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June 11, 2005

When you have a hammer...

When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. A recurring theme on the Pronet list/feed is the use of TypePad or Movable Type as a general purpose web building tool. And of course when a VC agrees, it must be true...

I'm as big a fan of Weblogs as anyone and this weblog is at the core part of the new site I'm building. But trying to do everything with weblogging software is madness. While my hammer might be Movable Type, my screwdriver is Mambo CMS and my drill is Jotspot. All are free or low cost and provide a wealth of features "out of the box". Yes, and I still use Dreamweaver to build the templates.

Blogging has de-mystified site creation and maintenance, it is putting the heat on traditional CMS vendors to differentiate themselves and RSS is revolutionizing the way we communicate and publish. But let's keep our feet on the ground, the writing environment of Weblogs is still dreadful and their content management is rudimentary at best.

While it might take a bit of time to learn how to use more than one tool, the result will be clear when the building is finished.

Posted by Marius at June 11, 2005 11:18 AM

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