A new kid in town

Things may look a little odd here over the next few days.

When I first began blogging, I hated MovableType. Mostly because I built my own CMS with some ASP and a SQL server and I did a pretty damn good job of it too. However, that Windows server crashed pretty bad, so I took advantage of my Linux box and moved my blog over there. Now rather than learning PHP and MySQL, I went to MovableType instead.

Then I grew to love it and everything it could do.

As of late however, I have noticed that on blogs with a good amount of extra curricular stuff (Recent comments, recent entries and such) and a great deal of entries, the sites tend to get very slow and quite sluggish. This is especially true when it comes to rebuilding. No kidding, rebuilding my blog took a little under a half hour and I have a pretty decent server with a good chunk of ram and oodles of processing power at my disposal. It was starting to get annoying to be quite honest and reduced rebuilding to a cron job that I ran on a weekend when it had to be done.

Plus, because of the archiving style built-into MovableType the site was swelling up in size with web files all over the place. I’m not a fan of statically created pages at all. I think it leads to bloating and to make changes, you have to rebuild every single one of them pages. So, I have been looking for another blogging tool to run this site off of. I looked at all of the major players other than MT and found WordPress to be the best out of all of them. I checked it out and even created a test install with some of my existing entries. I thought MT was easy to install and setup. MAN was I wrong! This stuff set up in very few steps and importing my entries was a cinch. This default template is rather snazzy and XHTML compliant right out of the box which I never got on a fresh install with MT. There really aren’t templates to edit because the pages are dynamically created, so you only need to edit your index.php page to make any change. Period. I have to figure out how the perma-linking system works, but it looks like it also works off the index.php page as well. What a dream! 🙂

For geeky types, you can even run the most recent version off of nightly builds via CVS. There’s an option for blogging over e-mail or your phone and I think it can also use the xmlrpc methods (like the ones in MT) for blogging over off-line tools. So far, it looks like I am going to stick with this pseudo-CMS for my blogging needs from this point on. I love MovableType and will whole heartedly recommend it to anyone seeking a good beginning blogging tool or CMS for that matter. However, there comes a time when you outgrow it and need something with a little more punch.

9 replies on “A new kid in town”

WordPress is very good and I know a lot of people like it. The only issue I’ve found is that Google has a phobia of dynamic pages – it’ll avoid indexing any URLs that have much after the ‘?’ symbol.

That said, I think WordPress does have a ‘search-engine-friendly URLs’ option that you could investigate.

Nice, very nice. If I were to make one suggestion, I’d say that your default font is very difficult to read on the 1400×1050 resolution laptop screen. It’s very…crowded looking, almost, and the words start to move as you read them.

hrm, i’ve been considering making the switch. the first blog tool i used was b2 which is what wordpress has come from. I switched to moveabletype but was never a fan of the “rebuilding” static pages thing. I might be giving this a shot too 🙂

Jen: Why yes it is! 🙂

Neil: Yeah, I was originally worried about it too. The documentation about creating more usable permalinks is a little wonky at best but it doesn’t seem too bad.

Gemini: I agree completely and it has been repaired. 🙂 Let me know if it looks funky at that resolution on a laptop.

Craig: It’s actually not too bad and I feel that it’s meant for people who want to move away from MT especially. A lot of the styles follow the same “wording.” I must admit though, it’s not really for beginners like MT because there is some knowledge of PHP needed to really tweak this app to your liking. Granted the developers did a wonderful job of documentation about the php functions built into this. Kind of like the MT template tags, just make a little more sense to someone with a programming background.

Neil: Actually most search engines haven’t penalized dynamic pages for a few years, certainly not Google. Google doesn’t give dynamic pages any less weight, but I believe it does attempt to index them at a slower rate as to not overload the server.

Nope, th is is better, significantly, although it is still moving around a bit. I’m guessing that might be partly my eyes, though…

I’ve been having issues with the rebuilding requirements and static pages on MT as well. I might play around with WP a bit, just to see how it does…

Oh! And your date/time stamp for the comments? All the same (Saturday April 3rd 2004 @ 6:22pm). As it is currently Tuesday at 11:16pm, I’m pretty sure it’s not also Saturday… 🙂

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