As you have probably heard by now, MT has released MT 3.0. I read about it first at Emily’s and then read Mena’s post about the release. Next I read Dave’s post about the whole thing. But it was Les’s post that probably got to me the most.
I run 5 blogs just to generate content for Big Pink Cookie. I have Pixelog also running under the same install of MT. On top of that, I have a blog that is just in draft mode that I keep notes for myself in, little reference things for later.
Running 7 blogs, under the new license terms, would require me to pay
$700. SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. $119 at the introductory price, minus the money I have already donated to MT over the years. (I just read the fee page again.)
I’m all for supporting MT, I have done it since the day it came online. I installed it within a few weeks of the very first release. Even though I know Photo Matt and helped name WordPress, I have remained loyal to MT. Thanks to MT 3.0, that is something I will have to reconsider. I have to decide if I have the time to migrate and learn a new system, or just spend the money for the new license. I don’t like either option. I really don’t want to have to move things around, so I will probably go with the upgraded license.
As a hosting company owner, I like that they are opening up the ability to install blogs for clients and so forth – at least that was my initial impression, but I will need to go back through the license again to understand that further. The previous license was very rigid in that area.
I hope that they will reconsider the license agreements for personal users though. Limiting users to 3 blogs for free defeats one of the major draws to MT. Funny thing is, I would probably consider donating that much to MT, but being told I must pay it just rubs me the wrong way.
By the way – can anyone e-mail me the zip files for the last release of MT, both the upgrade and the full install? I’d really appreciate it!