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101. Printer-Friendly Pages

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 37 KB, 2673 words

Updated. Originally posted March 29, 2004. Providing printer-friendly versions of your weblog entries can be useful to your weblog readers. For example, my cooking weblog has printer-friendly versions of the recipes like this. Learning Movable Type links to printer-friendly versions at the end of each entry. There are several ways to create printer-friendly versions. I've outlined two methods in this tutorial. The first method is a simple header tag and CSS trick that automatically generates printer-friendly pages whenever someone goes to print a page from your blog. The second method is a bit more involved, creating a printer-friendly archive template with associated...

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102. Inline Trackbacks

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 20 KB, 768 words

In the default configurations for MT versions 2.661 and earlier, trackback links on your index and archive pages are set to generate a pop-up window containing the trackback information and pings. What if you would like to have the trackback pings appear on your individual entry pages, just as the comments do?

There are two straightforward methods for doing so. (Correction posted May 23, 2004) Both methods require that you rebuild your site in order for new trackback notices to appear on the individual entry pages. Method A method allows you to have trackback pop-ups as well as inline trackbacks. The second - Method B - involves a PHP include and requires that your site is in...

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103. ProNet: May 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 33 KB, 2617 words

05.31.2005

Movable Type Cheat Sheet

One of the great things about Movable Type being localized into a number of languages and having such a broad international presence is that we get great contributions from our community around the world. The latest contribution is Jörg Petermann's Movable Type Cheat Sheet, which he's published in both German and English.

The Cheat Sheet, available in both PDF and PNG formats, covers all the standard Movable Type template tags, as well as common attributes for the tags and the date format used for output. Most of these tags also apply to TypePad's advanced templates as well, so it's worth keeping a copy of the Cheat Sheet...

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104. How to Make a Pop-up Window

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 18 KB, 850 words

Sometimes you might want to link to a popup window from your Movable Type weblog. For example you can make your About page a popup instead of a separate page. Although using the target="blank" attribute in a hyperlink can generate a new page, using javascript commands for popups will give you more control over the appearance and location of the popup.

Movable Type already uses popups. You can create a link to an image file that will create a popup of the image when clicked (see Uploading Images and Photos). There is javascript code in the default headers of your index and archive templates for OpenComments and OpenTrackback that can be used to invoke comment and trackback popup...

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105. Date Formats

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 15 KB, 385 words

The default Movable Type templates place the date that an entry is posted near the title of the entry and a time posted at the end of the entry. You can easily change the formatting of how these dates appear by changing the MTEntryDate tag in your index and archive templates.

The default date format that appears near the title of an entry looks like this:

February 15, 2004

The MTEntryDate tag that generates this date and format looks like this:

<$MTEntryDate format="%x"$>

What follows "format=" is what determines the format of the date and time displayed. The Movable Type User's Manual has a long list of all the different date strings (the bits of code that...

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106. Keeping an Entry at the Top

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 20 KB, 939 words

Sometimes you may want to keep an entry, or all entries within a certain category, at the top of your weblog, above all of your other entries. For example, you may want to highlight announcements at the top of your site, or you might have a site explanation or introduction that you wish to maintain at the top. There are several ways to accomplish this.

1. Changing the date of the entry.

If all you want to do is to put one particular entry at the top of your blog, perhaps only for a limited time, the easiest way to accomplish this is to give it a date that is posted at a later date than all of the other entries. To do this, in the edit entry window, scroll to the bottom of the page....

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107. What is a Regex Search?

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 18 KB, 784 words

If you have installed the basic MT package and are including the default search function on your blog, you may have noticed a check box for "Regex Search" that appears underneath the search box on your search results page. There is also a check box for "Match Case", but that is more self-explanatory. What is a "Regex" search? And how can you get rid of that check box so you don't confuse your visitors?

What is a Regex search?

Regex stands for "Regular Expression". It is a programming term. Doing a Google search reveals several definitions:

Regular Expression is a sentence written in a language to describe patterns.

or

A regular expression is a way of describing a group...

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108. Entry Titles Linked to Permalinks

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 22 KB, 860 words

If you are using Movable Type default templates, the titles of your entries on the main page of your MT blog are just that - titles. They look pretty but go nowhere. If you want to get from the entry on your main blog page to its individual entry page, you need to click on "Permalink" or "Continue reading".

Setting it up so that the titles of the entries themselves are hyperlinks to the individual entry page is fairly straightforward and requires edits to two templates - your Style Sheet and the Main Index template.

If you are using the default MT3.2 templates

1. The Stylesheet The MT3.2 default stylesheet is a huge file. The last time I printed one out it took 18 pages. It...

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We've recently had a few questions raised about the licensing for Movable Type, and while the personal and commercial licenses are of course the definitive lists of your rights, we thought we'd summarize how Movable Type can and can't be used.

First, for personal, non-commercial users, Movable Type is free to download and use. We don't consider an Amazon wishlist link or a PayPal donation link to be a commercial use of your site, so you're free to update your weblog and maintain your site with Movable Type and all we'd ask is that you link back to movabletype.org and donate whatever you feel the software is worth to you.

For commercial users, we offer a few ways you can use...

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110. Add Your Links Here

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 18 KB, 668 words

Updated August 28, 2005

Sometimes the most frustrating things for beginners in Movable Type turn out to be simple and painfully obvious, once you have figured them out. Adding links to to your first weblog or adding a link to an entry can be one of those things if you are not used to html.

Adding a link to an entry.

To add a hyperlink to an entry you need to write out the entire hyperlink tag. For example, if you want to add a link to Learning Movable Type to your entry, you need to type in the Entry Body the following text:

<a href="http://www.learningmovabletype.com/">Learning Movable Type</a>

So if you type:

Check out the tips at <a...

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111. Moving your MT Blogs to a New Server or Web Host

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 34 KB, 3291 words

Moving your Movable Type blog to a new server or to a new host is much more perilous than you might think. If not done properly, you could lose all of your entries. I recently went through this exercise and what saved me was a set of instructions from MT user Russcam. What I've done here is reworked Russcam's instructions for what worked for me with moving a site with multiple MT blogs. In some cases in this document I copy his words, word for word. I may get skewered for plagarism here, but I hate PDFs and need a web-findable record of what I did. This is essentially Russ's work, with my tweeks and ammendments. Please leave comments, questions, or proposed amendments in the...

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112. Text Wrap

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 40 KB, 2953 words

Updated March 23, 2005

Once you are uploading images to your MT weblog with ease, you might on occassion want to wrap text on either side of the image, like so:

Placeholder Latin text - Vt enim quidam monumentis suis testati sunt, in Hispania pro consule et a sociis pecunias accepit emendicatas in auxilium aeris alieni et Lusitanorum quaedam oppida, quanquam nec imperata detrectarent et aduenienti portas patefacerent, diripuit hostiliter. Gallia fana templaque deum donis referta expilauit, urbes diruit saepius ob praedam quam ob delictum; unde factum, ut auro abundaret ternisque milibus nummum in libras promercale per Italiam prouinciasque diuenderet. In primo consulatu tria milia...

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113. MTAmazon

Six Apart Pronet Plugin Directory, Plugins, 10 KB, 13 words

Gives attributes for using Amazon's content in your blog.

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114. BookQueue

Six Apart Pronet Plugin Directory, Plugins, 10 KB, 24 words

BookQueue is a Movable Type plugin which manages a queue or collection of books, using MTAmazon to fetch product information from Amazon.

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115. ExtraFields

Staggernation, Plugins, 29 KB, 3608 words

Many Movable Type users have wished for the ability to define additional custom fields for entries. A future version of MT may include such functionality. This plugin is a stopgap measure until we have a version of Movable Type that allows custom fields. It lets you define custom fields on a per-weblog basis, by creating one or more SQL tables to store the additional data (this plugin has been designed to work only when using MySQL as your MT backend; see below for more on this).

Some users have managed to add custom fields to their copies of Movable Type by modifying the field definitions within MT. See this page and this thread and this thread. However, this approach has several...

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116. WAIR

Six Apart Pronet Plugin Directory, Plugins, 11 KB, 21 words

A "What Am I Reading" plugin which displays the name, author, cover, and Amazon URL for the book.

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117. Email to a Friend

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 20 KB, 997 words

Updated September 23, 2004

Movable Type comes with a built-in capability for allowing your weblog visitors to easily send an email with a link to your entry by filling out a simple form. The one small catch is that spammers can take advantage of cgi email programs like this to send out spam. Ben Trott has made a few adjustments to the MT code in the most recent releases to help protect against these types of spammers. But the easiest way to take advantage of this useful utility while at the same time protecting yourself is to change the name of the mt-send-entry.cgi script. (See the reasons why here) The following are instructions on how to include Email to a Friend on your MT...

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118. Google Sitemaps in Movable Type

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 144 words

Yesterday, Google announced Google Sitemaps, a simple XML file that describes the contents of your site along with straightforward instructions for how the site should be spidered by the search engine.

Today, Niall Kennedy's already released a Movable Type template for generating a sitemap for your Movable Type-powered site.

Like Niall's earlier work on a template for Amazon's A9 OpenSearch format, or the templates for publishing Microsoft Word XML files from Movable Type, these new output options really show off the power of having a simple but powerful system that can output any XML or HTML format just by copying and pasting a template into the application.

Trackbacks:

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119. Bearskinrug

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 13 KB, 61 words

Illustrator Kevin Cornell has just launched his professional portfolio site, Bearskinrug, the Homepage. An amazing design, numerous subtle touches and a smart use of categories and comments make this Movable Type-powered site a terrific showcase.

Trackbacks:

Previous Entry: Amazon Wishlists come to TypePad

Next Entry: Podcasting with Skype and Movable Type

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120. MT Tabs

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 14 KB, 290 words

Have you ever had difficulty looking up a tag description in the Movable Type User's Manual? Arvind Satyanarayan has created a new bookmarklet tool MT Tabs which he has posted to his new "All things Movable Type" Movalog weblog.

Install MT Tabs as you would any other bookmarklet (see What is a Bookmarklet?) by dragging the MT Tabs link from the Movalog MT Tabs page directly into your browser toolbar. Once the MT Tabs link is in the toolbar, you can click on it to either open a sidebar in your browser or open a new window (depending on your browser) containing the MT Tabs tool.

To use the MT Tabs tool, click on the category tab for the tag that you want and then click on the tag...

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mgs | September 27th 2005