Just as WordPress itself turns 13 years old, it’s been five years since I switched the back-end content management system on this blog to WordPress. Above is a screenshot of the first theme that I used, courtesy of the Wayback Machine. It was an okay theme, but I prefer the current one.
In 14 years, I’ve used only four blogging platforms. The first few months, back in 2002, where on Blogger, but by September of 2002 I had settled on Movable Type, at the time regarded as the most powerful self-hosted blogging system. I carried on using MT through versions 2, 3 and 4 until early 2011.
Movable Type version 5 took a different direction which I wasn’t entirely happy with, and so for a few months in 2011 I used Melody, an open source community fork of MT version 4. But Melody also turned out to be a disappointment, and so I made the decision to move to WordPress.
I’ve not regretted it – WordPress has continued to improve over the past five years and whilst I’ve had the occasional issue with a rogue plugin or difficult update, on the whole it has worked well. With hindsight, I should have probably switched to WordPress well before 2011.
Movable Type is still in development and now at version 6, although it’s a commercial product that costs money – I believe the open source variant was abandoned some years ago. I don’t think many bloggers still use it – there were just a handful that I followed in 2011 on MT, and, of those, Anil Dash seems to be the only one left. The rest have either quit blogging altogether, or, like me, have switched to WordPress.
Whether I will still be using WordPress – or keeping a blog at all – in another five years time, remains to be seen. But for now, I’m quite happy with WordPress.