[matilda] Other website suggestions

Alan Dawson aland at burngreave.net
Tue Jul 26 13:12:46 BST 2005

Quoting worldwarfree at riseup.net:

> allright yes i like mambo but one is the code far to much.. two i feel basic
> html as i have done  here http://peace.lowtech.org/matilda/ is far more easy
> to
> teach and for people to understand.. tools like mambo can empower but also
> disempower as like dreamweaver it dose it for you..

Nobody cares how much HTML a web site has these days, though..

Whilst you make good points about learning HTML etc, being empowering, its not
that difficult and unfortunately quite time consuming.  Having  some form of
CMS.. like a wiki ( which is prbably even more suitable than mambo ) really
flattens out the content production process.  You just need to be able to use a
browser to be able to update pages, and its very quick. 

With a web site built out of handcrafted static pages creating new content is
quite time consuming, involves specialist skills  ( ie using raw HTML / CSS )
and getting access means knowing the (s)ftp user a/c and password.

That being said why not use both.. those who wanted to learn html could manage
their own sections, but a main news section could be in a wiki.  whatever.

just my 2p worth
"If you make decisions about software -- or anything -- based solely on
short-term cost and benefit, someone with a longer view can easily
manoeuver you into a trap from which it is hard to escape."  

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