Yesterday I tried to install Movable Type to my web server, and it failed miserably. In trying to get MT installed, I kept running into HTTP 500 errors even trying to run the installation, so getting beyond that was likely not going to happen.

It was only after a few hours of searching that I discovered the reason: 1&1 Internet (the company that hosts the web site for Colony West Software Company) restricts execution times on scripts to 10 seconds. I’m not entirely sure how accurate this is, however, because uploading files to the web site for distribution goes through a script.

At first I didn’t consider this to be an issue as I was able to install other content systems successfully without issue: Joomla, Wordpress, Xoops, and Serendipity to name a few. But when I saw the issue listed on Movable Type’s wiki, it made perfect sense. I considered an alternative – installing it to a Linux server I have in my home and then transferring the installation to the remote server – but I decided this would only provide a temporary gain given what I was reading on MTs web site.

I would like to switch to using Movable Type as it is more featured and has a better installation base than Wordpress – for example, Movable Type is the system that powers The Huffington Post. But unfortunately with this script execution time limit in place, that can’t happen.

Well that is if there is such a limit in place for my hosting package.

I’ve sent an e-mail to 1&1, so we’ll see what they say. I’ll be sure to post their feedback.