Ah yes, I know this but I have no intention of learning Drupal myself. One of the Directors (half jokingly
asked me would I not learn it but I gave him a cold - no
Basically, I built their original site in the early 00's, putting them on-line for the first time. It ran for over 10 years.
I did all the SEO for the site, enough to make them #1 for their search term for all that time.
They got to a point where they were getting 80%+ of their business from the web.
They never looked back. I built and managed it as you say - with a local dev environment before uploading anything.
You only have to fuck up editing on the fly once to never - ever
do that again.
I built it using pure HTML and later added a small amount of CSS when that started to become popular.
2-3 years ago they decided to re-vamp/re-design the site. (it needed it
I wasn't interested in doing it, and frankly don't have the skillz to create a cutting edge site so
I advised getting a 3rd party professional web designer in.
Anyway, it took me over half an hour to explain exactly the position they were in to them last week.
I now think I've found a small company who I will recommend to them who will manage the site for them using Drupal.
So, all's well that never seems to fucking end... well.