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QuickImagePost is a blogging tool like a QuickPost. But it is especially for an entry to embed image. During surfing Internet, you may find an image with which you want to post an entry. How many images do you see in Internet a day? Do you happen to want to log some impressive images in your blog? You can use default QuickPost of course.

But not just one-click. You have to find image URL AND copy-and-paste it to entry body AND add IMG tag AND if you have a block to quote, again you have to copy-and-paste it. These are routine process.

QuickImagePost makes again just one-click publishing even for an imaget. You right-click on an image(before it, you can drag...

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62. Movable Type 3 Bible - Book Review

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 24 KB, 1251 words

Several months ago, author Rogers Cadenhead released the first book detailing MT3 - the Movable Type 3 Bible Desktop Edition. Since Anil mentioned the book in a MT news post on MT books, I thought I would put my 2 cents in about this book.

The first thing you should know is that the MT3 Bible is not a book for non-technically-oriented beginners. The book is filled with great information, but if you are looking for the simplified introduction to Movable Type, this isn't it. Many of Roger's instructions are in the form of Unix shell commands that you would use to manage files on a web server. In fact, the book's second chapter is on how to prepare your web server for Movable Type. If...

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63. URLS! URLS! URLS!

A List Apart, Tutorials, 14 KB, 1425 words

Looking around the web, you've run across plenty of URLs that look like: /content.cgi?date=2000-02-21/article.cgi?» id=46&page=1

Server side scripts generate the content of those pages. The content of a particular page is uniquely determined by the URL, just as if you requested a page with the URL /content/2000-02-01.html or /article/46.1.html. These pages are different than server-generated pages created in response to a form like a shopping cart, or enrollment. However, search engines will not index these content pages, because search engines ignore pages generated by CGI scripts as potential blind alleys.

A search engine would follow a URL like

/content/2000/02/2...

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64. Content from Multiple Blogs with Dynamic Publishing

Movalog, Tutorials, 26 KB, 776 words

Multiblog is an indespensible plugin that allows you to display content from other blogs. Unfortunately, in its current version it doesn't work with dynamic publishing. A few days ago I was investigating the best way to duplicate MultiBlog's functions in the dynamic templating system. As it turns out, Movable Type's powerful dynamic templating system makes it easy to include content from other blogs.

With dynamic publishing all you need to do to pull content from other blogs is to change the blog context of the page. Every tag is parsed within a context which affects the content it outputs. For example, with the MTEntries tag the correct entries are outputted because Movable Type...

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65. Stranded Bloggers

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 15 KB, 329 words

It has come to our attention that an unlicensed weblog hosting service running on the Movable Type platform and branded as mBlog closed its doors to its users the other night without notice and, as a result, has taken their users' data with it.

One of the main reasons we work with authorized hosts is so that we can confidently recommend the level of service, support and reliability that they will provide. We set a high bar for the TypePad service and work only with partners who can provide a similar level of reliability for Movable Type. It was incredibly frustrating to see users of Movable Type (though it was rebranded as mBlog) not know exactly who to turn to. And it was frustrating...

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66. Ev Moves On

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 12 KB, 325 words

I'd like to offer congratulations to Ev not because he's leaving Google, but because of the success he has had during the five years of Blogger. Ev and the Blogger team (both old and new) paved the way for companies like Six Apart and we all respect what they have accomplished.

I started Dollarshort on Blogger and was made "Blog of Note" within a couple of weeks of my first post. With this accolade came readers, including some fairly popular webloggers. When we announced that we were going to create Movable Type, it was many of Dollarshort's readers who first spread the word. Since that time, I've always felt lucky for our fortunate timing and that competition with Blogger was always...

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67. mtentries lastn alternatives

geekmum {movable cafe}, Tutorials, 17 KB, 312 words

In a nutshell: how to display entries by last posted NOT by creation date.

I created a blog as an educational outreach for a group of historic interpreters. The blog is actually a fictional "journal" based on several historically-based and fictional personas. One (real live) author creates the entries. The entries are categorized by persona and the "authored on" date is edited to reflect the (fictional) date of the persona's journal entry. (ie. 1771-04-26, 1774-10-17, etc.) Because the entries are posted non-chronologically, I need them to be displayed on the blog in the order they are posted rather than by the MT's default "authored on" (entry_created_on) date. I considered...

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68. New Domain Name!

Learning Movable Type, News, 18 KB, 313 words

Learning Movable Type is now hosted on a new server and now has its own domain name - http://www.learningmovabletype.com. In the process of changing servers and changing URLs, we may have created some broken links or other site hiccups. If you encounter something that just doesn't seem to be working properly, please email me using the contact form.

Humongous thanks to Chad and Arvind for their invaluable assistance with this move.

If you link to Learning Movable Type (and we hope you do) please, please, please change the URL in your link to the new one. That way, Google will find us more easily, and those using Google to find things regarding Movable Type will find us more easily too....

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69. TypePad and Movable Type as website platforms

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 218 words

Though it's not a new idea to ProNet members, one of great recurring ideas about how to use TypePad and, especially, Movable Type is as a general website platform. Fred Wilson does a great job of explaining the benefits, and one of the issues that was brought up in Fred's comments is requests for how-tos and documentation of such deployments.

We're always looking to improve our documentation, and if you're considering writing up how you've done a Movable Type deployment, let us know and we'll be glad to link to and promote your article or publish it as a Professional Network article.

To get started, there's a few essays on the topic that have become common references, including Matt...

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70. Useful, Easy to Read Titles

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 17 KB, 468 words

I've just recently changed the contents of the <title></title> tags on this site. After seeing some search results and recognizing how unhelpful the title appeared, I knew I had to make a change. For example, Googling for something I knew was on this site, I found the title: "Computers > Movable Type> Alternate Temp…" Not readable. After a few changes, a search now shows this result: "Alternate Template Collection, in the Computers > Movable Type …" Much better! A default MT installation can show just as useless titles by first specifying the site name. It's easy to change, though.

A new MT weblog's title...

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71. White and Blacklist Emails

Movalog, Tutorials, 23 KB, 392 words

The Email Whitelister plugin has been updated to v1.01 to fix several bugs faced by people.

Also due to popular demand, I've released the Email Blacklister plugin which functions exactly like the Whitelister except it junks comments if the email address entered matches one on the blacklist. Currently the plugin is fairly basic and doesn't allow you to enter any wildcard or regex values. A future version will hopefully contain such functionality.

Happy antispamming!

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72. whois

MezzoBlue, Tutorials, 8 KB, 189 words

Well call me just plain out of it. Or blame it on my complete lack of Unix chops. Either may be accurate.

Until now I've been bouncing off of NetSol and putting up with the ridiculous (and highly inaccessible) image-based security widget every time I've run a whois search on an existing domain.

Google just launched a whois search, which is cool in and of itself (although the prospect of more spam doesn't thrill me). What caught my attention though, was an off-the-cuff remark by Joi Ito:

I guess this is useful for people who won't touch a command line, but I don't think I'd ever use it. I will continue to open a terminal window and type...

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73. MTGoogleSearch

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 477 words

MTGoogleSearch

Creates the search context by using the Google API to obtain results for a particular query or for pages that are similar to a particular entry. Once retrieved, the contents of this tag are looped through for each result. The type and parameters of the search are determined by the following supported attributes.

This tag is only recognized in search templates.

Attributes: • excerpt - Takes a boolean value. If set to 1 (true), the excerpt of the entry in context will be used as the query. • keywords - Takes a boolean value. If set to 1 (true), the keywords of the...

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74. File Not Found

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 29 KB, 585 words

The Amazon Associates program allows you to receive a sales commission from the sale of Amazon products that you promote on your website. The easiest way to take advantage of the Amazon Associates program is to use Amazon's Build Links feature to build some simple links to specific products or groups of products. If you don't want to use the graphical ads that Amazon provides, you can customize the link and select a basic display to get the specific URL for the product you want.

Amazon.com also allows developers to tap directly into its product database through Amazon Web Services (AWS). In addition to simple product links, as an Amazon Associate, you can use a number of scripts,...

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75. Calling Beta Testers

Movalog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 773 words

In the last post, I called for feature requests and unfortunately didn't get very many. None-the-less, I've been hard at work on the next version of MT Blogroll and due to time constraints can't test out all the new features across all databases and platforms like I used to. As a result, I'm calling for beta testers. If you wish to beta test the next version of MT Blogroll, simply leave a comment (ensure you fill in the email field so that I can contact you) with your specs, specifically I'll need: • Webserver and Operating System (e.g. Apache on Linux) • Movable Type version (I hope everyone's on 3.2!) • Database (e.g. MySQL, PostGreSQL etc. Users that don't use MySQL are highly required!) • MT Blogroll version you've currently got...

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76. MT Blogroll 1.0

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1261 words

You now know why there hasn't been any updates in nearly 20 days! I'm very proud to announce MT Blogroll 1.0. Basically MT Blogroll is a blogroll manager, similar to blogrolling.com. You are able to store various details about a link including its URI, Name, Description and Relationship and assign them to various categories. If you have been using another blogroll manager like blogrolling.com or blo.gs, you can use the Import OPML tool to import those links into MT Blogroll.

I would suggest reading the README first which describes the installation process and includes some example code. Other documentation includes the Tag Reference which describes the template tags that MT Blogroll...

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77. ProNet: March 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 52 KB, 4132 words

03.25.2005

InfoWorld review of Movable Type

InfoWorld has just published a review of Movable Type 3.15, with the ultimate conclusion that "Overall, Movable Type delivers a solid blogging experience." There's a useful overview of the platform's features, along with some legitimate points about what needs improvement, but we're just as glad to see users explaining why Movable Type is the right choice for them as well.

Posted by anildash in Press Mentions at 11:03 PM | Permalink | Trackback (0)

03.25.2005

Politicians with Permalinks

The Christian Science Monitor has a broad look at politicians using blogs to better communicate with their...

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78. Image Replacement. Again.

MezzoBlue, Tutorials, 14 KB, 980 words

Since there are still lingering questions about image replacement, this is the state of CSS image replacement in early 2005.

In the past few weeks, I've had some conversations about image replacement techniques. A quick recap for those who may not be familiar: image replacement is the concept of taking a structural, text-based HTML element (an h1, for example) and substituting it with an image. Why do it? Better typography and more visual interest, as well as flexibility in the CSS to later change the images themselves. Why not do it? It's hackish, somewhat inaccessible, and the old ‘non-web' argument applies to any instance where you're locking text...

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79. ESF 1.0 Feed Available

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 13 KB, 838 words

Episula (Epistula?) Syndication Format. Hmm. Haven't figured this one out yet. Starting with "episula syndication format" at Google, I end up at Dylan Green dot Com, which offers up yet another acronym: Even Simpler Format.

I eventually stumbled through a comment and came across the actual specification for ESF. I find it interesting that it is mentioned that Movable Type does not support the Unix (seconds since the Epoch) format. Almost gleefully, in fact. Sounds strange indeed. So back to Google I go.

How about "movabletype epoch"? Sure enough, this turns up a new plugin (new to me anyway) called, appropriately, MT-Epoch. Installation instructions seem simple enough: put it in...

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80. Cruft-Free URLs

Movalog, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1313 words

The first question/answer from Ask Arvind...

Lea writes:

Can you provide tips on how to have cruft-free URLs (a la diveintomark.org, as well as others)? I already have this employed in my blog, but a lot of others don't.

The diveintomark tutorial in question can be found here.

First of all what is cruft ? Cruft is basically the extensions of webpages for example .php, .html etc. In the field of SEO it is meant to be very bad. Here's a - hopefully easier - method to have cruft-free urls. For this to work you will need to install the Short-Titles plugin (thanks Amit!)

Blank out "File Extension for Archive Files" under Weblog Config → Preferences •

Change the Archive File...

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