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Beyond the Blog and other links on making MovableType a Content Managment System

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.

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7 Comments

  1. Current site isn’t…but, we are embarking on the same task using pMachine. We went with pMachine mainly because of calendars and mailing list.

    Doing some interesting mods too, like adding a way for entries to go through a series of steps before “going public.”

  2. Can I get a roadmap for this post? ;)

    Huckleberry – I’m working on a pMachine’d church site too. One thing I did note reading the MT article was that PM offered a few more “custom” fields per entry than MT.

    I’ve suggested this to Dean in the past, but it’d be nice to do some kind of a side by side comparison between MT and PM for use as a church/non profit CMS. While there’s a lot of leeway for how sites get setup and designed in each case, I think just a comparison of the underlying technologies, features, user/security models, etc would be interesting.

  3. I love MT. I’m the PR Director for the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary (www.csbs.edu — DISCLAIMER! I DIDN’T DO THIS SITE!), but I want to do the new site strictly with MT. Brad Choate’s tutorials on that are what I’m looking at now.

    Are you one of the beta testers for TypePad? I am, and am dying to talk to someone about it!!

  4. We have to do more discussions of the logistical and political issues that face deploying and maintaining a church web site with nothing more than volunteers and church secretaries. Thanx for your site!

  5. Somehow, I find it quite interesting that spammers can’t at least get a clue from GoogleAds and figure out how to make contextual spam…. for instance on healyourCHURCHwebsite, perhaps a link to “deacon head shrinking,” or “how to raise funds for your ministry using spam posts on various blogs – $39.95 instruction packet”

    Well, I guess Dean will be blocking MY posts now!!! (I hope not – my post was all in fun, Mr (or Mrs.) Enlargement was just being a jerk!