Announcements

  • Learning Movable Type is Up Again! » It has been a while, but Learning Movable Type is finally alive again!  Many thanks to site founder Elise Bauer who has graciously passed me the torch.  You might know me from my other MT-related site and from the (almost) six years I spent working at Six Apart Europe, where...
  • 10 Reasons MT 4 Will Rock Your Blog » It was 5 am, and I was headed off to bed after pulling an all-nighter on a client's project; and who of all people writes me, but Arvind sending over the news that MT 4 beta has just gone public. I couldn't let this one go without saying something. While...
  • Hackathon 07 NYC » Just got back from NYC, where Six Apart hosted a Hackathon with MT developers and an Executive Summit. I finally got to meet LMT collaborators Jesse Gardner and Chad Everett (yay!) Also in attendance were Jay Allen, Anil Dash, Byrne Reese, Kevin Shay, David Jacobs, Finn Smith, Dave Aiello,...
  • Learning Movable Type Has a New Look and Focus » Hello everyone. Welcome to the new Learning Movable Type. We recently had a total design makeover, and oh my, what a difference. LMT contributing editor Jesse Gardner of PlasticMind Design led the design effort. Arvind of Movalog built a fancy multi-author back-end. I (Elise) picked the colors, and then got...
  • Close Old Comments with BlogJanitor » One way to reduce blog spam is to reduce the opportunity by closing comments on old entries. There have been several plugins in the past that accomplished this, but they either don't work with the newer versions of MT, or aren't supported anymore. To address this need, plugin developer Mark...
  • Movable Type 3.3 is here! » The latest version of Movable Type - MT3.3 has arrived. Get your version upgrade here. New features include - full support for tags, better junk and spam management, resizable text areas, better password and permissions management, and hundreds of other improvements. Six Apart has announced a new pricing policy...
  • MultiBlog 2.0 Fundraiser » Hear ye, hear ye, all those who take advantage of David Raynes' powerful MultiBlog plugin, David is raising money for its ongoing development. What David is asking for doesn't even come close to compensating him for the time he has put into developing plugins for MT. So be generous,...
  • The Style Contest is Live » Attention Movable Type, Typepad and LJ designers, prepare your mice! After months of planning and coding, The Style Contest is live. Arvind, Jesse, I and a whole crew from Six Apart have been hard at work to turn what started last year as a simple idea - "Let's have...
  • Psst. Designers get ready. » A few of us decided a while back that Six Apart, and specifically Movable Type, needed a bit more in the way of default styles. Especially now that with MT3.2 the templates had changed. So we thought we would do something about that, and have been hard at work. Get...
  • Share the Love - through Amazon.com » Many weblogs have book lists that are tied to an Amazon associate program wherein the blog author gets a small referral fee when you purchase a book from a click on their weblog. So this holiday season, give your favorite blogger a gift, with no cost to you, by clicking...
  • Welcome Guest Author Chris Vannoy » LMT welcomes Dummied.net's Chris Vannoy as a guest author. In his Bare Essentials Templates tutorial, Chris has gone to the effort to strip out any non-essential code from the new MT3.2 default templates to create a useful starting point for those who plan to customize their CSS. Thanks Chris, and...
  • Movable Type Style Generator » Arvind of Movalog has just released a useful new tool for MT3.2 - the Movable Type Style Generator. Just click on any element - background color, banner, font - to change the element's properties. When you are all done, you can click on the Download button and voila, you...
  • Welcome Guest Author Mike Everett-Lane » LMT welcomes guest author Mike Everett-Lane of Ishbadiddle who has generously written up his detailed tutorial on how to create a subject index for your blog. Thank you Mike for sharing your time and expertise here on LMT!...
  • BlogHer 2005 » Well, I'm finally recovered from the weekend of playing audio technician at the sold-out 2005 BlogHer conference. Got to meet several fellow MT and TP bloggers in attendance, like ProNetter Jenifer Hanen (pictured left), Christine Halvorson, Lynda Keeler, Gina Hughes and Ronni Bennett....
  • Hacking Movable Type - Now Shipping » Hacking Movable Type, the long awaited book by MT experts Jay Allen, Brad Choate, Ben Hammersley, David Raynes and Matt Haughey, is now in print, shipping, and available at Amazon.com. From the book's back cover: Ready to push Movable Type to the max? Movable Type, that amazingly powerful personal...
  • MT-Protect Plugin » Arvind Satyatanarayan, author of Movalog and creator of MT-Blogroll, has released a new Movable Type plugin - MT-Protect - which allows you to protect individual weblog entries via password or via a Typekey identity. This plugin may prove especially useful for those wanting to charge for access, or to restrict...
  • Welcome Guest Author Lance McCord » LMT welcomes guest author Lance McCord who has written a terrific tutorial on how to use the free Blogger and Audioblogger services to create an audioblog for your Movable Type blog. To get a sense of what an audioblog message might sound like, click on the image link below. Thanks...
  • Six Apart Guide To Combatting Comment Spam » Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type and Typepad, have written a comprehensive guide to combatting comment spam. If you have been finding that spammers are increasingly able to break through whatever barriers you've put up to stop them, make sure to read this article....
  • Share the Love - through Amazon.com » Many weblogs have book lists that are tied to an Amazon associate program wherein the blog author gets a small referral fee when you purchase a book from a click on their weblog. So this holiday season, give your favorite blogger a gift, with no cost to you, by clicking...
  • Planet Movable Type » Arvind Satyanarayan of the ever helpful Movalog has just released Planet Movable Type, a very useful aggregation of MT-oriented RSS feeds....
  • Movable Type Demographic Tidbits » A few months ago LMT conducted a survey of web hosts. As part of that survey, I asked a few demographic questions regarding age, gender, and educational level. Here are the survey results of those questions, along with some data from the LMT stats tracker regarding browser and OS used....
  • Update to "Attacked" » Updated again Monday night, midnight, Oct 4 This post is in reference to: Attacked!. I've posted the following update on that post and here....
  • Attacked! » Updated 12:30 am PST, Oct 4 Wednesday morning, September 29th, Learning Movable Type and some of the other MT weblogs hosted at elise.com were intruded by a spammer who placed popup generating code on the MT index and archive templates. Not being aware of the additional code on my templates,...
  • CocoaMySQL - MySQL Tool for Mac » Finally, a desktop app for managing your MySQL database designed for Mac OS X. CocoaMySQL is a GPL licensed (free) download. It is wonderfully easy to use, just what you would expect a Mac app to be. And because it's an application, not a web-based tool, it is blazingly fast....