Servers

  • Running Publish Queue under daemontools » In Movable Type 4.0 users had the option of offloading the task of publishing to a separate program or application called Publish Queue. This had the advantage of dramatically increasing Movable Type's performance and reliability. Most users run Pubish Queue via a scheduled task that wakes up at a fixed...
  • Comments.cgi and Server Loads » A few weeks ago I got a telephone call from my web host letting me know that "one of your Movable Type CGI scripts is using up half the resources of the server and would you please disable the script before we find it necessary to close your account?" Don't...
  • Custom Error Messages » Updated. Originally published Jan 2, 2004 Error messages are the messages that are displayed when a visitor to your site encounters a server error. The most common error messages are 404: File Not Found and 403: Access Forbidden. The 404 error message is displayed when a visitor to your site...
  • Movable Type Friendly Web Hosts » This article was last updated in October, 2004 and does not likely represent the current hosting environment. ~Elise March 9, 2007 Updated October 16, 2004 The first step in installing Movable Type is making sure that your web host meets MT requirements. In addition to the basic requirements there are...
  • CGIWrap and suEXEC » Co-authored by Elise Bauer and Arvind Satyanarayan. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type The installation instructions in the Movable Type Install Guide contain a section in the Configuration area called Enable Security Features. These instructions tell you to uncomment the Umask lines in your mt.cfg if your...
  • Scheduled Postings and Cron Jobs » Co-authored by Elise Bauer and Arvind Satyanarayan. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type Future posting is a convenient new feature in MT3.1x, allowing you to create an entry and have it automatically post at a future time. But before you can use this feature you need to...
  • Password Protecting Your Blog with .htaccess » One way to set up a private, password-protected weblog is by adding a .htaccess file to the directory in which the weblog resides. htaccess files can give you extra control over your server, allowing you to password protect directories, enable server side includes, generate custom error messages, and block users...
  • Htaccess and Dynamic Publishing » Co-authored by Arvind Satyanarayan and Elise Bauer Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type With the release of Movable Type 3.1 comes a new and powerful feature - Dynamic Publishing. To take advantage of Dynamic Publishing, you need to edit or create a file on your Apache server...
  • Backing Up Your Blog » Occassionally databases get corrupted, servers fail or web hosts go out of business. So it's a good idea to back up your Movable Type blogs. There are many methods for doing so, a few of which I will cover here. The back-up process is much easier if you are using...