Once again contemplating alternatives to ExpressionEngine.

I’ve said before that I’ve been looking at possible alternatives to ExpressionEngine for running my blogs. Not because I’m overly unhappy with EE, but because I’m not sure I’ll be able to afford to upgrade to EE 2.0 when it is released. Not to mention the amount of time it’s taking for that release to happen. I’ve also mentioned that I was looking at WordPress as one possibility as the platform has matured quite a bit since the last time I considered it. One of the main issues I had with it last time was that I’d have to install a separate instance for each of the blogs I host for family members and that would make updating them all a real pain in the ass.

It appears the folks at WordPress have been putting out a multi-user version of WordPress (called, stunningly enough, WordPress MU) that’s based on the code the use to run their free hosted offering at WordPress.com that would allow me to host all the blogs from one installation. My one concern with trying that was the caveat that not every theme/plugin is sure to work with the MU version. Not that I need every theme and plugin to work, but it’s still something to consider. From what I’ve been reading, though, the developers plain to merge the two versions come the 3.0 release which should smooth out that wrinkle. So most of my concerns with WP are either gone or will be before too long.

Then I heard about BuddyPress, which is apparently an add-on for WordPress MU that adds a lot of community oriented functionality similar to Facebook, but on a smaller scale. I’ve long considered SEB to be a community as much as my own personal blog which gives this add on some appeal. So I want to hear what you folks think about it and if you’d like to see SEB go in that direction. I don’t know that I’d use all of the features in Buddypress (I don’t want to end up hosting 10,000 blogs for example), but a few of them could be pretty cool. Or do you think I should just wait to see what EE 2.0 will bring with it? If you have alternative suggestions for platforms be sure to toss them in as well. I’ve been considering Drupal for awhile now too, but I really hate the theme engine for it.

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.