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  • Given the astonishingly large amount of blog software that is written in Perl, I find it astonishing that no Perl blogging companies, and no Perl blog system authors have managed to find the time to make a best-of-breed blog.perl.org.

    I was astonished by that too. But having prodded round the edges of the problem, it seems to me that no Perl blogging engine is up to the job.

    If anyone reading this thinks I'm talking nonsense and would like to prove me wrong, then please get in touch.

    • I am definitely of the 1998 school, but what about Movable Type? Not that I could ever prove you wrong, and such is not my intention. I just hope the problem can be solved, and I know that I can only be a very minor actor.

      • but what about Movable Type?

        That's exactly what I thought. I tried. It didn't work.

        I'm hoping that this discussion will flush out an MT expert who will be able to show me where I went wrong.

        • Well, I am definitely not that expert. But I was thinking about playing with MT- even changing my cheap provider (1&1) to do so.

          When you say, "It didn't work.", could you be a little more specific? e.g. Didn't install? Didn't reproduce this page (with link)? Didn't handle spammers? Brought your box to its knees? Didn't support slashboxes? (Specificity might trigger a post by that expert...)

          • Oh it installs just fine. I'm really happy with MT. I run many blogs on it.

            But this was the first time that I had tried to set up a multi-blog installation. I assumed that it would all just work out of the box, but it didn't.

            There are a couple of discussions that I had on the MT forum here [movabletype.org] and here [movabletype.org].

            There was a new release a couple of weeks ago, so I might see if I can find the time to try again over the next week or so.

            Oh, and by the way, I run all of my MT installations on 1&1 servers. Not sure why you

            • On 1&1, I could be wrong. I buy the very cheap service. It used to include shell access. But I think they took that away from me.

              Do I need shell access for MT?

              Do you have the cheapest level?

              I was thinking about Blue Host.

              • I don't think you need shell access to set up MT, but I've always done it using shell access so I could be wrong there.

                I have a root server with them. I can't imagine running web sites on a server that I didn't have full control over :-)

                • I think playing with MT would be a royal PITA without shell access. Sure, root is nice, but user access is not bad, I think I could handle that.

                  And I likely would not want to fool around with any open source that does not intelligently support non-root use.

                  But imagine trying to use perl modules with only ftp! Seems like CPAN.pm and things would be out of the picture. Kill me now.

                  Mind me asking how much you pay for root at 1&1?

                  • MT bundles all of the CPAN modules that it needs. So if you can FTP a directory tree into your web space then you're all set. All of the set-up and configuration is now run through a (very nice) web-based system.

                    I have a Value Server [1and1.co.uk] from 1&1. It costs me GBP 30/month and I happily run about a dozen [mag-sol.com] domains on it.