This is kind of an airy-fairy question but it's been causing me grief for weeks and I'd like some outside input. I have a client, a programmer, who wants a site set up so people can post stories, edit them, share the accounts, comment, etc. I have the site working rather well via buddypress and a few other plugins. However, he has spent very little time playing in the admin area and steadfastly refuses to watch and training videos or learn about the system as a whole. The remaining features he wants really seem very far our of the standard WP parameters. It is really beyond me as how to get them to work, but all attempts to dissaude him have failed. They include:
-Wanting multiple useres/emails on one account/profile and the ability to share/give access to this account. For instance, the whole family (with multiple emails) is under one profile and can post, edit the stories and comment.
-All of these people are supposed to be able to edit Posts off the same, joint account and manage comments.
-having the story posting process divided up into multiple pages with big push-buttons. Right now it is through a BuddyPress simple front end plugin where you can add pics, Post text, add a audio file, choose a category etc. He wants it to be this multi-step process to create one post.
There are some other wonky requests too. To me, this sounds like the essential WordPress framework would need to be reworked somehow. I can't get him to understand that this is not how it was built to work and he is just asking for trouble. So far his main test subject has been his elderly non-tech mom, who needless to say doesn't understand any of it. So somehow he thinks he can dumb it down to a level she could get. I might also add, he has rejected including a page with instructions on how to post and comment. I'm ready to throw the towel in on what started out as, and still is, a pretty nice and functional site. But it seems like the "dumber" the front gets the more hideous the backend is. Does anyone have any input on this, even if it is "he's nuts and it would cost a ton?" or "this is not WordPress is for?" Thanks for any comments.