Movable Type meets the Resistable Price

In case you haven’t heard Movable Type has released version 3.0. The problem is there are some catches. First of all they’re now charging some steep prices. There is a free version but it only allows one author on 3 weblogs. This sucks for some of the group blogs I read that are on MT. There’s now no way to upgrade from 2.XX to 3.0 and have multiple authors without having to pay. And there are no available versions of 2.XX left to download. I understand that Six Apart is a business and they are entitled to make as much money as they want but I think they are in the process of disillusioning what used to be a very loyal fan base. I used MT for two years and was very happy with it. However, I got tired of waiting for 3.0 and as my entries grew in number it took forever to do a rebuild of my site any time I did some kind of modification to it. So not too long ago I made the jump to WordPress. For once my timing is impeccable. It’s free open source software which could even be used for commercial use. No limit to users. It does not support multiple blogs but I now believe it’s better that if you’re running multiple blogs to have them be independent of each other. Importing my MT entries took no time and was a snap. WP comes with a built-in MT entry importer. The documentation for WP isn’t as extensive as MT’s used to be but you can usually find what information you need from the user forums. Be warned though, just because you were a wiz at MT does not make you a WP expert. They are written in two entirely different codes. But as I said you can usually find what you’re looking for in the user forum.

MT used to be the standard. I thank them for the years of service but the ship is sinking and this rat jumped off a long time ago.

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