Templates

  • 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 new 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...
  • MT3.2 - Bare Essentials Templates » This tutorial is written by LMT contributor Chris Vannoy of Dummied.net. 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...