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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81. Configuration Directives Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 191 KB, 7959 words

This section of the appendix details all configuration directives that can be defined in mt-config.cgi. Through use of these directives, you can control numerous aspects of the system.

Except for those which define things specific to your system (e.g. CGIPath and your database settings), all of them have defaults set by Movable Type. This means that not every directive will appear in mt-config.cgi. If you wish to override the default for a setting which does not appear in the file, simply add it and the desired value to your mt-config.cgi.


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82. Stylesheet: Waters of the Hudson

MovableTweak, News, 21 KB, 807 words

You should just be able to copy and paste this style sheet into the master style sheet of your blog and you'll get a nice little site refurb, on the house:

 # Waters of the Hudson # CSS distributed by # PlasticMind Design # body { margin: 0px 0px 20px 0px; background-color: #000033; text-align: center; font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Tahoma, Verdana, sans-serif; } a { text-decoration: none; } a:link { color: #336699; } a:visited { color: #336699; } a:active { color: #336699; } a:hover { color: #ACBED5; border-bottom-width:...

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83. Using MultiBlog to Share More

MovableTweak, Tutorials, 21 KB, 517 words

Module Aggregation

David Raynes' MultiBlog is a must have plugin for anyone interested in content aggregation, but it's uses are far greater than just sharing text.

Take for instance storing a master stylesheet in your main blog and sharing it with other blogs (i.e. a FAQ blog) on your system to keep your look consistent. You could also share template modules across an installation, giving you the freedom to structure different parts of your site uniquely while still being able to share common elements (header, search box, category list) painlessly.

Consider this example, where I've shared the header modules from blog 2 with the blog I'm currently working...

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84. Keep an Entry on Top

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 27 KB, 494 words


How can I keep an entry on the top of my weblog's main page?


Sometimes, you may have an announcement or other important entry that you'd like to stay above the other entries on your weblog. There are several ways to do this.

Post-Date the Entry

The easiest method is to change the Authored On date of your entry to a future date. This will keep it at the top of any listings sorted by date, until an entry with a later date is published.

Edit the Main Index Template

For a note that will always stay on the top and rarely needs to...

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85. Improving MTLookup Ranking (Part 1)

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 25 KB, 1770 words

Several users of MTLookup reported that sometimes the result lists' sort order seemed to be strange. Important entries were on position 10, and not so important entries reached top positions.

I analyzed the situation and compared the result lists that were generated by MTLookup with those that were created by Google and Yahoo. Some important facts could be found.

What is most important, the MTLookup ranking could be improved. Now it works consistent - no matter whether the keyphrase contains short or long words, or it contains words that appear often or seldom it the database.

I could even find some situations, where Google and Yahoo produced not so perfect result lists. It was...

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86. 3.2 (2005.08.25)

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 24 KB, 704 words

3.2 (2005.08.25)

• The auto-expiration of Junk feedback items only occurs when a user visits the main menu for that weblog. In future versions, auto-expiration of junk items will be triggered system-wide when a new junk feedback item is received. • When an entry is saved from the Preview screen, duplicate TrackBack pings may be sent out • When an entry is saved from the Preview screen, the entry basename may be incremented or, if the title was changed, altered to fit the new title. • Subcategories are not alphabetically sorted in the category assignment listings on the entry editing...

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88. MT3.2 beta 4 Template Refresh Bug

MovableTweak, Tutorials, 17 KB, 210 words

This is more of a typo than a bug. When refreshing your default Main Index template, it pulls in the code from the default template directory of your MT installation, and the Main Index default template adds an additional >" to the link to atom.xml feed:

resulting in:

Removing the extra characters in the main_index.tmpl of your default_templates directory should take care of it no problem and ensure bug free template refreshing.

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89. New MT Users Manual

MovableTweak, News, 18 KB, 270 words

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's ugly, but boy, it's never been a more welcome read.

That's right, the new Movable Type 3.2 User's Manual has just been released. You know what that means... MT 3.2 Final is just around the corner! The manual is long, but most importantly, it's USEFUL. About the only thing I ever learned from the old manual was Melody and Nelson; this finally presents you with real-life scenarios that help make installation a little less painful than it is and makes those people who make money installing MT a little uneasy.

They even have the manual open for moderated comments and a Beta Blog where you can catch all the latest news about MT...

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90. Get On With It

MovableTweak, News, 19 KB, 279 words

Well, in the immortal words of Shang Tsung, "It has begun."

The purpose of this site is not to be a definitive source on all things Movable Type. If you want that you should probably visit Movalog or Learning Movable Type.

My goal here is to chronicle my wranglings with Movable Type, and provide a place where those with not a whole lot of know-how can come to get some ideas. Ultimately, this is a pragmatic journal about getting things done with Movable Type. If something here help you out, awesome.



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91. MT Badge Subtlety

MovableTweak, News, 18 KB, 192 words

Six Apart is cool. So cool, in fact, that you probably don't even realize it. Look at the official orange badge on their home page. Or look at the one below. Count the spikes on it. Go ahead.

Six Apart is so cool.

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92. MT 3.2 Badges

MovableTweak, News, 24 KB, 454 words

Be proud of your CMS! Here's some larger badges to accompany the standard badges that 6A is offering:

And one for my dark-sited friends (no white antialiasing around the edges) FIXED, thanks Dan:

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93. B-b-b-beta!

MovableTweak, Tutorials, 18 KB, 271 words

Somewhere in the wee small hours of the morning, the 6A team decided against a final release of 3.2 and decided to give the world one final(?) beta. Not that I'm complaining at all. A few days wait in exchange for an even rock-solid-er release is perfectly fine with me. As Mr. Franklin once said, "Haste makes waste."

I'll post a link here to beta-5 when it gets released. Not that you'll be able to download it today with the fifteen-billion beta testers in line to snatch it up the instant 6A's RSS feed say's 'go'. Of course that will pale in comparison to the d/l-frenzy when 3.2 final gets released (some time early next week?). It will be like 14.4k...

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94. Creating a Search Form

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 26 KB, 786 words

Creating a Search Form


Your system is configured to enable search. Now you want to make it available to readers of your weblog.


Add an HTML form to your template that submits a "search" field to the Movable Type Search script.


Like any CGI application, we insert an HTML form into a layout to make those services accessible to readers. Here is a basic form that may be used: <form method="get" action="<$MTCGIPath$><$MTSearchScript$>"> <label for="search" accesskey="4">Search this...

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95. Blog settings - general Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 33 KB, 961 words

This setting defines the name of your weblog and the output of the MTBlogName template tag. This name will be used for display within the Movable Type system itself, and it will also be sent to any recently updated services you have specified on the weblog's New Entry Default settings screen.

This is a required field.

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96. MTComments

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 324 words


A context dependent container tag representing a list of comments on an entry or for a weblog. • lastn

Display the last N comments in context. N is a positive integer. lastn is optional in an entry context and required in a weblog context. When used in an entry context, all comments associated to the entry is displayed by default • sort_order

Specifies the sort order and overrides the General Settings. Recognized values are "ascend" and "descend." ...

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97. List Recent Comments

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 27 KB, 420 words


How can I list recent comments to my blog on my Main Index page?


There are two basic variations on this type of display.

Via MTComments tag

You can put the following into your Main Index Template: <MTComments lastn="6" sort_order="descend"> <p><$MTCommentAuthor$> said:<br /> <$MTCommentBody$></p> </MTComments>

This will display the 6 most recent comments made on any of the entries in your weblog, and sort them in reverse chronological order (most recent first).


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98. Movable Type 3.2

MovableTweak, News, 20 KB, 566 words

We waited a while for it, but it's finally here. *much rejoicing*

The beta testing went on for a while, but really it was worth the wait. I'm rarely opposed to waiting for a program to get better; and I wasn't disappointed. The end product is a versatile program that adds both strength and flexibility to it's already powerful core.

And functionality! Some of my personal favorites: • Plugin Central: Plugins add a great deal of functionality to Movable Type's already powerful core. But installing plugins to previous versions would sometimes go forgotten because once the files were copied over, you'd never have any indication that they were there (like Scripturizer or...

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99. Today Is The Day

MovableTweak, Tutorials, 23 KB, 820 words

So Thursday AM is "The Big Day", the day when we all get to experience Movable Type 3.2, sans beta.

My entries are slow-in-coming for a few days while I launch my brand new design site. The current site is truly ghastly. I'm also currently slogging my way through 12 rounds in the ring with a couple of ornary problems:

Headache#1: .htaccess

First, I'm trying to get my server to process my .html files as .php files so I can use includes for my sidebar. I'm up to my neck in .htaccess, and I've tried adding the simple "AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .html" with no luck. The site keeps returning a happy 500 error any time I try to view a .php file or...

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100. Building a Weighted Post Date List

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 23 KB, 423 words

Really, this is just stretching the work I did to create the previous weighted lists ( keywords and categories). This weighted post date list shows when you've posted the most to your Movable Type weblog(s), sort of like the BlogTimes plugin - but completely different.

Below is the weighted post date list for this web site:

april august december february friday january july june march may monday november october saturday september sunday thursday tuesday wednesday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1976 1987 1989 1990 1991 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001...

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mgs | September 27th 2005