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Questions for periol.
I have Movable Type questions for periol.

Back in the day, when you used to maintain Climbing Up to the Moon with MT, what tools did you use to keep your LJ and MT blog in sync? Client-side or server-side?

Also, in general, how did you feel about the product? What would you say if I said we were considering getting a license for drewuniversity? We like the fact that it outputs static files from templates instead of serving everything dynamically (although in MT 3.1 I note they now offer the option of enabling dynamic PHP page geneation on a per-template basis if you want it), so we could hack it to allow users to create blogs in any Drew web space (users.drew.edu, groups.drew.edu, depts.drew.edu, courses.drew.edu..). I'm thinking beyond personal blogs to things like using it as a lightweight content management tool for things like departmental news pages.

Anybody else who has used MT, feel free to chime in as well..

Current Mood: curious curious

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periol From: periol Date: March 10th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked blogging with MT. The only weaknesses for me were the comment system and the lack of privacy controls that LJ has with custom friends groups and the like (ah, the benefits of community).

It should be said that all of this was before the whole 3.0 hubbub. When I was looking to start setting up a blog for a different project this fall, I was going to use Wordpress instead.

The livejournal thing was a bit of a hack that I threw into the template. I just couldn't figure out how to keep the two in sync without screwing little things up. Dates kept getting changed to entries, little formatting differences would pop up sometimes. I was also a little sketched about having my livejournal hash in the MT template file.

But from my experience, MT would certainly be able to do all the things you're thinking about.
origamislayer From: origamislayer Date: March 11th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC) (Link)
We picked up a license for work because some of the editors wanted to add a blog to their website. Of course they have since realized how much work all of their plans will entail and they have backpedaled on most of them.

I haven't been able to get the PHP dynamic serving to work (we're using iPlanet, for the moment), but I was able to hack it into my template system, so it's as dynamic as I need it to be.

The new version also allows for storage in MySQL instead of DBM files which makes me happier. That will make any future migration or reuse of content that much easier.

When I last looked at WordPress, it wasn't as good at handling multiple blogs. Since we have 20-odd web sites, I wanted a single control panel across all possible blogs and MT seems to be the best choice for that. I may start looking at Mambo now that we're planning to move to a Linux/Apache envornment from Solaris/iPlanet
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