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41. How to Speed Up Publishing in Movable Type

Six Apart Pronet Articles, Tutorials, 22 KB, 2467 words

For those who aren't using the dynamic publishing feature of Movable Type (see below), experiencing slow rebuild times is not an infrequent complaint especially as the size or complexity of the blog and its templates grows. While there are very good reasons to rebuild, there are no good reasons for it to be painfully slow.

In this essay, we will detail a number of reasons why your rebuild times might be slow and steps you can take to drastically reduce or completely eliminate the time you spend waiting for Movable Type to finish its work.

Upgrade to Movable Type 3

Has anything significant happened to you in the 16 months? Probably so. Well, the same can be said for Movable...

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42. Movable Type Full Word Search

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 11 KB, 830 words

Prior to its integration into Movable Type, the MT-Search module allowed the ability to toggle between full-word and partial-word searches. For instance, if you searched on full words for out, you would get out in the results. But not outdoors, outliner or even outrageous. Unfortunately, that functionality isn't currently available in Movable Type. This describes how to add it back.

Because this is a Movable Type module covered by copyright laws, I cannot distribute the module itself. You'll have to do the work on your end.

I used PartialWords as the name of my form field. There is nothing magical about this field name. Use whatever you like, but keep in mind that when you see...

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43. StyleCatcher Updated

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 16 KB, 447 words

We're glad to announce an update to the StyleCatcher plugin announced last week. StyleCatcher 1.01 fixes a number of little bugs, offers some helpful documentation in the README file about how to get started, and introduces a cool new feature: The Greasemonkey Style Installer.

StyleCatcher is designed to be able to retrieve styles from any style repository that follows a few simple conventions we've defined, and we'll be publishing documentation for how you can host your own style repository. But to get started, you can test this new functionality with our own Movable Type style library.

Our goal was to make switching styles as automatic as possible. So, if you're using Movable Type...

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44. FAQ: MySQL or Berkeley DB

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 15 KB, 384 words


Which one is better? MySQL or Berkeley DB?


If Movable Type has been installed, Berkeley DB will be used by default. This product is not a real SQL database, such as MySQL, or MS SQL Server or Oracle. It is not managed by a separate process. The client application - in our case this is Movable Type - will access the data by means of functions running in its own address space.

I have no detailed knowledge about Berkeley DB, but regarding architectural questions it might be compared to MS Access.

MySQL is a true database. A separate process will be executed on the server. All data access will not be done by reading and writing the data files directly. Instead,...

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45. Converting Berkeley DB Files To New Version

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 29 KB, 833 words


I'm using the Berkeley DB, and after changing hosts/servers, I'm unable to login because the new server has a different version of Berkeley. How do I convert the database files to the new version?


Converting the DB files over to the format used by the new library version can be accomplished in several different ways, depending on the Berkeley DB versions involved. The files that need to be converted are all of the files in your db directory whose filenames end in either .db or .idx (the .lock files do not need to be converted).

The following steps require...

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46. TypeMover

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

Adds backup, restore, cloning and migration of weblogs to MT 3.

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47. Movabletype Plugin Updates

Murky, Tutorials, 25 KB, 406 words

Some useful Movabletype plugins have been updated, StyleCatcher, which shipped with MT3.2 has been updated. Note that you can edit the MT templates, I have, but be careful not to change the functionality of the default classes or stylecatcher will not work for you. I changed all my templates to point at a second stylesheet, which gives my own "tweaks". This lets me change the background style with impunity... why is it that most of the styles in the MT style library are fixed width? For that matter, why is MT itself fixed width?

As regular visitors may notice, I've been playing with stylecatcher for a little bit, some things change, and some things stay the...

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48. MT3.2 - Changing the Default Sidebar Position

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 21 KB, 714 words

The new style sheet and templates in MT3.2 can be daunting to the non CSS expert. Changing the position of the sidebar from the right to the left shouldn't be so difficult. Once understood, it is a bit easier to do.

Changing the Sidebar Position

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 (if you have a 3-column layout), and delta (a hypothetical fourth column that one could create). If you change sidebar position from right to left, the order of the columns still needs to be the same on your index and any archive templates where you have placed a...

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49. Introduction

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 358 words


In order to provide extra functionality to Movable Type users not tied to normal release cycles and to provide solid examples for developers of use of the Plugin API and best Movable Type prorgamming practices, we will from time to time bundle plugins with Movable Type.

With Movable Type 3.2, there are three included plugins which we will detail in their own sections. • NofollowSpamLookupTemplate Backup/Refresh

Like the Movable Type application, these plugins are supported by Six Apart. If you experience any problems using these plugins and you are a paid...

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50. Pre-installed plugins Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 18 KB, 281 words

In order to provide extra functionality to Movable Type users not tied to normal release cycles and to provide solid examples for developers of use of the Plugin API and best Movable Type prorgamming practices, we will from time to time bundle plugins with Movable Type.

With Movable Type 3.2, there are three included plugins which we will detail in their own sections. • NofollowSpamLookupTemplate Backup/Refresh

Like the Movable Type application, these plugins are supported by Six Apart. If you experience any problems using these plugins and you are a paid licensee, you can submit a help ticket with our Technical Support staff....

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51. List Pending Comments

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 11 KB, 783 words

So MT-Moderate automatically moderates most comments that you'll want moderated. This is a huge step in blocking comment spam. If it doesn't show up on the site, then that's most of the battle. In fact, for some people, it is all of the battle. All you have to do is occasionally approve some comments that come in, because you'd like to see them on your blog. Those pending comments that contain nothing but spam? Ignore them. Done, problem solved.

But if you're a bit anal-retentive like myself, you might prefer to remove those pending comments from your installation. You could go through and delete each one, page by page, but that's really a bit of a pain. I'm always afraid that...

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52. CRON Jobs

PubHacks, Tutorials, 5 KB, 109 words

mysqldump -u database_user -ppassword database_name | gzip -c > /home/yourspace/notpublichtml/backup-mtpub.sql.gz

/usr/local/bin/php /home/yourspace/cronjobs/closecomments.php

/usr/bin/perl /home/yourspace/public_html/cgi-bin/mt/ -mode=all -blog_id=1

/usr/bin/perl /home/username/public_html/cgi-bin/mt/ -cp --days=1 --all

You also need to go into your cPanel and look for "CRON". You're going to set up some cron jobs to close your comments nightly and then rebuild your blog while you sleep.

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Posted by Iki at October 28, 2004 11:47 AM


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Among the expected features of a weblogging content management system (hosted locally on your server, template driven, highly-configurable, permalinks...), the first release of MOVABLE TYPE will have incorporated these added features. • Extensible, library-driven code. • Multiple output templates to enable one-click publishing to multiple destinations. • Entry categorization and grouping. • Built-in support for RSS syndication. • Custom variable and template inclusion, for encapsulation of commonly used HTML. • Support for multiple weblogs/journals. • Multiple archiving options: daily/weekly/monthly/categorical, or each entry on its own individual page. • Comment system, either inline or in...

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54. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Version 1.2 Released

Six Apart News, News, 13 KB, 225 words

We have released a new version of Movable Type, version 1.2. Existing users of either version 1.0 or version 1.1 should use the upgrade distribution to update their MT installation, and should follow the new upgrade instructions.

In addition to bug fixes and improvements to general stability, this release adds the following features: • Ability to export entries from Movable Type for backup purposes, or for importing into another blog ( more information) • When uploading images meant for popup windows, Movable Type will now create an HTML file to surround the image in the popup window, which fixes browser offset problems ( more information) • Ability to link templates to external...

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55. The Case of the Missing Weblog (An MT-Blacklist Bug)

Eat Drink Sleep MT, News, 15 KB, 227 words

A few months ago - just after installing Movable Type 3.11 - I noticed something kind of scary: our Photo Galleries weblog was missing. I went to a recent backup and restored that weblog without much of a problem, but I was baffled as to what could've happened.

Fast forward to today, when I see an announcement about MT-Blacklist: Critical bug: Don't delete weblogs! I can't say for sure that I experienced this bug with our Photo Galleries weblog, but I had been doing some experimenting that could mean I saw the bug then. Buyer beware, as it were!

If you found this article useful, please consider supporting this site through a donation.

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56. Version Three

Don't Back Down, News, 8 KB, 428 words

I finally took the plunge and installed Movable Type version 3 on the site. I've been toying with it since the early alpha, but didn't have the motivation to really get it installed and working until now. Why now? That's a very interesting question.

The answer is that I just don't know. It probably doesn't have anything to do with the recent clarifications to the licensing that caused such a furor over the last few days (and no, I'm not going to link to that mess). Truth be told, it is probably more to do with the contest than anything else. The new plugin architecture looks cool, and at least for the next month or so, I think I'll be trying it out.

It also seems to me that MT-Notifier can benefit greatly from the new design. I may even have some other ideas - both for my existing plugins and for some new ones. Not to mention that the new licensing allows me to perform consulting services for MT 3.0 and collect a fee. Which I'm happy to do, in case you're interested. Just let me know....

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57. Upgrading your weblog's templates

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 517 words

Upgrading your weblog's templates


You want to upgrade your templates to the latest code.


With one notable exception, the Template Backup and Refresh plugin, shipped with Movable Type 3.2, is the easiest way to upgrade your templates to the latest default code.


Once you have completed the upgrade of the system software, you may wish to also upgrade your templates in order to take advantage of the latest capabilities of the system. While the developers of Movable Type attempt to maintain backwards compatibility with previous versions, some behavioral...

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58. Creating the Site Javascript Template

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 27 KB, 503 words


How do I create the new "Site Javascript" template after upgrading to version 3.2?


There are two basic ways to create this template.

You can go to System Overview > Weblogs, choose your weblog, and then select Refresh Template(s). This this will revert all relevant templates in the weblog to the defaults, and also create a Site JavaScript template in that weblog for you.


You can take the following steps to create only this template with the correct default code:

1. In your weblog, on the Templates > Indexes tab, select...

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59. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 18 KB, 778 words


MT-Search Release

Jay Allen has released MT-Search, an add-on module that will enable users to perform end-user searches on MT-powered weblogs.

Some features: • Easy install and setup • Completely template driven • Multiple template support • Multiple blog search • Configurable search • Editing links if logged in

While MT-Search is not an "official" Movable Type release, we wholeheartedly support Jay's work and recommend this add-on to our users.

If you have any MT-Search related questions or comments, please direct them to Jay.

Posted by Mena at 03:36 PM | Permalink


Donors List Update

The Movable Type donor list...

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60. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 18 KB, 840 words


Update and More Screens

We have to admit that we fell a bit behind with the development of the system. We actually forced ourselves to take a week off in order to deal with the events of the eleventh. While we did come to the conclusion that most things -- including a weblogging content management system -- are a bit trivial, we realized that we needed to go back to the metaphorical mines in order to regain some sort of normalcy in our daily routine.

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Posted by Mena at 01:02 PM | Permalink


Visual Aids

Some screenshots of the MOVABLE TYPE...

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mgs | September 27th 2005