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.