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WordPress versus Movable Type: Choosing a Winner?

Since June 2005, Problogger’s WordPress vs Movable Type post has gotten over 80 responses and so far, it looks like WordPress is winning. This was followed in January 2006 with an unscientific poll of Problogger readers of which blog platforms users preferred. The results were interesting.

The results had a few surprises for me. While I was expecting a large showing for WordPress (around 37% of the 1000 respondents) I was intruiged by the large number of ProBlogger readers using the free hosted platform (22.2% – or 222 readers). This figure was almost triple the number of Movable Type Bloggers. Another surprise to me was the large numbers of Blog platforms that I’d never heard of before. By the end of the poll there were 49 options. Thirdly I was interested that 2% of those taking part use some sort of ‘custom made’ blog platform (sometimes even hand coded).

Do you agree with his results? It’s interesting to see that the new made the new ranks, even though this new free blogging platform, based upon , the multi-user version of WordPress, is only a few months old. Does his results match your expectations? Is WordPress really gaining rank among all blogging platforms? Interesting.

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  1. Posted March 9, 2006 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Lorelle, I have used four different blogging platforms (I hate to admit) and I find wordpress to be incredible. I started with xanga, and then when that got to restricting, I moved to blogger, and then when after a couple years of that I decided to get my own server and a wordpress blog. I couldn’t wait to get it fired up and running, and now I have a hard time not wanting to play with and tweek it all day long. I also use typepad for the classes I am teacher’s assistant for, and we have the premium $15 a month plan and frankly its terrible. There is so little freedom in doing what I’d like to do with that its a waste, the free blogs are much better (in my mind). But for what I pay with siteground, $5 a month I couldn’t be happier with another platform, I even now sport a wordpress button. So okay, maybe this is more of a confessional than anything but here’s my two sense.

  2. Posted March 11, 2006 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    It was inevitable that MT’s successor in the self-hosting arena would be PHP-based because it’s a more widely-available and easier to master language than Perl. As a fork of b2, WordPress had the advantage of a ready-made userbase to build on; and the more users you have to start with, the more potential developers you have to add extra features. It won out over rival fork b2evo because it wasn’t as complicated; if b2evo had implemented multiblogs in a more intuitive way they might well have become more popular than wordpress. Bet they’re kicking themselves.

    For all its failings, Blogger will always have a market because the ability to create your own unique template is important to many users, and not everyone has the cash or desire to self-host. Meanwhile, the lack of a Terms of Service or effective system for reporting unacceptable blogs on leads me to believe that we’ll be overrun by splogs and porn sooner rather than later. There’s also the risk that too many users migrating to could cause our servers to topple as Typepad’s did. Popularity is a double-edged sword.

  3. Posted March 21, 2006 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle,

    I am not surprised that WordPress as a blogging software and is gaining pouplarity.

    However as wank said above, it can be a double edged sword.

    I have used WP right from its b2 days. I had briefly testing b2evolution and switched back to WP.

    I loved 1.2 and 1.5 rocked. Unfortunately I was badly let down by 2. I still refuse to upgrade my 1.5 blog to 2.0 and so just patched it to 1.5.3.

    As for, it is excellent and fast. However the https doesn’t integrate too well and the lack of template customization is a major minus point.

    That is where Blogger gains a lot of users. Besides the blogger WYSIWYG editor is a lot easier to use and has better javascript support that WP from my extensive testing both.

    Just my two cents

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