Six Apart’s Movable Type was once the premier blog publishing system, with revolutionary, industry-leading features, including unrivaled multisite support. However, they alienated their user community with a controversial licensing change in 2004, an arguably mishandled release of version 5 in 2010, and a disconcerting reorganization later that year.
Princeton University maintained an enterprise license with Six Apart for four years. However, the high cost of the yearly license became difficult to justify, and the diminishing base of users and developers greatly concerned us. A Japanese IT company now owns the Movable Type product, and another company has assumed responsibility for worldwide technical support. We have no experience with either of these organizations.
While a small community of developers is steadfastly working to keep Movable Type alive, and the platform may once again flourish in one form or another; we felt that it was time to move on.
The WordPress platform is a stable, innovative publishing system with a vast library of third-party plugins and themes. It powers over 60 million websites, including 22% of new active domains in the United States. An expansive, vibrant community of WordPress users and developers are continually improving the software, offering support, writing tutorials, and sharing best practices. We look forward to fostering an active community of WordPress users within Princeton.
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