It was all over the place yesterday, in case you missed it – here’s a bit of a blog round up on the release of MT 4 Beta – along with the announcement that they will release it as Open Source under a GPL license later this year – and the emergence of the MTOS (Movable Type Open Source) Community:
- Paul Enderson wrote Movable Type Goes Open Source – “Ironically enough, up until the release of MT 3.0 many users treated the software as open-source – despite the fact that it wasnâ€™t official. When SixApart decided to enforce the licence with the release of MT 3.0 it caused widespread outrage, and this may have been one of the things that took WordPress from obscurity to popularity.“..
- King Gary wrote Movable Type initiates battle against WordPress, the open source app that feels professional – “In my opinion, thereâ€™s going to be no showdown between WordPress and Movable Type. The battle ended when WordPress opened up its hosted blogging platform, WordPress.com, and when it released WordPress 2.0. Other applications such as Blogger, LiveJournal, and TypePad will still play significant roles in the blogging world, but in the open source blogging platform arena, WordPress is already king.“..
- Aaron Brazell wrote Five Things MovableType Learned from Bilbo Baggins – “Movable Type announced today that Movable Type 4 would be open source. This is obviously a retreat on their move to a closed model back in Movable Type 3. If you recall, MT 3 came under a tremendous amount of fire for moving away from the â€œfreeâ€ model and created a side effect of moving WordPress into the role of most popular blogging software. They have continued to be under fire and the pressure has finally mounted to the point where Movable Type 4 will be open source again.” . .
- Dana Blankenhorn @ ZDNet wrote: Proof of open source incline at SixApart – “The companyâ€™s founders, Ben and Mena Trott, are also considered blog industry pioneers, although the business has barely been around since the turn of the century…Yet SixApart, with all that experience, felt moved to follow WordPress, the newbie. The money here is in the hosted space, where WordPress.Com has been taking big hunks of market share lately.“..
- Carthik wrote: MovableType: 3 Years Too Late? – “They say the reason for an open source release is as simple as that the users asked for it. They asked for it en-masse just about 3 years ago. So though it sounds like a valid reason, I suspect that is not all there is to it. Whatever the reasons behind the change of mind, I welcome it. WordPress needs competition. I just wish the MT 4 Beta announcement wasnâ€™t so wishy-washy. ”
- Mark Ghosh wrote: Movable Type Open Source Project – “This sounds like a highly calculated business decision. I wonder what results Six Apart is hoping to get from releasing an Open Source version in excess of leveraging attention and whether an Open Source version will really do much for the codebase.“
I’m inclined to agree with Gary King when he said: “The battle ended when WordPress opened up its hosted blogging platform, WordPress.com, and when it released WordPress 2.0”. Now with 2.2 and the anticipated future release of new versions that bring with it new functionalities, bells, whistles – – WordPress is hard to beat; not impossible, however.
In his post, Paul Enderson said: “Perhaps WordPress has just made me lazy, with it all being so simpleâ€¦” – and perhaps that is so for myself, as well. When I work with MT I still feel like I’m doing TONS more work than I would be if I were working with WP.
Currently, 99% of my hosting clients are WordPress users. My clients from E.Webscapes boil down to (approximately) this:
It’s interesting to note in 2003 – 2004 the break down was more like:
- 80% Movable Type
- 15% WordPress
- 5% Other (Blogger, Typepad, etc)
2005, 2006 and 2007 saw WordPress emerge as the blogging tool of choice – and then as the content management system of choice for many small and large businesses across the web.
I believe that they key to a popular blogging/content management system is, and always will be, the end user experience. How easy is it? How intuitive is it? How extensible is it? WordPress makes it easy – from installation to implementation. What I like to see from the WordPress development community is that they are, by and large, user-focused.
I think that is the challenge, really. Pull any development team together and they can come up with some wicked code and functionalities that make every member of the development team happy as clams – – but take that same development team and tell them that their NUMBER ONE focus is the user, even if they have to give up some creature comforts of their own genius in order to make the end user happy – – that is what WordPress does, mostly.
It’s the KISS* principle – and WordPress does that.
SixApart clearly sees the worth and value of open source – and that is huge, and it is welcome. I think the WP vs. MT conversations are good ones to have – – comparisons will always help each community grow, and it’s never a good thing for any one community to become so comfortable and arrogant to believe they will always and forever hold that top position.
The smart guy believes, wholeheartedly, that the number one position is fleeting and needs to be held onto with every ounce of energy he possesses. So, yea – let the games begin.
(*KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid)