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December 15, 2004

Movable Type 3: Pros and Cons

Somebody was asking me about moving from Movable Type 2.6 to Movable Type 3. I think it was worth it, but it took some time, and a number of things still don't work right.

1. Comments are easier to view and delete.
2. There is a good search engine that comes with it.
3. MT-Blacklist, the standard plug-in for dealing with spam comments, has important features that work only with MT 3.

1. I had to re-do my customizations, and didn't get all of them to work.
2. I couldn't get the Upgrade to work, and had to do a completely new installation.
3. Extended entries-- where the reader sees only the first part and clicks fo more-- don't work.
4. For some reason, not all comments get listed where I can see them, and some entries with comments still say "Comments (0)".
5.The Notifierplug-in that lets people know about comment threads doesn't really work with MT 3. 6. Since the new, good, search engine doesn't pick up my pre-movable type entries, I need to have a separate search engine for those.

Overall, I recommend moving, I think. I am spending less time on blogging now, though, which is one reason I haven't fixed up the problems with the new installation. It's probably worthwhile having the MT people do your installation for you, too, or even using Typepad (though then you are at their web address).

Posted by erasmuse at December 15, 2004 09:36 AM

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