I’m working on a reworking/redesign of the C3 website, and part of that is an exploration of a new CMS. Right now, the most frequently updated part of the site is in Movable Type, while the rest of the content is either pulled in from GetActive or just static HTML.
My hesitation in these open source CMS is that the public facing pages are often so dry and rigid looking. I haven’t ruled out doing the whole thing in Movable Type so our folks can use Windows Live Writer to add and update content.
Tomorrow I’m attending a N-TEN webinar on this very subject to learn more. Speak of which, I am getting so much out of my N-TEN membership. Affinity groups, blogs, newsletters, webinars, etc. I only wish their annual conference this year didn’t begin on the 2nd day of Passover the week the girls are off from school.
I manage a mailing list of local special education parents as a volunteer. It’s time to put together the group’s website, and I decided to give it a try in Joomla.
I’m impressed at how easy it is to install and configure. Movable Type is easy once everything is properly set up, but Joomla gives a much clearer page indicating exactly what needs to be done for a successful install, including database configuration (as opposed to editing a config file on the server).
Now it’s installed and I’m reading and learning my way around. At the very least I want to get enough changed so it looks like what it is (a site for parents of special needs kids in our school district) and not like a Joomla home page.