A comparison of Movable Type 4.0 vs. Expression Engine 1.6.

With all the attention I’ve given to the release of Movable Type 4.0 lately I’ve had a couple of people ask me if I was thinking of switching back or if I’d lost my enthusiasm for Expression Engine. I am excited to see MT get some much-needed loving from the folks at Six Apart, but for the time being at least I’ll be sticking with EE. In part because it still does more than I need it to and, while MT 4.0 has caught up in some areas, it hasn’t exactly surpassed EE in many ways as of yet. Making the switch back would be a lot of work and without a killer app on MT’s side to tempt me it’s just not worth the effort at this point in time.

Still I get asked for a comparison between the two platforms from time to time and I’ve posted a few of my thoughts in various blog entries, but I thought this article by Travis Smith at CMS Wire did a pretty decent comparison so I thought I’d pass it along for those of you who are interested.

2 thoughts on “A comparison of Movable Type 4.0 vs. Expression Engine 1.6.

  1. Les… I think you made a good choice. I know I am an EE fan boy, but this is clearly a issue of if it is not broke don’t fix it.

  2. MT4 is supposed to have a built-in member system, but I can’t find it after a cursory glance. MT4 is still clunky and with its dependency on both Perl and PHP, it has more attack surface than a pure PHP or a pure Perl application. Some designs that are trivial in Drupal and straightforward in EE (like offering content to a subset of registered members only) don’t have an obvious implementation in MT4 short of coding your own access control stuff. MT4 doesn’t seem nearly as flexible as EE, but at least the Custom Fields plugin helps.

    I am intrigued by MT4’s static pages and static pusblishing, though. If I ditch EE, I’m more likely to go back to Drupal, but I can still see migrating some of my sites into static MT4… Now all I need is the time and motivation to actually go and do it wink

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