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Movable Type 3 SHOULD Cost Money

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Movable Type 3 has been out for a day now. And a lot of people have had time to weigh in with their opinions. Six Apart has been beaten black and blue for this new pricing scheme. It irritates me how many people are crying fowl about this.

Six Apart is not the Evil Empire, they are not the RIAA, they aren’t even Microsoft! They are a software developer who cares about customers, they even listen to their customers. This is more then can be said for most software developers.

Lets look at a few facts:

1. MT 3 has a free version that is unsupported (just like before)
2. TypePad offers unlimited blogs and authors (and you don’t have to pay for hosting on top of that)
3. MT 3 is NOT a feature release, although does include improvements
4. Six Apart has drastically changed the licensing restrictions (that was the most gripped about problem with MT)

Did I mention it is free?

Six Apart is just like most other software developers. They are in the business of making money. So get off their back for charging for Movable Type!

I couldn’t agree more with Timothy Appnel’s “Movable Type 3.0 and Eating” article. He makes a few great points, and is worth reading. It would be nice to see more articles defending instead of defying Six Apart.

But why do people want code (i.e. MT) free of charge? Easy. They have absolutely no clue as to how much work it actually took to make that code usable, much less elegant.

I was one of the few who donated after I started using Movable Type on multiple sites. You did know you can donate right? It is referred to “donationware” for a reason (Don’t say this too loud, but donating to a freeware or open source based project actually helps the project move forward, or maybe thats just how I think).

For donating you get a discount on MT 3 Personal License. Way back when I donated I was told I would get a full credit on the 3.0 version. I donated $60 and today got $65 in credit, because they give you an extra $5 on the second $20 donation. This means I payed $4.95 for the Personal License. So Six Apart not only held up their end of the deal, they gave me a $5 bonus in credit and I didn’t even ask for it.

I also own a commercial license for MT for my business site. I payed $150 for that. During a great IM conversation with Anil Dash today I find out that that $150 I payed is good for $150 off a Developer License of MT 3. With an introductory price of $199.95 that means I will have to pay $49.99 for the upgrade for commercial use of 3.0. In a day and age of price gouging even on upgrades, thats a heck of a nice upgrade policy (as is the discount for donations).

Donating and paying for free software is great. You should give it a try. And for what its worth, Movable Type is more then worth paying for. Sure it is a blogging tool, but if you can code, you can make it into a really nice CMS with little work.

Next Up: My first experiences setting up Movable Type 3, TypeKey, and the new centralized features that Six Apart offers its Movable Type users.

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  • There are some other facts out there too. Your presentation is one-sided and doesn’t answer the question, why the outrage? Is is just because people want something for nothing? Nope, nobody is on Six Apart’s back for charging for MT.

    Just read a little history and maybe you will start to understand.

  • It isn’t that Six Apart are selling Moveable Type which is the problem, it is that Six Apart completely failed to communicate with their existing customers and potential customers.

    They have not been effective in explaining what is the value the user gets for the new, restrictive license, The way it is presented, you are paying more for MT 3.0 and getting less.

    They failed to manage expectations, failed to make a selling proposition, and now are going to have to scramble like crazy to fix this.