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Introduction Managing Content for Web Sites

Introduction Managing Content for Web Sites

Developing an effective Web site is a well-known challenge. Maintaining an effective Web site manually over an extended period of time can become an even greater challenge, especially if the site requires regular updates. Problems with a Web site that might seem trivial at first can lead to a poor user experience for the site's visitors. Bad links, design inconsistencies, misplaced content, and poor maintenance and administration of archives can adversely affect the success of your site.

There is also an increasing demand for regularly published content as a means to maintain and grow audience participation. A low-cost, distributed publishing software solution with Movable Type will help organize and automate the publishing process.

Sams Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours provides you with the necessary tools to implement an effective, inexpensive, feature-rich system for building, administering, and maintaining regularly updated Web sites with the publishing software, Movable Type.

Who Should Read this Book?

Anyone who is interested in managing Web site content efficiently and would like to learn how to install and customize Movable Type to suit his or her content management needs will benefit from this book. The focus is on providing those new to using an automated system for managing content with advice to understand the capabilities of Movable Type as a Web-based publishing solution. Most importantly, this book teaches readers how to integrate and extend the software's features into their Web sites.

How This Book Is Organized

The goal of this book is to teach you how to effectively install and use Movable Type in a modular way. The book is really meant as a process, starting with the introduction and moving through each hour, building on the experience and learning in the preceding hour and preparing you for the challenges of the next. Therefore, we recommend reading it from start to finish, especially if you are new to Movable Type, Perl-based applications, and general management of Web content.

For those readers who are more generally experienced and are looking for specific topics, the book can be used as a reference: Simply go to the chapter covering the topic of interest and look for the information. If you're interested in installation issues, troubleshooting, and understanding Movable Type template tags in more detail, be sure to check out the appendixes, as these are more referential. However, the book is not designed primarily as a reference book but as a tutorial-based book, so in general the focus will be on the “how-to.”

Conventions Used in This Book

This book uses various typefaces to make code and input easily distinguishable from regular text:

  • Program code appears in a special monospace font.

  • Placeholders—words or characters used temporarily to represent the real words or characters you would type in code examples—are typeset in italic monospace.

  • Material that you are directly instructed to type appears in bold monospace.

Throughout the book we've used notes, tips, cautions, and sidebars to help you with specific issues related to the tasks at hand. A general overview of these elements is provided here.

A Note presents interesting information related to the discussion.

A Tip offers advice or shows you an easier way of doing something.

A Caution alerts you to a possible problem and gives you advice on how to avoid it.

Special Sidebars

Occasionally, material deserving special attention is presented in a sidebar, like this.

You'll also find that each hour concludes with a summary including a quiz, Q&A, and activities for you to extend your skills.

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