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Q1:Why is it so important to be concerned with which view you're using? It seems easy enough just to jump on in and create an entry.
A1: Although it's completely true that many advanced users can use the default view without ever worrying about changing it, the real power of editing mode views comes into play when you have multiple authors on the system. This is especially true when those users should be restricted from certain types of activities, such as being able to add their own HTML or directly post messages. And, if you really are a power user, setting up a custom view provides you with all the tools you want and need rather than additional and extraneous tools, helping to speed up workflow.
Q2:I've been reading a lot about Content Management Systems (CMSs). Is Movable Type a CMS or just a blogging tool?
A2: The answer is “both!” Seriously, CMS technology is a very hot topic these days. Movable Type, as with most blogging tools, does contain many fundamental aspects of a CMS: templating, managing authors, and so on. As Movable Type grows in features, it's becoming an excellent way for smaller sites to manage content and therefore, yes, it can be considered a CMS. However, many large enterprise sites will find that a CMS appropriate to their size and scalability needs will be more effective. In fact, you can even use a CMS and Movable Type if you want, limiting Movable Type to those situations where blog or news-style entries are being employed.


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