After reading Les’ account of the new licensing for Movable Type 3, I’m seriously considering not upgrading and sticking with 2.661.
Starting with 3.0, several versions of MT are available, though only one is free. That version limits you to 3 blogs and 1 author. Now, while this installation only hosts 3 public blogs, there is another private blog with 7 authors that I’m also hosting. I don’t need to keep that one much longer, but if I did, because I have more than 5, I’d need to buy the top-rated package which is $700. $700!
Admittedly that includes tech support, but bar about two posts in the public forum I’ve never had to use it. And let’s face it, for $700 I could comission someone to write some software for me that would have no limits, like before.
The ‘personal edition’, which allows you 5 blogs and 3 authors, costs $70, but only for a limited time. People who donated more than $20 get this for free, but I only donated $17.50 if memory serves correctly so I won’t qualify for this.
While I could, in theory, upgrade to the free version and have no problems with my existing setup, I’d be pushing the package to its limits and would have no room to expand should I need to. For example, last year I let login while I was away on holiday to make sure the comments weren’t left unattended – with only one author allowed, I wouldn’t be able to do that.
Of course, there’s no problem with the present system – at the moment. But what if someone finds a major security flaw in MT2.661, and Six Apart say that the only solution is to upgrade to 3.0? Then we’re in a pickle.
I am lost for words about how bad this decision is. I have no problem with them making money from commercial users. But this is pricing Joe Weblogger out of the market, and that’s bad. I’m seriously considering following Shelley and Dave‘s example and switching to WordPress, once it supports multiple weblogs. It’s open source, so if any experienced PHP hackers can contribute please do.
There’s a humourous take on this at OnePotMeal but it didn’t make me any less annoyed at this decision. But I’m not the only one complaining, and I really hope Six Apart seriously reconsider their decision.
See also this post-mortem from ***Dave, and probably just about every other A, B and C-list Movable Type weblogger.