Movable Type: Not Just For Blogs
Ian Lurie Apr 30 2007
Six Apart created the popular TypePad and Movable Type blogging systems.
But Movable Type isn’t just for blogging. It’s also a solid content management system. You can create templates and pages within Movable Type and have them act as ‘normal’ web pages, rather than blog entries. Then the site editor can log in and edit those pages using the system’s intuitive interface (And no, I have no relationship with Six Apart – they just deserve a shout-out here).
I’m tooting my own horn a bit here, but we just launched two sites using Movable Type, and I couldn’t be more pleased:
These rollouts were also fast and efficient. And, they didn’t require a development team. Which means my developers get to spend more time building tools, and less building the same stuff again and again.
A few things that made these projects possible:
- We kept features to a minimum: We kept the rollout very simple, and minimized system features. These clients need great, usable sites that they could maintain. They do not need news tickers, rotating images or other bells and whistles.
- We worked within the system. Movable Type has lots of great tools for content maintenance. Rather than re-inventing the wheel whenever we thought we’d hit a dead end, we put time into researching those tools. We found what we needed, every time.
- Built beautiful. We designed these sites to look and work great. Movable Type was built to do the same thing. So it all came together.
- Built Social. Each site does have a blog. And each site has an RSS feed. Why not? We also used microformats for cool little gadgets like the ‘add to address book’ feature.
Keep this entry in your back pocket for the next time someone tries to get you to use a humungous, complex toolset for something that seems simple. If you’re looking to build a small-business site but want content management, take a very careful look at Movable Type. I’m a new believer!
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint.He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More