My name's Pixy Misa. I run MuNu.
MuNu is a blogging community. (It's other things too, but we're talking about the blogs today.) We have personal blogs, public service blogs, group blogs, test blogs, gimmick blogs, joke blogs... We have over one hundred blogs, some with as many as eighty authors; we have over one hundred and fifty authors in total. (It just sort of grew.)
And we kind of like Movable Type. It's not perfect (what is?) but we're used to it.
But. I just added a new blog and a new user, and I've got more people waiting to join, and every Munuvian is free to add guests to their blogs, and that just doesn't work with blog-count and user-count limits.
We'd like to move to MT 3.0. I'm happy to pay for it - and pay more than $69 too - but it needs to be unlimited. Single installation, fine. Non-commerical, okay. But we just can't survive with restrictions on users and blogs.
This is where a non-commerical unlimited license would be useful, say perhaps $150 - afterall, why shouldn't all the active author's contribute?
Posted by: Euan at Thursday, May 20 2004 10:20 AM (UVERI)
By strange coincidence, an unlimited non-commercial license for Expression Engine
is $149. (They even offer a $99 competitive upgrade.)
One of the best features of MT is how easy it is to add a new author or whole new blog. Without that, there's a lot to be said for Wordpress and the other open-source blogging tools.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, May 20 2004 10:48 AM (+S1Ft)
I agree. A unlimited non-profit user would be good for $149 which would seem fair. They might offer a 5 user/5 weblogs of $30 with additional users 3 for $10 and weblogs 1 for $10.
Posted by: Euan at Thursday, May 20 2004 12:22 PM (UVERI)
Posted by: Susie at Thursday, May 20 2004 01:54 PM (Wqoei)
Actually, I don't see what all the uproar is about. If people do not like the pricing for the upgrade, then they don't have to upgrade. I'm sure the plug-in developers won't all just quit coding for the earlier version of MT. Just from reading what others have said about the new versions, I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade. The commenting schemes that are being implemented by the other blog systems seem to be defeating the purpose of comments in the first place. If the customer (reader) is made to do too much work, they won't shop (comment) there. Personally, I'd like to be able to just make the comments and go about my business and not have to jump through even a large hoop. Just my uninformed opinion....
Posted by: Madfish Willie at Thursday, May 20 2004 03:32 PM (7phcR)
MW - true, but there are little things like the MT 2.x templates and stylesheets disappearing from their web site, and not being able to download MT 2.x if you need to re-install...
I need to get back to work on Minx.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, May 20 2004 05:54 PM (+S1Ft)
Sounds like Six-Apart has been taken over by Microsoft!
Posted by: Susie at Friday, May 21 2004 01:33 PM (Wqoei)
Wordpress would be the way to go if they'd just provide some decent support for multiple bloggers.
Posted by: Rossz at Saturday, May 22 2004 03:06 AM (n5Jbg)
You should move to Expression Engine. It has not limitation on the author/blogs and it is about 100 times more powerful than MT.
I've been using it since the MT bruhaha and I'm incredibly happy with the support and power of the software.
Posted by: Bllinger at Wednesday, May 26 2004 08:08 AM (TaOxM)
I'm in the same boat. I'm willing to pay a reasonable fee but I have 4 blogs and one of them has 24 authors and is expanding. As of now, they don't offer anything for me at any price. My authors are mostly novices and getting them to learn MT was hard enough. Until I hear a solution from MT for me or until 2.661 crashes and burns, I'm standing pat.
I'm not happy about it, though.
Posted by: Rob at Tuesday, June 01 2004 06:48 PM (VjUJu)
I've heard raves about Word Press but it sounds to me like Expression Engine would be the way to go.
I'd be MORE than happy to defray some of these costs (as I'm sure all of the Munuvians whom you rescued from the depths of blogging hell) -- and I'm even willing to help with whatever I can -- migration, uploads, Tylenol, what have you.
Posted by: Emma at Friday, June 04 2004 06:37 AM (NOZuy)
P.S. And since my index completely poofed on me this afternoon for NO APPARENT REASON, I'm really itching to ditch the MT.
Posted by: Emma at Friday, June 04 2004 06:38 AM (NOZuy)
I forgot! I have a license for pMachine Pro!
Are they transferrable? Because then EE would be what, 99 bucks?
I would SO donate my license to the cause, my dear.
Posted by: Emma at Friday, June 04 2004 06:57 AM (NOZuy)
We already have a license for Expression Engine, thanks to pMachine's generosity :) In fact, I think we have three
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, June 04 2004 06:11 PM (+S1Ft)
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