Last night I shut down this blog for almost 24hrs. It’s now open, but not fully restored. It will take me a while to put everything back, finish cleaning up, and debugging. There are known issues (I’ll talk about those and how you can help in a moment).
- Licensing (GPL) – Is very friendly and open source. I’m an open source kind of guy. So that makes me feel good.
- Good HTML validation – Unlike MovableType, it doesn’t seem to want to put tags everywhere mangling the html. It’s very smart. I don’t need to do stuff like make posts all 1 line to get it to stop messing up my code.
- Compatible – I’m was able to import everything with no real trouble.
- Feature Packed – look at the comparison
- Spam Prevention – I find it easier to hack with WordPress than MovableType. So I can put some good anti-spam solutions in place. Rather than wait for plugins to evolve. This isn’t an insult towards Jay Allen. I’ve said more than once his mt-blacklist saved this blog. I just don’t think it’s the best solution. Nor do I like being so reliant on others. His list goes down for a day and the spammers get the upper hand. I don’t like moderating all comments either.
- Speed – fast UI. Database driven, no rebuilds. Very nice.
- Learning – I plan to use WordPress a bit professionally, so getting acquainted with a blog is a perfect first step.
MovableType is good, and still is by far the most popular. It’s also the best choice for someone running a large install. If you have an organization for example, MovableType is bar far the best solution (as of this posting date). But for a geeky individual like me who likes to tinker, and likes features and open source, WordPress is better. I found WordPress to be more innovative and open. It’s administrative features are better. Though MovableType has a slightly nicer skin. The PHP based templates are far superior to those proprietary tags.
Overall, I’m pretty happy so far. Some new features already are in place, and more will be coming.
- Smilies for your comments. As well as select html tags.
- You should be able to view this site fairly well on a PDA or cell phone now.
- RSS feeds galore. Including for comments on a specific post.
- Lower Page Size. Should be much faster for my 56k friends.
- Highlighting text on search.
- Much more!
And more is on the way.
- Images in some posts overextend the div (anyone know why?)
- Some feeds still broke
- Some toys on the left hand column are missing
- Spam Prevention stuff is considered ‘beta’. Checking out how well it works.
- Contact form hasn’t been brought into new system.