As many new visitors may know, I recently created this chart showing the various features of weblog software that is available.  I want to answer some common questions I've been getting in email about the chart, and tell you finally what I decided to use and why. 
In case you missed the text at the top of the chart page, I only included software that you could install on a server of your own.  To use any of the software in the list, you would have to rent space at a web host that supports the minimum requirements for the package, upload the software, and configure it yourself.  I did not include tools like Blogger or TypePad because you don't install those packages yourself.  Why not?  Because I am interested in modifying the code in my installation to do exactly what I want, not what Google or Six Apart thinks is best for me.  I did not include packages with desktop applications for the same reasons.  I also did not include generic CMS software; only blog-making software.  This excludes software like Drupal and phpNuke.  I'm sure you can make a great blog with this software, but there are two things that I found in common the these packages: Either they were too configurable (Drupal, Typo3), or they looked like one of those h4x0r community sites.  C'mon, you know what I'm talking about - phpNuke on phpBB.  They're fine for keeping a weblog, more community and file-service oriented.  Another common question is about the Six Apart licencing.  I've had many people tell me that I've got it all wrong.  Listen up- You either didn't read the license or you didn't compare that to what I posted.  There is a free verision of MT 3.0, and its details (and limitations) are clearly listed in my chart.  I have a lot of ideas about what went on at Six Apart headquarters to get things all screwed up, but we all have that to thank because we're all now doing good things by checking out different software.  Here's a little background: I put up my first web site in 1995.  I first started what you would call "blogging" in 1998.  A few years ago, I decided that I was tired of uploading static pages every day, and wrote custom software (in ASP) called PageCat.  My first blogware was born.  PageCat has gone through a few incarnations, but recently I've become discouraged by a lack of modern features and lack of time to code them in.  I decided that my time would be better spent writing words than writing code, and I needed new blogware.  The chart was born.  The truth is that I knew what I was going to move to before I put the chart online.  I was very sure that I was going to lay out the cash for Expression Engine.  But after playing with all of the tools (even Expression Engine via their very generous givaway), WordPress won out.  Why?  There are three anwers to this question, and two of them are not represented on the chart at all.  Most of the tools there have the modern features that I wanted for my blog, so it didn't really come to a question of, "Which one does what I want?" So here were my deciding factors:

Answer #1: Pretty GUI. Ok, this sounds superficial.  But if you're going to be looking at software nearly every day for as long as you blog, you're going to want something that doesn't make you cringe with its color choices.  You want all of the buttons to do what they say and be easily found.  You want it so clear that when you ask your mom to guest-author while you're on vacation, you don't have to sit with her and explain everything.  Also, loading each admin page fast is a very serious concern.  Some of these tools are seriously butt-ugly.  I don't want to point fingers because that seems kind of rude.  You developers need to seriously consider bringing someone on to clean up your nasty UIs.  Answer #2: Free. If, for some reason, I get upset that the developers of WordPress are not interested in providing new features that I want, I can grab the code, add my own changes, and release it under a different name.  Try doing that with Expression Engine.  This also means that the program will be free of cost.  Free of cost forever.  If the WordPress folks even decided to charge for changes (and I don't think they can under the old b2 license), it would still cost nothing because someone like me could take the last set of free code and add those features himself.  Even with the free copy of Expression Engine, I'm would end up paying for extra features that I want in the form of plugins.  I don't think I want that.  Answer #3: Support. This one takes the cake.  If I had to choose blogware based on one thing, this would be it.  WordPress simply rules in this venue.  The arrival at this conclusion has to do with how I collected the chart information.  I posted a message on the forums of all of the blogware I could think of asking for information.  I watched the quality of the responses, the frequency of responses, and the authors of the responses.  I'm about to get mean, because the details of this are very important to my selection.  I came to a bunch of hasty, generalized conclusions based on the responses I received.  Responses on the WordPress forum were pretty good.  Their user forum is the most active, intelligent bunch of folks in the blogging world, hands-down.  Of other note:
TextPattern, as lauded as it is by critics of WordPress, has the support forum with the worst response.  (A personal note on TextPattern- While the UI is nice and the featureset sound, the software still feels like someone's weekend project.  There don't seem to be any docs!) It took several days before I got a response.  For a smaller tool, I would expect a better response.  I've gotten better responses from users of tools whose forums I didn't solicit.  Movable Type - The defacto standard.  All of the responses I got at the MT forum were unhelpful.  It felt kind of like asking for information about apples and getting opinions on the weather in Tahiti.  I get the impression that most MT users have pushed the install button and used their software, but really don't know anything about how it works or what to do if it breaks down.  I'm sure that I'll hear objections from the readers of high-profile bloggers, but I don't see many of them down in the trenches helping out.  Do you really think A-list blogger Glenn Reynolds has the time, inclination, or ability to help out the rest of the MT community?  I don't know if he does, but I find it unlikely.  Developers of many of the other tools provided information about their software directly.  I like this because the information came directly from the best source, and disliked it because the information could obviously be biased.  So I tried as best I could to verify the features against test installs of their software.  Unfortunately, after a developer had provided the information for their blogware, the forum communities usually didn't bother to respond further.  Even more disheartening...  .Text is the only blogware that anyone suggested for the Windows platform.  I asked and asked about it because I wanted to give Windows a fair shake.  Well, it seems that the only thing that .net developers care about is .net.  That is, who cares about the applications you can create with it as long as you have this wonderful language to create them with.  I wish them well in ever getting anyone off the ground with .Text, since I couldn't even figure out how to get a copy.  Yeah, it was that user-unfriendly.  So that's how I arrived at WordPress.  What's the downside?  Here are a few things that I would like WordPress to do that aren't as simple as the default install:

  • Spell-checking!
  • Multiple content areas on one page from different sources (aka multiblog)
  • Integrated post and comment RSS

Yeah, that's it.  And most of that can be done with easy plugins.  In fact, the very cool wp-photos plugin is one of the best things to happen to my blog from the upgrade.  Anyway, there you have it.  The twisted reasoning behind my choices.  I'm not saying that WordPress is the best blogware out there, just that it meets my needs better than anything else does.

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Speaking of beautiful user interfaces, did you checkout Mamberserver (mamboserver.org) ? Also, how does the WordPress interface compare to MovableType's? Why do you think its better?

I did not evaluate Mamboserver, because I thought it was more portal-oriented than blog-oriented. Having just looked at it, I would say my impression is correct. The features that are typical of blogs (trackback, comments, etc.) are not primary features of Mamboserver. The UI is pretty, but there are still a couple of glitches both technical and logical. (For instance, the "tabs" in the edit page offer incorrect mouse cursor feedback (can I click these?) and the save button took me a while to find because it's not near the post but in a toolbar of unrelated functions.)

I never said that WP had a better UI than MT, however MT's UI seems to have a lot more graphics than WP. There are many options that seem to be tucked away, too, which makes them difficult to find for novices. The advanced editing feature wasn't obvious enough to me that several MT features went unpublished in my chart as a result.

MT's interface is also a bit more complex than WP's because it's got that whole multiple "weblog" thing going on, which WP doesn't. It's a nice feature, but I think that even MT has implemented it poorly. Of course there is also the trivial fact that I really don't know Perl all that well, not that I couldn't learn, but didn't want to bother. It's hard not to choose MT because all the cool kids use it, but in my experience, the cool kids aren't always that bright.

Very good comments Owen. Wish you would have gone with b2evolution, but that's just a personal bias :)

On our end, we - actually, I should say they because I haven't contributed any meaningful code in a good six months - have a very expandable blogging platform now. We have been focused intently on features, and as such have created an awesome platform. The downside is that our user-interface has been made to work, instead of being made the centerpiece. As we start to have all of the "parts" incorporated that we want, we are now stepping back and taking a look at how we can make all of these features friendly and more accessible. From your unique position, we would definitely appreciate any comments or suggestions you could make that you feel would make b2evolution more approachable.

Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work on that chart, and also for discussing how you came to your personal decision of what tool to use.

I've decided on ExpressionEngine for my needs at this point, and when I finally switch my www.bladam.com MT blog over, I'll blog a bit about my decision.

But in the meantime, I think your chart is a great asset for the blogging community... it reaffirms that we have MANY great choices, none of which are universally "best" for anyone, but each of which offers unique and often very cool features.

"Hard" users such as myself like WordPress because the code is well-written and easily augmented to suit our own purposes.

The comments on this site are the same size as the text of the post. If you don't like it then 1) download Firefox, 2) press the Control and Plus keys until your blind eyes can read the text. Or, 1) download Firefox, 2) click the style doodad in the bottom left corner and pick "No Theme".

Wordpress must be worst written software I ever seen!! I'll grant it works great and was easy to install, but when I started to look at code oh man! That's what I calle spaghetti code! It's incredibly that anyone can managed to get something out of it! I would like to give a shout out to .Text, it may not be the easiest to install at the moment but it’s coming soon (v0.96). However, there you got a beautiful written peace of code! In addition, it is very easy to customize with skins. I really urge you guys to take a look.

cheers

See, this is the exemplar I've needed to explain my position on .Text.

I want to like .Text because I'm running on a Windows server. But the fact of the matter is that (as the anonymous commenter above makes an excellent example) the only thing that the .net developers seem to care about is pretty code/pretty language. They don't care if the software works. They don't care if the software is easily installed. They don't care what the software depends on in order to run.

.Text is too complicated for the average user to use. There seem to be different versions of the software depending on what you want. And anyone who is not a developer will have a devil of a time trying to work the gotdotnet workspace. Ick.

The code in WordPress is admittedly a bit messy. But any coder worth his salt (and I'll make this hasty generalization in a heartbeat - not the myriad of erudite but inexperienced VB devs) can easily figure it out.

This leads me to my final conclusion that .net developers (especially those coding blog software) just don't "get it". I'm sure in a few years after everyone is done cooing over .net itself, .net developers will start to focus back on the user instead of how nice their new toy is.

>> The code in WordPress is admittedly a bit messy.
maybe that's why code is poetry?
or maybe they should change their footer message to "Code is doggerel"

otherwise good chart.

The way you describe the process reminds me of my own searches for software... what I would like to use and to do.
I liked the way you went about it, the forums and so on.

Thanks for posting this, its useful to me.
I write stuff. I'm starting out in blogging, have a kind of static page, but looking forward to my own server. At the moment I cant get broadband in Anglesey.

John Plum

I have been evaluating pMachine's Expression Engine (EE), and posting questions on its support forum. ALthough EE is a CMS, and it can do blogs, but it is not specially designed to do them: many key features for blogging must be assembled, by hand, from EE's tools; and anything which uses the Blogger API or the Metablogger API, e. g., NetNewsWire, Ecto, etc. is incompatible -- EE's developer says this is by design. According to the developers, EE is designed to compete with other CMS products e. g., Mambo, and is not designed to supersede pMachine's weblogging product, pMachine. pMachine's marketing message has been confused and misleading by targeting webloggers i. e., its recent givaway of EE to webloggers: on the pMachines forum, some of the developers have admitted that there is controversy within the company about the correct market. My own experiences with the demo: for as a weblog tool, EE compares unfavorably with Manila or Movable type, except for its cost. As a result of this evaluation I have purchased pMachine, which is correctly positioned as a competitor to Movable Type. It is optimized for creating weblogs, which EE is not.

Ummm, the third paragraph should read:

I did not include tools like Blogger or typepad because you don't install those packages yourself. Why not? Because I am interested in modifying the code in my installation to do exactly what I want, not what Google or Six Apart thinks is best for me. I did not include packages with desktop applications for the same reasons.

Feel free to delete this comment when you fix the post :)

Travis:

We have been focused intently on features, and as such have created an awesome platform. The downside is that our user-interface has been made to work, instead of being made the centerpiece.

Then IMO you have things exactly backwards. Try designing the best possible interface first, then implementing the features needed to make the interface work. (The presence of a documented design might even inspire someone to implement it.)

we would definitely appreciate any comments or suggestions you could make that you feel would make b2evolution more approachable.

Here's a free suggestion: Don't call your Save Changes button "Edit this!"! It's hard to imagine worse wording for a button that (presumably) people are supposed to click when they've already finished editing.

It's because I secretly loathe Userland and want them all to die.

Oh, wait... I explained this all several times in the above. READ!

Gah. <shakes head>

Could you please share the spread sheet file for the chart (if you have one), because many like me would probably like to line of 2-3 tools and see them side by side. It becomes a tad difficult to compare b2evolution and wordpress directly in the browser.

Thanks in advance.
-Nachi

Sorry, there is no spreadsheet. Although if you're crafty, you can paste the table into Excel and delete the columns you don't want.

Regarding b2evo and WordPress comparisons: If you compare the two straight up on features, you'll like b2evo. I suggest you try both before you commit, though.

WordPress has a really beautiful interface, but it lacks multiple blogs - and this is a *huge* lack. I can´t understand why WP creators haven´t planned the use of multiple blogs from beginning. This is a basic and essential feature for too many people looking for a good cms... Anyway, I have WP installed and will keep looking at the good ideas provided by it. It´s not usual to find a free script with such a stunning GUI. There´s good minds behind it. Oh, what I liked in the chart is that Nucleus, pMachine and MovableType are close to each other. I ever wanted to compare Nucleus with the not-so-beta -professional ones! And, damn, you should had choosen Nucleus, man! :-P

I think that developers of WordPress are adding better support for multible blogs in same system. Look more from the Dev Blog of it: http://wordpress.org/development/archives/2004/05/28/the-road-ahead/

I just started blogging a few months ago. I tried PMachine and Pivot and GreyMatter. I finally tried and stuck with Wordpress. Mostly for ease of installation and customization (CSS). I was thinking of changing to Nucleus but after viewing the chart I don't see that it would really be better. I'd lose more than I would gain. So, even for someone who already has blogware installed, the chart is helpful. Hopefully it will stay up-to-date, both from Owen and from others, such as blogware authors and users.

I've been doing some CMS stuff for a while now, but just over the last week have decided I needed to put up a site with a blog on it. I knew I didn't have time to look at all the different blogwares and test them, so I searched for reviews and ratings of blogware. Owen's Blog Software Breakdown helped, but this post telling why he chose WordPress helped even more. What people for me are really looking for is an answer to the question "Is there any sort of concensus as to what the *top* few blogware packages are, and why?

I, too, went through a fairly thorough evaluation of the softwares you mentioned. I had been an MT user and was outraged with their pricing scheme. I checked out b2evolution, Pivot, GeekLog, Nucleus, phpNuke, Serendipity, Drupal and Textpattern. One of my requisites was that the software be open source; I am a huge fan of open source. I was initially going to go with b2evolution as it was basically WordPress for multiple blogs on one install. However, I ran into a problem where It never asked for my login and always logged me in as Admin on the "Write" page. Try as I might, I couldn't figure out how to bring up the login screen - it just kept going directly to "Write" as admin. So, I dropped b2evo like a bad habit and went with WordPress. The more I use it, the more I like it's feature set. Also, there are a wealth of hacks and plugins. WordPress has been the right choice for me.

I would like a blogware with multiple comment areas on one page (multi-blog) and spell checking and integrated post and comment RSS. The 3 things you say that WordPress is lacking. So any suggestions on which one you would go with if you wanted those 3 things that WordPress is lacking

Another open source .NET (C#) weblog engine is dasBlog. It is also hosted on the gotdotnet site, same as the other free weblog engine .Text.

dasBlog is powerful for a blog engine, although not very pretty, however suffers from *the usual* problem of ASP.NET applications: It is too IE oriented and it looks (and sometimes behaves) strange in non-MS browsers.

One of the things I really like about dasBlog is that it not uses any kind of DB (.Text wants MS SQL Server) for storage. Everything is stored in XML files, which makes the hosting cheaper and increases the interoperability.

I think you should give it a try and add it to your chart. Seeing so many PHP apps makes me feel depressed ;) Also, no Python blog engines? I love Python!

I agree with all your statements about .Text and have more complaints :-) I'm using it though and I really like it and I'd be happy to help fill out that column in the table if you want. I wish there was a row for such things as community involvement, developer communication to the community, etc. Those things are huge to me. BTW, I read an old post by the creator ScottW on how he felt about releasing it earlier than a 1.0 release. It seems like it's a beta release and he's working on all the install/config stuff. Of the systems I've tried it was the easiest to theme.

WordPress is the FrontPage of the blogging world. Many will like it, hard users won´t. ;-)

Hey, I cant´read these comments because they are too tiny. Which font size do you use?

The multiple areas content issue would definitely be something I'd like to have. Could anyone direct me to a blogware that do so, if it ever exist? Or is it somewhere on the chart? Thank you

This was an amazing comparison and clarification you provided. Thanks a lot! Blogger works for my personal site because it's easy and I don't want lots of fancy stuff. But I'm trying to create a real consumer resource site and need more features.
Thanks again!

came on this site while on my once a month search for good blogging software. so many choices, so little time. maybe it's time to look at wordpress again. actually, i came in from the chart page.

At first I thought I would just jump to wordpress and take advantage of your legwork till I noticed something. On my sites Cpanel, under Fantastico there are a bunch of choices for blogging software and it will install it for you! I found b2evolution, a precursor to wordpress I guess and gave it a shot for another site (fords-stall.com). Wow, it was easy!

I just mention this because it probably is available for a lot of people and many may not know about fantastico. Just thought I'd share.

Fantastico is cool. For the record, b2evolution is not a precursor to WordPress, they are forks of the same original project, b2, aka cafelog. They are very similar, and b2evolution provides a ton a cool features. As I've said (somewhere) before, the folks at b2evolution have taken on b2 with an emphasis on feature adddition, and the folks at WordPress have taken on b2 with an emphasis on code clarity. Either way, it comes down to what style of releases/features you prefer.

My thoughts on WordPress after several months use are that I still like it. I've found that I don't really need the "multiblog" feature that is the biggest/most-requested missing feature. The complaints I hear about WP having a dull UI don't make sense to me since I just want fast admin (with CSS customization, if I want it). The improvements in 1.3 (this site is running alpha 4 right now) are pretty good, too.

One of the things that I tout most often about WordPress is that it's user community is rock solid. You won't find any whifty MT technophile-wannabes over there, just regular helpful friendly people who are also WP users. On the development side, though - where ideally most normal users will never tread - it's sometimes difficult to break in.

Even though WordPress is doing very well in reducing my comment spam, it still needs some work in this area if it plans to evolve with the spammers. I would like to see plugins extend their reach to this area, since every coder who has every contributed to WP seems to have something they want to add to the core code to stop comment spam. If there was an easy way for me to write my own way to kill spam using the existing plugin architecture, then I wouldn't have received the continuous barrage over the weekend (and it's still coming right now).

WordPress 1.3 has some great stuff in it, like RSS enclosures for podcasting, and the new theme support is pretty cool. There is a ton of stuff I'm forgetting that has been improved for the new version.

So, yeah, I'm pretty happy. WordPress has it's place here on this site. I wouldn't recommend it for a heavier community site with multiple contributors and different content areas. Expression Engine would probably be a good fit there. At the same time, we're talking about levels of complexity - A fairly novice user can install and have a fully functioning WordPress in about 10 minutes. Expression Engine takes a little planning if you want to get it right on the first go, and it's not going to be as simple as install->use, but that's not what it's for, either.

Anyway, I could go on about this for hours. :)

I've heard good things about Drupal. That's probably more of what I would have wanted to use when I was looking for my own blogging CMS. Sorry that I hadn't found this entry to help me out, either! Kevin Yank mentioned your chart on his latest SitePoint newsletter. (FYI, I chose MT because of all the plugins.) Can you post a "Last edited" date on your chart page? I guess the version numbers are good enough...

Good morning Owen,

just wondering what your experience with Word Press has been now that you've been using it for several months. I obviously have a bias toward ExpressionEngine since I use it daily and I work with the guys over there. But I'm also curious to see what others are up to.

So after several months of use what do you like the best? What do you wish for?

Thanks!

Just thought that I'd point out that Pivot was incorrectly charted as not having a moblog feature. Pivot has had that feature for about a year and a half now. I'm curious as to your thoughts on why Pivot didn't make the grade.

P.S. Nice chart.

One point I might amend on your post, Owen, is that MT is the only tool on your shortlist that lets you get professional paid support. I think a lot of people who are doing professional-level work with their blogs like the idea of being able to get access to a paid support ticket system with a guaranteed response. I do think that the MT forums have a different level of support, being staffed by volunteers, than our full-time support team offers to paying MT users.

We also have some corrections to be made on MT's listing on your chart, but I'll email those.

That's a good point to note, Anil, and I really should have mentioned that with the above. Thanks.

Another note on personal support: Although the other software (with the possible exception of the pMachine family) doesn't offer paid support directly from the manufacturer, there are tons of consultants for hire that will address a blogger directly. Shopping around on the forum of the blogging tool for a reputable consultant is a good place to start.

I know of quite a few casual bloggers that get consulting help for their blog functionality and design - even on MT. So this option might even be viable for low-budget sites.

I want to use Textpattern I really do but it's so damn difficult :(

I like BLOG:CMS but as good as it is, and as fast as help responds, as a blog noob I feel like a schoolkid asking a simple question at an Einstein convention.
Ask a simple question like "how do I show newsfeeds from other sites" and I get answers presuming I am a) a programmer, and/or b) been blogging since the dinosaurs first came on the earth.
Where is the USEFUL help for noobs like me?
It's no wonder the majority of installed blogware is just using up space on someones hosted space.
Seems to me there is an info product(s) just screaming to be put together - HOW TO....

I just stumbled onto wordpress myself thanks to a fellow student and I love it. I wanted something I could get my hands on and adapt (layout as well as functionality), and I think WP is great for that, and I love how ease the plugins work.

As for spell checking: It's an alternative solution but you can get a spell checker for Firefox (Spellbound for instance) that will check your form entries in any language that you have installed in Firefox.

I was thinking of putting BBlog up on my page http://www.tophorsepower.com but not sure now. I know absolutely nothing about all the blogs, so i think i might just take your choice, cuz you sound like you know a lot more than i do =)

Great table, and very helpful. Many thanks for compiling and publishing it.

One request : If you ever choose to add further to the table, it would be helpful to specify which operating systems each product will work within. I suspect there may be an assumption that all products are cross-platform compatible, but this is not the case - for example, bBlog says on their site to 'expect problems' in a Win environment. :)

David.

Excellent info, admire your patience with all the questions you have gotten, you have become the de facto blog guru. Do you know of a comparison of the Blog hosters like Blogger, Typepad, etc? I am at Blogspirit (You know what software they use?) but my free 10meg quota has run out and am looking to move, don't mind paying a few bucks for a good home but agree that an excellent UI with good features to back it up is paramount as time is money. Typepad is recommended by a friend. Blogger is nice but picture handling stinks, don't have the time to try all the others. Any advice?

An excellent Blogging Software comparision table -
http://weblogs.asp.net/sbchatterjee/archive/2005/01/20/357631.aspx

Thanks for the chart. I used it to compare against what I knew regarding GrayMatter, a software I liked. It helped, so thanks.

Hi - I am looking for blog software that respects browser text size settings. I do not want fonts to be specified in terms of the number of pixels, for example, because the font would look too big or small if the monitor resolution differs from the original target monitor resolution. Almost no blog software respects browser text size settings; Greymatter was one of the few systems I found so far that does. Any chance of adding a field for this to the chart?

It is interesting Drupal is not included in your comparison, it fulfills most functionalities. Your comment about Drupal is that it is too configurable? Do you mind explaining further? How is this necessarily a bad thing?

"Answer #1: Pretty GUI."
You seem to be confusing "pretty" with "usable". A UI can be very pretty, and horrible to use. A UI can be butt-ugly, but very usable.

They are two separate things. One usually means the other, but there are also many exceptions. Look at the average Flash-based website to see a pretty UI with zero usability.

Also, while clean code might not bring direct advantages to the end-user, it does mean that there will be more people willing to code for it. This is interesting for those who want to customize it or have it customized. Not so for the personal blogger, but very interesting for the corporate blogger. Usually they set up blogs as part of their site, rather than have just a blog-site.

Andrew- Most blog software these days supports changing font sizes by using CSS. Look into how CSS is used in each package. For instance, WordPress allows you to set the font sizes in a single CSS file for different elements of the page. Each package is a little different, but fundamentally, that's how it works.

curious user- Drupal is not in my comparison because it is not blogware. It is a CMS. CMS software has more functionality than blogware. I'm providing my own definition of "blogware" as software that allows you to perform the basic functionality of a blog and nothing else. Drupal overshoots blogware somewhat. Unless you want Drupal to be categorized as simple blogware on these terms, it'll remain off of my list.

Steven Wittens- Yes, clearly I am confused by the difference between "pretty" and "usable". Nevermind that to a seasoned programmer/end-user like myself "pretty GUI" is often a colloquial superset of "usable GUI". A phrase I might use to describe the unusable Flash UI you describe is "artsy but ugly," - For example, your home page with the unlabeled Flash buttons. But I digress.

Besides that, when I said "pretty" I did mean "good looking". Comparing WP to b2e, I find b2e (sorry, b2e guys - I still wuv you!) ugly. It's still usable, I just don't like the look of it.

In general- It would be useful if readers would, you know, read what I wrote about why certain software was omitted before getting all hot and bothered that their favorite package wasn't included. And then after (or maybe before?) reading what I wrote remember that I wrote it, not someone that has any effect on the gravity of their planet, if you see what I'm getting at. Besides that, I'm as likely to be persuaded as the next guy, but not by being told outright that I'm wrong, stupid, or confused.

Hi Owen,

Would you mind updating the ExpressionEngine column? We've come a long way since you first made the chart. Here are some notable updates:

version is now 1.2.1.

post ordering: EE has always supported ascending, descending, alphabetical, category. There are even more options than that as you can create custom fields and order posts by the custom field.

Post API Support: We now support the BloggerAPI as of version 1.2.

Edit Templates offline: As of version 1.1 you can edit templates offline using ftp or your favorite editor that supports ftp.

Plugin Directory: We have one now. You can find it here: ExpressionEngine Plugins

Sample Sites: We have a list of user sites but it includes both pMachine Pro sites and ExpressionEngine sites. Still, it might be useful for people. pMachine Pro and ExpressionEngine sample sites.

Thanks for considering updating the chart to include the above. I've not used any sales language or made any claims. Just listed plain factual updates to help people decide.

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