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MT touts that it does not need so many plugins to do extraordinary things. It looks like WordPress 2. WordPress 2. Ever since MovableType launched MovableType. And now even MovableType Pro is free for personal use making it almost better than WordPress, now if they just find a way to foster a Plugin and Theme community like what WordPress has they can take the cake.

For those looking to install, the install instructions in a few words: 1. Upload the mt-static to the root folder 2. Put all the cgi files in your cgi-bin Not everything else 3. Upload all the other files in the root of the download file to the correct directories of your install Extra plugins add-ons ect. I used to berate Movable Type for a number of reasons, but I think that had more to do with how it had been implemented on a particular web server, rather than issues with the platform itself.

I probably spend about two-thirds of my time using Movable Type, and the other third on WordPress, and both have advantages and disadvantages. With the continued buzz surrounding social networking features, I think MT Pro could do well.

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It is harder to get into, because there are so many options, but it sounds like MT with the integrated membership features is really playing catchup with EE rather than differentiating from WP. Also it has had a robust integrated forum and wiki for over a year. This is due to be fixed in the upcoming release of EE 2. Movable type is getting more and more powerful. Other platforms better watch out because movable type is becoming dangerously good. I have worked with movable type a little bit and now I am for sure going to work with it more for clients.

Movable Type was the first real blogging software worth anything.

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On the one hand, they started with a development edge and have a really mature, robust system. On the other hand, now they have to keep supporting that going forward and sometimes that makes it harder for them to implement cool new things. The system includes a number of standard roles by default: author, blog administrator, commenter, contributor, designer, editor, moderator, and webmaster.

You can combine any privileges you want to create a role. An administrator, on the other hand, has all 19 privileges assigned. You can decide whether registration is compulsory for your blog. Movable Type supports a number of registration systems.

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The native registration allows users to log in directly to the Web site, while external systems such as OpenID, LiveJournal, Vox, and TypeKey redirect users to external Web sites before they log in. After you enable this option, users will be redirected to the TypeKey Web site every time they register or log in to your site.

Movable Type comes with a default text editor that does a pretty good job of publishing your material, but if you would like to use something more elaborate, install the FCKeditor plugin. You can use it to format your text any way you want, insert images or Flash files, insert links, and edit the source of your page. To install FCKeditor, download the tar. After the upload completes, edit your mt-config.

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For example, you can allow people to post anonymous comments, or you can make them submit their email address instead. MTOS 4. You can also set up your options for TrackBack, which is useful for communicating with other blogs and attracting more visitors to your site. The visual environment of Movable Type is structured on three pillars: templates, styles themes , and widget sets.

Templates, with the help of template tags, control what happens to the published pages and archives, and how and where widgets go. Users can edit and change templates, and they can install new ones easily with the new Template Installer plugin. To use the plugin, download and extract the. Movable Type uses the preinstalled StyleCatcher plugin to change styles. Widgets are sidebar modules you can use to add functionality to your site. Other widgets can be used by visitors for tasks such as searching, logging in, or voting in polls.

Choosing what widgets to use is easy.


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You will be presented with preset widget sets that are editable, but you can also create your own. The widgets in use on your site appear on the left, and the widgets installed on your system are on the right. You can drag and drop widgets from one column to another to add or remove them.

You need to publish your site after you complete this task to see the effects. Movable Type uses template tags like the one in the example above to assign certain characteristics to your templates and make your blog behave in a certain way.

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By learning how to use these tags, you can achieve almost complete control over your blog. For example, you can use Authors tags to output information about authors on the system. You can find a complete list of tags on the Movable Type Web page.


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Users can download plugins and widgets from the MT plugin repository. One interesting plugin that you can try is the Media Manager, that helps you manage images, sound, and video files more easily. Polls, is a plugin used for voting. To find out what plugins you have installed, switch to System Overview in the administration back end. Plugins show up only partially in single blog overview mode, because some of them can be used only globally, while others can be customized for each blog. WordPress is more lightweight than MT at installation, but Movable Type comes with more preinstalled plugins.

WordPress lacks the multiblog capability, making it more useful for individuals. Another difference lies in the way the two applications publish pages, with WordPress using dynamic publishing and Movable Type using static. In essence, static is faster for readers, while dynamic is better if you have many people posting at the same time.

Having tried both platforms, I found MT to be a clever and capable alternative to other blogging platforms, but also, software that created a niche of its own. In the end, using one blogging platform over another is a question of personal taste or a matter of fulfilling some needs. If you have to set up many functional blogs in a limited amount of time, Movable Type is the tool you need. Sign in. Log into your account.

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