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Thursday, February 10, 2005

How Fast?

Filed under: — Carthik @ 10:34 am

I was goofing around with Wordpress last night and in 10 minutes I had it downloaded, installed and all my MT archives imported. It took less time to do that than it does to upgrade Movable Type to the latest version.

From Da Brettman Speaks.

I never looked at it that way before. As an old MT user, though, I have to admit I was overwhelmed at the prospect of changing stuff related to my blog, and it’s a lot easier to bend WordPress to my will. I have to say that the Template Tag system MT uses is supposed to be easier, but I’d pose a question to my readers – did it really take you longer to figure out WordPress’ template tags, than it did to figure out how MT’s tags work?

Also, dabrettman goes on to say…

And it’s not like Wordpress isn’t robust. It’s just not as, uh, consuming, I guess. I just know that installing MT from scratch like I did Wordpress last night requires some work, even if you don’t want to do much with it other than simply use it and not make tinkering with it a serious hobby or profession

Amen! WordPress is far easier for those of us that do not intend to make tweaking our blogs a hobby, or a time-consuming chore, depending on how you look at it.

It takes a lot to get me to redesign my blog, or even activate a new plugin. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.


  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out.

    10 minutes for download, install and archive import might have been a little bit of hyperbole. I think in reality it took me 13 minutes. ;-)

    The thing that concerned me most, being an MT user for the past year plus, was losing my archives by switching to a different “personal publishing platform.” That process went far better than I expected and when I can nudge the style sheet and template into looking like I want I intend to leave MT behind for good.

    Comment by Anonymous — 2/10/2005 @ 1:18 pm

  2. Sorry, that was me up there. Didn’t mean to be anonymous. Der.

    Comment by dabrettman — 2/10/2005 @ 1:19 pm

  3. did it really take you longer to figure out WordPress’s template tags, than it did to figure out how MT’s tags work?

    Yes. After encounters with some of the more arcane multi-parametered template functions in Wordpress, MT tags were a breeze. Of course, MT then complicate things by giving you a dozen templates to edit, so what you gain on one side you lose on the other.

    Comment by the absent student — 2/10/2005 @ 9:15 pm

  4. Yes, but I guess with the template tag descriptions at the wiki, things are not too difficult to figure out. If that is not so, then it should be improved.

    Comment by Carthik — 2/11/2005 @ 1:15 am

  5. It might not be too difficult for you to figure out something like get_links, but it’s a little more challenging for the non-coders amongst us.

    That’s not a documentation issue, it’s an architectural one. There are always going to be places where the use of raw PHP for template tags intimidates non-coders, but that’s our problem rather than yours.

    Comment by the absent student — 2/11/2005 @ 5:09 pm

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