Templates

  • Get An Email List of All Authors On Your System » This article was first published at Movable Tweak. This little snip of code will dump out a list of all the users and their email addresses on your install in a comma-delimited format that you can easily import into your email client. It’s particularly useful on larger installs: <mt:Authors include_blogs="all">...
  • Template Macros: The coolest template trick you don't know about » Recently when working on updating the Photo Gallery plugin to work with Movable Type 4.1 I found myself neck deep in some of the most complicated Movable Type templates I have ever seen. Of course, their complexity is exactly why the Photo Gallery plugin outputs such beautiful results. Within these...
  • 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...
  • List Random Authors » As communities grow, so does the need to showcase your authors. Having a hefty community of authors is a great thing (content producers FTW!) but everyone wants their fifteen minutes. This handy little tip can help make sure everyone gets their fair share of the limelight. A couple of things...
  • 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...
  • Working with Movable Type 4.0 Templates: Sidebar » This tutorial is cross posted on my personal blog On a path.The new templates and template structure in Movable Type 4 streamline and simplify the process of making site wide changes to your blog. Well that’s what they do once you actually understand the templates and template structure. But understanding...
  • How to Fix a Common MT4 Feed Formatting Error » Over the last few years, the term beta has been somewhat misused. It used to be that when you used beta software, you expected to encounter problems. But when Google started throwing around the term for its offerings, people came to expect that beta software wasn't so bad. Still need...
  • 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...
  • Adding a Calendar to Your MT Blog » This tutorial is written by LMT author Arvind Satyanarayan of Movalog. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and LMT. With the release of Movable Type version 3.2, Six Apart opted to not include the calendar feature that had been included by default in earlier versions. The reason for this is that...
  • 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...
  • The New Themes - Making Sense of It All » This tutorial is written by LMT author Arvind Satyanarayan of Movalog. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and LMT. With Movable Type 3.2, Six Apart launched a new markup and stylesheet structure that has also unified their three platforms. These new templates and stylesheets (from now on referred to as...
  • 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...
  • MT3.2 - Bare Essentials Templates » This tutorial is written by LMT contributor Chris Vannoy of Dummied.org. Movable Type's default templates have always been intimidating things to those new to the system, and with Six Apart's decision to standardize their template structure across all three of their blogging platforms, TypePad and LiveJournal being the other...
  • Yearly Archives » Movable Type is set up for doing date-based archives by day, week, and month, but not by year. There are a few plugins and methods out there that will help you create a yearly calendar of your archives, for example, Brad Choate's Year Archives in MT Perl script plugin...
  • 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...