Chris Essig

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Our experiment with an ultra-light CMS

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So I was featured in Source recently. No not that Source. This Source.  It’s a blog for journalists who code. It’s a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, and it’s maintained by some of the brightest journo-techies in the industry.

The article was about newspapers using “ultra-light CMSes” instead of their own full-blown CMSes to put publish web projects. I interviewed with Katie Zhu, a very talented digital journalist who currently works for the New York Times. She talked to me about how we use Tarbell to maintain our news apps landing page. We used Tarbell instead of BLOX, which is our day-to-day CMS, to deploy the app outside of the CMS.

The article covers Tarbell — and other ultra-light CMSes — in great detail so I won’t go into detail about it here. Instead, you should read the entire blog post. I’m quoted near the bottom!

Written by csessig

August 12, 2013 at 9:40 am