If the result list is too large, please consider these hints

  • Reduce the number of websites.
  • Add more keywords.
  • Use quotes for building terms from keywords. For example, the phrase banner image searches for all articles containing both words. However, "banner image" searches for the exact two-word phrase.
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161. Merging your blogs

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1233 words

UPDATE: Multiblog 1.1 has been released which fixes bugs with the GlobalListings. I have updated the tags in this tutorial to correspond to MultiBlog only.

Have you got two or more blogs that you would like to 'merge.' By merge I mean show all entries on one page, chronologically and inline - for a greater understand take a look at my blog. The front page shows entries from the main blog plus the sideblog - the sideblog entries are formatted differently, the little bars !

The plugins you will need are: * MultiBlog * GlobalListings

Multiblog does have the GlobalListings plugin built into it, but at the time of writing this tutorial that section of the plugin didn't work. So I am using...

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162. Blogrolling: Good or Bad

Movalog, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1116 words

Chuck recently asked about adding a blogroll to MT. I pointed him to this tutorial rather than pointing him to

Ever since Blogrolling changed ownership, I've felt that the service has been going downhill. A few months ago, when I removed the blogrolling php code off my site load times drastically decreased. One of my main peeves with blogrolling was that it was located on a remote server. During the transition period that server was often down, and caused load times on my site to shoot up - so high that my site was nearly unaccessible. Another problem with the Blogrolling involves the site Some script that were heavily relied on were deleted and caused...

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163. Movable Type Style Generator

Movalog, News, 30 KB, 1197 words

As you probably already know, Movable Type 3.2 was released and boasts a stunning featureset. I personally have plenty of plugins, tools and other announcements to make which are all related to this release. The first of which you've probably guessed by the title. I present the Movable Type Style Generator. Quite simply, click on any element on the page and a box will appear allowing you to change any of the element's properties from background color to font faces and styles. After you're done, hit the Download button to get the stylesheet, 3.2 compatible! The beauty of this style generator is since it creates 3.2 compatible stylesheets, you can use them across any of Six Apart's...

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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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165. Fluid Three Column

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1150 words

Learning Movable Type has an article that guides you through the steps of creating a three blog layout. The only problem is that the #container width has ben set to 904 pixels. This means that on a 800x600 layout you're going to get the nasty horizontal scroll.

The best way around this is to create a fluid three column layout ( what are fluid/fixed layouts ?).

1.Change the width of #container to 90%

2.Delete #center and corresponding div tags in all your templates

3.Duplicate your sidebar, find the following/similar code in your stylesheet #right { float: left; width:200px; overflow: hidden; }

And replace it with the following: #right { float: right; width: 20%;...

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166. Staggered Category List

Movalog, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1205 words

UPDATE: No more CSS, have MT auto indent.

The "Primary Category" drop down menu just lists the categories sorted alphabetically and doesn't obey the category heirarchies you may have setup. This is especially annoying if you have several similarly named sub categories under different parent categories. So here's a hack that will change the way that field works, the categories will now obey the category heirarchy as shown in the screenshot (click for a larger view) It's probably best to note that I'm not the most perl savvy and this code may not be the most efficient/quickest/best way to do it but it works for me.

You'll need, open it up. Replace everything between

## Load...

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167. Ajaxify: EnhancedEntryEditing

Movalog, Tutorials, 30 KB, 1181 words

UPDATE: EnhancedEntryEditing has been bumped up to v1.01 to fix a bug where popup windows wouldn't disappear after you were done with them. Grab the update, you only need to upload

Ajaxify is a series of BigPAPI plugins that adds various javascript and AJAX widgets into Movable Type's interface. It has, of course, been built for Movable Type 3.2. The first of which is EnhancedEntryEditing. This plugin adds two widgets into the entry screen: • Resizable Textareas - I personally find the textareas on the entry screen too small and find it annoying to hack the stylesheet everytime I upgrade Movable Type. This plugin now adds "Increase Size" and...

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168. BigTemplateWindow

alogblog, Plugins, 20 KB, 1292 words

I'm happy I could provide this plugin to the MT community.

This plugin, BigTemplateWindow, is for a really big template editing window. The size of template editing box is only limited by that of your monitor. :) First I developed this just for a big template box. In the process of doing it, several useful features was added. I hope almost all MT users could be a little happy by using this.


IE or Firefox/Mozilla.

The use of TAB key and other features was developed and tested only on IE and Firefox/Mozilla browsers. Adaptation into Opera and other browsers are...

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169. Leadin Macro

Brad Choate, Tutorials, 50 KB, 1273 words

Lead-ins are an eye-catching mechanism usually found in print publications. Recreating that effect for the web is easy to do, but it could be easier. Wouldn't it be nice if there were a 'leadin' tag that you could use to identify the word or phrase you want to style like that? Well...

MT-Macro to the rescue! Actually, the technique described here utilizes 3 of my Movable Type plugins. All functioning...

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170. MT Blogroll 2.11

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1224 words

This is a bug fix release that fixes some major bugs with the dynamic templating tags. A big thank you to all the folks that reported this bug, sorry it took me so long to find the bug! Go grab the update.

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171. Movable Type 3.1

Movalog, News, 28 KB, 1222 words

After talking to Brad about the new version of MT, I felt it deserves a whole blog post about it just to talk about how amazing it is and get rid of all this excitement building up in me

First of, David's Subcats being built into the application. Well I knew it ! In #mt-plugins, David told me and a few others that he would not be entering his plugin into the contest - on further questioning he said that there was another party involved. Well once he said that it wasn't too hard to guess the right answer and we were helped by the fact that when he guessed it he either changed the topic or kept quiet ! Never-the-less I am very excited about this because Sub Categories are vital for many...

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172. Tweaking Searches

Movalog, Tutorials, 33 KB, 1306 words

Updated 09/05 - Search Throttle

The search form that comes with default MT templates is very limited in what it lets you do - basically it only lets you search the current blog and allows you to not specify any oother options. Here are some things you can do with searches. The code listed here can go into any template but the code must be placed within the search form ie <form>....</form>. Also each block of code is independent. You don't need to use previous code for it to work - as long as it is placed within the search form it will work no matter what other code you have or have not implemented !

Search Where ?

Replace the search form code you have with something like...

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173. HTMLArea

Movalog, Tutorials, 31 KB, 1212 words

For a few months, I had deliberated adding a WYSIWYG Editor into the Movable Type entry screen and when Typepad implemented an editor into its interface I got jealous. So, here's a way to implement the very powerful HTMLArea into Movable Type (currently only Internet Explorer, Mozilla browsers and other Gecko based browsers supported)

1. Download HTMLArea 3.0 rc-1 and upzip it 2. Upload the files to a folder called htmlarea in your StaticWebPath 3. Open up tmpl/cms/header.tmpl and add the following in <head>...</head> tags

<script type="text/javascript"> _editor_url = "<TMPL_VAR NAME=STATIC_URI>htmlarea/"; _editor_lang = "en"; </script>...

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174. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 13 KB, 149 words


Developing Movable Type Plugins

Timothy Appnel has published a fantastic guide to developing plugins for Movable Type. He discusses adding simple tags to the templating system, creating text formatting plugins, and using the data persistence framework to store plugin data. This is a great tutorial for beginning plugin authors, and will hopefully open up plugin authoring to a new group of developers.

In other plugin-related news--if you haven't seen it recently, is the best resource for finding and using MT plugins. A bugtracking system was added recently to get users in touch with plugin developers about problems with the...

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175. MTEntryLink

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 307 words


An absolute URL pointing to an archive page containing this entry. By default the tag will generate a URL to the preferred archive type specified in the weblog's Publishing Settings.

Attributes: • archive_type - Overrides the default behavior with a different archive type. Recognized values are "Category," "Monthly," "Weekly," "Daily," and "Individual."

For an entry's permalink see MTEntryPermalink.


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176. Movalog: Ajaxify Archives

Movalog, Tutorials, 18 KB, 399 words

Page: 1 1 Page.

Ajaxify: Search Suggestions

The second plugin in the pluginset known as Ajaxify, this plugin adds a search suggestion feature to the Quicksearch box at the top when you search for entries, comments or trackback. There's very little to talk about this plugin but...

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Posted on 08/30/2005 | Permalink | Comments (9)

Ajaxify: EnhancedEntryEditing

UPDATE: EnhancedEntryEditing has been bumped up to v1.01 to fix a bug where popup windows wouldn't disappear after you were done with them. Grab the update, you only need to upload Ajaxify is a series of BigPAPI...

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177. Comment And TrackBack Links Don't Work

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 380 words


When I click on my comment and TrackBack links, they take me to an archive page, but there is no comment posting or TrackBack information on that page.


The Individual Entry Archive template is the one which contains the comment and TrackBack information; if your Preferred Archive Type in Settings > Publishing1 is not set to Individual, then the links won't point to that page.

So you should either: • Change your Preferred Archive Type to Individual.

• Use the archive_type attribute on the permalink tag: <MTEntryPermalink...

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178. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 14 KB, 431 words


Version 2.66 Released

In recent weeks, open comment systems, and Movable Type weblogs in particular, have become a target for comment spam and comment flooding (automated scripts that send many comments at a time to a weblog entry).

As a stopgap before we release comment registration in Movable Type 3.0, we've released version 2.66 of Movable Type, which includes some protection against comment flooding. We've included a throttling measure so that comments from the same IP address can only be posted every N seconds, where N is configurable ( documentation on the setting that controls N). We've also added a measure to automatically ban an IP...

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179. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 14 KB, 374 words


2.0 Release Dates

The release of version 2.0 of Movable Type is around the corner. Progress has been slowed down as of late, because we moved, and we are now in Austin, TX for SXSW. But on our return--or shortly thereafter--we plan to launch version 2.0. Specifically, the release will be sometime between March 15 and March 20.

If you have a question to us pending at the moment, please bear with us, as we don't have a lot of time to check email.

Posted by Benjamin Trott at 08:15 AM | Permalink

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180. MTPingsSentURL

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 20 KB, 267 words


The URL of the TrackBack ping was sent to. This is the TrackBack Ping URL and not a permalink.



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mgs | September 27th 2005