MovableType 3.0 and Hell Yeah Bitch! .com

May 19th, 2004 | by Mike |


For those of you that are bloggers yourself, you are most likely familiar with MovableType. If you aren’t, well MovableType is a blogging tool, the actual tool that I now use on this site so that I can update it frequently and not have to mess with a lot of updating of actual HTML/PHP code.
Well, MovableType has just recently introduced the newest verion, 3.0, of thier blogging software to developers….



For those of you that are bloggers yourself, you are most likely familiar with MovableType. If you aren’t, well MovableType is a blogging tool, the actual tool that I now use on this site so that I can update it frequently and not have to mess with a lot of updating of actual HTML/PHP code.
Well, MovableType has just recently introduced the newest verion, 3.0, of thier blogging software to developers. Along with that introduction, came a new licencing policy. It used to be free, but like most things, the “free stuff” time has ended. For reference, that new pricing policy goes a little something like this:

$69.95 for 5 authors and 5 weblogs
$119.95 for 10 authors and 10 weblogs
$149.95 for 13 authors and 13 weblogs

Now, there is a free version that lets you have up to 3 weblogs and 1 author. But the making you pay senario has put many in the weblogging community up in arms about not being able to get the full version of their favorite web software for free. These people probably also have only themselves as the only author and operate only one weblog and would qualify for the free version, but they needed something to whine about and they felt “the war in Iraq” was getting a bit stale.
The reason I’m writing this article is that some have asked me if I intend to upgrade to the 3.0 version? (Everyone assumes that I will be using the free version, becuase, well…I don’t have any money. Which is true.) I have put some thought in to this and tried to think about the stuggle of either:

1. Update my site to 3.0. Which would require some amount of work, because in the 4 months I have been using MovableType, I have hacked it to shreds.
2. Move my blogging to another, still free, software. Which would take EVEN MORE time becuase, I would need to hack that one to shreds as well. Or…
3. Stay right where I am.

Well after putting some thought into what this site is and what it might be in the future, I am going to stay right where I am at version 2.661 (or whatever). Why? I know that I will need one more weblog in the near future for a project that I have in the works. And I have been toying with either a “page 2” on this site or a blog for the media page to announce how projects are coming along. I know those are some vague statements, but they will have to do if you are still acutally reading this thought process, brought to the web.

To wrap this up “State of the Website” wrapped in a disscussion on MovableType 3.0…I would like to say that I applaude SixApart (the makers of MovableType) for thier efforts to make their company a solid, profitable one, and for making me think about how I want my site to go in the near future.

Feel free to drop any comments on the situation of MovableType or on plans for Hell Yeah Bitch! .com itself.

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