MT: Jumping the Shark?

It looks like the backlash against Movable Type’s new pricing policy and user restrictions has turned into an avalanche. As Kevin Aylward details, users are having difficulty with the transition between versions; HostingMatters, the biggest player in the blog hosting game, is recommending that its users go with another platform; and competitors pMachine and WordPress are making aggressive moves to take advantage of the situation. Indeed, even everyone’s favorite whipping boy, Blogger, has made massive improvements in its system which may make it a viable alternative again. (Ironically, pMachine is going to be charging for its “good” version once the promotion is over.)

Several prominent bloggers have made the switch to WordPress recently and seem to be raving about it. I may give it a go myself at some point although I’m reasonably happy with MT. Indeed, the only real complaint I have with it is that it’s a massive web space hog for prolific posters such as myself. A lot of sites have gone to the rather inelegant weekly archiving format instead of individual posts to get around this limitation, which I refuse to do.

Steven Taylor and Suburban Kelley have thoughts as well.

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  1. Boyd says:

    I’ve been too lazy to switch from Blogger, and now they’re much closer to what I’d like to see (but not quite there yet).

    As it stands now, if I were to switch, it would be to WordPress. But as the International President of Procrastinators Anonymous, it may be a while before that happens.

  2. OF Jay says:

    Doc, you’ll likely trim off two thirds of your disc space usage considering the only static files you would be keeping ar ethe images you host. It’s a beautiful thing… (and as one of the early adopters of WP and one of its most vigorous pimps, I couldn’t help but grin over 6A’s shooting itself in both feet.)

  3. dw says:

    HostingMatters has reversed its original “go with another platform.” The problem was with the MT3’s odd “one installation per CPU” requirement. HM’s servers has no single CPU servers. MT pulled the idiotic clause from the license yesterday.

    I’m waiting to see. I’m a beta tester for MT3, but I have a free ExpressionEngine package and WordPress ready for testing… just in case.

  4. Kate says:

    Tangential point:

    When something as boring and geeky as “MT” can “jump the shark”, is it not a signal that “jump the shark” has now jumped the shark?

  5. mpt says:

    Sorry Kate, the act of saying that jumping the shark has jumped the shark has jumped the shark.

  6. Kate says:

    I’m soooo out of the loop.

  7. keith taylor says:

    I’ve never understood everyone’s problem with Blogger. Sure, it’s basic as hell and you can’t host images and files and what not, but as long as I can put words from my brain onto my site for free then there’s no problem.

  8. James Joyner says:


    When I was on BlogSpot in early 2003,it was simply awful. It was down half the time and there were all sorts of problems with it. Plus, the lack of inline comments, screwed up archives, etc. It has been better more recently after some pretty serious upgrades, but it’s still not as robust as a blog on your own host.

  9. Robin says:

    The difference in WordPress and Moveabletype is simple; dynamic pages vs. static pages. MT, at least through v. 2.661, simply doesn’t compare (except cosmetically).

  10. All MT all the Time
    More bad news for Movable Type: McGehee has problems installing MT 3.0. And Hosting Matters has a long discussion thread about the new release. They’ve got mixed feelings, as best I can read. And the “No one under 13” restriction…

  11. Moving Away From Movable Type
    Joyner at OTB is talking about the Movable Typle licensing fiasco wondering if it’s jumped the shark.

    McGehee, who has been tsking people about overreacting to the new MT, basically blowed up his site real good using the new Movable Type.


  12. hard times says:

    WordPress Resources
    Since there’s still lots of turmoil out there about Movable Type’s current problems, I thought I’d round up a few resources available to you if you want to learn more about WordPress, or want to give it a try.

    The WordPress Wiki is a nice r…