MT promises

And, in my experience, MT delivers. Mostly. But Jesum Crow, it’s a pain in the neck sometimes, and the reason WordPress is eating its lunch might be as simple as this:

Probably the single biggest reason for WP’s success is the one-click install and one-click upgrade offered by Dreamhost and other web host companies. I can literally setup a WP blog for anyone in less than 3 minutes. Most of that time is post-install customization, as well. The plugin ecosystem is far more vibrant on the WP side than MT, and the proliferation of styles and themes means that the end user need only choose from a bounty of available options if they don’t want to tinker on their own — but tinkering is also very, very easy since the various files can be edited directly from within the online administration pages.

And re-tinkering is very, very common; I’ve set up three WP blogs, two for myself, one for somebody else, using exactly that DH one-click install, and about every other version, something they’ve done breaks all the customization I’ve done and I have to redo, or at least recopy, a fistful of templates. Meanwhile, what you see here is basically a slightly-souped-up Movable Type 2.21 template that has worked through all of my 3.x installs, though the powers that be Six Apart are careful to note that comment popups are “deprecated,” the current euphemism for “We don’t support that anymore.” I can’t prove it, but I suspect this was motivated by the ongoing penchant for popup blockers.

Still, I have a certain fondness for WordPress, and indeed I once recommended to management down at the shop that (1) they should start up a corporate blog and (2) they should run it on WP. After the “ZOMG PHP!” grousing subsided, the proposal was tabled, and the table was then folded up into a FedEx box and shipped to Lower Elbonia.


  1. McGehee »

    14 March 2008 · 9:28 pm

    I’m using WordPress for an announcements blog for my ham radio club — I downloaded and installed it months ago and tinkered with it a little bit but never came up with a reasonable use for it until I became the club’s secretary and de facto webmaster.

    For what I use it for, it’s serviceable, and I’ve even learned just enough about how to customize a theme in WP that the one I’m using doesn’t look much at all like the one I tweaked it from.

    I wouldn’t want to try to use it for my personal blogging though. ExpressionEngine is too flexible and I’m way too familiar with it.

    At least until EE 2.0 comes out. Remembering what happened when I tried to go from MT 2.6xx to MT 3.0, I’m very nervous about upgrading to EE2.

  2. david »

    15 March 2008 · 1:51 am

    Awww…I thought you were making a post about Montana!

    But back on topic: I used MT years ago (2002ish), and it was pretty cool — until the number of entries and comments got so large that every damn time I tinkered under the hood and had to “rebuild” the entire thing, it would take up to ten minutes.

    I’m a WP guy – never lookin’ back.

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