May 21, 2004

Movable Type 3.0? Maybe.

The folks over at six apart, creators of Movable Type, the software I use to write this blog, have recently announced their 3.0 version, and one of the major changes is their pricing structure. For instance, they now have one. ;)

A recent blog entry there asked how users are using the software, so I'm writing up my response here, and some thoughts on the pricing.

My blog is fairly straightforward, it's currently one blog, one author. So, with that setup, I can upgrade to the free version of MT 3.0, cool.

However, one of the things that I've been wanting since I set this blog up is to do some writing on topics other than what I've blogged about so far, and haven't, because that might detract from the theme I have going. Adding these would basically involve adding two separate blogs to my system.

Now, according to the new license, it 'sounds' like I should be able to do this with the free version, but all sub-weblogs must be at the same URL, so I'm going to need to figure out how to make that happen, since it would seem that my 'main' blog would remain at, and sub-weblogs might be at and Since those are different URLs, would they be counted as separate URLs or not? Maybe MT3.0 handles the files differently, I'll need to look into that.

But, the one thing I know that will push me away from the free version would be if my wife wanted a blog of her own, that would mean adding a second author to the system, so boom, I'd now have to pay $69.95 for that privledge.

One interesting note on the pricing, though, is that once you've actually paid for a version, an additional $9.95 will get you one more weblog and one more author. I'd be more than happy to pay that to add another author to the free version, I'd actually be willing to pay $19.95 for it. I'd been planning on making a $20 donation for the 2.661 release I'm running now once things had stabilized here a bit so I could have my blog listed on movable's 'Recently Updated' list, but $69.95 is just way out of line for what I'm doing here.

And to be quite honest, after looking at the feature listing for 3.0, it really doesn't seem that different from 2.661. Their 'feature listing' only lists the main features, and doesn't give an actual 'What's New' feature list, so at present all I can see that's actually new in 3.0 is the licensing.

Movable Type is a great piece of software, I'll definitely continue to recommend it. Right now, they're shipping the Developer Edition, which seems to include some extra goodies for folks that write extensions to MT, presumably the full 3.0 version will be available at a later point and possibly include some updated and officially supported plugins, more templates, etc. I'll definitely need to review that more closely at that time, but for now, I think I'm content to sit tight and watch from the sidelines.

Posted by Jim at May 21, 2004 11:37 PM | TrackBack