Well, I'm changing blog systems to BLOG:CMS because Movable Type has gone commercial. I chose BLOG:CMS because it was based on Nucleus (which was open source (aka, non commercial) and has a nifty little importer feature where I can import all my blog entries from MovableType and thus.. not lose anything. BLOG:CMS was nice as well because it had a number of built in skins and templates and plugins, so without waiting for JMac to figure out how to port my beautiful old blog template over to a new one, I can at least have a somewhat functional skin right off the bat. There are also a number of nifty add-ins that BLOG:CMS has by default that would be difficult in MovableType.
In the expanded version of this post you will see the shameless plug by the authors of BLOG:CMS for the software as well as a feature list. Thank you 🙂
BLOG:CMS XE contains advanced skins, 45 pre-configured plugins, fully compatible with table prefix, advanced CSS files, and much more. It generates XHTML 1.0 STRICT valid code.
Plugins included in BLOG:CMS v3.0 XE:
NP_BlogWithOffset: display blog per page.
NP_Calendar: calendar with links to days you've posted.
NP_Chat: minichat / shoutbox plugin.
NP_CommentControl: comment control against trolls and spammers.
NP_CommentEditLink: edit all comments directly from your blog.
NP_CommentPreview: preview comments before being posted.
NP_CSS: CSS Style Switcher.
NP_EditControls: htmlArea: WYSIWYG editor for Nucleus CMS.
NP_FancierURL: URLs like /item/this-is-a-title instead of /?itemid=123.
NP_FancyText: phpBB like formatting, threaded discussion for comments, smilies.
NP_GZip: GZip your website to save bandtwith.
NP_LatestComments: shows last 5 comments made.
NP_LatestDisc: shows last 5 discussions in 5 different articles.
NP_LatestItems: shows last 5 articles posted.
NP_Log: simple log for your blog.
NP_MailToAFriend: email an article.
NP_MostKarma: shows posts with most karma points.
NP_MostPopular: shows most commented posts.
NP_MostViewed: shows most viewed posts.
NP_Newsfeed: blogroll, works for your own blog too!
NP_OffsetArticles: links to next/previous 10 articles, titles, latest commets.
NP_OffsetEntriesLink: jump to next/previous set of articles.
NP_PageLinkList: go to page 1,2,3, etc.
NP_PDF: export article to PDF.
NP_Poll: run polls with multiple questions.
NP_Print: print your article.
NP_Random: display a random quote.
NP_Referrer: track who is linking to your website.
NP_Related: show local and google search results, related to your article.
NP_RSSBlog: RSS feed of last 20 comments made.
NP_RSSItem: RSS feed of current item.
NP_SearchHighlight: highhlight search results for users that came from google.com and like.
NP_Table: create tables, lists, header files online.
NP_TrackBack: trackback for your articles.
NP_Viewed: article views counter.
NP_Weather: shows weather forecast for next 3 days + current weather.
NP_WIE: who is online plugin.
NP_WordCount: count words in your article.
NP_XMLTools: RSS feed of complete articles, or only extracts.