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21. MT-Notifier 2.3.3

Don't Back Down, News, 18 KB, 1075 words

I've released an update to MT-Notifier [ Download].

This version fixes the problem with sending multiple email notifications to those subscribed to entry notifications. Please note that the default behavior has not changed. Let me repeat: If you do not change a setting, your installation may send multiple notifications on the same entry. This is by design.

One reason for sending multiple notifications on the same entry is so that if you update an existing entry it will notify your subscribers. Some people may want this functionality, so it is still available - and in fact is the default behavior. If you do not want this to happen, but instead only want to send one notification per...

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22. Trying to Block the Bad People

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 16 KB, 1083 words

I've received only a small taste of the trackback spam that has been floating around. Yet it's still enough to be annoying. Especially since I didn't really have any good way of addressing it. With comments, I can moderate them. I can make sure they have approval. Not the case with trackbacks.

Luckily, Jacques has put together a nice little modification of Brad's DSBL plugin. I installed it, though I have yet to receive any messages, so I really have no idea if it works or not. I just thought I'd give it a shot, because it uses a method close to my own heart. Namely, it sits there and does the work so that I don't have to worry about it. At least, that's the idea.

If you have any problems...

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23. CustomFields 1.0

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1038 words

UPDATE: Donors check your Paypal emails!

I'm incredibly proud to announce CustomFields 1.0. This is a plugin set consisting of two plugins, one for entries and the other for authors, that allow you to (finally) define custom fields in a powerful way rather than resorting to hacks. This plugin consists of: • Author custom fields - this allows you to define custom fields to allow you to rebuild proper author profile/bio pages. • Author Archiving - This author plugin in the set builds on Brad Choate's Authors plugin, which means you have all those tags available. These tags can be used with the powerful author archiving system I've built into this plugin that mimics Movable Type's current...

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24. Dynamic vs Static

Movalog, Tutorials, 28 KB, 1055 words

Preparing the way from the dynamic system that's going to be coming in MT 3.1 lets discuss the differences between a dynamic and static way of managing content and clear up any doubts.

Static templating is how MT has been all these years. Everytime you make the smallest change or post a new entry you need to rebuild every single page it is connected to for the change to show up. Rebuilding these pages cause physical files to appear in various directories.

With dynamic templating this is all resolved. No more files, no more rebuilding. With 3.1 you can chose how you want MT to act ie: •

Fully Dynamic - every single template is taken and parsed from the database when requested •

Fully Static - there are...

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25. Configuring the System

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 28 KB, 1147 words

Configuring the System

Problem

You need to configure a Movable Type system.

Solution

Add to and modify the configuration directives in mt-config.cgi, the Movable Type configuration file.

Discussion

Configuration directives define the baseline information Movable Type needs to run in any given environment. These should not be confused with the system and weblog settings accessed through the MT interface. The configuration contains only the basic information that MT needs to get running.

The following steps detail the basic configuration each installation will initially need in...

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26. Creating a 3-Column Layout in MT3.2

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 26 KB, 1249 words

The default Movable Type MT3.2 templates come with one sidebar on the right side of the Main Index page. With a little template manipulation you can have an additional sidebar on the left - a 3-column layout.

The MT3.2 stylesheets and templates are designed to have the columns laid out in order, starting with the column named "alpha". The columns, in order are alpha, beta, gamma (for a 3-column layout), and delta (a hypothetical fourth column that one could create). In the default MT3.2 Main Index template, the sidebar is on the right and is in a column named "beta.

To add a third column, you will make a copy of the default "beta" column code and put it before the "alpha"...

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27. Closing Comments

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 26 KB, 1301 words

One measure to guard against spam is to close comments on old blog entries. This is easy enough to do.

At the bottom of your Edit Entry window is the pull-down for none, open, or closed comments. If you don't see this as pictured, click on "Customize the display of this page" link, select "Custom" and select the fields you wish displayed, including "Allow Comments".

You can also set comments to be open, closed or non-existent by default through the weblog config window, Preferences section. Under "Comment Configuration" see "Allow Comments" Default. Note that you can override this default via your selection on the individual entry.

Plugins

There are several plugins that can be...

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28. 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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29. MT3.2 Default Templates

geekmum {movable cafe}, Tutorials, 19 KB, 549 words

One very exciting new feature in MT3.2 is the new handling of the default templating system. Instead of one consolidated file tucked away in the source code, the default templates have been created individually and are stored in the default_templates folder in the MT directory. Customizations are much simpler now - no more hacks - just edit a default template right from the folder. Thanks to the new TemplateRefresh feature (a plugin included in the MT installation), there is great ease in applying default templates for use across your entire installation, both for existing AND newly created blogs. All it takes now is one simple action to selectively (or corporately) apply MT3.2's...

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30. MT3.2b

geekmum {movable cafe}, Tutorials, 17 KB, 274 words

Just logging my progress upgrading to MT3.2beta. I uploaded MT3.2b over MT3.17 files (except mt.cfg), went to mt.cgi and was prompted to upgrade my database. Clicked the button provided for me and it proceeded to FAIL on the DB upgrade. That yielded numerous errors with various error message written onto my index page. Being on the way out the door for a meeting, I didn't have time to record the error messages. :-

I restored my backups and everything was back to its old self in no time. Gotta love those backups. They save my neck every time. ;-)

I will continue in the morning... already turning into a pumpkin due to too many late nights this week.

Posted by kate on July 14,...

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31. Database Options

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 27 KB, 501 words

Question

Which database options are available, and which one should I choose?

Answer

There are four database options currently available with Movable Type: • MySQL • PostgreSQL • SQLite • Berkeley

The first step in determining which option to use is see what is available on your server when you run mt-check.cgi: • MySQL requires DBD::mysql • PostgreSQL requires DBD:Pg • SQLite requires DBD::SQLite • Berkeley requires DB_File

You should always use MySQL if it is available. MySQL is faster, more stable, and easier to backup. Even if the required module for MySQL is...

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32. Troubleshooting Smarty Errors

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 27 KB, 1605 words

This tutorial is written by LMT guest author Arvind Satyanarayan of Movalog. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type

If you move from static publishing to dynamic publishing in Movable Type, you may encounter a variety of confusing error messages in Smarty, the system MT uses to create its dynamic pages. This tutorial will explore several of the errors you may experience, explain what they mean, and show you how to solve them. This is by no means a complete guide to every error you may experience; I will continue to add to this tutorial as I come by more of them.

The Basics

Many of the error messages you may see will take the format: Smarty Error: [in mt:##...

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33. The New Themes - Making Sense of it all

Movalog, Tutorials, 33 KB, 1540 words

Tutorial cross posted on Learning Movable Type and Movalog.

With Movable Type 3.2, Six Apart launched a new markup and stylesheet structure that has also unified their three platforms. These new templates and stylesheets (from now on referred to as themes) have been called tag soup due to the sheer number of <div>s and indents.

What a mess - why did they do it?

The new themes can be quite intimidating the first time you come across them however Six Apart have created these new themes for several reasons: • First of all, Typepad, LiveJournal and Movable Type now share exactly the same markup. This means that a theme will work on any of these three platforms and designers can...

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34. Super Power Editing Mode Hack

MovableTweak, Tutorials, 29 KB, 1740 words

Movable Type gives you an amazing amount of control over your content, but one of the things that it sorely lacks is the ability to make massive changes to all of your entries at once. Oh sure, you can edit the basics in power editing mode--categories, authors, dates and titles--but we want more. Being able to make massive changes to the extended, excerpt and keyword fields can become almost a necessity if, like me, you're using those fields for something other than their original purpose.

For instance--Customer A is using MT to store course listings. The extended entry field contains the dates offered, the excerpt field holds the price and the keywords...

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35. Scheduled Postings and Cron Jobs

Movalog, Tutorials, 33 KB, 1698 words

Co-authored by Arvind Satyanarayan and Elise Bauer Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type

Future posting is a convenient new feature in MT3.1x, allowing you to create an entry and have it automatically post at a future time. But before you can use this feature you need to set up a Cron Job on your server.

What is a Cron Job?

Cron is a task scheduler for unix servers. A cron job is a specific task that runs a certain number of times per minute, day, week, or month on your server. For example, you can use a cron job to automate a daily MySQL database backup. The main problem with cron jobs is that if they aren't properly configured they can cause high server loads...

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36. Build a Cross-Platform Testing Station in Mac OS

A List Apart, Tutorials, 61 KB, 9336 words

Everyone talks about testing, but there's precious little information about what specifically to do. There's Julia Hayden's ALA article, (May 1999), Matthew Haughey's ALA article (September 1999), and this evolt.org item from November 1999, but I haven't seen any nuts–and–bolts descriptions of how to set up a cross-browser, cross-platform testing station.

In this article, I describe how to set up a G3 (or faster) Macintosh to enable you to: • test your web pages in multiple Windows95 browsers from your Macintosh • test your web pages in multiple Macintosh browsers without confounding your personal browser's preferences with those...

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37. "Email Me" Contact Forms

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 34 KB, 2158 words

Providing contact information on your weblog can be useful to your site visitors who may want to email you directly rather than submit a comment to one of your entries. You can choose to write out your email address, provide a mailto link (see MailTo Syntax for how to write out a mailto hyperlink), or you can provide a contact form. Contact forms are often preferred because they can easily hide your email address information from the spammers who regularly scour the web looking for email addresses to harvest.

I have researched and tested two free PHP-based contact form scripts - TheSiteWizard Feedback form and DodosMail - either of which you can easily implement to add a contact form...

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38. Building a Weighted Keyword List

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 36 KB, 1803 words

Similar to the weighted category list, the weighted keyword list builds a list of keywords used on your site and uses varying font sizes to show how popular they are. This list might be more representative of what your site is about than the weighted category list is. Here's the list for this site:

adobe backup book camera camporee car cars cat category cd christmas collection collector color com computer cow danandsherree detail digital dpi dvd elsewhere file files film fire florida image life light links monitor movable movie news nikon page paper park photo photos photoshop php pinball print profile radio raw river scan scanner...

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39. Scheduled Postings and Cron Jobs

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 34 KB, 2251 words

Co-authored by Elise Bauer and Arvind Satyanarayan. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type

Future posting is a convenient new feature in MT3.1x, allowing you to create an entry and have it automatically post at a future time. But before you can use this feature you need to set up a Cron Job on your server.

What is a Cron Job?

Cron is a task scheduler for unix servers. A cron job is a specific task that runs a certain number of times per minute, day, week, or month on your server. For example, you can use a cron job to automate a daily MySQL database backup. The main problem with cron jobs is that if they aren't properly configured they can cause high server...

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40. The New Themes - Making Sense of It All

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 32 KB, 2214 words

This tutorial is written by LMT author Arvind Satyanarayan of Movalog. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and LMT.

With Movable Type 3.2, Six Apart launched a new markup and stylesheet structure that has also unified their three platforms. These new templates and stylesheets (from now on referred to as themes) have been called tag soup due to the sheer number of <div>s and indents.

What a mess - why did they do it?

The new themes can be quite intimidating the first time you come across them, however Six Apart created these new themes for several reasons: • First of all, Typepad, LiveJournal and Movable Type now share exactly the same markup. This means that a theme will work on...

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mgs | September 27th 2005