Why I prefer techno-bloggers. Last night, I get a note from Mike Boyink, who’s aggregator listed a post at asterisk* which in turn describes an article by Matthew Haughey who is blogging about a topic I contemplated in October of 2002 (phew!). Specifically using a blogging tool such as MovableType (MT) as a content management system (CMS) for my church’s website. Which finally got around to this past June in the form of Redland Baptist Church, Rockville, MD.
So I email the brilliant mastermind behind MetaFilter and A Whole Lotta Nothing an “I agree, me too” message. Within moments, he adds a link to the Redland site, which is then followed an hour or two later by a link to Brad Choate’s MT/CMS-driven charity, “A Touch of Hope.” I mention Brad because back in February we exchanged email on this very topic, where he was MORE than helpful in pushing me in the right direction – as well as providing some very useful plug-ins.
Okay, so enough Sammy Maudlin style name-dropping (you’re beatiful baby). Here is the point. Actually, here is the current required reading list for those of you thinking of using MovableType, or some similar blogging tool, as a CMS for your church or charity web site.
- Beyond the Blog by Matthew Haughey. Read this article first. It is a thorough explanation of the what and whys.
- Touch of Hope: A Technical Colophon by Brad Choate. Here Brad defines the architecture behind his charity site, which you will probably find applicable to your situation.
- Doing your whole site with MT – Brad Choate tells YOU how to get it done.
- A little advice for a Friend – this article details how I combined some of the MoveableType template tags with PHP to create dynamic titles, meta tags, navigational elements and even the scriptures atop of each page.
- Movable Type Plugin : Tabs to Tables – a home-grown plug-in I created to support the Redland Youth Site so our not-so-geeky youth minister and secretary could cut and paste Excel spreadsheets into an article and get instant tables.
- Moving MovableType – how I deploy/install MoableType via the Linux BASH shell.
- Backend Issues – A very lively discussion of the logistical and political issues that face deploying and maintaining a church web site with nothing more than volunteers and church secretaries.
- how do I save categories by subdirectory? – MovableType Support Forum – how to use category names and entry titles as file names.
- BLOG CONFIG archiving, Getting cat. archives into root folders – MovableType Support Forum – more on using category titles as subdirectory names.
- HOW TO: Breadcrumbs, Automatic path generation – MovableType Support Forum – no explanation necessary
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