Introducing Melody!


Published on June 23, 2009 at 9:55 AM EST
In the Announcements category.

Finding new inspiration and excitement from the same place we’ve always looked.

It’s been quite a few years since the burgeoning idea of what became Movable Type was first dreamed up — 8 years ago! As the version numbers have progressed, the features have grown and changed, the audience has grown and changed, and the community has grown and changed.

When I think about the history of my use with Movable Type, one thing that really stands out in my mind is the time I initially spent in the forums. I began by asking many questions, and was eventually knowledgeable enough to answer questions. Helping other people learn about MT in that way was very rewarding to me, and I loved having a reason to learn more. Another stand-out memory for me is when I began sharing MT-focused tutorials with the community. The forum let me talk to one person, but writing tutorials and discussions on my site let me reach more people and help shape other’s sites in a bigger way.

Helping and working with the community of users, developers and all-around enthusiasts was a very exciting way to be involved with Movable Type! That community aspect is getting a shot of adrenaline today!

Today, we’re announcing a community-built and community-powered publishing platform: Melody!

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Above all else, Melody is about community. Melody is about taking Movable Type to the next level, and is a fork of the Movable Type Open Source project — so it’s got the same power, stability, and flexibility we’ve all loved. Melody is also being infused with the kind of excitement and transparency that will help ensure the platform we’ve all come to love will continue to be a strong force and great option in the future.

Summarizing the Melody FAQ, we believe that Melody will differentiate itself most from Movable Type through a more well supported, engaged and excited community. MT plugins, themes and addons are compatible with Melody, and we will maintain compatibility with them. You can learn a lot more about Melody and the Open Melody Software Group at http://openmelody.org.

Join us! Melody will thrive only with your help!