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I switched Sellout Central to WordPress a few weeks ago, which was a bit of a rough ride due to the additional challenge I put on myself to not allow myself to break any URLs in the transition.

WordPress is faster and seems to have more features than Movable Type, but also has a lot of “quirks” and, uh, “character” if you want to put it that way. Enough research smooths that out a bit, but it takes a while. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and would like to switch on this site.

The main thing holding me back from that right now is moving the design over. I really don’t want to jam this stupid table-based design into the guts of WordPress and I also really don’t want to spend the next six months of my life trying (and failing) to come up with a nice browser-friendly CSS design.

Posted on - June 24, 2004 [at] 6:39 pm by Brad
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9 Comments on this post

billr on WordPress
June 24, 2004 at 7:44 pm

I have been looking at MT, WordPress, and lots of others. I finally settled on b2evolution for my site (not yet launched). You might want to check it out before you make a final decsion.

Brad on WordPress
June 24, 2004 at 8:05 pm

Any particular reason you decided to go with b2evolution over WordPress?

craig on WordPress
June 24, 2004 at 9:46 pm

Why are you in a hurry to replace Movable Type?

I haven’t studied their new license, but does it somehow affect old MT installations?

Brad on WordPress
June 24, 2004 at 9:57 pm

It’s not really the license thing that’s making me want to switch, it’s mostly just the increased speed and the features. Rebuilding the 500+ entries on here in MT takes forever and I need some sort of comment moderation junk.

Reivec on WordPress
June 24, 2004 at 10:26 pm

I rather like the site the way it is

Kajun on WordPress
June 26, 2004 at 4:44 am

No way, this site sucks.

billr on WordPress
June 26, 2004 at 2:41 pm

I picked b2evolution because they had a cool architecture. It support hierarchial categories and a nice skins mechanism. The web posting interface links toa spell checker.

The downside of b2evolution is that you really have to be comfortable with PHP coding. They don’t do the funky tagging thing that MT does. Everything is just PHP calls, so you have to learn their library of calls and know something about PHP coding. They also seem to have a very small dev team with only a few people really doing all the work.

My experience with it so far has been very good. Very smooth insall and upgrades. The docs keep getting better and better.

denise on WordPress
July 1, 2004 at 6:32 pm

The new MT license thing does not effect older installations, but if you’re someone who likes to put new gizmos and gadgets on your site, sticking with software that will never get upgraded sort of sucks.

I really enjoy WordPress and have to admit that it does require you to be somewhat comfortable with PHP. But it’s a wonderful tool and keeps getting better every time they update it.

If you’d like some help with converting your current tables layout to a CSS, I’d be happy to help you out. I’ll even throw it into a WordPress friendly format. Just hollar at me! :)

Haasim on WordPress
July 2, 2004 at 10:04 am

I don’t understand why everyone says you need to know PHP in order to use WP. I know almost nothing about PHP and I was able to customize it for my site. I mean, all have to do is copy and paste elements from the default template.

It’s no more complicated that using MT’s tempate system. There is no reason to stay with MovableType when a better solution is available for free and is still being imporved upon.

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