Building a Great Public Access Website
Over the last eight months or so, I have had the pleasure of working closely with the staff at Montgomery Community Media to build what I think is a really great website. Better yet, it’s a website that has so much to offer in expanding the mission of MCM to the web, beyond the reach of two public access cable channels.
We’ve done a number of things to make this so, and I’ll dig into details in future posts. For now, though, I’ll just call out a few highlights.
First, we’ve built the whole thing on WordPress. As a content management system, this means that new content can be drafted, edited, and published promptly, look both great and consistent when delivered, and will mean little training is necessary to the new content contributor.
Second, we’ve incorporated features like events that will let the community share what’s going on in their own worlds (or at least within the scope of the county) with a minimum of fuss and bother. If you haven’t already, register today (up at the very top of this page!) so you can post your own events. I’m thinking I’ll just go ahead and add my birthday, at least if I have a party.
Third, connection to the videos are throughout the site. The programming both from the cable channels and new content that will be developed directly for the web, whether by MCM’s internal production department or by community access producers, will be easy to find and easy to view.
Finally, we’re opening up the site to allow the general public, whether as an independent blogger, as a non-profit organization, or even as a local business, to participate in the content. This post is itself a great example of exactly that. The barriers to becoming a contributor to the site are extremely low, similarly low to becoming an access producer of your own show (something I’m starting up myself, now that I know about the amazing resource that is MCM.)
Get involved yourself. It’s really easy and I am willing to bet you have something to say.