March 12, 2012

Upgrade Guide for Movable Type

Upgrade Guide for Movable Type

August 8, 2010

Paged Archives Plugin

Alden Bates' Weblog: Paged Archives Plugin

"A plugin for the popular blogging software Movable Type. It was originally developed for MT3.3, and should work on any version from 3.2 to 5.1. You Mileage May Vary. It superceeds the Paged Categories plugin.

Movable Type category pages typically hold every entry in the category. For blogs with a lot of posts, the category pages can become very large indeed. This plugin, when installed and set up, can split the category pages into a number of smaller pages. It can do the same for date-based archives and also your main index page.

Although there are a few dynamic paging options for categories, this is, as far as I know, the first plugin to provide a static paging option. Because this creates static files, the system doesn't have to use resources in regenerating the pages every time they are viewed.

PagedArchives will only work for publishing of the following archive types:

* Main Index
* Categories
* Date-based

Note that the plugin will only work if you are statically publishing your blog with MT. It will not work if you are dynamically publishing using PHP files."

April 27, 2010

Concerning Spam

How can you fight spam on your blog? Movable Type V 3.3

February 4, 2010

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Archived versions of Movable Type

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Backing up MySQL via phpMyAdmin

Movable Type 3.2 User Manual: Backup/restore your MySQL database

Backing up via phpMyAdmin

phpMyAdmin is the most popular web-based interface to MySQL and is usually preinstalled in most shared hosting accounts. Through it, you can perform any action on the database including backups and restoration.

To back up your database, open your phpMyAdmin page in your web browser and select your database from the dropdown on the left. From the the main database page, click on "Export" in the top button bar.

Set up the options as follows:
Export section

This section determines from which tables data should be exported and the format of the file itself. You should "Select All" tables and choose SQL as the data type.
SQL section

This section gives you various SQL syntax options that you can choose for your export. You should check both the Structure and Data checkboxes.

* Structure - Check the following SQL structure options:
o Enclose table and fieldnames with backquotes
* Data - Do not check any of SQL insert syntax options (e.g. Complete, Extended, Delayed) but make sure that the "Export type" is set to "INSERT".

"Save as file" section

This section lets you choose options about the exported file itself. If you want to save your export to a file (always helpful when you want to actually back up your data), check the "Save as file" button.

In Filename template, you can set the name of the file to be saved to your desktop. The default is DB which yields the database name plus .sql file extension. This is fine for a one time backup, but I tend to prefer %Y%m%d%H%M%S-DB which yields a time-stamped filename (e.g. 20040510120000-mt.sql).

By default, the export will be downloaded in a plain text file format. If, however, your database is very large, you may want to choose some form of compression to shorten your download and save on bandwidth. Note that due to a bug in the software at the time of writing, if you choose a compression format, the .gz and .zip extensions may no be added on and so you may want to add them yourself after the download is complete.

Once you hit the "Go" button, the download of your export file will proceed and phpMyAdmin will remember your settings for the next time.
Restoring via phpMyAdmin

To restore from a backup, click on the SQL tab in the top menu bar. You will see a button labelled "Choose file". Click it and select the MySQL export file from your computer in the resulting dialog box. Leave the "Compression" option at "Autodetect" unless you experience problems. Click on Go and your database will be restored!

Upgrade Path from Older Versions of Movable Type

Upgrade Path from Older Versions of Movable Type | - Home of the MT Community

Because of various schema improvements throughout the lifetime of Movable Type, the following upgrade path is recommended.
Movable Type 5.x ΒΆ

From the current version of MT you are on, upgrade through each of these key versions of Movable Type to get to MT5.

1. MT3.2 -
2. MT3.3x -
3. MT4.x - latest stable version of MT4
4. MT5 - latest stable version of MT5

Movable Type 4.x ΒΆ

From the current version of MT you are on, upgrade through each of these key versions of Movable Type to get to MT4.

1. MT3.2 -
2. MT3.3x -
3. MT4 - latest stable version of MT4

Tip: Other older versions of Movable Type are available in the Movable Type Archive.

This path is recommended solely based on the fact that Six Apart does not extensively test the upgrade process between versions more than one major version apart. While technically an upgrade from MT2.6 to MT5 or MT4 should work and there are no known issues with upgrading in this fashion, we can only offer upgrade support to users upgrading from one version at a time.

MT 4: Backing Up and Restoring Blogs

Backing Up and Restoring Blogs | - Home of the MT Community

Upgrading to MT 4

Community Generated Upgrade Guide - Movable Type |