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181. Displaying Weblog Data

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 22 KB, 338 words

Displaying Weblog Data

Problem

You want to display data about your weblog in a template.

Solution

Use the template tags prefixed with MTBlog.

Discussion

Movable Type includes a collection of variable tags for displaying information about a weblog in templates. These tags are prefixed with MTBlog. The following sample layout publishes some information about a weblog and the number of entries and comments. <div> <$MTBlogName$><br/> <$MTBlogURL$><br/> <$MTBlogDescription$><br/> Entries: <$MTBlogEntryCount$>&nbsp;...

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182. Using PHP Code In Templates

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 29 KB, 675 words

Question

Can I use PHP code in my templates?

Answer

Movable Type templates generate standard HTML pages; so any coding language which can be used in a standard web page can also be included in your templates.

Here are some important tips to remember about using PHP in your templates:

No shortcut tags in dynamic templates

If you are using PHP in a dynamic template, you should not use the "shortcut" opening tag: <?

Instead, you should use the full version: <?php

Template Tags are processed differently in static templates than...

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183. Backup/restore your MySQL database

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 25 KB, 878 words

Backup/restore your MySQL database

Backing up your database is an essential part of a healthy Movable Type maintainance schedule and critically important any time you endeavor to upgrade your system.

You can back up and restore a MySQL database in one of two ways: • Via phpMyAdmin • Via the command line

Backing up via phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is the most popular web-based interface to MySQL and is usually preinstalled in most shared hosting accounts. Through it, you can perform any action on the database including backups and restoration.

To back up your database, open your...

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184. 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.

Trackbacks:

Previous Entry: TypePad and Movable Type as website platforms

Next Entry: EContent Reviews TypePad

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185. AdminCGIPath

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 379 words

AdminCGIPath

Movable Type uses the CGIPath and AdminCGIPath settings to construct links back to Movable Type CGI scripts. For example, the MT tag MTCGIPath is replaced with the value of the CGIPath setting. AdminCGIPath is used to construct links to mt.cgi, and CGIPath is used to construct links to all other CGI scripts.

AdminCGIPath is optional. If you do not provide a value for it, it will default to the value of CGIPath. You may wish to use it if you want to place your mt.cgi in a separate directory than the other CGI scripts, or if you wish to use an SSL-enabled URL for your mt.cgi...

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186. CGIPath

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 379 words

CGIPath

Movable Type uses the CGIPath and AdminCGIPath settings to construct links back to Movable Type CGI scripts. For example, the MT tag MTCGIPath is replaced with the value of the CGIPath setting. AdminCGIPath is used to construct links to mt.cgi, and CGIPath is used to construct links to all other CGI scripts.

AdminCGIPath is optional. If you do not provide a value for it, it will default to the value of CGIPath. You may wish to use it if you want to place your mt.cgi in a separate directory than the other CGI scripts, or if you wish to use an SSL-enabled URL for your mt.cgi usage....

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187. Entry body

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 373 words

Entry body

This field, along with the Extended Entry field, make up the body of your entry. The contents of this field are displayed with the MTEntryBody tag.

Movable Type allows you to split up your entry for more flexibility in the display of that entry; for example, if you write very long entries, you may want to display MTEntryBody on your index, Monthly and Category templates, but use both MTEntryBody and MTEntryMore (for the extended entry) on your Individual archive.

The entry body is transformed upon publishing according to the text formatting you've selected for that...

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188. Installing on Windows

Six Apart Knowledgebase, Manuals, 26 KB, 306 words

Question

Do you offer any installation instructions which are specific to Windows environments?

Answer

See Installing Movable Type on Windows in the 3.2 User Manual.

For more detailed information on configuring your Windows server to support a Movable Type installation, please see Installing Movable Type on Windows on the Six Apart website.

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189. Stranded Bloggers

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 15 KB, 329 words

It has come to our attention that an unlicensed weblog hosting service running on the Movable Type platform and branded as mBlog closed its doors to its users the other night without notice and, as a result, has taken their users' data with it.

One of the main reasons we work with authorized hosts is so that we can confidently recommend the level of service, support and reliability that they will provide. We set a high bar for the TypePad service and work only with partners who can provide a similar level of reliability for Movable Type. It was incredibly frustrating to see users of Movable Type (though it was rebranded as mBlog) not know exactly who to turn to. And it was frustrating...

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190. Creating an Archive Template

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 24 KB, 666 words

Creating an Archive Template

Problem

You want to create pages that provide different views of a weblog's entries.

Solution

Create an archive template that is mapped to a particular archive type.

Discussion

Archive Templates allows for pages to be created for different views of the weblog's entries. MT supports a few date-based archives -- daily, weekly, and monthly -- in addition to individual entry and category archives. These templates are used to create multiple pages, one for each "unit" (time-period, entry or category) of the archive.

Movable Type ships with Archive...

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191. Archive map preferred status

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 376 words

Archive map preferred status

This setting informs the system which of your archive maps is preferred for an archive type which has more than one template assigned.

Movable Type allows you to have multiple archive maps for each type of archiving, Category, Date-based and Individual. However, when you link to an archive type (e.g. using <MTArchiveList archive_type="Individual">) which has multiple archive maps, the system must know which of the archive maps is preferred in forming links. The radio button next to the archive maps is used to set this preference.

It's important to note that...

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192. Posting Entries Archives

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 53 KB, 4094 words

All roads in weblogging lead to posting entries, for without posted entries there is no weblog. It should come as no surprise that the Entries Listing and New/Edit Entry screens are where most users will find themselves when working with Movable Type.

In these screens a user can view what entries are in a weblog, filter them based on certain criteria, make new posts and edit existing ones.

Entries Listing

The Entries Listing screen displays either all the entries for the weblog or just the entries made by you. What gets displayed depends on whether or not you have been granted Edit All Posts access.

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193. Billboard Blogs

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 13 KB, 74 words

Billboard magazine's got a new TypePad-powered blog on the economics of digital music called Post Play. It's the best medium for tracking a market that's moving so quickly, and the presentation is excellent, having been created in partnership with Rafat Ali's paidContent.org.

Trackbacks:

Previous Entry: Wall Street Journal on customer retention with blogs

Next Entry: TypePad Finland launches

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194. 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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195. SearchTemplatePath

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 316 words

SearchTemplatePath

The filesystem path to the search_templates directory, which is where your search templates should be located. This setting defaults to ./search_templates, which means that the search_templates directory is in the same directory as the mt.cgi file; you probably don't need to change this setting, unless you have moved your search_templates directory.

Default value: ./search_templates/

Example: SearchTemplatePath /home/foo/my/search_templates/

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196. SearchScript

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 403 words

SearchScript

By default, the script that Movable Type uses for comments is called mt-comments.cgi, the TrackBack script is called mt-tb.cgi, the search engine script is called mt-search.cgi, the XML-RPC server script is called mt-xmlrpc.cgi, and the dynamic weblog view script is called mt-view.cgi. In some situations--for example, if you are running MT under mod_perl, or if your server requires that your Perl scripts have the extension .pl--you may need different names for these scripts. You can set the names that will be used throughout the default templates and Movable Type code...

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197. ViewScript

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 403 words

ViewScript

By default, the script that Movable Type uses for comments is called mt-comments.cgi, the TrackBack script is called mt-tb.cgi, the search engine script is called mt-search.cgi, the XML-RPC server script is called mt-xmlrpc.cgi, and the dynamic weblog view script is called mt-view.cgi. In some situations--for example, if you are running MT under mod_perl, or if your server requires that your Perl scripts have the extension .pl--you may need different names for these scripts. You can set the names that will be used throughout the default templates and Movable Type code...

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198. XMLRPCScript

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 403 words

XMLRPCScript

By default, the script that Movable Type uses for comments is called mt-comments.cgi, the TrackBack script is called mt-tb.cgi, the search engine script is called mt-search.cgi, the XML-RPC server script is called mt-xmlrpc.cgi, and the dynamic weblog view script is called mt-view.cgi. In some situations--for example, if you are running MT under mod_perl, or if your server requires that your Perl scripts have the extension .pl--you may need different names for these scripts. You can set the names that will be used throughout the default templates and Movable Type code...

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199. Preferred archive type

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 336 words

Preferred archive type

Movable Type allows you to select multiple types of archiving, however when linking to an archived entry - for example using MTEntryPermalink with no archive_type attriubute - or when using MTArchiveList (again, with no archive_type attribute) in your master archive index, the system needs to know which type of archive to link to. You can think of this as your default archiving type.

If you have not selected any archive types (Archive Frequency, above), you should select "No Archives" for your Preferred Archive Type.

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200. Site URL

Six Apart User Manual, Manuals, 21 KB, 364 words

Site URL

The full URL (including http:// and your site's domain name) to your public weblog. This URL should not include the filename of your index file; for example, if your index file is located at http://www.example.com/blog/index.html, then the value for Site URL should be http://www.example.com/blog/.

This is a required field.

Example: http://www.example.com/blog/

You should never set your Site URL to the same value as your Movable Type application URL (i.e. your CGIPath). Publishing your weblog content to the Movable Type directory is a security hazard and can lead to...

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mgs | September 27th 2005