TYPO3 is hard

Pastor Jeff Mikels blogs this week about the difficulty in trying to install/configure TYPO3 and the Web-Empowered Church (WEC) extensions. Read the comments and you’ll see a response from Mark Stephenson.

In my opinion, TYPO3/WEC isn’t to the point that it’s easily adoptable by small or even medium-sized churches, unless they’re unusally blessed with a gifted volunteer web developer. Early adopters will be high-tech churches of any size or very large churches like ours that have IT people on staff.

Having said that, WEC’s goal (which we fully share and support) is definitely to make this usable by any church, anywhere. The technical barriers to achieving that goal are significant, but we’re all working together to overcome them. I believe that those barriers will be overcome in time, with God’s help. In the meantime, I would encourage any large or high-tech church to consider building/rebuilding their site in TYPO3 and to take advantage of the tools and expertise offered by WEC. The more of these early adopters we get involved in WEC, the faster we will be able to make the system work for the other churches.

I’m not speaking for Web-Empowered Church. I’m speaking from the point-of-view of the IT Director of a large church that is fully committed to WEC and its goals. God is doing something big here, and it’s very exciting to be a part of it.

One thought on “TYPO3 is hard

  1. Jeff Mikels October 19, 2005 / 11:37 am

    Hi there! Thanks for referencing my blog.I just want to go on record saying that I think the goals of the WEC project are superb. I viewed the video presentation from the site and was blown away by the features described in WEC. I went to some of the example church sites and was likewise impressed by the features and appearance of those sites.Based on that, I thought WEC is what I need! However, I ran into so many problems installing and configuring and using WEC that I was really disappointed. I simply had really high expectations for what I could do with WEC and typo3, but it turned out to be much harder than I expected.Before attempting to use WEC, I thought I was pretty capable (read geeky) myself!I think the WEC program is noble, and I hope it makes great progress really quickly.

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