Rojo Networks has released its RSS feed reader. From The Blog Herald, Rojo is being promoted as the only feed reader with social networking capabilities and tagging. Update: Jeff Clavier of Software Only has a detailed post on Rojo’s new product.
Six Apart releases Movable Type 3.16 (via Matt Mullenweg) and says there are over 100 significant improvements to application security, usability and reliability. This sounds like a fantastic release as I saw numerous complaints about the prior release(s) not having enough improvements.
This may not be news to some, but Google Code was released rather quietly in what looks mid to late March. I just happened to stumble on it here, but I figure more people know about this and I’ve just been oblivious to the development (pun intended).
Jesse James Garrett of Adaptive Path has a nice summary of AJAX (via CMS Watch).
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The Washington Post has launched a new blog focused on security called Security Fix.
Well, I finally made the move and migrated the site from Drupal to WordPress. I finished everything up yesterday and I’m now only finding some time to write about how the process went. I saw some commentary and references (doctorvee, brianpuccio.net, Thought Patterns, Weblog Tools Collection, New Links) to the ideas I placed forth in […]
There’s a nice discussion on Jeremy Zawodny’s blog regarding the future of WordPress and Movable Type (via Weblog Tools Collection). I would agree that WordPress and MT are definitely the leaders, but I would have to argue the point that WordPress will come to be the de-facto choice in the world of self-hosted personal weblogs […]
I haven’t posted for the past week or so on this blog as I’ve been spending more time fighting with Drupal than actually writing. If I’m not mistaken, trying to get software to work for you is not very efficient. I want to use software tools to make my life easier not harder. Especially when there are numerous blog publishing tools out there that work great.
After giving up on Drupal (and yes I have finally given up), I decided to really give some other software a test drive. Specifically, I looked at Movable Type and WordPress. Both are excellent for publishing blogs, but after actually using both for a period of time on other blogs I maintain I found that WordPress is superior for my needs.
The entire experience I have with WordPress is summarized by one word: simplicity. Everything I need is where it should be without my having to think about it. It just works. Like the other tools, modules / plug-ins are available for the missing, non-core functionality so there’s no real difference there. WordPress also has a very active development community that is very helpful and is constantly creating new hacks, plug-ins, and themes. In addition, if you are planning on creating numerous blogs, Movable Type limits you to 3 (personal only) before having to purchase a license. For business use, a 5 user license starts at $199. Granted, the purchase of a license includes support.
WordPress, on the other hand, is open source and free with no limitations. Taking away the cost comparison, I found WordPress to be a superior product. The addition of the cost savings just adds to that evaluation.
Don’t get me wrong. Drupal is an outstanding package for content management. The problem I have with Drupal is that’s it is overkill for blogs. Drupal contains functionality to support not only blogs, but also community sites, portals, intranet, etc. The core system of Drupal can be customized and configured to meet a wide variety of uses. And therein lies the problem. Typically, a multi-function tool is not as useful as one that has been designed for a specific function. Drupal was not designed from day one as a blog publishing tool. These capabilities were added on as the need arose for blogs on users’ Drupal sites.
The best analogy I can give is that Drupal is like a Swiss army knife. Great tool, multiple functionality. You can certainly use a Swiss army knife to open a can of beans, but a standalone, motorized can opener does a better job, much faster. In the case of blogging, Drupal is the Swiss army knife. The motorized can opener from my research is WordPress.
Now with that realization in mind, what do I do next? Despite considerable research, there does not seem to be anyone who has posted about their moving from Drupal to something else. Everything I could find cited people moving from other tools to Drupal. So, unfortunately, this means there is going to be a lot of work involved in this effort. Since the posts are in MySQL, it should be easy enough to pull those out. Comments and trackbacks will be another story.
I don’t have a time frame for this yet, but it will be obvious when the final conversion is complete. The site will look different and you’ll see a heck of a lot more posting to this blog.
Here’s an interesting one for the PDA users. Pocket PC Magazine has an article on how to listen to podcasts on your Pocket PC, specifically by using the podcast aggregator service, DopplerRadio. Podcasting is really taking off. I’m not quite on board yet, but I hope to be getting more involved especially as more useful tools are developed.