Due to various factors outside of our control, the project has taken much longer than we originally envisaged (11 months as opposed to about 4), and Keith moved on to pastures new before he was able to see our project through to completion.
However, despite his leaving (and the resulting brain drain), on 10 November we successfully launched our Movable Type intranet.
Much of the props for the initial development and customization of Movable Type should go to Brian Fling, who played a pivotal role in setting us down the MT path (before he left - in January, 2004. Are you detecting a theme here?).
I'm very happy about how things have turned out - in the main everything works very well indeed. As Keith mentioned in a couple of his posts, the redesigned Policies & Procedures is one of the key areas of benefit for our users. By only searching the doorway pages that link to particular policies, policy owners are able to control and tweak the order of search results very easily.
To be honest, there's so much to cover about this project that I don't know where to start (I've also just moved house and have a 14 month year old son, and so I am in a perpetual state of exhaustion). So, for now, here's a list of what works well and what doesn't.
On the whole, it is a huge step forward for us, in terms of introducing our organization to the benefits (I hope) of distributed authorship and reducing the maintenance load on the web team. With all the plugins that are available for MT, I hope to be able to fix some of the niggling parts of the system over the next year, and add lots more useful features.
Oh, and the other best part - apart from our time and the cost of a server, it was free (we're a non-profit organization).
Posted on: November 14, 2004 | 1 Comment