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Where Movable Type is Going in 2008

By Anil Dash
Posted February 8, 2008, in News.

In case you missed it, you'll want to check out Six Apart CEO Chris Alden's post MT in 2008: Open, Powerful and Easy. It's a great look at the vision for the MT platform going forward, and offers a compelling look at the philosophy behind the huge investment in MT over the past year:

So, back in 2006, we made some decisions. First and foremost, we were going to compete. MT has brought more to blogging than any platform in history -- it was the first professional grade blogging platform (when it launched) and the first enterprise grade blogging platform (with MT Enterprise) -- but in 2006 it was time to double down or take the chips off the table.

We decided to bet on the future.

Central to this effort is Movable Type 4, a completely re-thought version of the software designed to address the way the web and social media have changed in the past half-decade. We wanted to improve the ease of use, the user interface, the installation process, and the content & community management capabilities. We also greatly enhanced our advanced capabilities, launching an Enterprise Solution, making MT unrivaled in its power for large customers who need to run large numbers of blogs integrated with enterprise systems, and the Community Solution, which we believe makes MT the leader in the emerging "CCMS" space (community content management systems) for which we have seen huge market demand.

While MT is obviously always going to be powered first and foremost by its community, it's worth noting how much of a commitment we've made at Six Apart to Movable Type both as a platform and as a community.


Coleen Stewart

Coleen Stewart on July 17, 2012, 9:52 p.m. Reply

Well, it is a bit easy to say you have achieved your goals but they are a bit more generally then they should be. I use your services for several blogs, but most of mine are on Wordpress.


hylda on August 5, 2012, 8:23 p.m. Reply

You have to become a totally free service and you will be great.


kallie on September 4, 2012, 5:26 a.m. Reply

It will be quite difficult to leave the service for free, because it has great support and it is updating all the time which cost money.

Mimi Campbell

Mimi Campbell on October 1, 2012, 7:59 p.m. Reply

I have heard Chris Alden is no longer part of the Six Apart team. He quit in 2010th when SAY Media has been created. Is it true?

Cristine Lafont

Cristine Lafont on October 18, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Reply

I suddenly fell on this page and it was very interesting to read what kind of goals you have aimed few years ago. I am curious what kind of goals you have now. It could be an interesting post for the readers.

Ola Mattsen

Ola Mattsen on October 29, 2012, 11:19 p.m. Reply

I remember the days when I met for the first time Moveable Type. A friend of my was so excited to be a blogger that he knew everything about MT and described me all the hints and tips a man should know to start with his own blog. So, I started mine in 2005 and I have to say in these days there weren’t many other blog platforms. Moveable Type was undoubtedly the best one.

However, for the things have changed through the years and I stop blogging few years ago. Now, I want to run few sites and I will use MT as my platform. There is no doubt about that.

Tor Sterten

Tor Sterten on November 13, 2012, 11:30 a.m. Reply

I remember the day when Moveable Type 4 was released and how happy were the people of Six Apart from the community response. Wish you many moments like this one in future.


Harland on November 22, 2012, 11:15 p.m. Reply

What does huge investment in MT mean? You have invested money or labour. If it not a secret of course, could you tell us more about, because it would be really interesting to know what is behind this product.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson on November 29, 2012, 8:55 a.m. Reply

Actually you’ve made a huge step back with the decision to make some of the services paid. This was huge problem with Movable Type and Vox.

Amy Thompson

Amy Thompson on December 21, 2012, 4:53 a.m. Reply

Chris is right about the impression which was left on the users that Movable Type didn’t cared so much for the individual blogger. However, he is right also to say that this was simply not true because Movable Type has always offered more functions than the other platforms in the net, but the complexity was too much in my opinion.