MovableType Version 4 and Podcast Support is Crap!

I am in the process of upgrading this MovableType edition to version 4.0 and while I am pounding my head against the ground in that they once again made a lot of changes that is going to cause me to have to hire a developer to update the templates.

I probably could do it but I do not need the aggravation. But lets talk about podcast and new media support in MT4. First of all lack of documentation. For a paid product SixApart documentation is still terrible and you have to go through 20 pages of stuff to find a single thing. I would just prefer a PDF with all of the documentation. It would make life easier.

Second unlike WordPress they do not support podcast publishing in a way that is native. You have to guess how they support it and I really quite honestly hate it.

First you have to upload a file which the high majority of us do not do. Most of us push our media to a third party site and then drop in a link. The way MT 3.35 worked was beyond simple because a plugin took care of detecting any enclosures that was embedded in the text. In MT4 the enclosure plugin seems to not work anymore. But if you want to get MT4 to detect a media file you have to upload it and go through about a dozen steps to figure it out.

My Advice to SixApart, look at what the wordpress folks are doing, copy how they did it and implement that in MT4 and make it simple. I can honestly say this version runs slower than MT 3.35 and while the menus are pretty they are less functional then the old design and it takes forever for pages to load.

I am not sure who SixApart built this platform for but for me at least I am not so sure I want to upgrade now.

About geeknews

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

2 thoughts on “MovableType Version 4 and Podcast Support is Crap!

  1. On another blog of mine I used MT since 2002, including being active in the development community. I kept current on upgrades – I must have gone through the process a dozen times. I am very technical but each time was a challenge that I managed to get through OK but I always thought about how much it would suck to not be technical and trying to upgrade MT.

    I have been using WordPress on various blogs for the last couple of years. It is night and day in terms of positive experience for me. I love WordPress. There is an automatic upgrade plugin available that is absolutely unbelievable. I have done major release upgrade without this plugin and it was no big deal. With the plugin I have done minor release and point release upgrades and it was literly click a button and be upgraded in 1 minute. It was awesome.

    I can’t say enough good things about WordPress. I don’t know why anyone would use anything else.

  2. And you are not moving over to WordPress why? Before you mentioned there was things MT could do that WordPress wouldn’t – I doubt that MT4 is better than WordPress the way it sounds now…

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