I started my first blog, this one, with MovableType. To be honest it was kind of a pain to learn all the ins and outs of how to customize MT and get it to work the way I wanted, but once I learned, it was easy to set up other blogs on the same platform. Although techie people, as I consider myself to be in at least some sense, are supposed to be open to trying new technologies, I was loathe to try any other blogging platform. I thought MT was the most powerful, flexible, and user-friendly. Until I tried WordPress.
Now that I’ve seriously tried WordPress I have to admit I think I like it more for a few simple reasons.
1. Preview. It’s easy for me to preview what my published post is going to look like. MT gives me a preview, but it’s only a semi-preview in that it doesn’t show the post to me within the interface of my site, I can’t look at it while I’m working on the post, and frankly, the MT preview might as well not be a preview at all.
2. No rebuild. With WP you change something, save it, and that’s it. With MT sometimes a change means you have to “rebuild” the site, or at least a page. But I frequently have to rebuild the entire site, which takes some time. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal until I used WP and realized how nice it is to not have to rebuild anything.
3. Formatting. MT requires you to use buttons to make things bold, italics, links, etc. WP is more like Word in that you can use keystrokes like Ctrl-B, Ctrl-I, etc., and I’m a keystroke junkie.
4. General ease of use. There are other things I’m forgetting, but overall my experience with WP is that it’s a little easier, a little more user friendly, and when you’re posting several times per week that means it’s a little nicer. Nice enough that all my future blogs will be on WP, not so nice that I’m going to go through the pain of converting my MT blogs to WP.
If you’re thinking of starting a new blog, I would recommend WP. And I’m sure others could chime in with 100 other reasons they like WP. What I’d really like to hear is if anyone can give me a reason why they think MT is better.