As a way of offering smaller clients a greater range of functionality, I have begun to look into the possibilities surrounding Textpattern. An open-source content management system (CMS), Textpattern might prove itself the right solution for small businesses and charitable organisations. I plan on spending some time over the coming weeks getting my head around the software.
So far I have managed to get the software installed (which was pretty similar to installing WordPress) and a basic website up and running. This draft site is nothing I would wish to highlight here, but even after only a few hours’ time spent clicking here and there, and editing code in bits and pieces, I can see that Textpattern definitely could be of value. Too early to say how it might all work out for me, but my initial feeling about Textpattern is a good one.
As you can see in the photo in this post, I have picked up a how-to book on implementing and using Textpattern. The book is called Textpattern Solutions. I chose this particular book, mostly because the forward was written by Jon Hicks, another Oxfordshire graphic designer – albeit one of greater acclaim and accomplishment than yours truly. I wonder what advice or suggestions Jon might offer me to speed up the learning process? (Do you think there is any chance that Jon Hicks might visit my blog?)
UPDATE: 29 March 2009
Be sure to read the related post, entitled Texpattern Investigated.