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Blog Software Smackdown

Thanks to my friend Mike, who pointed out the Blog Software Smackdown article over on SitePoint. Author Vinnie Garcia compares the “big three” of blogging software: Movable Type, WordPress, and Textpattern. He gives a good overview of each, discusses their strengths and possible pitfalls, and provides links to example sites for each.

In the final analysis, he compares the systems in 9 areas, grading them on a five point scale. If you average the scores, the final tally is:

Movable Type

Of course, that’s pretty subjective. What really matters is the feature set that’s important to you, and which tool addresses them in the best way. But it’s good to see that WP shines in this comparison.

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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14 Responses to Blog Software Smackdown

  1. J4P4N says:

    just wanted to say that I’ll stay with wordpress 🙂

  2. logtar says:

    Oh stop being so modest, WordPress ROCKS and everyone knows it. There is no better thing out there.

    This is my subjective statement from my WordPress Loving side.

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  4. Dave says:

    Its wordpress or nothing!

    From a marketing stand point wordpress takes care of everything you need to rip search engines apart….with a few plug-ins 😉

  5. Angalee says:

    I love WordPress. WP has been my inspiration to learn php and perhaps make a change in my career direction.

    The WP community is fab as well!!

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  7. Aaron's cc: says:

    In June I did a post on comparing WP to MT.

    Couldn’t find one case where it made sense to switch from WP to MT. Plenty of vice-versa. No cases in where one is upgrading from Blogspot for choosing MT over WP.

  8. C Montoya says:

    I even tried using Textpattern at one point… it was so difficult, I gave up really fast, and switched to WordPress, which has always been a breeze. And I’m not even going to bother with Movable Type. It’s WordPress for life, baby!

  9. Sean says:

    One thing they didn’t mention was the interface appearance. I know this may not be important to many people, but I would prefer to look at the clean layout of WordPress when I’m typing rather than the clunky Movable Type look. I don’t know about Textpattern, but after that review, I wouldn’t bother.

  10. badMike says:

    I’ve been using WordPress for about 3 months now and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s the best site creation software out there. Ok, I haven’t used any of the other options, but I couldn’t image using anything else.

  11. Darrel says:

    I have to sit next to #5 because in addition to WordPress becoming a fun, powerful personal tool, it’s also become an integral part in our business, both internally and as a potential solution for clients.

    Is it easy? I helped a friend setup a blog and after a week of some gentle guidance, he now modifies his own templates and is skilled in the subtle art of sidebar customization.

    Yay WordPress!

  12. Dan says:

    WordPress is my fave…tried MT, but can’t seem to get it going. I’m using Typepad for some commercial projects, which seems a little better than Typepad- although- is in the early stages and it wouldn’t be fair to write it off just yet. Personally, its the plugins that do it for me. Amazon affiliates plugin for WordPress is legendary!

    Go wordpress!

  13. Yuga says:

    It’s WordPress all the way. I switched to WP 6 months ago and I never looked back. Wait ’til WP 2.0 comes.

  14. have a look at the Fx 1.5 extension for bloging at
    there’s a howto on installing and using it for WP at

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