When you’re starting a new project, you want to make sure that you pick the right platform for it. Yes, there are ways to switch platforms once you get up and running if you decide that another one might serve you better, but it’s easier to just start in the right spot. We’ll walk you through 8 considerations and the pros and cons of Movable Type and WordPress under each one to help you figure out which platform is right for you.
To start out with a little background, both Movable Type and WordPress have been around since the early 2000′s. Since that time, they’ve both undergone many updates. If someone complains that they used one or the other and had a bad experience, ask them when this was. That issue may have since been resolved. For a while these two Content Management Systems were running neck and neck in the competition. Movable Type ran into some licensing problems which let WordPress pull ahead, but they are both still viable options for your blog.
The first thing you want to know on any new venture is, what is it going to cost? One of the reasons that WordPress is so popular is that its open source software is free. Movable Type does have a free version for personal websites, but anything else requires a license. Licenses start at just $50, which really isn’t asking a lot. But if you are going to be sharing the software with too many people, the price can climb up to $1,000.
WordPress always boasts about its five minute installation. If you know what you are doing, you can sail through it that quickly. If it’s your first time, expect it to take longer. The Fantastico script does make installation super easy, and it’s available on most web hosts. As far as automatic installation goes, Movable Type is just as easy as WordPress to install. Plus their manual installation is even easier. But really, there’s not much difference here. When choosing between the two, this should not be a deal breaker.
Both of these platforms are designed for daily blogging and they both do it well. Most of the pros and cons here come down to personal preference. Movable Type is generally considered to be the better designed and the easier to use of the two. WordPress’s WYSIWYG editor is more powerful, though a little less dependable.
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Movable Type has some clear advantages over WordPress in routine site maintenance. You can easily put the same code on every page of your site with Movable Type and then only have to edit it once to change it everywhere. More customization is possible with Movable Type, but basic customization is easier in WordPress. The large number of themes available makes it easy to completely change the look of your site whenever you want, although some features may not work in all themes. WordPress’s overall motto seems to be Keep It Simple. This makes for simpler maintenance, but it also makes for a simpler looking website.
Just a little note: Movable Type is based on HTML and WordPress is PHP based. If you already know one or the other, than that will be a big influence on which one you decide to go with. If you don’t know any code, it’s just as easy to learn one as the other.
Comments are one of the greatest parts of blogging. Nothing motivates you to keep writing like getting feedback from your readers. But spam is the inevitable problem that accompanies comments. WordPress automatically includes the plug in Akismet with your installation, though it will have to be activated before it can start working. This spam filter does an excellent job and there are very few complaints about it. Movable Type is still working on their spam filter. They keep coming out with new plugins that are getting better, but they have yet to match Akismet.
If you are only planning on maintaining one blog, than there is no reason for you to worry about this. But if you would like the option of keeping multiple blogs, Movable Type is clearly superior. Movable Type is just as capable of maintaining several blogs as one. WordPress requires a new installation for each blog. It’s not impossible to control multiple blogs like that, but it’s just easier to not have to.
No matter which blogging platform you go with, you are going to run into problems at some point. WordPress is an open source project, so that is no tech staff standing by on live chat waiting to answer your problems. There is a large community of developers and programmers who are very active on WordPress’s forum and willing to share their knowledge with anyone who needs a little help. This is a great group of people, but it’s easy to end up with conflicting information from unreliable sources. Movable Type does have tech staff waiting to answer your questions, thanks to that licensing fee you had to pay.
Both WordPress and Movable Type will serve the purpose of getting your blog up and running. It is entirely up to you to pick which one you would rather work with. WordPress is the more popular choice and has been for a long time, mostly thanks to its free software. Movable Type has its advantages, but you have to pay to get them.