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Sunday, August 01, 2004

A minor debate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carthik @ 5:02 pm

So MovableType’s latest catch-up-with-WordPress edition is coming soon, and I could not resist mentioning that it is only still catching up with WordPress, with regards to features. The idea is interesting, isn’t it? The market leader catching up with the upstart, but in terms of features, WordPress is a step or two ahead of MovableType, when it comes to managing all things related to a single weblog (notice how I nimbly step around the multiple weblog feature MovableType has, that WordPress does not :) ), and making sure that your content is accessible in several ways, according to the readers’ preferences.

In short, if I had to chose a Manager for the content of my weblog, I would hire WordPress. For one, the manager is slimmer (download file: 310 KB versus 1.29 MB + lower usage of server space), will work for free, and then also takes care to get the message across effectively, with minimal loss-in-transit, which is most important. Conforming to standards and providing the content in different formats and feeds sure helps with all this.

Neil responds to a comment I left, and he says :

Indeed, MT doesn’t have this (RSS feeds for comments to a post) by default, but it’s trivial to add – you just need to create another Individual Entry Archive that displays comments in RSS format.

With WordPress, you don’t have to create another archive (with the associated cost of webspace for storing the archive pages), and your readers can keep track of comments to specific posts, or all the posts on your weblog, by default. There are links for the RSS feed for comments to specific posts, as well as the whole blog, available on the default template. Just one example where WordPress outshines MovableType. I am sure there may be some cases where MovableType upstages WordPress, and i wish to state that I don’t mean to say that WordPress is better than MovableType in all aspects. Some folks might just find MovableType a better tool, with good reason.


  1. [...] August 1st, 2004 11:57 pm File under: WordPress Through Carthik’s post A minor debate I came across this thread talking about comment feeds. The thread is a little funky and Carthik [...]

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  2. I’d say the most important argument for WordPress is the fact that it’s free. Not only free in the sense of free beer but free in the sense of freedom. This is IMO by far the most important argument for software nowadays. Your mileage may vary.

    Comment by René — 8/1/2004 @ 5:21 pm

  3. What’s new in MovableType 3.1?
    MovableType would probably have lost a few clients when it went commercial to WordPress… but it didn’t mean that they weren’t coming back with a more powerful CMS. With due respect to Wordpress junkies and its semantic code hype……

    Trackback by Karmakars.com — 8/1/2004 @ 7:05 pm

  4. I sometimes think, the maturity of MT is sometimes better, especially Trackback is much more stable at MT in my experience. But WP is catching on, and the features added grow faster, in my opinion. And the license is better, of course

    Comment by Malte Diedrich — 8/1/2004 @ 8:00 pm

  5. MT plays catch-up
    I’ve been debating about switching to MT, but I’ve changed my mind somewhat. It seems it isn’t as great as I was first lead to believe – 3.1 is SixApart’s latest ‘catch-up-with-wordpress’ edition.

    Trackback by Ideophobia — 8/1/2004 @ 8:24 pm

  6. I think WordPress still lacks a bit of maturity in a couple minor areas (the XML-RPC interface is still a little buggy); but the overall concept behind it, the fact that it was designed from the ground up as a dynamic CMS, makes it much more suitable for smaller blogs than MT.

    That and the backend is all clean and spiffy looking.

    Comment by Jeff — 8/2/2004 @ 1:14 am

  7. I think once a brand sets out to *catch up* they are in trouble. It scarcely makes any difference whether they achieve it or not.

    Comment by Root — 8/5/2004 @ 12:02 pm

  8. I employ WP, MT and TxP on different sites. I’d hate to see weblog discussion devolve into the Apple vs. MS silliness.

    Comment by Richard — 8/10/2004 @ 11:09 am

  9. What I found most interesting, having migrated from a two-year affair with MT 2.X this past April, is that NOW, only in the MT3 releases, are they “copycatting” WP and using the UL/LI structure for sidebar links. Hmm. Wonder where they got THAT idea?! ;-)

    Comment by Joni — 8/10/2004 @ 6:06 pm

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