Hi. I'm a Movable Type user but I am increasingly dissatisfied with it and am thinking of moving to WordPress.org. This seems a good time to do so, as Movable Type has -- once again -- totally reworked their interface -- in fact it looks just like WP.
I know I can probably find much of what I need to know from the WP documentation and from just playing with it, but I would like to ask some specific questions before I invest a lot of time in WP.
What I like most about MT is the extent it's possible to separate templates from content. I also like that its tags are, at least visually, fairly similar to HTML, which I find makes it easy to customize the templates and my published layout.
My entire MT installation is based on customized "linked" templates, modules, and widgets, which I edit in Dreamweaver's code view, and then FTP up to my site. I rarely directly use the MT interface for real template editing -- in fact I try to avoid it. This has worked out very well, and I have the ability to turn individual page components on and off simply by using MT variables.
Does WordPress allow the same kind of template/module/widget linking and customization?
Another issue is, I like to compose my posts in Microsoft Word and paste them into the MT entry form. However, unless I paste them as totally plain text, MT pulls in and publishes ALL of Microsoft's proprietary-like styling code, which is bloated and excessive and creates heavy pages filled with useless code -- this doesn't affect the published page (too much), but I know it's there, and if only as a matter of principle, I don't like it. It is anything but the "poetry" referred to in WP's motto. :)
I am about to start a new blog so this would be a good time to make the change to WP. Part of me would really LIKE to leave MT, at least for this blog. But I've still got at least one MT blog that I will need to manage, so I'm wondering if I'm better off sticking with what I know.
I'm comfortable working with XHTML and CSS, but I know nothing about php code and, to be honest, have no real interest in learning it (occasional tweaking, of the cut and paste, or changing the name of divs, etc, is one thing, but I really don't want to "learn" php.)
I guess I'm asking for opinions on the advisability of switching from MT to WP. I've played with WP and I like the way it feels, but I know that it's only after you've actually USED and WORKED with a software that you can know its true character.
All thought welcomed! Thanks!