ExpressionEngine vs. Wordpress vs. Serendipity vs. WikyBlog vs. Movable Type vs. Pivot

General Features ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Version
1.6
2.0.7
1.1
1.5.4
4.21
1.40.6
Release Date
2004-04-22 (16 years ago)
2007-01-14 (13 years ago)
2006-12-27 (13 years ago)
2007-10-23 (12 years ago)
2008-08-20 (11 years ago)
2008-07-13 (12 years ago)
Last Update here
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
2020-02-05 (6 months ago)
Author
EllisLab, Inc.
WordPress Development Team
Garvin Hicking, Jannis Hermanns et al
Josh Schmidt
Six Apart
Pivot Team
URL
Free and Open Source
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
Proprietary
GPL
BSD
GPL
GPL
GPL
License Cost/ Fee
From 0$ - 249.95$
0
0
0
$0
Free
Development status
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Interface Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Multi-User Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Site Deployment
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
System Requirements ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Programming Language
PHP
PHP
PHP
PHP
Perl 5
PHP 4.1.0, PHP 4.3 or above recommended
Operating System
Linux, Windows, OS X, BSD, Solaris
Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
UNIX, Windows, MacOS X, probably others
Platform Independant
Any
Webserver
IIS, Apache
Anything with PHP
Anything with PHP (Apache, Lighttpd, IIS)
Apache, anything with PHP
Apache, Microsoft IIS, and cgi friendly webserver
Any, Apache 1.3.x or 2.x recommended
Root Access
No
No
No
No
No
No
Other Requirements
PHP must have XML support
Database (PostgreSQL, MySQL) or PHP5 (SQLite)
MySQL
Datastorage ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Text Files
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
MySQL
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
PostgreSQL
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Oracle
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
SQLite
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
BerkeleyDB
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
MS SQL Server
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Other
No
None
New DB layers can be created easily, if the target DB supports ANSI-SQL
LDAP, Oracle and SQL Server available with Enterprise license
XML-based flat file storage
Anti-Spam ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Akismet Support
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Word Blacklist
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
IP Ban List
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
CAPTCHA
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Other Anti-Spam mechanisms
Email Banning, secure forms, randomized Trackbacks, Bad Behavior extension
various other plugins
URL checks, Author name checks, remote HTML link checks,
Numerous plugins provide complete solution
User Access Features ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
ACL
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Audit Log
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
LDAP Authentication
No
No
Plugin
No
Optional
No
Other Authentication
No
None
Pluggable
Support ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Commercial Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Online Help
http://expressionengine.com/support/
http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
http://www.s9y.org/33.html
http://www.wikyblog.com/help
http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/support/
http://www.pivotlog.net/docs/
Issue Tracker
http://expressionengine.com/bug_tracker/
http://trac.wordpress.org/
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=542822&group_id=75065&func=browse
http://sourceforge.net/projects/wikyblog/
http://bugs.movabletype.org/
http://forum.pivotlog.net/
Books
None
5+
None
None
2-5
None
Support Forum
Mailing List
IRC-Channel
#movabletype @ freenode.net
Blogging Features ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Categorization
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Tags
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Archiving
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Trackback
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Pingback
No
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Receive
No
Ping Service Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Link- / Blogroll
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Protected Posts
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Blog by Email
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Yes
Blog by SMS/MMS
Yes
Unknown
No
No
No
Yes
Blog API
Blogger, MovableType/Metaweblog
metaWeblog, MovableType
MovableType, Blogger
XML-RPC and Atom
MetaWeblog, Moblog
Post Editing ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Multi-paged posts
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Spell Checker
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
No
Yes
WYSIWYG Editor
Plugin
Optional
Optional
No
Yes
Yes
Undo
Yes
No
Optional
Yes
No
No
Syntax Highlighting
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
No
File Upload
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Asset Management
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticon Images
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Comment Features ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Comment Layout
Flat
Flat
Threaded
Threaded
Threaded
Flat
Feeds for Comments
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Optional
Unknown
E-Mail on Followup
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Plugin
Unknown
Gravatars
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
Open-ID Support
None
None
None
Client + Server
None
Extended Features ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Plugin System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Photo Gallery
Yes
Plugin
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Polls / Surveys
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
Search Engine
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Custom Pages
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Google Sitemap
Optional
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
Workflow ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Content Approval
Yes
No
Optional
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Versioning
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Article Publishing
scheduled
simple
scheduled
simple
scheduled
scheduled
Comment Moderation Queue
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Interoperability ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Content Import
MovableType, pMachine, RSS, CSV
from 22 other blog systems
WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, ...
Greymatter, NewsPro, Blogger.com, own format, WordPress WXR
Content Export
MySQL
Wordpress Extended2.jawwormikXML
Dump to RSS, Database export
Yes
Unicode Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WebDAV Support
No
Unknown
No
Unknown
No
Unknown
HTML Output
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.1
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Administration ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
E-Mail Notifications
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Themes / Skins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Trash
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Web Statistics
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
Web-based Style / Template Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comment Administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Syndication ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
RSS 0.9x
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
RSS 1.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
RSS 2.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ATOM 0.3
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
ATOM 1.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Podcasting/Videocasting ExpressionEngine Wordpress Serendipity WikyBlog Movable Type Pivot
Podcast Feeds
Yes
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Unknown
ID3-Tag Editor
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
YouTube Support
Yes
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Media Converter
No
No
No
No
No
Unknown
Phone2Podcast Support
Yes
No
Plugin
No
No
Unknown
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