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81. Technorati Tags and Movable Type

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 29 KB, 1596 words

Technorati, a leading blog search engine and index, has made it very easy for blog authors to get their "tagged" blog entries into Technorati's tag index. What is a tag? A tag is a type of category, and the process of tagging a simplified categorization method for your entries. The concept of tags has become popular with services such as del.icio.us and Flickr. By creating tag classifications for your weblog entries, you make it easy for Technorati to index your blog entries by tags that you specify. With Technorati tagging, you get to choose how you want your weblog entries to be classified, in contrast to algorithm-driven search engines like Google that make their own...

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82. Random Style Generator

Movalog, News, 24 KB, 497 words

When I first launched the Style Generator, the biggest request I got was to have some sort of colour scheme chooser or a random style generator. After a few attempts (and a lot of help from Brad Choate), I've finally managed to create the Random Styler. This random styler is capable of generating thousands of different Vicksburg variations with the click of a button (and some AJAX magic!). Some advanced features include: • Being able to change the number of columns (e.g. from a 2 column layout to a 3 column layout and so on) • The ability to edit the stylesheet generated - clicking the edit button will take you to the Style Generator where the stylesheet will be preloaded and you can tweak it...

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83. Suggest Search

Movalog, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1291 words

UPDATE files are bundled in an archive.

I was very impressed with the WordPress Suggest plugin and wanted to port it over to MT. The porting was easy but the query was very slow and pulled some bad results from the database. Chad helped me last night and we had almost cleaned it up until v0.2 was released which seems to have fixed the problems I had. Try it using the search form on the sidebar.

This plugin is similar to LiveSearch (and the MT implementation) however the difference is it lets you keep the mt-search.cgi functionality which I liked. Also this plugin works slightly differently to LiveSearch, I prefer this!

Implementing it with MT is very easy, you need to have PHP and be...

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84. Six Apart - Movable Type News - New plugins for Movable Type

Six Apart News, News, 18 KB, 547 words

As many of you know, there are hundreds of plugins in the Movable Type plugin directory through which you can completely customize and modify the way that the application works. This has always been a great strength of the Movable Type platform and we put great effort in every release to give plugins even more ways to enhance the system.

What you may not know is that since the launch of Movable Type 3.2, dozens of plugins built specifically for v3.2 have been created. Some of the new capabilities of these plugins include plugin actions for acting on checked items in a listing screen, UI enhancements thanks to BigPAPI, feedback scoring and Junk processing.

We're happy to announce...

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85. Calling Feature Requesters!

Movalog, Tutorials, 27 KB, 898 words

The past few days, I've been working hard on a new version of MT Blogroll that will be feature packed. Some of the features I have either written or plan to write include: • Integration with del.icio.us - MT Blogroll is now capable of completely synching with del.icio.us. This means that links you add to MT Blogroll will get added to del.icio.us and vice-versa. • Tagging - to complement the above, I've implemented the ability to tag links just like del.icio.us. The template tags are also powerful enough for you to generate your own tag cloud. • Export to OPML - one of the biggest feature requests I've received was to have an export mechanism and I've finally gotten around to implementing that. • Direct import from Bloglines - Simply enter your Bloglines username and your folders and links are imported. I'm investigating similar integration with Blogrolling and Newsgator....

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86. More Dirify Options

Don't Back Down, Tutorials, 14 KB, 751 words

Way back when, I changed my permalink methods so that I would end up with more useful link names. More useful to me, and perhaps to you as well. Over time, this generally worked very well. But as time wore on, I found more and more often I was creating entries for software releases and they all had the very same format that I had to put into the keywords field all the time. Blech.

The problem was that the Movable Type dirify function was dropping the hyphens (-) and the dots (.) from my entry names, when I wanted them to be in the entry link. What was I to do?

Well, I found the dirifyplus plugin not long ago and was using it for something else, so I figured that it must be able to...

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87. A Typeface Fantasy

MezzoBlue, Tutorials, 11 KB, 576 words

And this is where we dive right in to the pressing issues, the questions that matter by god! The burning quandry at the forefront of all of our minds is, of course, where in the world did they pull a generic font family like ‘fantasy' from for CSS?

It's been around since CSS1, but the CSS2 spec explains far better what exactly a fantasy font is:

Fantasy fonts, as used in CSS, are primarily decorative while still containing representations of characters (as opposed to Pi or Picture fonts, which do not represent characters). Examples include:

Latin fonts: Alpha Geometrique, Critter, Cottonwood, FB Reactor, Studz

Okay, sure. Let's face it, no one has ever...

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88. ProNet: January 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 63 KB, 5103 words

01.31.2005

BlogBinders: Publish your blog in print

If you're looking for a way to hold your blog in your hands, BlogBinders.com offers a simple and clever service to turn your blog into an attractive, customized book. BlogBinders supports LiveJournal, Movable Type, and TypePad.

Posted by Anil in Web Services at 10:58 AM | Permalink | Trackback (0)

01.31.2005

Gawker launches Lifehacker and Gridskipper

Gawker Media's just added two new Movable Type-powered weblogs to its media empire, as announced by Nick Denton. Lifehacker is a friendly geek site and Gridskipper is a travel site aiming for selectivity.

Posted by Anil in New Sites at 10:45 AM | Permalink |...

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89. 2.1 (2002.05.02)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 30 KB, 1587 words

2.1 (2002.05.02)

• Added webMaster, language, lastBuildDate, and pubDate to both RSS templates. • Added encode_html="1" to all RSS fields that didn't have it already. • Added Norwegian dates. • Added test for mt-check.cgi to determine whether we are running under cgiwrap or suexec. • Added a new global tag attribute encode_url (thanks to Scott Andrew LePera and others for the idea). • Changed the behavior of the publish flag in blogger.newPost; previously, if set to false the new entry would be saved as a draft. This was a bad idea, for...

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90. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Announcing Movable Type 3.2

Six Apart News, News, 71 KB, 6450 words

We're proud to announce that Movable Type 3.2 is now available. This release improves upon what is already the most powerful blogging platform by offering a better experience at every step. This new version combines the strengths and innovations you have come to expect from Movable Type over the past four years, boosted by the addition of over 100 unique new features that will help your blogs truly shine.

Best of all, it's a free update for any licensed user of Movable Type 3.x. Personal users will be happy to find that the Free edition now offers unlimited blogs. And personal users who want a multi-user license and access to our famed technical support can now take...

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91. ASP to PHP, with MT to Boot!

MezzoBlue, Tutorials, 17 KB, 1765 words

Step right up, step this way. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you the amazing journey from one server-side technology to another. You'll be amazed, you'll be awed, you'll laugh, you'll cry. You'll… okay, so my writing style needs to calm down a touch.

I've been working on this on and off for months now, and I meant to have it up far earlier than this. Some of the final details are fuzzy at this point, but the bulk of it is on target.

This is the process I went through when upgrading my Movable-Type powered site from IIS (and ASP) to Apache (and PHP), from start to finish. For the benefit of Google, and you the reader, I'll try to spare...

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92. DOM Design Tricks II

A List Apart, Tutorials, 26 KB, 2089 words

In this tutorial, we'll use the event-handling capabilities of the Document Object Model (DOM) to make some minor improvements to the expanding menu that we developed in a previous tutorial. [Truth in advertising: these improvements are borderline cute; their real purpose is to serve as a vehicle to introduce the concepts of events and nodes.]

In the previous tutorial, we discussed using the CSS display property to make an expanding menu like the one below. In that tutorial, only the small plus or minus sign images were clickable. However, if you try the menu below, you'll see that all the words in the main headings are active and clickable; not just the...

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93. Announcements

Learning Movable Type, News, 60 KB, 4295 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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94. Backing Up Your Blog

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1993 words

Updated

Occassionally databases get corrupted, servers fail or web hosts go out of business. So it's a good idea to back up your Movable Type blogs. There are many methods for doing so, a few of which I will cover here. The back-up process is much easier if you are using MySQL as your database, which, by the way, is one good reason to use MySQL over the default Berkeley DB.

TypeMover

TypeMover is a new plugin for the purpose of backing up, restoring, and/or migrating your Movable Type weblog. It is compatible with MT3 and later versions of Movable Type. From the TypeMover website:

TypeMover is a MovableType plugin. It adds backup, restore and migration features that let you get...

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95. Six Apart - Movable Type News - Comment spam load issue

Six Apart News, News, 50 KB, 4427 words

Hi everyone, my name is Jay Allen and I am the Product Manager for Movable Type. I'm writing today to address - what else? - comment spam.

This is an issue that, as many of you know, I have spent several thousand waking hours working on since its first appearance back in the fall of 2003, both as the author of MT-Blacklist and as the maintainer of the Comment Spam Clearinghouse. This is an issue which Six Apart takes very seriously, as evidenced not only in the improvements in Movable Type v3.x but also, in some part, by my hiring to this position.

Over the last month, we have been devoting a great deal of resources to solving the comment spam problem once and for...

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96. Flash Satay: Embedding Flash While Supporting Standards

A List Apart, Tutorials, 19 KB, 2306 words

I've worked with Flash for several years and have always been slightly dissatisfied with the markup needed to embed a movie in web pages. When I recently published a site in XHTML, my dissatisfaction with the markup grew as I realized that it simply wasn't valid in this context and was bloating my pages to unacceptable levels. A leaner, standards-compliant method of embedding Flash movies was called for.

The Twice-Cooked Method

Flash has always shipped with some method of generating an HTML page to contain Flash movies. Initially, it was a tool called AfterShock. Since the release of Flash 4, authors can export HTML pages with embedded movies from within the Flash...

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97. 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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98. Displaying an RSS Newsfeed on Your Site

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 30 KB, 2079 words

One of the great things about RSS is that you can display, or "feed" in, headlines and content from other people's websites directly onto your own website. In another article, we've already covered what "syndication" is, and RSS, and how you can use a newsfeed reader to efficiently read and browse through the latest content from your favorite weblogs and news sites. The focus of this article will be on the other main use of RSS - feeding external content into your site. An example of this can be found here on my recipe website. Clicking on a sidebar link opens a new page with several feeds from various food and cooking websites. Check the page at a later time, and if there...

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99. 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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100. Build a Search Engine in PERL

A List Apart, Tutorials, 21 KB, 2682 words

It's hard to work in the web business nowadays without hearing about Perl. (It's hard to work in the web business nowadays, period, but that's another story.) Perl is one of the most popular languages in use today, is completely free, open sourced, and supported by an extremely enthusiastic community.

In addition to the core features of the language, numerous modules and scripts are available on the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network ( CPAN).

These ready–made scripts include everything from streaming MP3 servers to hooks into news clients, while the modules offer powerful generic functionality for almost any task imaginable. Everything on CPAN is completely...

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mgs | September 27th 2005