doorway page that requires login info, and that page would in turn provide links to the other pages? I know the other pages wouldn't be strictly protected, but if I exclude them from the search engines with a robots.txt file, maybe that would be good enough?
Any suggestions or advice would be most welcome.