After getting a great web hosting deal, I decided to set up this domain “patrickmd.net” for various small software projects. I migrated the posts from my old and mostly ignored blog “medwreck” to my self-hosted WordPress installation here. Moving the old posts was trivial using the import/export feature.
However, before setting up a self-hosted WordPress instance, I decided to look at other open source blog platforms, specifically Movable Type. I had heard great things about MT, and it was very easy to install.
There are several blog posts comparing the two; some detailing the recent flamewar between the authors, some focusing on WordPress’s security problems, some claiming that WordPress security is actually great. One “smackdown” closely awarded the title to WordPress for the many plugins available, such as Akismet comment filtering.
In the end, I wasn’t able to fairly compare the two since my webhost supports mod_php, but not mod_perl or FastCGI. Even using the most recent Movable Type (4.2rc2), the page latency was visible compared to WordPress. Without some sort of server persistence there was no way I could get Movable Type to perform properly.