Style

  • 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...
  • Alternating Comment Styles with Movable Type 4 » A list of comments, particularly a long list, that doesn’t include any style differentiation can get a little hard to read. Using two alternating comment styles will give your readers’ eyes a break and your blog a little more style. Happily, Movable Type 4 provides a relatively simple way to...
  • 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....
  • Banner Images » Updated November 25th, 2005. Better code. A great way to easily customize the look of your Movable Type weblog is to insert a banner image. To do so, you will need to make adjustments to your style sheet, and potentially to your index and archive templates as well. Before...
  • Background Patterns » Adding a background pattern to your weblog is pretty straightforward in Movable Type, requiring the change of only one line in your stylesheet. 1. Pick a pattern. You can make your own pattern using a tool like Photoshop, or you can pick a pattern from one of the many sites...
  • Creating a 3-Column Layout in MT3.2 » The default Movable Type MT3.2 templates come with one sidebar on the right side of the Main Index page. With a little template manipulation you can have an additional sidebar on the left - a 3-column layout. The MT3.2 stylesheets and templates are designed to have the columns laid...
  • Adding a Sidebar to the Default Archive Templates » The default Movable Type MT3.2 templates come with a sidebar on the right side of the Main Index page, but not on any of the individual entry, monthly, or category archive pages. There are two basic ways to add a sidebar to archive pages. The easiest for beginners is...
  • MT3.2 - Changing the Default Sidebar Position » The style sheet and templates in MT3.2 can be daunting to the non CSS expert. Changing the position of the sidebar from the right to the left shouldn't be so difficult. Once understood, it is a bit easier to do. Changing the Sidebar Position The MT3.2 stylesheets and templates...
  • Text Wrap » Updated March 23, 2005 Once you are uploading images to your MT weblog with ease, you might on occassion want to wrap text on either side of the image, like so: Placeholder Latin text - Vt enim quidam monumentis suis testati sunt, in Hispania pro consule et a sociis pecunias...
  • Colors - Experimenting With, Using MTSetVar and MTGetVar » The default Movable Type styles use color schemes in which certain colors are repeated in different style elements throughout the stylesheet. For example, a style might use the same color red for the banner background color, the link hover color, the content h2, the calendar caption, and the sidebar h2...
  • Creating a Horizontal Navigation Bar » This tutorial is out of date, but some of the concepts may still be useful. ~Elise March 5, 2007 The default Movable Type layouts don't give you a lot of choice in terms of navigation. Clicking on the top bar with the title of the weblog will take you...
  • Keeping an Entry at the Top » Sometimes you may want to keep an entry, or all entries within a certain category, at the top of your weblog, above all of your other entries. For example, you may want to highlight announcements at the top of your site, or you might have a site explanation or introduction...