I’ve been keeping an eye on WordPress for awhile now and I have to admit it’s becoming more attractive all the time. They’ve just announced that version 1.2 has entered Beta and have provided a partial list of the new features users can look forward to:
- Custom fields
- Localization framework and unicode encoding support
- All post times stored in local time and GMT
- Cleaner cruft-free and search engine friendly URLs
- Automatic thumbnail creation
- Strong encryption of user passwords
- Redone administration interface, particularly with regard to options
- Non-mod_rewrite clean links option
There’s at least two new features in this point release that I had hoped to see in MT3 (sub-categories and custom fields) in addition to massive changes to the code base. As Richard points out over at MovableBLOG, if the new version of WordPress had included support for multiple blogs (which is planned for the future) then this new release would actually put it ahead of MovableType in many respects.
I may take my install of Drupal down so I can try out the WordPress Beta and get a better feel for what it offers so I can offer a more enlightened comparason. I won’t consider switching until it supports multiple blogs, but I’m asked all the time what I would recommend so it’s always good to have an informed opinion.