Creating an Entire Site with Movable Type
Several new insightful articles and posts have popped up recently with a common theme—using Movable Type as a content management system to manage an entire website, not just a weblog. Here they are, along with my 2 cents along the way.
Beyond the Blog, Powering an Entire Site with Movable Type is a new feature article by Matt Haughey. While it’s timely for me as I’ve recently embarked on converting my weblog to Movable Type, Matt’s article is a fascinating exploration of working with simple-to-use but feature-packed software to create an entire site, not just the weblog pages. Matt provides helpful insight about thinking through the process of setting up Movable Type for a simple About page and a simple database approach for his essay section and online portfolio section.
Last week’s post at stopdesign is also not to be missed, Adaptive Path’s MT Setup. Jay Allen explains how he set up Movable Type for site-wide control of Adaptive Path’s website. Jay explains how four Movable Type blogs are used: Appearances, Essays, News and static content. He also discusses other sites and how he implemented them for clients using Movable Type so that the clients could easily add their own content.
Brad Choate wrote about some ways to implement MT site-wide in his post Tuesday, Doing your whole site with MT. Brad recently set up a separate weblog for his static pages, deleting all the included MT templates except the Individual Archive template, and he then enabled individual archives. He also created categories for each directory in which he wanted content. Brad also provides several code snippet approaches to setting up the content within the category directories.
Addendum September 7, 2003
Comments continue below about creating an entire site with Movable Type. See also my outlined thoughts below about how I created the Attack on America section with Movable type.
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