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101. Movalog Sideblog

Movalog, News, 25 KB, 435 words

Well I'm pleased to announce Movalog's Sideblog. I needed a sideblog just to post links to stuff I see and rather than give it a whole entry here felt it better to setup a sideblog. I will merge the two blogs together soon including the RSS. http://sideblog.movalog.com/

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102. Movalog: InlineEditor Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 20 KB, 483 words

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MT InlineEditor 1.2

A long overdue update to the InlineEditor plugin. For those that don't remember, this plugin allows you to edit entries and comments without leaving your weblog as illustrated by this animation. This plugin includes plenty of new features: It is...

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Posted on 08/26/2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)

MT InlineEditor 1.1

This new version introduces inline editing for comments by the commenters. A cookie is set when the person hits the post button on the comment form. The cookie is set to expire in 5 minutes so the person must make...

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103. RSS 2.0 Full Text

Movalog, Tutorials, 24 KB, 459 words

I've just updated the RSS 2.0 index with full body, a link to extended entry and comments listing. I'm sorry it took so long, I thought that I had done this before. So now you've got three choices: • RSS 1.0 Excerpts - basically just excerpts of the post • RSS 2.0 Full Posts + Comments - This shows full post body, a link to extended entries and comments/trackbacks listing. This feed was obtained from this post fortysomething. • Atom 0.3 Full Body - Only full body, nothing more !

Again sorry for the delay, but I do recommend you all update your RSS 2.0 indexes with the one listed on fortysomething, this way it gives your readers a choice to which one they wish to subscribe to !

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104. Movalog: Mini Hacks Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 867 words

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Blog Selective Hacks

One of the biggest problems of simple hacks to the system is that they occur system wide, e.g. if you hacked the entry page to specify a default category, that category would become the default for all blogs on the...

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Posted on 07/30/2005 | Permalink | Comments (3)

More Intuitive Quicktags

Since my latest upgrade to 3.16, I haven't bothered to implement my quicktags hack so I was left with the default quicktags. Out of habit, I hit the quicktags to create the necessary HTML then enter my content, however with...

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105. NoPlacementCache

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 474 words

UPDATE Many people seem to be experiencing the following problems on 3.11: • Categories don't show in entry permalink on first save • When you save an entry, on the individual entry page, the next/previous link points to the first entry of your weblog

Add NoPlacementCache 0 to your mt.cfg file. NoPlacementCache is a variable that caches the category assignments for a particular entry. Currently, a category is assigned and the entry is built in the same operation (or request) and because of caching, that category assignment is getting ignored. If a category is assigned in its own request then it is recognized. There is a bug that is causing the categories to be loaded and cached prior to...

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106. Movable Type Resource Sites

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 22 KB, 750 words

Fortunately for those of use who use Movable Type, there are several folks who devote much of their free time to understanding, exploring, and extending the capabilities of MT, and are willing to share that knowledge with the rest of us.

Here's my roundup of good sites (in addition to LMT) to investigate while learning how to use Movable Type (I will add to this list over time): Movable Type Support Forums - The MT Forums should be your first stop for questions regarding Movable Type. Before posting, read this thread which will explain general rules of conduct and the best way to find answers. Generally, play nice, read the MT Manual (3.2) ( for 3.1 and earlier) first, and try a search...

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107. QuickTags Part III

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 450 words

Someone asked me how you could add custom tags to the QuickTags toolbar. Its quite simple really, the js_quicktags has a commented part explaining it: function edButton(id, display, tagStart, tagEnd, open) { this.id = id; // used to name the toolbar button this.display = display; // label on button this.tagStart = tagStart; // open tag this.tagEnd = tagEnd; // close tag this.open = open; // set to -1 if tag does not need to be closed }

So you could just add something like this: edButtons[edButtons.length] = new edButton('ed_code' ,'code'...

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108. Working with Style Catcher

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 684 words

With 3.2 came the very nice StyleCatcher plugin that allowed you to easily manage and apply themes or styles to your blogs. This tutorial will show you how to make your repository work Style Catcher. Note, this tutorial won't show you how to create the library javascript that allows you to browse themes, it simply shows you how to make your themes discoverable by StyleCatcher. In this tutorial, I shall use the example of Vicksburg, the default theme with 3.2.

Every style or theme should be in its own folder (with no subfolders) which should contain: • The css stylesheet. • Two thumbnails named thumbnail.gif and thumbnail-large.gif. These two files are used in StyleCatcher as previews of...

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109. Sideblog RSS

Movalog, Tutorials, 28 KB, 817 words

If you have setup a sideblog/linkblog then you will notice that the rss it generates is rather annoying. If you look at the RSS through an aggregator such as Bloglines and you click on the title of the entry, it takes you to the entry permalink. This is fine with most blogs but in sideblogs its rather annoying. I would much prefer being taken to the page in question rather than the entry permalink. To understand what I mean look at MovableBLOG Asides rss file, you will see the link element links to the page he is talking about, click the title it will not take you to the entry permalink. This means that you will need to extract the uri specified in the href tags.

To accomplish this you will...

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110. Custom Error Messages

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 748 words

New to MT 3.12x is the tag <MTHTTPErrorCode>. This tag is only applicable to dynamic pages but we can use this tag and a bit of PHP to serve different error messages for different error codes -- currently no matter what the error message 403, 500 etc, mtview.php just says "The requested page could not be found."

For example, replace the contents of the Dynamic Pages Error Template with this

<?php $err = $this->tag('MTHTTPErrorCode'); if ($err == 404) { ?> This is a 404 Error <?php } else { ?> <$MTErrorMessage$> <?php } ?>

If the error code is 404 (Page Not Found) the error message displayed will be "This is a 404 Error" otherwise for all other error...

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111. Template Tags Bookmarklet for Safari

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 436 words

Safari users can now enjoy the Template Tag Bookmarklet by simple installing the Saft extension (which is a highly recommended extension), grabbing the template tags plugin and unpacking it into ~/Library/Application Support/Saft/Sidebar/. Alternatively, you can also open the destination folder by turning on sidebar in Safari ('View' > 'Show Sidebar') and clicking the '+' icon at the bottom-left corner the the browser window.

A big thank you to Lola Lee and Joe D'Andrea (who, incidentally, has an awesome plugin called Seeker which you can try out on Movalog by searching!)

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112. Zoto

Movalog, Tutorials, 24 KB, 445 words

From PhotoMatt I found a service called Zoto It seems to be an interesting photo managing service that can merge directly with your blogging software - at the moment it supports only Blogger, MT or Custom HTML. At the moment I am uploading 60 MB of photos to see how this will work.

I was always unhappy with Gallery because I wasn't able to integrate it with MT . Why must everything be MT because I want to be able to access most parts of my site via MT to keep everything organized - just the way I am.

Watch for follow up entries on Zoto as I play around with it !

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113. Plugins Forums

Movalog, News, 24 KB, 463 words

In an attempt to provide a proper environment for support, I've created the Plugins Forums, I was getting too many support and feature requests in Trac's bug tracker. Please use these forums to get some help on the plugins, they're also the best place to request for new features. The exams are nearly over but my time is still limited, as always donors receive priority support, if you wish to donate use the button on the sidebar.

Although the forums are powered by PunBB, I've hacked a lot of the files so that you can use Typekey to login and use the forums. I'll be releasing the hack sometime in the near future!

If you do face a bug in any of the plugins, please file a ticket so that I can address it more appropriately....

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114. Movalog: Code Snippets Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 24 KB, 832 words

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Random Banners

In my recent re-design on Movalog, I had three banners and unfortunately I liked them all and couldn't figure out which one I liked best. As a result, I decided to use them all. First I moved all the images...

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Posted on 06/23/2005 | Permalink | Comments (5)

Quicktags for Comments

Many people wanted to know how I implemented these guicktags into my comments form. So here's a quick tutorial for that. In your comments form find Comments: (you may use HTML tags for style) and replace it with Comments:...

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115. Movalog: General Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 24 KB, 861 words

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Hacking Movable Type

I finally got my copy of Hacking Movable Type and finished reading it last night. Written by the biggest names in the Movable Type community, the 300 pages of Movable Type goodness guide you through getting the most out...

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Posted on 08/21/2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Firefox Search Plugins

I had forgotten to share these little goodies that I frequently use. The little search bar in Firefox is indespensible for me and I have all sorts of search engines there including many Movable Type resources. Here are three...

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Posted on 03/20/2005 |...

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116. PHP PreviousNextInCategory

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 506 words

I really liked Phil Rignalda's PreviousNextInCategory that would basically show the Previous/Next entries in the same category as the current entry (kinda like <MTEntryPrevious> and <MTEntryNext>)

Unfortunately this plugin didn't work under the dynamic publishing system. So announcing PHP PreviousNextInCategory. There are two files in the zip file that will need to be uploaded to the php/plugins/ directory. The two files will provide the container tags <MTEntryPreviousInCategory> and <MTEntryNextInCategory> exactly like the perl version and are to be used in exactly the same way eg

<MTEntryPreviousInCategory> <a href="<$MTEntryPermalink$>">&laquo; <$MTEntryTitle$><...

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117. MovaDir, v2

Movalog, News, 25 KB, 499 words

Announcing MovaDir v2 This directory uses MT and Typekey technologies to create a pretty powerful directory script. This is how it is set out in MT: • Categories in the directory are categories in MT • Links listed in the directory are entries • Any reviews of the links are stored as comments • Use of Brad's Key/Values plugin to track who submitted the link (Typekey profile only!)

Signing in with Typekey really opens up the power of the directory, signing in allows you to • Submit links to the directory -- these go through an approval system • Suggest categories • Maintain a favourites/bookmarks list -- similar to the hotlist here, save your favourite links • Comment on links • Email listed sites to...

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118. Newsgator Toolkit

Movalog, News, 25 KB, 448 words

Although not directly related to Movable Type, many bloggers I know have been asking for such a tool. The Newsgator Toolkit is an extension for Mozilla Firefox that will eventually provide you with a series of complex and powerful tools that will make it even easier to use Newsgator.

For the moment, however, it simply sits in your statusbar and acts as a notifier displaying the number of unread posts and giving you a detailed view of which feeds have been updated.

More information is available on my personal blog.

Note: This version is completely unsupported, please do not email me any bug reports or support requests (something many people have taken the liberty of doing the past few...

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119. Movalog: Protect Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 21 KB, 621 words

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MT Protect 1.2

UPDATE: Version 1.21 has been released that fixes the password protection bug under static publishing. Please download the new version and re-enable protection on all your blogs. MT Protect is a plugin that allows you to easily protect entries so...

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Posted on 09/03/2005 | Permalink | Comments (6)

MT Protect 1.1

Hot on the heels of v1.0, here's version 1.1. The only new feature is the availability of dynamic tags, i.e. those of you that wanted to use MT Protect on dynamic templates now can! Download MT-Protect_1.1.zip and follow the installation...

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120. WYSIWYG and Comments

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 723 words

I had previously written on how to add quicktags to the comment form. This tutorial, however, will show you how to add a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor to the comment form. The WYSIWYG editor in question is tinyMCE, the same one used in EnhancedEntryEditing. Of the various WYSIWYG editors available, I felt that tinyMCE was the best in terms of flexibility and options and the easiest to get started with!

First things first, you will need to download the latest version of tinyMCE and extract it to a suitable location on your server (EnhancedEntryEditing plugin users, already have tinyMCE in /mt-static/plugins/Ajaxify/tinymce/).

Next, you'll have to add the tinyMCE code to...

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mgs | September 27th 2005