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Article Says Movable Type Templates Can Substitute for Static Pages on a Web Site

One of the more interesting articles we stumbled across this week was published on a.wholelotofnothing.org, explaining how to use Movable Type templates as static pages on an MT-driven web site. According to the article:

The secret is simple: create new templates that hold your static content. Although templates were designed to feature output by the MT weblog content engine, there's no requirement for that, and this is a easy tweak of the system.

The article goes on to demonstrate how to build an "About" page for a web site in this fashion.

While it's a slight bit tedious to setup each static page in this way, you will gain the convenience of being able to update any page on your site directly within MT. You can continue creating as many pages as you need, such as a page for your resume, a page linking to your photo galleries, a contact page, a search page, and/or a links page.

This is a powerful idea and a slightly different approach than we have used here on CTDATA.com (which is, at the moment, not powered by Movable Type). We have made every content page on this site an article in our content management system. This means that all of the pages use the same page template. We will consider adopting the approach proposed in this article, when we migrate this site to Movable Type.

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