Textpattern, WordPress or stay with MovableType?

December 28th, 2005 | by Mike |

Where are the posts?!

First off, get off my back! Secondly, I spent my day touching up the new design that I guess everyone likes because no one has said anything and playing (read: banging head against wall) with WordPress and Textpattern. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about switching away from movable type (the backend blogging software we use here at the site) again. Mainly because this site is just getting big enough, 700+ articles and 500+ comments, that the rebuilds are killing me and wordpress and textpattern don’t need to rebuild. I tried playing with the dynamic aspects of MovableType today too, but I wasn’t impressed.

So after wasting my day and getting frustrated with test installs, is HYB moving blogging software? Nope. Not now at least. Textpattern just wasn’t 100% what I’m looking for. I’m not sure why, but it just didn’t feel like it was what I needed. However, textpattern was closer to getting me to move than WordPress, everyone’s favorite. The major problem? WordPress’ MovableType importer in their 2.0 version sucks completely. It doesn’t import the comments correctly or update the number of comments for each article correctly (the “comments_count” field) and it doesn’t import any of my keywords at all. The last one isn’t a “bug” though…I looked in the code, they just ignore the keywords.

If wordpress would fix their importer, I might switch to them. I’m currently entertaining thoughts about just fixing the importer and moving, but I’m not sure if thats worth the trouble. MovableType is really fine, its just those damn rebuilds… Maybe I’ll take a peak and see what it would take to fix the importer.

Anyone know of someone who has already done this work? No? I didn’t think so. Anyone out there feel like convincing me to move to Textpattern or WordPress? Anyone have any thoughts on anything at all? Are you hungry?

Editor’s Note: Wow, I just read this post and it might be the most “bloggy” post I have ever put up there. Talk about a random thought stream. I promise some real content tomorrow.

  1. 4 Responses to “Textpattern, WordPress or stay with MovableType?”

  2. By Justin on Dec 29, 2005 | Reply

    Found your site looking for means of importing MT comments to WordPress. It is a bitch that their system is flawed. As you can guess I’m getting the same problems as you. I’ve posted the question twice on the WordPress support forums but they seem to be even worse then the Movable Type support forums. And I agree with you, while the WordPress engine is all the rage right now there just seems to be to too much crap involved with moving to it that makes the whole process not worth the pain. Oh well. Good luck with your rewriting of the code and the search to cut back on MT’s rebuild time.

  3. By Mike on Dec 29, 2005 | Reply

    We are brothers in our battle against WP Justin! I’ve posted several times to their boards with no reply as well.

    I got the comments to work last night but then it wasn’t showing the latest post on the front WP, it was showing the 2nd latest. After that I said screw it and I’m staying with MT.

  4. By Justin on Dec 29, 2005 | Reply

    Found your site looking for means of importing MT comments to WordPress. It is a bitch that their system is flawed. As you can guess I’m getting the same problems as you. I’ve posted the question twice on the WordPress support forums but they seem to be even worse then the Movable Type support forums. And I agree with you, while the WordPress engine is all the rage right now there just seems to be to too much crap involved with moving to it that makes the whole process not worth the pain. Oh well. Good luck with your rewriting of the code and the search to cut back on MT’s rebuild time.

  5. By Mike on Dec 29, 2005 | Reply

    We are brothers in our battle against WP Justin! I’ve posted several times to their boards with no reply as well.

    I got the comments to work last night but then it wasn’t showing the latest post on the front WP, it was showing the 2nd latest. After that I said screw it and I’m staying with MT.

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