For a start, why do you want to change from
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I (cammy), personally, moved from
WordPress for a number of reasons:
- Wordpress is Open Source The biggest reason is that Wordpress is
Free and I can use it for what ever I want! The latest MovableType
pricing is quite expensive and limited, I think. I run a site that
has about five authors on it and the basic license wouldn’t cut it.
Someday I hope to setup a site for a commerical product but I’d then
have to get a commerical license.Because Wordpress is Open Source,
it means no licensing issues, no restrictions on use and I get all
the latest updates. My originally MovableType installation was
starting to stagnate.
- Wordpress has real subcategories Like MovableType but it also
has subcategories properly implemented (not some hack). In my old
MovableType installation I had to use multiple blogs to simulate
subcategories. A ridiculas overhead.One critisim I would level at
Wordpress is that it can only manage one site per installation while
MovableType could handle multiple. But thats not really a huge issue
as an installation is much, much, smaller than MovableType mainly
because of the next reason...
- ' Templates rather than static pages' MovableType creates static
pages which can fill up your webspace quote if you have a lot.
Wordpress uses PHP to dynamically generate pages from an SQL
database. Wordpress can even properly handle real future posts too.
- The Code Itself I'm no PHP expert but it took me no longer than
ten minutes to work my way around some of the code in Wordpress.
It’s nicely arranged, I think and within a few days I was writing
plugins and themes. With MovableType I never got a real handle on
the massive Perl code, and on making plugins, I generally hacked
- Not another template language, because it uses PHP! With
MovableType you have a whole new template language to learn and you
have to build or install countless plugins to extend it. With
Wordpress, it’s PHP so it’s a full computer language. I’ve found it
- Themes are bloodly brillant You can drop in “themes” and change
the look and feel of your site with ease compared to MovableType.
I’ve even created my own Theme from scratch and with PHP could do
some funky stuff (just have a look around!).
- Stronger comment spam protection Built in Blacklists, User
Registeration and Moderation. I know the latest version of
MovableType now has some (if not all) these issues but Wordpress is
- Easier to fully backup At least I have found it is. Because the
look and feel is stored in a “theme” and content in SQL, I could
backup my entire site and move it to another installation with no
problems. With MovableType, not so easy, particuarly if you were
using a BerkleyDB
and you had to copy and paste each template out of the management
- Some cool builtin little features like pages, paging entries,
dictionary in the entry field, user levels, etc.
Okay, so you want to move. Start by creating a test site of Wordpress so
you can see if it suits your needs.
directions for installing Wordpress on Redbrick. You can set it up in a
subdirectory of in your webspace (normally located at
Depending on the complexity of your original site, you'll need to do
some thinking before. If you've just used Movable Type for a simple
blog, it a minimal effort to convert it all over but, like myself, you
used it for a picture gallery, software releases, etc. you'll need to
do some thinking first:
- Categories and subcategories You need to figure out how you want
to use categories in your new Wordpress site. Do you want to have
your seperate blogs as subcategories or do you need to have your
different blogs seperate (which would require multiple installations
- Styles and themes I'm afraid you can't just copy over your
Movable Type look and feel to Wordpress. I made a new Wordpress
theme that looked like my original Movable Type look and feel. Best
advice is to use one of the many (and there is a lot) of free
themes. The Wordpress
several you can try and many links to more resources. Themes do not
affect your content so you can download and try as many as you like.
And they are quite easy to modify if you know a little html, php and
Some effort on your part will always be required.
It is an easy enough process to export entries from Movable Type (in the
admin interface, on the right there is the Export menu item) and then
use the import-mt.php script to import them. Instructions are avaliable
from the Wordpress setup script.
I'd recommend two plugins to use when importing your entires: batch
(read through the comments because you'll need to fix it for Wordpress
1.5) and Search and Replace (which I
wrote to help importing). These should help you arrange your content
correctly in Wordpress.
The best approach for making this move is to create a Wordpress
installation as a subdirectory. If your going to be creating themes and
plugins, I'd actually recommend two installations. One will be a
sandbox for playing around and the other will be your real site.
Export and import your entries and orgainse the data. Now you can start
trying out themes and plugins etc. The import process does not
necessarily include all the users from your Movable Type install so you
may need to add or modify them yourself.
At this stage you now should have your Movable Type site working away
and seperate from your Wordpress install. My best advice is get your
Wordpress site exactly how you want it before doing anything to your
original site. This could take awhile depending on how much you want to
Once your ready, make sure to make a backup of your Movable Type site
(in fact, make a backup of everything including the SQL database). Use
the Movable Type interface to delete the blogs and then delete Movable
Type. Now your ready to move or link your Wordpress site.
It is very, very easy to move your Wordpress directory. Make a copy of
the Wordpress directory you want to move in the place you want to move
it. Then open up the Site Admin and modify the URI of the site as
required. Then just delete the old copy. Content is preserved in the SQL
You can also have Wordpress installed in the root of your webspace, no
problem. I wouldn't recommend it myself, in case you want to have
different or alternative "blogs" and sites.
The best approach is have Wordpress handle the site in a different
directory, namely the root of your webspace. This article explains how
to install WordPress files and blog in different
The Wordpress forums and the Wordpress
wiki are the best resources for
Wordpress. Any questions, suggestions and thoughts, just modify this
topic and leave a message.