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141. Plugin Development

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 342 words

Question

I want to create a plugin for Movable Type. Where can I find more information on doing this?

Answer

See Developing with the Movable Type API in the Users Manual.

Please note that assistance with plugin development is not covered by Basic Support; however, there are other resources available for assistance: • Our Community Forum offers a section dedicated to Plugin Development, where you can post for assistance or feedback about your plugin. • Our Professional Network offers a Members-Only Mailing List suitable for the discussion of plugin...

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142. Dates Only Show Up For Some Entries

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 360 words

Question

When I post more than one entry per day, the date only shows up for the most recent entry. How do I make the date show for every entry?

Answer

The default templates use the <MTDateHeader> container tag to control the display of entry dates: <MTDateHeader> <h2><$MTEntryDate format="%x"$></h2> </MTDateHeader>

The MTDateHeader tag is a container tag, and the contents of this container will be displayed only if this entry marks a new day in the list of entries.

So, in order to have the date...

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143. Easy Design Changes

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 370 words

Question

What's the easiest way to change the look of my weblog?

Answer

The stylesheet template controls the layout and colors of your weblog. Other stylesheet options for various versions are available from Movable Type Styles.

For versions prior to 3.2, copy and paste the stylesheet you like into your Stylesheet template. Save and rebuild the template to see the changes on your weblog.

For version 3.2, see Applying a New Style From the Style Library.

Note that when choosing a new style for your weblog, you should select from among those...

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144. Setting Comment Policy

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 25 KB, 863 words

Setting Comment Policy

Problem

You want to set commenting policy for your weblog.

Solution

Use the controls under the Feedback tab of the weblog's Settings screen.

Discussion

When Movable Type Version 3.0 was released, its most significant enhancements came in the area of comment and TrackBack management and moderation, providing publishers numerous means of controlling the community elements of MT-powered sites.

While the Comments and Commenters Listing screens provide the ability to manually tend to comments in a more efficient manner than previous versions, MT also added...

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145. Template Tag Reference Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 227 words

This section of the appendix details all Movable Type tags that can be used in your templates to publish content from your weblogs and system. More information on editing templates and using these tags can be found in Chapter 3: Templates and Layout.

Back to top | Permalink | Comments (0)

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146. Integrating custom authentication into Movable Type

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 131 words

Over at Spaceship No Future, some indispensable notes on integrating a custom login system with Movable Type using the TypeKey API.

Through a combination of the official documentation for creating a drop-in authentication service for Movable Type, the tk PHP library from Stuart Parmenter, and the resources from Everything TypeKey, it's possible to use an existing login system in place of the central TypeKey service to authenticate commenters.

Some of the steps are specific to this particular installation, but the general concept should work well with any existing database which needs to be integrated into Movable Type's comment authentication.

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147. Not Yet Upgraded To The #.# Version Of Movable Type

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 351 words

Question

When I run an upgrade script, I get this error message:

You have not yet upgraded to the #.# version of MT. Please do that before you run this script. Exiting...

where #.# is the version number I am trying to upgrade to.

Answer

When you see this message, it means Movable Type is still detecting files from the previous version on your server.

Make sure that you have uploaded all of the files from the new version package, and that all of the files from previous versions on the server were overwritten with the new files....

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148. MTLookup v2 Improvements: Website Indexing

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 19 KB, 919 words

Some days ago, a new version of MTLookup was released. Please read Second version of MTLookup released for the announcement.

I will describe the new features in several posts, which will be published here in the Movable Type Weblog. Today, I want to inform you about how websites are indexed and show how new websites can be included into MTLookup.

First Release

When the first version of MTLookup was released in June, just three websites were spidered. These were my own Movable Type Weblog, Elise's Learning Movable Type, and Arvind's Movalog. I talked to both Elise and Arvind before the first version was developed. Both looked at pre-release versions and gave important suggestions....

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149. Immediately publish comments from...

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 373 words

Immediately publish comments from...

This setting enables you to control what should happen to non-junk comments after submission based on the status of the commenter. There are four choices: • No one • Trusted commenters only • Any authenticated commenters • Anyone

No one will hold all comments for approval of the weblog owner or other sufficiently priviliged user.

Trusted commenters only and Any authenticated commenters will hold comments for approval unless they are submitted by trusted or authenticated commenter, respectively.

Anyone will immediately publish all comments from...

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150. Banning A Commenter

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 414 words

Banning A Commenter

Problems

You want to ban a commenter from commenting on a weblog.

Solution

Use the Ban Commenter action on the Comments Listing screen.

Discussion

Occasionally a commenter will abuse a weblog's comments, leaving you no alternative but to ban them from further commenting. In order to identify and ban a commenter from the system, you must be using authentication (i.e., TypeKey).

There are a number of ways in which a commenter can be banned. The most straightforward is to click the Commenters Toolbar button, find the commenter you wish to ban, check the box...

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151. MTLookup: Firefox Search Plugin

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 15 KB, 243 words

Mark from murky.org has created a plugin for the Firefox browser. It allows users to search MTLookup from within the browser toolbar. You can find the needed information on Mark's website on One more Firefox Plugin.

Thank's a lot Mark! This is a very useful extension.

After installation, the search box in the upper right corner of the Firefox browser has a new entry for MTLookup. If you select it, enter a search phrase, and hit return, an MTLookup search will be executed. It could not be easier.

mgs | 12/05/2005

Feedback is welcome!

What do you think about this entry? Was it interesting or boring? I would like to hear your comments. If the text was...

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152. 500 On Dynamic Pages

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Question

I get a 500 Internal Server Error when trying to view pages I've set to publish dynamically.

Answer

The dynamic publishing feature creates an .htaccess file in your weblog directory; however, some hosts do not allow the use of these files, and you will see these errors as a result.

You should confirm with your host whether or not you are permitted to use .htaccess files on your account.

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153. Updates vs Upgrades

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 376 words

Question

I see a new version of Movable Type has been released; does my license entitled me to download this version for free?

Answer

Each 3.x license entitles the owner to free Updates and discounts on Upgrades, where:

* an "Update" is identified by the change of the revision to the right of the decimal point, i.e. X.1 to X.2

* an "Upgrade" is identified by the change of the revision to the left of the decimal point, i.e. 3.X to 4.X

So, your license covers you for any 3.X releases; once a 4.X version is released, you can upgrade your license...

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154. FAQ: Writing for Movable Type Weblog

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 14 KB, 239 words

Question

I would like to write about Movable Type. Might the text be published here? Will I get paid?

Answer

Yes, I do welcome text written by you. You should write the text without special formatting. For example use MS Word for writing and only use the basic styles. If the text is finished I will bring it into this weblog. You should contact me in advance. Use the address listed on page Contact.

Unfortunately paying is not possible. But you will keep the rights and your name will be mentioned.

mgs

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155. FAQ: Why did you choose Movable Type?

Movable Type Weblog, Tutorials, 15 KB, 230 words

Question

Is Movable Type the only software for producing weblogs? Is it the best product for creating a weblog? Why did you choose it?

Answer

Movable Type is not the only such product. There are a couple of other products with similar functions. For example two well-known applications are Blogger and WordPress.

I discovered weblogging by coincidence. Movable type was the software that I found first. Absolutely no evaluation took place. I assume most well-known products have similar functions.

mgs

Feedback is welcome!

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156. License Terms

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 25 KB, 279 words

Question

Where can I review the terms of the particular license I purchased?

Answer

You can view the terms of your license from our Licenses page.

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157. License Key

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 297 words

Question

Where is my license key?

Answer

Your license key is displayed on the main page of Your Movable Type Account under your license (i.e., the Update key).

Please refer to Recently Updated List for more information on how to use this key.

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158. Upgrade Script Stalls

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 350 words

Question

When I run the upgrade, I see the message Upgrading database...starting upgrade..., but then nothing happens after that.

Answer

First, make sure you have Javascript enabled in your browser, as it is required when running Movable Type, including during the upgrade process.

If you do have Javascript enabled, then there may be a problem with your static files. See the section on Upgrading in the Knowledge Base article Images, Styles, and Documentation Do Not Show Up to make sure these files are present and properly situated on your server,...

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159. Plugin Updates Only on Rebuild

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 364 words

Question

I'm using a plugin, and the output does not change when I refresh the page.

Answer

Most Movable Type plugins are static, which means they only change when the templates are rebuilt. If you want something that will change every time your browser refreshes, you need a dynamic solution.

Examples of dynamic solutions are PHP, SSI, and Javascript. If you are using the MySQL backend, you can also use PHP to connect directly to the database.

With the implementation of dynamic publishing in version 3.1 of Movable Type, more and more plugins...

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160. Control File And Directory Permissions

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 336 words

Question

How can I control the permissions on the files and directories generated by Movable Type?

Answer

Permissions on the generated files and directories are controlled by the *Umask and *Perms settings in the mt-config.cgi1 file. # DBUmask 0022 # HTMLUmask 0022 # UploadUmask 0022 # DirUmask 0022 # # HTMLPerms 0777 # UploadPerms 0777

For more information on using these settings correctly, see My PHP Output Files Need To Be Executable.

1 In versions prior to 3.2, the configuration file is named mt.cfg.

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Comments

You want to post some comment? Please use the announcement post on the Movable Type Weblog.

If you want to give some feedback concerning a specific query, please use the feedback button that is shown after a search has completed.

mgs | September 27th 2005