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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.

As always, if you know of other useful URLs to this cause, leave a comment … then again, if you’re just passing through, leave a comment as well. We like it when you visit!

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  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!