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1. Google Sitemaps

Murky, Tutorials, 23 KB, 423 words

A while ago, google launched their sitemap protocol. A sitemap is an XML file which points at all the pages on the site and helps google to index the site efficiently.

It indicates to google which pages are updated frequently, how important pages are (within the site) and so forth.

If you're running movabletype as I am, you won't get a sitemap template by default, even if you're using MT3.2. Never fear! You can 'borrow' my sitemap index template.

You may need to modify it if you're using different types of archive to me. Be aware that the priority tag is only important in the context of your site, you can't improve your ranking by giving things a silly...

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2. Google Sitemaps in Movable Type

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 144 words

Yesterday, Google announced Google Sitemaps, a simple XML file that describes the contents of your site along with straightforward instructions for how the site should be spidered by the search engine.

Today, Niall Kennedy's already released a Movable Type template for generating a sitemap for your Movable Type-powered site.

Like Niall's earlier work on a template for Amazon's A9 OpenSearch format, or the templates for publishing Microsoft Word XML files from Movable Type, these new output options really show off the power of having a simple but powerful system that can output any XML or HTML format just by copying and pasting a template into the application.

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3. Improved Google Sitemap Template

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 76 words

Anders Jacobsen has just posted a new Google SiteMap template which adds correct Last Modified dates to the output. Combined with Cameron Bulock's templates for category- or date-based sitemaps, these new templates are even more full-featured than the original templates we'd linked to last week.

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4. Work on LiveJournal for Google's Summer ofCode

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 147 words

Google's recently-announced Summer of Code program is designed to help encourage students to develop for open source platforms. We're glad to have our LiveJournal community as a participating organization, and they've created a list of projects that are good suggestions for getting started.

In addition to $4500 in prize money, building on top of LiveJournal gives you the chance to get your work in front of a wide audience of non-technical users, making it fairly distinct from some of the other excellent organizations that are participating in the Summer of Code program.

Be sure to get your proposals in as soon as possible, as the number of applications which will be accepted is...

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5. LMT Links

Learning Movable Type, Links, 43 KB, 2483 words

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Getting the most out of MT-Blacklist - MT-Blacklist/Comment Spam Clearinghouse: Getting the most out of MT-Blacklist Birdhouse notes on Comment Spam - Why this web host is forcing comment registration Blacklist to Mod Security - by Peter Wood Brad Choate: SpamLookup - anti-spam plugin Interview with a Comment Spammer - The Register's interview with a blog comment spammer. MT-Approval Plugin - Prevents comment spam from spam bots MT-DSBL Open Proxy Comment Filter - from Brad Choate MT-Moderate - Plugin for moderating trackbacks and comments from Chad Everett Mod Rewrite to Block Bot Spam - Mod Rewrite method to divert comment spam bots to a 403...

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6. ProNet: June 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 63 KB, 5850 words

06.30.2005

New in Movable Type 3.2: A home for administrators

One of Movable Type's biggest strengths is the platform's support for an unlimited number of weblogs. Once you've got a thriving community of bloggers creating entries and publishing their thoughts, though, it quickly becomes necessary to manage the weblogs on your system.

To meet this need, we've introduced an entire new area of functionality in Movable Type 3.2: The System Overview. We've chosen the System Overview as the first feature to highlight in this new release because it represents a single home for administrators. It's one place to go to oversee everything that's happening across your...

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7. 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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8. 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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9. EContent Reviews TypePad

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 135 words

Though we don't link to every review of our products, sometimes we like to pass along ones that are especially in-depth or insightful. The latest is EContent magazine's review of TypePad. The reviewer's summary:

TypePad is a terrific tool to set up a professional-quality blog in just an hour or so. Perfect for individuals or businesses, TypePad requires no Web design or HTML skills. With the WYSIWYG editor, creating a post is as easy as using Microsoft Word. TypePad is what Web-based services are supposed to be: easy-to-use, powerful, professional, cost-effective, and fun. Many services make the claims, TypePad actually delivers.

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mgs | September 27th 2005