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We're thrilled to announce the newest, and easiest, way to get started with Movable Type: Yahoo! Small Business web hosting now includes Movable Type. All of us on the Movable Type team have worked with the folks at Yahoo to make this the best experience possible for professionals who want to get started with blogging.

If you sign up for Yahoo! web hosting, you get a reliable, robust web hosting account with hundreds of gigabytes of bandwidth and plenty of storage space. But you also get a name you know and trust offering a blogging platform that's the most popular choice for businesses.

Many companies, especially small businesses, are unfamiliar with blogging and might even...

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2. 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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3. Yahoo Offers Its Guides

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 140 words

A few new guides that might be of interest to bloggers have just been released by Yahoo. The first is the Publisher's Guide to RSS, which explains the ways that various Yahoo services can take advantage of XML feeds. The practices listed here can all be used to good effect on almost any blog, in addition to meeting Yahoo's needs.

From a slightly different perspective, Yahoo's also published their Employee Blog Guidelines, which are available as a three-page PDF file. Though some of the language and guidelines are specific to Yahoo, almost all of the points would be helpful in drafting a custom set of guidelines for your own organization.

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4. Yahoo launches web services

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 14 KB, 124 words

Via Jeremy Zawodny comes word of an extensive new set of Yahoo web services offerings. Starting with an announcement on the Yahoo Search Blog, Yahoo links to their new developer network, their Movable Type-powered web services weblog, and a great overview from Paul Bausch on the O'Reilly Network, giving a preview of his upcoming Yahoo! Hacks.

The wide range of services seem like they'd make a great base of plugins for Movable Type users, and we're excited to see what creative works come out of this new set of tools.

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5. What web services should Yahoo offer?

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 13 KB, 105 words

An interesting conversation popped up at Jeremy Zawodny's venerable blog, where he's asked which web services Yahoo should offer. Though he works for Yahoo, he's not asking in an official capacity.

Jeremy helped the Yahoo! Search blog get set up with Movable Type, so he clearly knows the power of the weblog platform. Maybe there's some good suggestions to be made about how to connect blogs to Yahoo's range of services.

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6. blo.gs goes to Yahoo

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 13 KB, 103 words

blo.gs is one of the most popular update pinging services, having been a default service in Movable Type and TypePad for years. Today, Jim Winstead, the service's creator, has announced that blo.gs was sold to Yahoo, after announcing a change of ownership a month ago.

The good news for developers is that both Jim and Yahoo promise that the service will remain completely open, with the goal of improving reliability and stability for the service.

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7. 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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9. To Hell With Bad Browsers

A List Apart, Tutorials, 21 KB, 2563 words

If the design of this site looks relatively coherent, congratulations! Your browser does a good-to-excellent job of supporting web standards like CSS-1, HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0, and scripting languages. If this site is readable and usable but looks as plain as an Amish coat, your browser does not support web standards. Fortunately, you can easily upgrade to one that does. Before you start shrieking, perhaps you'll hear us out.

What have you done?

We've upgraded the design of A List Apart to comply with web standards, some of which (like CSS1) date back to 1996. This, of course, is the year 2001.

Why doesn't it work in old browsers?

They were not built to comply...

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10. WebCron - Pseudo cron scheduler for poor MT users like me

alogblog, Plugins, 22 KB, 1472 words

WebCron is a pseudo scheduler for emulating Unix's cron on MT 3.2 platform. Unix's cron or MS's scheduler enable you to run some tasks on your predefined interval. If you have your own server or buy a premium hosting service, then you can absoluetly enjoy "cron"ing your scheduled tasks. In MT, we can set "Post Status" of an entry to "Scheduled". If you do, publishing of that entry will be postponed until that setting time. As you may predict, this feature needs to use "cron-like-scheduler".

But to poor MT users like ME, these cron-needed-features are "Pie in the sky". Yes it's BIG pie... I even didn't know it's delicious or not because it is in the sky. So I...

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11. About Six Apart - Mena’s Corner

Six Apart Mena's Corner, News, 20 KB, 2122 words

Mena | December 07, 2005

I've just returned from Paris after attending Les Blogs, a weblogging conference organized by our European office. I'm still a bit jet-lagged and, at this moment, I haven't the energy to write up a long post about the morning talk I gave (plus the heated Q&A). However, I'd like to post the bulk of the speech I gave.

I was fairly hesitant to give this talk since I knew that it would stir up some heated discussions and I tend to prefer avoiding controversy -- especially considering my role at Six Apart. I ultimately decided to speak about civility because I, personally, haven't really seen anyone raise this topic from inside the industry and I do believe...

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12. Six Apart - Movable Type News

Six Apart News, News, 12 KB, 177 words

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December 2005

12.12.2005

Blogging with Yahoo! Small Business Web Hosting

We're thrilled to announce the newest, and easiest, way to get started with Movable Type: Yahoo! Small Business web hosting now includes Movable Type. All of us on the Movable Type team have worked with the folks at Yahoo to make this the best experience possible for professionals who want to get started with blogging.

If you sign up for Yahoo! web hosting, you get a reliable, robust web hosting account with...

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13. Introduction to Nofollow

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 45 KB, 3949 words

As we've just announced, we'll be supporting the new rel="nofollow" attribute for comment and TrackBack links with our platforms.

With the introduction of the new spec, it's worth reviewing the initiative for Professional Network members who'd like an overview of the entire effort. • What is nofollow?

The HTML specification allows a tags for hyperlinks to include a rel attribute. This attribute is used to specify a link type describing the relationship between the document hosting the hyperlink and the document that is the target of the hyperlink. • Is this valid HTML?

Yup. Though the rel attribute has been relatively obscure (it's used in XFN and Technorati's tags, but...

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14. Optimizing Your Blog for Search Engines

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 28 KB, 1816 words

Updated. Originally posted January 4, 2004.

If you are interested in driving more traffic to your blog, the first thing you should do is create useful, compelling content. The next thing you should do is make sure that content is easily found in search results from search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

Movable Type does a few things automatically that are very helpful to getting ranked higher in search engines. For example, Google likes pages that are well structured, with header and title tags, and with lots of text. The default templates in MT ensure that the pages of your blog are well structured with H1, H2, and H3 header tags, and even title tags that include the name of...

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15. The Perfect 404

A List Apart, Tutorials, 18 KB, 1880 words

Oops. Something went wrong. You're not sure what - was it you? Was it the website? What do you do now?

Welcome to the world of the Error 404 page. You've requested a page - either by typing a URL directly into the address bar or clicking on an out-of-date link and you've found yourself in the middle of cyberspace nowhere. A user-friendly website will give you a helping hand while many others will simply do nothing, relying on the browser's built-in ability to explain what the problem is. We can do better than that, can't we?

I won't go into details about how you set your server up to deliver a custom 404 page - ...

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16. ProNet: June 2005 Archives

Six Apart ProNet Weblog, News, 63 KB, 5850 words

06.30.2005

New in Movable Type 3.2: A home for administrators

One of Movable Type's biggest strengths is the platform's support for an unlimited number of weblogs. Once you've got a thriving community of bloggers creating entries and publishing their thoughts, though, it quickly becomes necessary to manage the weblogs on your system.

To meet this need, we've introduced an entire new area of functionality in Movable Type 3.2: The System Overview. We've chosen the System Overview as the first feature to highlight in this new release because it represents a single home for administrators. It's one place to go to oversee everything that's happening across your...

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17. 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.

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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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18. Trackback Spam

Learning Movable Type, Tutorials, 43 KB, 3663 words

Update April 9, 2005: Brad Choate has released a new anti-spam plugin called SpamLookup. Jay Allen, the creator of MT-Blacklist recommends SpamLookup over MT-Blacklist.

Spammers have discovered Trackback and have recently been leaving their trail of unwelcome links all over the blogosphere. To get a sense of what we are up against, read The Register's interview with a link spammer. Listed here are some defensive measures you can take.

MT-Blacklist

As with comment spam, your first recourse is Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist. The blacklist will help you delete the trackbacks and ban the URLs the spammers leave. Note that if you are using MT2.661 and MT-Blacklist 1.65, Jay has special instructions for deleting trackback spam pings....

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19. YahooRank

Six Apart Pronet Plugin Directory, Plugins, 11 KB, 46 words

MTYahooRank is a Movable Type plugin that allows you to programmatically determine the Yahoo Rank of a keyword or phrase. Have a keyword that is special to you that you always want to know where you stand on Yahoo? MTYahooRank is for you.

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20. CSS and Email, Kissing in a Tree

A List Apart, Tutorials, 12 KB, 1323 words

Most people who've attempted to recreate a sophisticated design in HTML email have run into a wall when using CSS, either in the form of inexplicable mangling by email clients or a pronouncement by an email administrator stating that CSS is "against the rules." If you're not content to roll over and use font tags in your HTML emails, read on.

Despite prevailing wisdom to the contrary, you can safely deploy HTML emails styled with good old-fashioned CSS. Yes, I really just said that. Not all attributes will be invited to the party, but many of them work flawlessly with this method.

First comes love: unconditional acceptance

From web design publications,...

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mgs | September 27th 2005