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21. Basic Photo Gallery Templates

Eat Drink Sleep MT, Tutorials, 80 KB, 5741 words

I've assembled some templates to build a photo gallery with Movable Type. What makes mine different and special from all the others? Easy: it's compatible with MT version 3.2. That means it'll work with the StyleCatcher plugin and the Movable Type Style Generator!

The only special requirement to use these templates is PHP. PHP is used to calculate the image size. The plugin Better File Uploader - with its For Photo Gallery button - will make adding photos go much quicker.

I've created a small example gallery, if you're interested in seeing the result before trying it yourself.

Setup a New Weblog

First, you'll want to create a new...

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22. Integrating A Remote System with Movable Type

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 23 KB, 656 words

Integrating A Remote System with Movable Type

Problem

You want to integrate a remote system with Movable Type.

Solution

Use one of the supported web service protocols.

Discussion

Movable Type supports a number of means of remote systems integration.

Syndication

Before reviewing the "proper" web service protocols supported by Movable Type, it is worth mentioning the use of syndication for integrating Movable Type with other systems. Essentially syndication formats over the web (HTTP) are simple read-only web services. The most popular and widely deployed of these services are...

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23. 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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24. Introduction

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 32 KB, 1740 words

Introduction

With the most difficult part of running Movable Type -- the installation -- behind you, it is time to get started using MT.

It all begins with The Movable Type Content Management System (CMS). This script is the heart and soul of what makes powerful weblog publishing possible.

The CMS contains the majority of the intelligence and work flow that makes Movable Type what it is. Whether it involves posting an entry, adding a colleague as an author, or publishing your content with a whole new style, it is the CMS that is doing the heavy lifting.

By default the CMS script is...

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25. eWeek reviews Movable Type 3.1

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 184 words

As part of its larger package on syndication and weblogs, eWeek's current issue reviews Movable Type 3.1 and summarizes their review with this:

Movable Type 3.1 shows why Six Apart is a leader in blogging software. The product adds authoring features that give users more control over the display of content. In addition, new dynamic publishing capabilities allow IT managers to optimize the performance of Weblogs.

Also worth checking out in the story package is a cautionary story about RSS hype, which points out the work that we as an industry need to do to improve the syndication experience for users and to improve the reliability of XML syndication so it's appropriate for use by even...

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26. Installation under Windows 2003

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 32 KB, 2294 words

Right after having bought Movable Type there were problems. Fact is that the installation description does not contain specific information for the Windows platform. Because of this, it took some time until I finally managed to make it work.

Looking back after having completed the installation successfully, it is not difficult. Until Six Apart gives better installation instructions for Windows users, maybe my description will help.

Introduction

The installation consists of the following parts • Installing the Perl runtime environment • Copying the Movable Type components • Configuration of some Movable Type files • Configuration of MS IIS • Creating the Movable Type Database

All screenshots can be...

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27. Making a Sideblog or Linkblog

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 29 KB, 2252 words

Updated Sept 14, 2004

A sideblog is a separate weblog which appears in the sidebar of your main weblog. Sideblogs are often used as a convenient way to list out interesting links, something akin to a frequently-updated, public list of IE favorites. Rather than mixing in your "this link is cool" entries in with all of your other entries, with the accompanying overhead of code for individual entries, comments and trackbacks, you can streamline your links into a linkblog.

A great example of a linkblog can be found at MovableBLOGthe Asides section in the right sidebar.

Making a sideblog is pretty straightforward; it can be accomplished by creating a new weblog in Movable Type and using...

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28. Advanced Topics Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 62 KB, 5230 words

With broad platform integration of all the leading open standards, Movable Type has the potential to do much more, given additional expertise and knowledge on the user's part.

This chapters covers some of the more advanced features in addition to providing a starting point for more advanced topics not covered in this publication.

Architectural Overview

Movable Type is written in a highly modular Perl object-oriented style with an open code base (it's not open source -- an important distinction) that makes the browser-based tool quite flexible and easily modifiable, allowing it to adapt to any number of...

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29. Introduction

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 33 KB, 2011 words

Introduction

Movable Type is the premier weblog publishing platform for businesses, organizations, developers, and web designers. Powerful customization gives you control over everything you publish and the elegant interface keeps things simple and clear.

Features

• Unlimited Blogging

Movable Type offers the ability to publish an unlimited number of blogs quickly and easily through a single installation of the application. And the platform supports posting by as many authors as you need, with no limit on the numbers of entries, comments, or TrackBacks the system...

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30. 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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31. Atom Format Working Draft 0.4

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 15 KB, 215 words

Robert Sayre has just posted a working draft of The Atom Syndication Format, version 0.4. If you just want to see what's new in this draft, you can check out the diffs from the last version.

As pointed out in our Professional Network Introduction to LiveJournal, the Atom feed format and API are supported in Movable Type, TypePad, and LiveJournal, and Atom is fully extensible. For a look at some of the ways Atom can be extended, Nokia's LifeBlog, which integrates with TypePad, makes use of a set of posting extensions (PDF document) which are discussed over on the LifeBlog weblog.

Trackbacks:

All things Bru - Atom Working Draft 0.4 is out - January 13, 2005 04:46 AM

Robert Sayre just posted the...

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32. My Yahoo and RSS

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 15 KB, 422 words

Yahoo allows people to easily add RSS newsfeeds into their user-customized My Yahoo portal pages. For publishers of RSS feeds, like almost every Typepad and Movable Type user, this means that you can easily let your readers add your feed to their My Yahoo page by simply clicking on a button.

Millions of people use My Yahoo pages to create their own customized view of the news they care about. Most people outside of the blogging community don't know what RSS is and tend to look cross-eyed when you try to explain it to them. Yahoo makes it very easy to reap the benefits of RSS without having to see funky looking files or download a newsfeed reader, yet another piece of software.

For those of us with weblogs...

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33. Build Conditions with the Compare Plugin

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 22 KB, 1097 words

In Comparison needed for conditional Generation I showed how to use the Compare Plugin for managing variations of a page type. The plugin allows comparing values and optionally inserting one or the other code segment into the output stream. However, the simple condition "if one value equals another value" is just the beginning. We are also able to create complex conditions. It is not even that difficult.

Basics

The Compare Plugin offers a number of tags, as for example MTIfEqual, MTIfNotEqual, MTIfGreater, MTIfGreaterOrEqual, MTIfLess, etc. Most of them work the same way: they take at least two mandatory attributes, a and b. The plugin compares the values of those two...

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34. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 16 KB, 701 words

12.22.2003

Movable Type 3.0

We realize that official news has been scarce over the last 6-9 months. During this time, our company has grown from two people to seven, and we have launched TypePad. Now that we have hired more engineering resources (and we are still looking for more), we are able to focus again on our Movable Type product line. As mentioned in this post on the Six Log, we're focusing on releasing more personal features in the basic Movable Type package, and concentrating features for businesses, organizations, and large content-driven sites into Movable Type Pro (which, needless to say, has been delayed).

The next version of Movable Type...

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35. Choosing the Right Weblog Platform

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 25 KB, 973 words

Choosing the Right Weblog Platform

Problem

You are trying to determine whether Movable Type or TypePad is right for you.

Solution

Decide what is most important to you: simplicity or control.

Discussion

TypePad is a complement to Movable Type, not a replacement. The two tools share a common core designed to address the needs of users with different requirements and capabilities. So, the question that will often be asked is, which is right the tool to use, Movable Type or TypePad? The answer comes down to simplicity vs. control. TypePad's centralized design and focus on...

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36. Introduction

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 27 KB, 1169 words

Introduction

Weblogs are not just a one-way medium for publishing. With the use of a singular, often conversational voice, enhanced by the loosely coupled nature of the Internet and lightweight syndication formats, weblogs are akin to conversations, regardless of the size and makeup of the audience. "A" writes about something on their mind -- an experience, the news, or a project's status. "B" reads it and expresses their take. "C" finds both posts interesting and notes something A and B has not mentioned and so on.

Not everyone has a weblog (sadly) and not everyone wants to make...

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37. 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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38. How to Make Money with Your Blog

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 35 KB, 2619 words

If you are putting hours into writing content for your blog, you may want to make a few bucks (or more) to help pay for hosting charges and other costs associated with running it. Some bloggers find that they can make more than just small change, but most not enough to quit their day job. In any case, here are a few of the more popular methods.

Several ways by which you can make money with your weblog include Google Adsense, Amazon Associates, various other affiliate programs, advertising, and donations. Keep in mind that the success of these programs is highly dependent upon your content and the level of traffic you get to your site.

Google Adsense

Since its launch in the spring...

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39. ProNet: February 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 34 KB, 2276 words

02.28.2005

TypePad UK Launches

We're proud to announce today that TypePad has launched in the UK. Though it was our least strenuous language translation ever, we're proud to have another country-specific offering to complement our current services in Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, and The United States.

Posted by anildash in TypePad at 10:46 AM | Permalink | Trackback (0)

02.27.2005

Dreamforce, blogs for the Salesforce.com community

Salesforce.com is one of the most popular hosted business applications, with an active community of users and developers. One of the ways that they're keeping in touch with these diverse...

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40. 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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