I recently used Typepad as a content management system (CMS) for a regular website and thought I'd share with you how I did this.
It's a bit off-topic, but it's a good solution if you're interested in building a website that's easy to update for your film, business, project or any other purpose.
As you might guess, I use Typepad for my assorted blogs (including graffitifilms.tv and inworldwar.com) and I decided to try to use the service as a poor-man's CMS, when a friend recently needed one quick and cheap.
What's a CMS (content management system)? In this case, it's a web-based system for updating a website's text without having to know HTML, the web coding language. It's as easy to use as gmail, hotmail, evite and any other web-based forms-driven site.
But setting it up can be slightly complex, so I wrote a PDF that outlines how to do it. Please feel free to distribute widely.
Using Typepad as a CMS (Content Management System) - PDF download (56k)
I'm sure there are plenty of easy and cheap other CMS solutions out there -- and I want to encourage people to let me know what they are (leave a comment).
But Typepad actually works pretty damn well. And it's definitely in the DIY spirit to find new uses for old tools (i.e. hacking) like this.
And no, I'm not being paid to pump up Typepad.