that response is exactly what makes sense, and is precisely where i was heading. more areas is going to get you less headaches when clients have to choose discrete areas to modify. My concern now turns to SEO, where what they write will have an impact on search. Do you have suggestions as to how to create the best seo scenario, when the content is being pulled out of the 'black box database'?
I can see that the <h1> tag area is very important, and probably won't change or have client modify that area. but who knows how the page will be impacted by their deletions and additions... i certainly won't be giving them access to the meta tags!
thanks in advance,