I’ve been building websites since 1995, and have learned a lot in that time. Some standards have improved, and changed. Often, ugly and bloated commercial uses have crept into not-for-profits sites: end-users be damned. Also, Unitarian Universalists, who were at the forefront of congregational websites seem to be resting on their laurels. Pioneering sites grow mouldy, and links degrade.
A better, easier to maintain soution is needed. I think bloging software, and especially MovableType, can offer the site management most people need. It is also the software that powers this blog.
Becuase a lot of bloggers use MovableType (MT), there’s a reasonable chance you can find someone in or near your congregation to run your site on MT, or guide someone who dones’t know. It isn’t perfect for building a church website, but it is accepable, inexpensive, and, if you use a standard MT template, dead easy to maintain. (Unlike this blog – my own custom job – that has been giving me fits this week.)