Beginner Tips

  • How to Customize Default Styles in MT4 » Okay, so you've created a new blog in MT4. You've followed the system prompts and have picked a style from the available defaults. Now you want to customize the style you've chosen, perhaps use a different font, or a different color for an element. You go to look at the...
  • How Do People Find Your Blog? » This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). If our goal is to increase our blog traffic, the primary question we need to ask ourselves is, how do people get to our blogs in the first place? Understanding how people...
  • How to Build Blog Traffic - Community » This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). When I first started blogging in 2003, I viewed the exercise mostly as a way to express myself. I didn't know what a "blogroll" was, nor did I care that much when...
  • How to Build Blog Traffic - Content » This article is part of a series of posts on How to Build Blog Traffic (see Intro). Everyone knows that if you want a successful blog you have to start with great content. But what does it mean to have great content? Your friends and family will read your blog...
  • How to Build Blog Traffic - Intro » You spend hours, days, weeks, months writing, photographing, uploading, editing your blog. At the end of the day you hope that someone (or more than a few someones) takes the time to read it. One would think that it is pretty obvious the steps one must take to build...
  • Font Sizes and Colors » Updated Movable Type uses CSS elements defined in your weblog's stylesheet template to control font sizes as well as other style factors. The following graphic indicates which default stylesheet classes and IDs correspond to which heading and text elements in the MT3.2 default Vicksburg style....
  • Adding a "Posted to Category" Line » The default settings for Movable Type include category archiving. If you assign categories to your posts, you may want to include that information in the "Posted by" section underneath each entry. This is quite easy to do....
  • Entry Titles Linked to Permalinks » If you are using Movable Type default templates, the titles of your entries on the main page of your MT blog are just that - titles. They look pretty but go nowhere. If you want to get from the entry on your main blog page to its individual entry...
  • Dynamic Publishing - Pros and Cons » Discussion cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type One of the key features that Six Apart promotes about Movable Type is MT's ability to publish dynamically. What is dynamic publishing? And what are the benefits (and downsides) to dynamic publishing over static publishing? Elise Bauer, editor of Learning Movable...
  • Blog Maintenance » Movable Type weblogs require some level of maintenance, beyond just adding new content. Here are some suggestions that can help keep your blog running smoothly. If you have other suggestions not on this list, please let us know in the comments section. Dead Links If you link to any other...
  • Uploading Images and Photos » Posting photos and images to your weblog entry is easy in Movable Type. 1. Prepare your image for the web. First make sure your image is a manageable size. Whether you are using software that comes with your digital camera or specializied photo software such as Adobe Photoshop or PhotoElements,...
  • Multiple Authors » This tutorial needs to be updated to include the use of the CustomFields plugin as a way to manage a multi-author site. ~Elise March 9, 2007 With MT you can have multiple authors on the same weblog, making it easy to have a friend contribute to your blog as a...
  • What Do All These Templates Do? » Movable Type uses a template system to generate the pages of your weblog. To change which content elements and how they are displayed on the pages of your blog, you need to make changes to the appropriate templates. Selecting "Manage Templates" from the sidebar navigation in your weblog edit screen...
  • Alphabetize Your Entries » If you want your Movable Type entries to be displayed in alphabetical order, substitute the <MTEntries> tag with: <MTEntries sort_by="title" sort_order="ascend"> Use the same </MTEntries> closing tag....
  • Add Your Links Here » Updated August 28, 2005 Sometimes the most frustrating things for beginners in Movable Type turn out to be simple and painfully obvious, once you have figured them out. Adding links to to your first weblog or adding a link to an entry can be one of those things if you...
  • Installing Movable Type: Before You Start » Before you install Movable Type there are three fundamental questions you need to ask yourself, 1) should you really be using Movable Type as your blogging software?, 2) do you have everything you need to use Movable Type? and 3) should you do the install yourself or should you pay...
  • Typepad or Movable Type? » People who want to start blogging often ask me which tool they should use, Typepad or Movable Type? 9 times out of 10 my answer is TypePad. That's odd, you might think coming from someone who runs a blog all about Movable Type. The answer has more to do with...
  • What does "Syndicate this site" mean? » Syndicate this site means that the headlines, a link, and an entry description for each new weblog entry are made available for others to use on their websites or to access through a newsfeed reader program. What is a "newsfeed reader" program? Rather than manually checking in on each of...
  • HTML or PHP? » This article is out of date and doesn't touch on MT's dynamic publishing features. ~Elise February 22, 2007 When you are first setting up a new weblog, Movable Type prompts you to choose a file extension in the weblog config preferences section. The default setting is HTML. If your server...
  • Creating an Additional Weblog » Updated January 9, 2006 Movable Type lets you have as many weblogs as you want on the same installation of MT. Once you have a weblog up and running, you should be able to easily add another one. In fact, it's a good idea to have a separate test blog...
  • Date Formats » The default Movable Type templates place the date that an entry is posted near the title of the entry and a time posted at the end of the entry. You can easily change the formatting of how these dates appear by changing the MTEntryDate tag in your index and archive...
  • What is Trackback? » Updated February 21, 2007 TrackBack is a feature of Movable Type (and Typepad) that allows you to let other sites know that you have linked to them, and lets you know when other sites have linked to you. If enabled, the TrackBack feature will place a direct link on your...