The Future of WordPress and MovableType

    March 24, 2005

There more I look at the blogging “market” these days, I see things falling into fairly well defined places–at least in my head.

There is a already a well defined split between the hosted services that offer blogging capabilities (Blogger, TypePad, Y! 360, LiveJournal, etc) and the “host it yourself” model.

That second group is the ecosystem that MovableType and WordPress currently dominate and I think they’ll continue to do so. If you further divide that into “corporate/enterprise” and “personal/non-profit” groups, I think both products will find their respective roles.

WordPress will come to be the de-facto choice in the world of self-hosted personal weblogs and low-end webhosting “value added” package. MovableType will be the blogware of choice in the corporate blogging world, both for internal weblogs and those that face the outside world.

Of course, there will be many exceptions to these generalizations, but these are the trends that I see. Matt’s decision to create a WordPress Inc. shift things around a bit as well.

What do you think?

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