After upgrading MT to version 4, I’ve decided to upgrade this blog to WordPress. I’m sure MT 4 is great, and I did like some aspects of it very much, nevertheless it’s time to move. This isn’t a hugely high-traffic site, so I won’t miss not having the blog written to static files that much and frankly that had become the number one reason – besides simple inertia – for staying committed to the MT platform.The reasons to change? There are several. First, I like the themes implementation of WP a great deal. I made a huge investment in the MT3 templating system – re-implementing the whole design in pure CSS using stock MT templates. It turns out that the choices I made in doing so were more or less implemented in MT 4 – but their implementation is lower-level than mine was, and to re-do that seems daunting, so say the least.
Second, I’m frustrated that so much of the documentation for MT on the Six Apart website is still devoted to MT3. They clearly consider documentation to be an inessential feature of their software – whereas I think it’s AS important as nice things like a stable application. I’ll say it again – an application that is stable, but doesn’t have very good online documentation, is not ready for release. My experience with MT4 is that I have to do almost all of the work to figure out how to implement it myself, and quite frankly, I don’t have the time.
Third, I can’t believe that after three years of effort, there is essentially no theme structure built into MT4. I have wanted to change the look and feel here for a while, but it’s a huge leg up to start from an established theme by a designer who shares one’s own sensibilities. Right now, I can’t get that with MT4.
Don’t get me wrong, I still think MT4 is a wonderful tool – but not for this site, not at this time. And I shouldn’t overlook the fact that doing this will allow me to clear away a lot of cruft that has built up over the almost 8 years of publishing mikel.org.