May 14, 2004
More on the MovableType fiasco

Ginger explains clearly and thoroughly why those who are now defending Movable Type's ill-received announcement about its new licensing scheme are wrong to simply say "why donít you people want to pay for your software?" Read it all and you'll see.

Ginger and Michael are the ones who got me started on Movable Type. (They got me started blogging in the first place, too, but that's a different story.) I've evangelized for MT myself many times since then. I admit that unlike them, I never made a donation to SixApart for my usage of their software, but I have done my share to help support the user community - my posts on getting started and configuring categories have helped numerous people, according to the feedback I've gotten. I wouldn't object to paying something for version 3.0, but I do think the price is rather steep for an upgrade that doesn't promise a lot of new features, and the terms of use scare me.

I think SixApart still has a chance to make things right with its disgruntled base, but it's gotta start with an admission that they misjudged. Nobody's perfect, after all. But do give us something to work with here, OK?

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 14, 2004 to Blog stuff | TrackBack

I moved to WordPress a few months ago, and it was the best thing that happened to my blog. I wrote a How To move from Movable Type to WordPress over at my blog, which might be of interest to you.
WordPress lets me do everything MT did, and the support and user community positively rock!

Posted by: Carthik on May 14, 2004 9:21 PM

Wordpress is an option that I'll consider - as it happens, I'm acquainted with Matt Mullenweg. I just really hate the thought of having to migrate, so I plan on giving MT a chance to make things right first. But Wordpress will be there if I decide I need it.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on May 14, 2004 10:49 PM

Wordpress (and Nucleus and pMachine) let you do some things MT won't. Plus no waiting around for rebuilds. :)

Posted by: kevin whited on May 15, 2004 1:10 PM