If your content is well organized yet relatively static then a simple service such as WikiSpaces may be all the hosting and content management software your church, charity, community and/or classroom ever needs.
As much of a fan as I am of leveraging the power of blogs as a form if inexpensive, in-house content management for churches, I also realize that it may not be the best tool to manage and maintain your organization’s web presence.
Here are some factors to consider:
- is your, or can your church’s message be well organized into small, single topic compartments?
- does this information remain relatively static?
- do you or will you have opportunities to invite other staff or lay persons to add or edit content?
- will said staff actually contribute content from time to time
- do you have a need to post from anywhere?
- is your most frequent need for posting sermons, lessons, studies and periodic special event descriptions?
- are the lack of forms, picture galleries, polls and slick programming a non-issue?
- are you happy with your current web site but would like to leverage a wiki for lesson plans, topical studies and/or sermon series?
- have you tried the WordPress or Blogger thing and itâ€™s either too much, not enough or not just right?
If youâ€™ve answered yes to a majority of the above questions, and if youâ€™re a small to mid-size church whose message is clear and compartmentalized â€“ but not all that well presented or maintained due to constraints on time and resources then perhaps a Wiki is the way to go to help you move your content management issues off your desk space and into the web space.
Meaning, perhaps a service such as WikiSpaces is the right tool for the job â€“ the same way a hammer is usually better than a chainsaw for driving in nails (though not nearly as much fun).
For those of you nodding your head â€“ I spent a couple of hours last night cobbling together a simple demonstration site over on WikiSpaces that includes some examples and links to help you decide if there is indeed a Wiki in your organizationâ€™s future.
Honestly, even though I was using the limited, ad-sponsored free version, I found it offered several cool tools such as an easy-to-use AJAX-driven editor, RSS file integration, easy-peazy backups, and a reasonable pricing structure for those who want no ads and more features.
Now if I could just figure out how to integrate either Google or Yahooâ€™s calendar applications, Iâ€™d think weâ€™d be all set for the perfect â€œpoor manâ€™s content manglementâ€ solution â€¦ but I digress.
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