Not to miss out on the latest meme, here’s a post about how I’m using Movable Type on this site. It was started by. Hopefully it will let Six Apart get a better idea about how their products are being used.
This site actually has 5 weblogs in it, although only 3 are public. These three are:
- Neil’s World (what you’re reading now) – my main weblog.
- Neil’s Smaller World – my sideblog.
- Movable Type Templates – I made this into a separate blog as not everyone who reads my main blog will be so interested in the templates, but being able to use a weblog system to update the site makes updating much easier.
Of the two non-public ones, one is a development blog for a group programming project that I’ve been doing as part of my degree. That had 7 authors – one login for each group member; the project is now complete so I’ll be ditching this soon. The other is a test blog which I set up after installing MT3D – it made setting up the new code for Typekey in comments easier. That blog isn’t actually published anywhere, it justs sits in the database.
I do therefore qualify for the Free Edition without any problems. I also get a $20 discount off the Personal Edition should I wish to upgrade to that, but I don’t have £29 lying around to make up the difference. It would be nice if donations were still encouraged for the free edition in return for a key, since I’m sure some people will want to contribute a few pennies, but wouldn’t be able to afford the full product, which will be $100 once the introductory offer ends.
Another suggestion is having a cheaper license which doesn’t have any support or access to fee-based services, but does have the extra features. It’s been suggested at a similar post on Blogroll.co.uk and if such a package existed I’d probably go for that.
Still, if the full version of MT3 does have lots of good new features, I might consider paying. I hope that many of the cool features Typepad has will make it over to MT; certainly the license changes seem to suggest that Six Apart doesn’t want you to create your own Typepad-style site with loads of authors and weblogs without giving them something back in return. That’s my interpretation, anyway.
As for expansion, I do intend to add another weblog to this site for something that I’m planning in the near future, however I may simply convert the test blog into that.