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61. Optimize your Webpage

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 544 words

There are nice tools out there to help you optimize your weblog not only for speed but usability. Here are some •

Web Page Analyzer - a tool that will check how long it takes your site to load depending on the connection speeds. It will also show you what objects on your site are the biggest and most expensive. It also provides some useful tips on how to better optimize your site. •

Online CSS Optimizer - a tool that will basically optimize your css by combining a lot of the definitions. •

W3C Link Checker - a validator from W3C that will check all your links and highlight those that need to be changed/removed etc.

If you use Firefox, install the Web Developer Extension that has all of...

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62. 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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63. ProNet: October 2004 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 93 KB, 8073 words

10.29.2004

Firefox on the March

Red Herring's got an interview with Rob Davis, the man behind the campaign to advertise Firefox in the New York Times. It's especially good timing for promoting every geek's favorite browser, since the updated roadmap shows the browser scheduled for release on November 9th.

Posted by Anil in at 03:58 PM | Permalink | Trackback (0)

10.29.2004

Advice to the bloglorn

Metaforix President Lois C. Ambash has some advice for those afraid of business blogging. It's a solid set of guidelines, but we also loved the praise for TypePad:

As a novice blogger, I chose TypePad for my own blog, and I couldn't be happier. The...

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65. QuickTags

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 880 words

UPDATE: An updated entry can be found here This is now out dated !

I loved the quicktags available in WordPress. They were just so much more powerful that then four offered within MT. So Carthik pointed my to quicktags the javascript used my WordPress.

So I hacked MT to remove the pathetic little buttons and put these more powerful ones on there - see the screenshot.

You will need two files: •

The Quicktags Javascript - put this file in your StaticWebPath •

edit_entry.tmpl - this file should go in MT_DIR/tmpl/cms/

I've not yet get it to work properly with the Extended Entry, currently it only work with Entry Body. If anyone is able to help me with this I'd appreciate it !

UPDATE: I uploaded another...

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66. Back to Basics

A List Apart, Tutorials, 25 KB, 3281 words

What are web documents made of, anyway? Sugar, spice, and everything nice?

In fact, they're nothing more than Source. For all of the inspiration, thought, and sweat that might go into a page, it is merely a mess of characters that happens to contain a lot of brackets.

After five and a half years of actively building pages, it's occurring to me that a lot of developers haven't figured this out.

What I see is not what they get.

Is this the anguished moaning of an old fart? It certainly is.

As with the plaintive cries uttered by all old farts, this one also contains a nugget of wisdom: while at first you may succeed by the power vested in your tools, you...

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67. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Version 2.64 Released

Six Apart News, News, 13 KB, 217 words

Version 2.64 of Movable Type is now released. This is a maintenance release, fixing various CSS, XML-RPC, UI, and Creative Commons errors. This release also plugs a number of cross-site-scripting (script injection) holes for search queries, comments, TrackBacks, and notifications, and is recommended for anyone using any of these features. We have also improved the options for available RSS templates--in addition to the RSS 1.0 template that we have always provided, the default templates now include an RSS 2.0 template instead of a 0.91 template. Also in the default templates, this release fixes the rendering of the default stylesheet ("Clean") on Windows Internet Explorer. The full changelog lists the changes and fixes in 2.64....

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68. Dave Shea explores column layouts

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 107 words

Though most of us have moved from table-based layouts to CSS for positioning, there's a good reason column-based layouts have been used in print publications for hundreds of years: They work. With that in mind, it's worth reviewing Dave Shea's look at Columns & Grids, an exhaustive study of the variations that designers are using to breathe new life into designs with one, two, three, or even eight columns providing the structure.

Trackbacks:

Previous Entry: Making Blogs Accessible to the Visually Impaired

Next Entry: TimesSelect as a blog business opportunity?

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69. Login Screen Focus

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 473 words

Kasey has a good tutorial on how to have the cursor automatically focused on the Username field of the login screen so that you can just start typing immediately. Unfortunately that tutorial talks about MT 2.x so here's the MT 3.x version.

In login.tmpl find the following code <input name="username" id="username" size="20" />

and add right after it the following <script>document.forms[0].username.focus()</script>

Upload the file to MT_DIR/tmpl/cms/ and voila, whenever you are presented with the MT login screen the cursor will be blinking in the username field.

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70. Speed up

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 836 words

Here are some tips on how to optimize your weblog and make the page load times drop: • Sidebars: Sidebars are everything when you're talkin about page load. I have found that sidebars on the right decrease page load times dramatically. Having the sidebar on the right also allows the content to load first. The content is what your readers have come for and hence they can start reading even before the page has fully loaded. The default MT templates have the sidebars positioned to the right, to change your sidebar location you'll need to change the float element in the css: float:right;

or you may have to move around some of your markup (the template code) • Content: Although content is...

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71. Converting MT 2.x styles to MT 3

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 672 words

Learning Movable Type has a tutorial on how to apply MT 3 styles to a 2.x blog but what about the other way around ?

I scanned two similar stylesheets to see what changed, basically the only thing you need to change is the definitions names mostly, the actually style definitions can stay the same. I am assuming you are using the default MT 3 templates Here is what has changed with the CSS from MT 2.x to MT 3 styles - it may not be perfect but it'll be darn close. I have listed the MT 2.x definitions and then the MT 3 definition it needs to be changed to: • .description becomes #banner h2 • #content and .blogbody becomes .content • #links becomes #right • .title becomes .content h3 • .date becomes...

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72. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 15 KB, 537 words

05.17.2003

All the Sites That're Fit to Print

The New York Times has a couple of fun articles on weblogs this weekend, chock full of good information on the social implications of weblogs and featuring a number of great sites that are powered by Movable Type.

" Dating a Blogger, Reading All About It" features MT users like Heather Armstrong and Jonathan Van Gieson talking about the trials and tribulations of living life in public via a website, along with some cogent quotes by David Weinberger and Nick Denton. And " A New York State of Blog" focuses on a subject that's near and dear to my heart, blogging culture in New York City....

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73. ProNet: September 2004 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 93 KB, 8407 words

09.29.2004

Behind the Scenes - Brenna Koch

Behind The Scenes is a new series where we here at Six Apart discuss what tools (software, technology, etc.) we use to do our work.

I'm Brenna Koch and I work in technical support for Six Apart. If you're curious, "Cook" is how you pronounce my last name. I usually hear "Cotch" since that's how it is said in some areas and I also hear more ah... interesting variations. But now you know.

We have many browsers around in the support department but my favorite is Safari. I utilize keyboard commands with my bookmarks bar for fast access on the sites I use all the time like my test weblogs and pages in the help system...

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74. Extending the Sidebar

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 526 words

Matthew writes

I am trying to make the side bar in Movable type to extend to the bottom of the page. I have gotten it to work in IE but not firefox. You can take a look at my site

Quite a few people ask me this question (you can see the problem in the screenshot -- click for larger view), and this problem was fixed in the default templates. It can be combatted in two ways.

CSS

Add the following to your stylesheet

#container:after, .content:after { content: "."; display: block; height: 0; clear: both; overflow: hidden; }

HTML

Alternatively, on every template that you have a sidebar, add the following code just before the end tag of the #container div

<div style="clear:...

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75. Automatic Acronyms

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 577 words

Acronyms are used in weblogging practically everyday with things like Mt, 6A, IIRC etc. It has been suggested for accessibility purposes that every acronym be giving a definition. Now if you use a lot of acronyms in one post it can be very tiresome to keep typing out the code everytime, so why not make MT do it automatically ?

UPDATE: The best way to do this is to install the Acronym plugin that will do all this for you, automatically! Alternatively you could do it manually as described below

To do this you will need Brad Choate's MTMacro plugin.

Create a new template module and populate with code:

<MTMacroDefine no_html="1" name="mt"...

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76. Tabs 2.0

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 628 words

I'm not sure why I've chosen the new version number to be 2.0 but none-the-less, the new version of Tabs is here. This new version boasts a new feature that will make multi-tasking easier. The "open links in sidebar" checkbox will open the MT manual (or WP Wiki) in the sidebar hence allowing you to edit your template in the main window whilst browse through the tags in the sidebar. Also this new version features a slick new CSS (with updates from Kasey) and javascript 'magic' thanks to Akmal. With 2.0, support for the Opera browser has also been added.

Any suggestions, feature requests, complaints etc. are always welcome. Please post those in the comments. • MT TabsWP Tabs

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77. Uploaded Images

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 701 words

Gautam Patel asks

I want to upload images but there is some html I want generated in each image invariably (not just the standard stuff) -- for example border="0" or align="left" or whatever. How do I hack the MT tmpl files/scripts to do this?

Open the file lib/MT/App/CMS.pm and around line 1902, find the following

my $link = $thumb ? qq(<img src="$thumb" width="$thumb_width" height="$thumb_height" border="0" />) : "View image";

As you can see, for the most part it is simple HTML. To align left, just add the attribute like this

my $link = $thumb ? qq(<img src="$thumb" width="$thumb_width" height="$thumb_height" border="0" align="left" />) : "View image";

There are two other lines you...

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78. Tabs Beta

Movalog, Tutorials, 29 KB, 965 words

(Cross Posted: Chinwags)

Calling Javascript Writers

I'm struggling, struggling. Let me lay out what I wish to do and you Javascript writers tell me whether it is possible. For browsers that don't support content loading in sidebars (eg Opera or Safari) I have created a frames version of MT/WP Tabs. Now I wish to take it to the next level. When someone clicks the bookmarklet for the frames version, I want the current page to appear in the main (right hand side) content with the MT/WP Tabs appearing in the left "sidebar" If you manage to figure out how to do this I will credit you with it on all files that contain your code also I will give you a GMail Invite. If you manage to figure it...

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79. MT Tabs

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 937 words

I'm quite pleased to announce MT Tabs. MT Tabs is a sidebar with quick links to nearly every MT tag. Clicking on these links will take you to the corresponding section in the MT manual to show you how to use the tag and extra syntax.

A few days ago when I was tinkering around with the design, I heavily used CSS and HTML reference sidebars found here. Then Aine - a friend from IRC - said how nice it would be if there was something similar for Movable Type, well now there is !

MT Tabs is compatible with Internet Explorer 5+ for the PC, The Mozilla/Netscape family - including Firefox ! Suggestions, advice and improvements would be greatly appreciated ! I've only managed to get it to...

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80. 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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mgs | September 27th 2005