MovableType to WordPress
I’ve done it: as of 10 minutes ago, and thanks to some convincing conversations with Bryan and Steve at SxSW, I decided to finally make the move to WordPress, and leave MovableType behind.
It wasn’t an easy decision: I’ve been toying with the idea for almost a year now, and, like with most relationships, I was comfortable and didn’t see any reason for change (though there were reasons, believe me).
I didn’t just want to use any old existing template for this conversion, and I wasn’t in the mood to use the then-current design of SB (which I haven’t been fond of anyway), so I opted for a new design, using an idea I sketched while on vacation in January. Now, this is an experiment as far as I’m concerned (Firefox users:
yes, I know some post titles, such as the one you’re reading now, end up under the speech bubble; it works in Safari, so I’ll just have to play a little… nevermind, I fixed it; IE/Win users: aside from scolding you for not switching to Firefox already, there are a few bugs I need to fix, but it’s not a priority — while you’re waiting, snack on a feed), and I’m pretty sure I’ll replace it very soon, but I wanted to see how it would work on a live site, and I also needed a guinea pig for my first real crack at a WordPress template (I had started converting Keith’s BlueBlog template a while ago, which I had finished on the XHTML/CSS end, but that stalled…). I’ll collect my thoughts on the design itself and some of the issues I faced turning it into a live layout as well as converting it to a WP template, and post those separately soon.
The short of it is, I’m now using WordPress, and I can already tell you that I won’t be going back to MT. It’s nothing personal, I just feel like WordPress is more writer-friendly, and for someone like me who needs a swift kick in the writer’s rump more often than not, a more pleasant writing environment makes for more frequent writing.
I have to thank Bryan and Steve for their incredible patience with my time-restricted learning curve over the last few weeks, and also for their help with WP template tags, MySQL queries, mod_rewrite voodoo, and general moral support. Guys, I owe you each at least one beer…
So the question is: Why do you use (insert CMS name here), and what makes you love it?
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