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I am not an Enterprise.

By Anil Dash
Posted June 25, 2007.

One of the biggest concerns a lot of folks in the MT community have is, "Is Movable Type for me?" It's been easy to be confused -- MT has been available in versions for developers, individual bloggers, businesses, educational users, and enterprises. With MT4, we wanted to make things a little bit more sane, so that all of those audiences could be benefiting from each others' efforts and ideas, instead of feeling like the grass was greener on the other side.

From a technological standpoint, this was pretty straightfoward; MT4 is built on a single core platform for every kind of user, with "packs" of feature functionality layered on top to make the different versions have distinct features. This makes it really easy to have shared features make their way out to everyone at the same time.

For example, MT Enterprise got the built-in ability to clone blogs in your system last year, but we hadn't done a major feature release of non-enterprise MT since then, so the feature hadn't found its way out to regular users yet. We hated the idea that something that cool was limited to only one of our audiences, and not for any technical reasons, but just because we were keeping separate code bases. So now, a bunch of features that had been Enterprise-only have found their way into the MT4 core for everybody to benefit from.

This effort also has the benefit of eliminating some complexity -- nobody has to see features they don't need. Instead of worrying about turning certain advanced features off on your personal blog, we can leave those as features exclusively for enterprise users.

But perhaps most importantly, we've started to explain why we try to reach all these different audiences with our work. It's not just MT, it's our other platforms, too -- plenty of businesses use TypePad, and plenty of developers contribute code on LiveJournal, and lots of people share their stories on Vox. We think it's important, though, that the same potential that our platforms are unlocking for people be something that businesses, and yes, even enterprise businesses, can use, too.

So, if you want to understand why our efforts to help businesses and enterprises are important for the work we do in helping every individual blogger, take a look at "Why do you care about business blogs so much?" and maybe you can get a feel for some of the inspiration and motivation behind the business side of our community.
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7 Comments

Tedked

Tedked on August 1, 2012, 5:05 a.m. Reply

As far as I know MT is for abybody who want a good and stable CMS. It has functions for begginers and for the pro users. It is up to you what you will use.

Martin Tompson

Martin Tompson on September 13, 2012, 12:26 a.m. Reply

It is great option to clone blogs. You can have the same url structure, design and almost everything you want with just few clicks. It is something I haven’t seen nor in Wordpress or Joomla.

alexa deer

alexa deer on October 12, 2012, 7:21 p.m. Reply

I just cloned two blogs of mine and I can say that even I am not so good in cloning I have done a great piece of work :)

Mike Frolosh

Mike Frolosh on November 5, 2012, 7:01 a.m. Reply

I am a MT fan, but it is difficult to me to see “Why do you care about business blogs so much?” because the link is broken :) Just kidding. IMO MT is made for everybody and this is really great. I am not so good in coding, but I like and have time to look here and there and learn. Moveable Type is the best CMS for people like me, because it has great demo site, thanks to Mihai, brilliant documentation page thanks to all the people in MT and great community. This is why most of my sites are made with MT.

Martin Brown

Martin Brown on November 12, 2012, 2:59 a.m. Reply

Hello, I am recently looking for CMS for social bookmarking. I found a system called pligg, but I found also many negative comments about it. I find another one - Hotaru, but it seems it is no longer available. Actually, Hotaru is also a Japanese’s project. So, my question is could I use Moveable Type as a social bookmarking CMS?

lenoxx

lenoxx on November 13, 2012, 5:02 a.m. Reply

I’ve tried to look at “Why do you care about business blogs so much?” but unfortunatly such page doesn’t exist anymore.

Zoey

Zoey on December 14, 2012, 6:16 a.m. Reply

Well, actually with this decision you made the things even more complicated for the regular users which is not a good idea. It is much better for the pro coders it is obvious, but Movable Type has become far than ease to use.

I think user friendly must the first in your priorities.

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