MT Forum is a forum plugin for Movable Type 4.1+. Using MT Forum you can add forums to existing MT blogs, or create new blogs that act as dedicated forums. MT Forum is completely integrated with Movable Type and supports posting topics and replies by MT-authenticated users as well as OpenID-authenticated users.

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MT Forum Features

MT Forum provides basic forum functionality in a way that is completely integrated with Movable Type. Features include:

  • Add forums to existing MT blogs/sites, or create a new site dedicated to the forum.
  • Create forums and subforums to organize discussions.
  • Forum posters can use their existing MT commenter accounts to post new topics and replies.
  • Forum posters can use OpenID, Vox, Livejournal, AOL, TypeKey and any other authentication method supported by MT, to post both topics and replies.
  • Topics and replies can also be posted by unauthenticated users (if configured by admin)
  • Familiar forum and topic layout promotes active forum participation.
  • Most recently active discussion topics are always listed at the top of forum listings (topic listings are sorted by most recent "post", whether it be a new topic or reply)
  • Static forum and topic pages are SEO-friendly (no long query strings).
  • New forum topics can be tagged by posters (if enabled by admin)
  • Default templates do not use HTML <table> tags for forum/topic layout.
  • Recent Forum Topics widget displays recent topics in your sidebar.
  • New topics can be scanned by MT's junk filters
  • Topic and Reply forms are spam-protected against spambots
  • Forum and Topic templates are completely customizable via MT templates.
  • Supports the integration with other MT plugins via template customization.

Live Demo

You can try MT Forum on the MT4.1 Test Blog. Browse around, post a new topic, reply to existing topics. Click here to for the live demo.

Note that some features shown in the live demo (and in the screensnaps above) require other plugins. These include topic view stats, topic signatures, reply (comment) titles, user profile pages, join dates and post counts.

Template Set

MT Forum comes with a set of templates that can be installed in a single click, making it very easy to setup. The templates control the display of the main forum home page, the forum listing pages, topic listing pages, and the new topic submission page.

Forum Themes

MT Forum comes with two themes (styles), the red one shown above, and a blue one shown here:

These themes are based on themes from the open source phpBB (version 3) forum application. With a bit of effort, other phpBB styles could be converted for use with MT Forum.

Requirements

Get MT Forum

After purchasing a license below, you will be taken directly to a download page.

Buy MT Forum and Entry Post Together

Note that the new topic posting feature of MT Forum is powered by the Entry Post plugin from MT Hacks. Use the links below to purchase licenses for both plugins together. Click here to buy a license for only MT Forum.

Commercial License - (up to 5 blogs) - $194.00

Blog Network License - (more than 5 blogs) - $346.00

Non-Commercial License - (up to 5 blogs) - $66.00


Installation


  1. Extract the zip file and upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of you MT Installation.

  2. Upload the contents of the 'mt-static' directory to the 'mt-static' directory of your MT install

  3. The next time you access MT, you should see a "Time to Upgrade" screen that will update the database for MT Forum

  4. If you have not already done so, enable Entry Post for the blog(s) where you want to install a forum (details here)

  5. Go to the blog you want then choose Preferences > Plugins from the menu, then click on MT Forum then Settings. Click the "Install Templates" button to install the templates.

  6. Choose Design > Templates from the Menu and choose "Template Modules" from the right side of the page. Open the "Header" module. Look for the </head> tag. Immediately before that tag there should be a <mt:var name="html_head"> tag. If this is not present, then add it bebefore the &t;/head> tag and save the template.

  7. Choose to Manage > Forums from the menu and create one or more forums.

  8. Rebuild all files and view your forum at http://yourblogurl.com/forum.html

  9. (Optional) Use Widget Manager to add the "Recent Forum Topics" widget to the sidebar of your blog. You may also want to add a navigation link to forum.html so people can find the main forum page.

As always, feedback is appreciated, please reply to this entry.

User Profiles is a plugin for Movable Type 4.1+ that extends the user profiles in MT. Version 1.6 adds support for MT 4.1.

In the Pro version, extended profiles can be edited from the admin interface, or by commenters:

New features

Version 1.6 primarily adds support for MT 4.1. In the latest version of MT, user profile images are a core feature, called "userpics". If you previously installed the User Profiles plugin on MT4, version 1.6 will automatically migrate your users' profile photos to use the new core Userpic system.

Note that while Userpics are a core feature in MT 4.1, there is no core feature for enabling commenters to upload their userpics -- you will need the User Profiles plugin to enable that.

Features in User Profiles 1.6

  • Commenters can upload a profile image (any authenticated commenter, including Vox, OpenID, etc.)
  • Authenticated commenters can edit basic profile info

Features in User Profiles Pro

User Profiles Pro includes the following additional features:

  • Authors and commenters have extended profiles. Extended profiles come with 22 built-in fields (such as City, Country, Birthdate, About Me, etc.).
  • Custom fields for extended profiles can be defined by system administrators
  • Publish profile pages for each author and commenter, including profile images, basic and extended profile info, recent entries, and recent comments.
  • Automatically import profile images (avatars) for all your existing users from Gravatar, MyBlogLog, Vox, Livejournal, and BlogCatalog.
  • AJAX function auto-imports avatars in the background after new commenters login.

How it Works

Authenticated commenters can edit their profiles and upload a profile image:

Finally, the <MTAuthorImageURL> and <MTCommenterImageURL> tags can be used to display the user's profile image on your published blog pages (or use the core "userpic" tags in 4.1)

Profile images are stored as Assets within Movable Type. This means that these images can also be used in other ways, such as inserting them into entries. Movable Type will keep the full size image (cropped to square, if necessary) and create thumbnails when using the tags described below. Each profile image is tagged with '@userpic'.

With User Profiles Pro, extended profiles can be edited, either from the admin interface, or by commenter via the "edit profile" link after they login. User Profile pages are published automatically as static pages, which boosts performance for high traffic sites.

Live Demo - Try User Profiles Pro Now

User Profiles Pro has been enabled on the MT Test Blog. Start from this entry and read the instructions. Sign in, edit your profile, upload a photo, view your published profile. Try it now!

Template Tags

Version 1.6 of User Profiles includes the following template tags:

  • <MTAuthorImageURL> - This displays the url to a thumbnail of the author's profile image. There is one optional argument:
    • size - the size in pixels of square thumbnail, default is 50 pixels (each side)
  • <IfMTAuthorImage> - This conditional tag displays its contents if the author has uploaded a profile image.
  • <MTAuthorImageURL> - This displays the url to a thumbnail of the commenter's profile image. There is one optional argument:
    • size - the size in pixels of square thumbnail, default is 50 pixels (each side)
  • <IfMTCommenterImage> - This conditional tag displays its contents if the commenter has a profile image. Note: if you posted a comment on your own blog (while signed in), your profile image will be displayed using this tag.

Example: In your "Entry Metadata" template module, your could add the following:

<MTIfAuthorImage><img src="<MTAuthorImageURL size="50">" align="left" /> </MTIfAuthorImage>

This would display the author's profile image, if they have one in their profile.

Similarly, in your "Comment Detail" module, you could add:

<MTIfCommenterImage><img src="<MTCommenterImageURL size="50">" align="left" /> </MTIfCommenterImage>

Both example above can be seen in action on the MT4 Test Blog.

User Profiles Pro Template Tags

User Profiles Pro includes the following additional tags:

  • <MTAuthorProfileURL> - This displays the url to the author's published profile page.
  • <MTCommenterProfileURL> - This displays the url to the commenter's published profile page.
  • <MTEntryAuthorLink> - This replaces the core tag of the same name. Instead of linking to the author's URL, it will link to the author's profile page.
  • <MTCommentAuthorLink> - This replaces the core tag of the same name. Instead of linking to the commenter's URL, it will link to the commenter's profile page. If the commenter was not authenticated, it will link to the URL provided.
  • <MTUserProfile> - This tag is used to display extended profile information. There is one required argument:
    • field - the name of the field that you wish to display. For built-in fields, valid values are birthdate, first_name, last_name, address, city, state, country, mobile_phone, land_phone, sex, marital_status, occupation, company, signature, about_me, activities, interests, music, tv_shows, movies, books, or quotes. For custom-defined fields, use the defined name of the field (more on custom fields below). Note that for the built-in "birthdate" field, you can also specify a "date_format" argument that follows MT's date formats.
  • <MTAuthorComments> - This container tag, which is used on the default "User Profile" template, displays the comments from the author in context. On the published User Profile page, this is used to display a list of recent comments by the user.

User Profiles Template Set

User Profiles comes with several default templates that are easy to install with the Template Installer plugin. The User Profile template set includes the following templates:

  • Javascript - This a replacement for the core "Javascript" index template. If you have customized your existing template, it will be backed up during the installation process. The new version includes some new features for User Profiles.
  • Edit User Profile - This template module is used to display the "edit profile" page that commenter's see when they click the "Edit Profile" link. Note that this template also displays the image upload and the "edit extended profile" pages. You can customize the user profile experience (and extended profile fields) bu editing this module. Note: you should not rename this template module.
  • User Profile (Pro only) - This template module is used to publish the User Profile pages. Customize this template to change the way user profiles are displayed. A special note about this template -- when you save it, it will automatically republish all user profile pages (no need to republish your site). Note: you should not rename this template module.
  • YUI Javascript (Pro only) - This template module includes reference links to several Yahoo Javascript libraries. This template should be included in the Header template for all feedback templates (Entry archives). The auto-image-import AJAX function uses these libraries. Note: if you are already using the Ajax Comments plugin, then you already have this module, so you don't need to include it again.

Requirements

Installation

  1. Download the zip file and upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your MT installation.
  2. You should now see an Upgrade Screen for User Profiles. For User Profiles Pro, the upgrade will add a new table for extended profiles and import profile images for existing users in your system
  3. Go to System Overview, then to Preferences > Plugins. Then choose User Profiles, then Settings. Entry the blog_id for profile images and templates, and the path for uploading profile images, then save.
  4. Return to the User Profiles settings and click the "Install Templates" button. The templates will be installed into the blog you chose in the previous step.
  5. In your "Header" template, add the following before the </head> tag:

    <MTIf name="include_javascript">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="<$MTLink template="javascript"$>"></script>
    </MTIf>

    And (Pro only) after the line that reads <MTIf name="entry_template">, add:

    <MTInclude module="YUI Javascript">

    Then save your "Header" template.

  6. Republish your Javascript template and Entry archives for the chosen blog

  7. Upload a profile image from your profile. (Tip: the quickest way to get to your profile is to click the "Hi Username!" link in the very top right of the page.) Click the link to add a profile image and follow the steps as shown above.

  8. Edit your extended profile by clicking "Extended Profile" from your profile page

  9. Edit your templates to display profile images, as described in the Template Tags section above.

Customizing Extended Profiles and Adding Custom Fields

User of User Profiles Pro may want to customized the display of the fields or add custom fields to the profiles. Click to read an in-depth article on how to customize Extended Profiles.

Get User Profiles Pro

Commercial License for 1 to 10 blogs - $97

Blog Network License for 10+ blogs - $249

Personal License for 1 to 4 blogs - $33

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User Profiles v1.6 is free for both commercial and non-commercial use. Note that User Profiles does no include the "Pro" features mentioned above.

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IfAvailable is a plugin for Movable Type, designed primary for use by plugin or template developers. It provides a single template tag, <MTIfAvailable>, that can be use to check for the availability of other plugins or for specific Perl modules:

Arguments

Only one of the following arguments must be used:

  • perl_module - A perl module name. Example: <MTIfAvailable perl_module="XML::Parser">
  • plugin_id - The registered "id" of a specific plugin. Example: <MTIfAvailable plugin_id="userprofiles">
  • plugin_sig - The plugin "sig" of a specific plugin. Example: <MTIfAvailable plugin_sig="CommentTitles/CommentTitles.pl">. Useful when a plugin does not have a registered "id".

This plugin is especially useful for template developers who want to design template sets that contain template tags from one or more plugins, but the templates sets do not require those plugins. By using IfAvailable conditional blocks you can provide a template set that provides different output (read: extra features) to sites that have certain plugins/modules, and a more limited output if they do not. In other words, you don't have to create multiple versions of the template set. My MT Forum plugin uses this approach to provide a set of forum templates -- if sites have plugins such as Visitor Stats, User Profiles Pro, and Comment Titles, the forum templates will include things like topic views, post signatures, and user post counts.

License

  • GPL v2

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The Navigation Breadcrumbs plugin for Movable Type 4.1 adds navigation "breadcrumbs" to administration interface. These are links at the top of each screen that helps show you where you are in the interface, and provides links to go up one or more levels. Previous versions of Movable Type includes these handy links, but MT4+ does not. So if you like those navigation links, use this plugin.

Screenshot

Changes in Version 1.1

Version 1.1 fixes display issues when running under MT 4.1. You should only upgrade to the new version if you are are using MT 4.1.

Requirements

  • Movable Type 4.1+

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Installation

  1. Download the zip file and upload the contents of the 'plugins' directory to the 'plugins' directory of your MT installation.
  2. You are done. The navigation breadcrumbs should start appearing immediately.

WP Interface is a plugin for Movable Type that provides a user interface very similar to Wordpress.

Yes, the above image is Movable Type, not Wordpress. ;)

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Why?

You may be asking yourself why I would create a Wordpress Interface for Movable Type. Partly, I did it as a bit of a joke (but it is real and is does work). Partly as a proof of concept, demonstrating that alternative user interfaces can be created for Movable Type, without a huge effort. Partly to provide a simpler user interface that may be suited to some users. While Movable Type has always (and will remain) my preferred platform, I have always admired the clean intuitive interface of Wordpress. Finally, I did it as a fun way to show that Movable Type and Wordpress can work together (at least in some ways), despite the "rivalry" between the two platforms.

I suspect that the Wordpress Interface for Movable Type will elicit mixed reactions, and that is okay. Please share your thoughts in reply to this entry!

How it Works

Loosely based on the iPhone interface for MT, this plugin provides a simple interface to some of the functions of MT. The interface is definitely a beta, but it is functional for creating and managing entries and comments in a single blog. Other features could be added in future. The interface looks like the Wordpress Interface, but behind the scenes is the same Movable Type Open Source 4.1 that powers the MT interface.

Live Demo

Click here to try it out now (username: demo password: demo).

License

  • Open Source (GPL)

I am not an expert when it comes to Open Sources licensing, but since both Wordpress and Movable Type are open source, so is this plugin. I hope the community can help take it to the next level.

Installation

  1. Extract the files from the zip file and upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your MT instalation.
  2. Upload the contents of the 'mt-static' folder to the 'mt-static' folder of your MT install.
  3. To enable the interface, open your mt-config.cgi file and add:

    WPInterface 1

  4. Then login to MT.

Another way to enable the plugin is to make an exact copy of your mt.cgi file. Name the duplicate "mt-wp.cgi" and upload it to same directory as mt.cgi. The access MT via the mt-wp.cgi script and it will use the WordPress interaface. This option is useful if you wnat to user both interfaces, or if there are multiple users who will use each interface.

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Convert To Global Template is a plugin for Movable Type 4.1+ that does exactly what it says: it enables you to convert blog templates to global (system-wide) templates in MT 4.1.

Movable Type 4.1 has a new feature in which you can create template modules and widgets at the system level. These "global" templates can then be included from any blog in the system. This plugin enables you to convert blog-level modules and widgets to global ones, in just a few clicks. Simply check the templates you want to convert, choose "Convert to Global" from the "more actions..." dropdown box, and hit Go.

You can also convert in the other direction, from global to blog level.

Requirements

  • MT 4.1+

Installation

  1. Upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your MT install.
  2. Convert templates as desired from the Blog Templates listing of modules and widgets.

Note: Only users with system admin permissions will be able to see and use this action.

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Visitor Stats is a plugin for Movable Type 4+ that displays visitor and page view statistics for your MT sites. Visitor Stats Pro provides even more statistics and widgets (details below).

Visitor Stats looks like this:

New Features in Visitor Stats 1.6

  • Support for MT 4.1
  • Some template tags now supported under MT's PHP-dynamic publishing system (<MTVisitorStatsTracker>, <MTVisitorStatsCounter>, <MTEntryStats>, and <MTPageStats>)
  • Option to build dashboard stats via scheduled for better performance (Pro)
  • Code optimized for better overall performance

Visitor Stats Pro

Additional features included with Visitor Stats Pro:

  • Blog Widget for displaying a ranked list of "Most Read Entries"
  • Entry Stats graph that displays entry pages views by date.
  • List of Recent Visitors and Views on the admin Dashboard (including IP address, username, referrer and keywords).
  • Dashboard widgets for displaying top search engine keywords and referrers.
  • Detailed Entry Stats screen with graph, top keywords used to find the entry, and a list with details of each page view for that entry.
  • Many new template tags for displaying stats on the published pages for your blog.
  • See details about Visitor Stats Pro below

Visitor Stats also provides a "stats counter" tag (and widget) that you can place on your site to display your stats. Note: you can visit the MT4 Test Blog to to see some of the Visitor Stats (and Pro) publishing widgets and tags in action.

Visitor and View Stats

Visitor Stats tracks two key statistics for your blog:

  • Visits - A visit represents a real person who visited your blog. Even if the person views 20 pages of your site, it only counts as one visit (per day).
  • Views - Also known as page views, a view represents the viewing of a single web page on your site. If the person views 20 pages, it counts as 20 views. If a person refreshes the same page several times, each time counts a view.

How it Works

Visitor Stats tracks visitor and view information and records that information directly into your Movable Type database. After placing a single template tag in your templates, Visitors Stats will begin recording stats automatically using a combination of JavaScript and PHP (note that you do not need to enable MT's dynamic publishing feature). Then, when you view the admin dashboard for your blog, you will "Visitors" and "Views" tabs on the Blog Stats widget, which will display a graph of your stats (see image above). On the System Overview dashboard, you will see aggregate graphs of your stats for all blogs on the system.

Visitor Stats - Template Tags

Visitor Stats provides 4 template tags:

  • <MTVisitorStatsTracker> - Place this tag before the </head> tag in every template where you want to track stats. Only place one of these per template.
  • <MTVisitorStatsCounter> - This tag will display the total number of visitors or views for your blog, just like a web stats counter. There is one optional argument:
    • type - the type of stats that you want to count, which either be "visit" or "view". The default is "view". Example: <MTVisitorStatsCounter type="visit">
  • New! - <MTEntryStats> - Used within an entry context, this displays the total number of views for that entry.
  • New! - <MTStatsImageURL> - The URL to the small stats image ( that looks like ).There is one optional argument:
    • type - the type of stats that you want to graph, which either be "visit" or "view". The default is "view". Example: <MTStatsImageURL type="visit">

Visitor Stats Pro Features

Visitor Stats Pro includes additional stats and provides ways to view visitor and view stats in more detail, helping you understand the traffic to your sites. Where are readers coming from? What search keywords are they using in search engines to find your site? What entries are they reading? Which entries get the most views? Visitor Stats Pro helps you answer these questions and more.

Display a List of the Most Popular Entries

Visitor Stats Pro includes a widget that you can use to display a ranked list of the "Most Read Entries" in your blog sidebar, showing readers which entries are the most popular. You can also create customized most readlists by category, tag, etc. Examples include "Most Read Entries in this Category", or a "related entries" section that lists that the most read entries with the same tags as the current entry. This is a powerful feature with many possibilities.

Detailed Stats for Each Entry

In the MT4 admin interface, Visitor Stats Pro displays detailed view stats for each entry. On the entry screen, an Entry Views graph can display the traffic history for that entry:

(The graph on the edit entry screen can be hidden with a single click, or disabled in the plugin settings, for those who don't want to the graph to appear on this screen)

On the right side of the Edit Entry screen, the number of views for that entry will be displayed, and you can click the link for Detailed Stats:

The same graph also appears on the Detailed Stats screen for each entry (just click the "More Stats" link from the main entry screen), plus a list of top keywords for that entry, and a detailed list of the pages views for that entry:

As you can see from the image above, in addition to displaying the IP address for each Visitor (just to left of this image), Visitor Stats Pro will also identify visitors and views by registered users on your system. This includes both local MT authenticated users, as well as TypeKey, Vox, Livejournal, or other OpenID users. This provides valuable information about the traffic stats of your signed-in users. You can even filter the list of page views by dragging the sliders on the graph -- just choose a date range, then click the link that appears. The "From" column shows the URL that the visitor came from before arriving on your site.

More Dashboard Stats

Visitor Stats Pro provides even more stats on the MT4 admin dashboard. This includes a summary of recent visitors and views, along with detail about each. This is similar to the "Recent Entries" and "Recent Comments" displayed when you click the respective tab on the Blog Stats widget:

Top Keywords and Referrers Dashboard Widgets

Visitor Stats Pro includes two new widgets that you can optionally display on your admin dashboard. The "Top Keywords" widget will display a list of the top search engine keywords used to find your blog:

And the "Top Referrers" widget will display a list of the top referrer URLs for your visitors, so you can see where your traffic is coming from:

Many Visitor Stats Pro Template Tags

Visitor Stats Pro includes many new template tags that you can use to display your blog stats on your published pages, blog sidebar, etc. In addition to display lists of "most viewed entries" as described above, you can display lists of top keywords, top referrers, recent visitors, and recent page views. If fact there are so many new template tags, that I won't discuss them in detail here -- I will soon post a separate article that describes the tags with some example template code.

Requirements

Installation or Upgrade

Note: If you are upgrading from version 1.5x, you do not need to reinstall the templates, as they have not changed in version 1.6.

  1. Download and extract the zip file, then upload the contents of the 'plugins' directory into the 'plugins' directory of your Movable Type installation (often /cgi-bin/mt/plugins/).
  2. (Pro Version Only) Upload the contents of the 'extlib' directory into the 'extlib' directory of your Movable Type installation (often /cgi-bin/mt/extlib/).
  3. (Pro Version Only) Upload the contents of the 'mt-static' directory into the 'mt-static' directory used by your Movable Type installation.
  4. Login to MT and you should be redirected to an "Upgrade" screen that will update your database automatically.
  5. For each blog that you want to track, go to Preferences > Plugins and then click on "Visitor Stats" and then click on "Settings". Now click the link labeled "Click here to install the Visitor Stats templates". Note: Even if you are upgrading from a previous version, you should re-install the templates.
  6. Now go to Design > Templates and insert the <MTVisitorStatsTracker> tag before the </head> tag for all templates that you want to track. Note that if you are using the new MT4 default templates, then you only have to do this in one place: click on "Template Modules" from the right side of the page and open the "Header" template module and insert the <MTVisitorStatsTracker> before the </head> tag and then save the module. Note: If you are upgrading from a previous version of Visitor Stats, you can skip this step.
  7. Now Publish (rebuild) all your files.
  8. (Optional) Add the <MTVisitorStatsCounter> tag to your templates or use Widget Manger to add the "Visitor Stats Counter" widget to your sidebar. Pro users can add the "Most Read Entries" widget and start using the many new templates tags.

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Commercial License - $97

Non Commercial Use License - $33

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Potential Future Features

Visitor Stats Pro was a much larger effort than I anticipated. As such, there are still a number of interesting features that may be added in the future. Future features will be determining largely by the requests of Visitor Stats Pro license holders. Here are some of the potential features:

  • Stats on a per author basis. If you have a blog with multiple authors, see which authors are generating the most traffic.
  • Drill-down into statistics. View the traffic history for a single visitor or registered commenter, see how they navigate through your site and which pages they viewed.
  • Geographical stats. See what country, region and city your visitors are coming from.
  • Recommended entries based on common viewing stats. For example "people who read this entry also read these entries..."
  • And more...

As always, suggestions, comments, and questions are appreciated.

A Note on the Small Stats Graphs

The small stats graphs included with this version of Visitor Stats are called Sparklines and were inspired by the SparkStats plugin for Wordpress. The sparkline graphs used by the Visitor Stats plugin are powered by the sparkline web service provided by bitworking.org. The plugin stores a copy of the image on your blog, and updates the image a maximum of once per hour (note that that stats image only updates when the page is published, either manually or automatically when someone posts a comment, etc.). Credit goes to those sites discussed above for their cool work with Sparklines.

Fast Search is a PHP plugin for Movable Type. This means that Fast Search uses Movable Type's dynamic PHP-based publishing system to display search results. However, you can continue to use static publishing for all of your indexes and archives. Fast Search is fast in part because it uses mySQL fulltext indexing -- basically this means that a search index will be created for the entries in your database, making searches much faster. Like the built-in search, Fast Search logs searches to the Movable Type Activity log.

New Features in Version 2.2

  • Support for MT 4.1 - A "division by zero" error that was caused by changes in 4.1 has been addressed.
  • New 'Type' Option - Optionally, you can now search only Pages or only Entries by specifiying the 'type' argument or URL paramater.
  • MT4+ Sort by Date Fix - Fixes an issue under MT4+ when changes to an entry's authored_on date were not reflected in the the sort order, when sorting by date.
  • Top Searches Stats and Widget - (Pro only) This new feature tracks your search stats, enabling the creation of "Top Searches" lists.
  • Tag Searches no Longer logged - Staring in version 2.2, "tag searches" will not longer be logged. Tag searches happen when someone clicks a linked tag name, so they are not real searches. This change removes log clutter and increases performance of tag search results.
  • Code Optimization - For better performance and memory utilization.

Note: Version 2.2 is only supported on MT4 and higher (including MT 4.1). If your are still using MT 3.2 or MT 3.3x, you need version 2.0 (see links below).

Tag Searches with Fast Search

Fast Search supports tag search. A tag search will display a list of all entries with a specific tag. Of course, tag searches have the same pagination features as regular searches, enabling you to browse multiple pages of tag search results. Tag search results are always sorted with the most recent entries listed first. Tag searches can done on a single blog (default), or across multiple blogs.

Tag Search Links. If you are using tags, you are probably displaying a list of tags with each entry. Each of those tags are linked to a search results page that displays all the entries with that tag. Since those links point to the built-in mt-search.cgi script -- Fast Search includes a new version of the <MTTagSearchLink> tag that points to the Fast Search script. This happens automatically, you don't have to edit your templates -- just enable Fast Search, install the Fast Search template, then rebuild your pages -- the tag links will be automatically updated.

Better Relevancy

By tweaking the fulltext queries, I have managed to improve the relevancy ranking significantly. To test this out, you should do a few searches (in fulltext mode) before you upgrade to Fast Search 2.0/2.1 -- note the results and their relevancy -- then upgrade and do the same searches. You should see much more relevant results at the top of the search results. Please post your feedback on this by replying to this entry.

Search all Blogs Easier

In the previous versions of Fast Search, it was possible to search across all blogs on a system, but you had to specify each of them separated by commas. This is fine if you have a few blogs, but what if you have 50? 100? 500? Version 2.0 makes this easier by allowing the special "all" keyword to indicate that you want to search all blogs (example <MTSearchResults blogs="all"> or in the URL/form: ?query=books&blogs=all). A time-saver for large MT installations and blog networks.

Include PHP in your Search Results Template

This not a new feature, but it deserves highlighting. Many sites use PHP on most of their pages for various reasons (for example, to include content such as headers/footer and advertising blocks). The problem is that you can't use PHP on the "built-in" search results pages, because they are dislayed by a (Perl) CGI script. This can make it challenging to maintain your site in a consistent manner. You can avoid such problem with Fast Search -- since it is powered by PHP, you can include blocks of PHP code in the search results template. (Note: there is a small requirement that you need to use <?php to start each block, using simply <? won't work.)

What Search Method is Best?

For most cases, "Fulltext" will be the fastest search method. This is the same method used in version 1.0. There are some cases in which you might two options:

  • Non-Fulltext. Technically speaking this method used a LIKE %query% syntax. If you don't know what that means, don't worry about, just read on.
  • Fallback. The Fallback method is a combination method. FastSearch will first try a fulltext search, and if that returns no results, then it will try a Non-Fulltext search.

Non-Fulltext and Fallback are capable of some types of searches that you can't do with mySQL. You might want to use Non-Fulltext or Fallback to:

  1. search multi-byte languages such as Arabic and Japanese.
  2. search words shorter than 3 characters (such as "MTV")
  3. search partial words
  4. search a mySQL database that does not support Fulltext searching

Fast Search Pro Features

Fast Search Pro includes additional features, including:

Clean Tag Search URLs

You can use nice looking tag search URLs such as:

http://mt-hacks.com/tag/spam
http://mt-hacks.com/tag/comments

This feature requires editing your .htaccess file and includes a special "bootstrapping" template to enable this feature.

Top Searches Stats and Widget

Fast Search Pro enables you to track search queries and display lists of "top searched keywords" on your site, linked to the search results page for each keyword. You can list the top searches from the past day, week, month or year -- enabling you to show your readers what keywords are most popular. The search links are compatible with the clean tag URLs described above (ie. http://mt-hacks.com/search/comments) -- making this feature an effective way to increase the number of pages indexed by search engines. Search results pages are highly optimized for the search keywords, making them great for SEO. This is an easy way to add hundreds of SEO-optimized pages to your site, without adding new content. This feature is new in version 2.2 of Fast Search Pro.

Template Tags

FastSearch is designed to easily replace the existing search functionality in Movable Type, but with added features. For example, if you are currently using customized search templates, you can use them with Fast Search, with very few changes in most cases. Many Fast Search template tags have the same names as their CGI counterparts:

  • <MTSearchString> - The search string (query) being searched.
  • <MTSearchResults> - A container tag that displays search results. Arguments include (all are optional):
    • lastn - restricts the search to n results. (example <MTSearchResults lastn="10"> ) The lastn argument, like all arguments for MTSearchResults, can also be specified in the URL (...&lastn=10) or POSTed from a search form)
    • offset - used in coordination with lastn, starts M entries from the start of the list. (example <MTSearchResults lastn="10" offset="10"> will display results 11-20)
    • order - must be either 'date' or 'relevance', the default is 'relevance'. (example $lt;MTSearchResults order="date"> will provide similar results as the CGI search)
    • category - must be a valid category ID for the current blog - restricts the search results to entries from this category.
    • google_highlight - if specified, search words will be highlighted. (example <MTSearchResults google_highlight="1"> )
    • query - the search string (text) to be searched. In normal use, you would NOT include this argument as part of the <MTSearchResults> tag, rather, it would be specified as a URL paramter (example ...query=search+phrase) or POSTed from a search form.
    • tag - the tag to be searched. In normal use, you would NOT include this argument as part of the <MTSearchResults> tag, rather, it would be include as a URL parameter (example ...tag=books) as part of a Tag Search Link.
    • blogs - a comma-separated list of blog_ids if you want to search more than one blog. This argument is optional, if excluded, only the current blog will be searched. Example usage: <MTSearchResults blogs="1,3,8">. Set blogs equal to "all" to search every blog on the sytem.
    • new - type - the type of object to search. This can be set to either "entry" or "page". If you want to search both entries and pages, then you should omit this argument. Example usage: <MTSearchResults type="page">
  • <MTBlogResultHeader> - this is container tag that displays content before the search results.
  • <MTBlogResultFooter> - this is container tag that displays content below the search results.
  • <MTNoSearchResults> - A container tag that displays its content only if zero results are found. Note that this tag must be used after a <MTSearchResults> container.
  • <MTNoSearch> - A container conditional tag that displays its content only if no search phrase was specified. Supports the use of <MTElse> inside this container.
  • <MTSearchCount> - The number of search results displayed on the current search results page. This tag should be used with a <MTBlogResultHeader> or <MTBlogResultFooter> container.
  • <MTSearchFirst> - The number of the first search result on the current page. This tag should be used with a <MTBlogResultHeader> or <MTBlogResultFooter>container.
  • <MTSearchLast> - The number of the last search result on the current page. This tag should be used with a <MTBlogResultHeader> or <MTBlogResultFooter>container.
  • <MTSearchIfNextPage> - A conditional tag that displays its content if there is a subsequent page of search results. This tag should be used with a <MTBlogResultHeader> or <MTBlogResultFooter>container.
  • <MTSearchNextPageLink> - Output a URL to the next page of search results. This tag should be used within <MTSearchIfNextPage> tags.
  • <MTSearchIfPreviousPage> - A conditional tag that displays its content if there is a previous page of search results. This tag should be used with a <MTBlogResultHeader> or <MTBlogResultFooter>container.
  • <MTSearchPreviousPageLink> - Output a URL to the previous page of search results. This tag should be used within <MTSearchIfNextPage> tags.
  • <MTSearchTotalResults> - The total number of matching results in the database.
  • <MTSearchPages> - A container tag that can display links to multiple pages of search results. Optional arguments include:
    • max - the maximum number of page links to display on each page. Example: <MTSearchPages max="20">
    • glue - a text string that seperates each page. For example, if you wanted to display 1 - 2 - 3 - 4, you could use <MTSearchPages glue=" - ">
  • <MTSearchPageNumber> - Displays the page number of each search results page. This must be used within a <MTSearchPages> container.
  • <MTSearchPageLink> - Displays the URL to each search results page. This must be used within a <MTSearchPages> container.
  • <MTSearchIfCurrentPage> - A conditional tag that only displays its contents if the page number is the same as the current page - you would normally use this is you wanted to highlight the current page in the list of page numbers, etc. This must be used within a <MTSearchPages> container.
  • <MTIfStraightSearch> - A conditional tag that only displays its contents if the search is a normal search and not a tag search.
  • <MTIfTagSearch> - A conditional tag that only displays its contents if the search is a tag search and not a normal search.
  • <MTFastSearchScript> - This tag displays the filename of your Fast Search script. You can use this in your search forms as shown below. Note: for this tag to work, you should not rename your Fast Search template -- it should laways be named "Fast Search". This tag works in both static and dynamic templates.
  • <MTTagSearchLink> - This tag overrides the built-in tag of the same name (this automatic, not need to edit templates or anything). The new version of the tag is "smart" -- if Fast Search is enabled for a blog, it will link to the tag search results using the Fast Search script -- if not, it will use the built-in search script. This tag has the following optional argument:
    • tag_dir - Use this argument to specify a "directory" name for your tag search URLs. Note: This feature is only available to personal users who make a donation OR those who buy a commercial license.
  • new - <MTTopSearches> - (Pro only) A container tag that displays a list of top searched keyword phrases. Optional arguments include:
    • lastn - the number of keywords to list. Default: 10.
    • sort_by - the date range that you want to use for the list. This can be sent to one of "day", "week", "month", "year", with the default being "year". For example, <MTTopSearches sort_by="week"> would display a list of the popular searches from the past 7 days, ranked by the most searches during that time period.
    • sort_order - the sort order of the list, default is "descend" (the keyword with the most searches listed first)
  • new - <MTTopSearchKeyword> - Used inside a <MTTopSearches> container, this tag will display the search keyword phrase.
  • new - <MTTopSearchCount> - Used inside a <MTTopSearches> container, this tag will display the number of searches for the keyword. This tag has one optional argument:
    • period - The time period for the count. This can be set to one of "day", "week", "month", "year". If omitted, the count will be based on the sort_order of the list.
  • new - <MTFastSearchLink> - Used inside a <MTTopSearches> container, this tag will display the URL to the Fast Search results page for the keyword. This tag has one optional argument:
    • search_dir - If you want to use clean search URL, set this argument to the "directory" for your clean search URLs. For example, <MTFastSearchLink search_dir="search"> will create URLs like http://blogdomain.com/search/keyword+here.

Note: the new default Fast Search template includes pre-formatted template code that displays Google-style search results page links.

As you may have noticed, some of the tags above are identical to the ones used for the existing CGI-based search results. This is by design, so you will easily be able to cut-and-paste your existing search template code into the Fast Search template, though some minor modifications may be required.

Working Examples:

Here are some working examples you can try. Feel free to try additional search queries and note the speed that searches are performed.

  • Tag search results on MT Hacks. Example tags: spam cms.
  • Mars Rover Blog has over 5,000 entries. Example search: "water on mars". Note that this example shows the default FastSearch template, which is very similar to the default search results template in MT 3.2.
  • Seinfeld Blog has over 8,000 entries, 180 of which consist of the episode descriptions and scripts of all 180 episodes. Fast Search powers the Seinfeld Script Search, which is restricted to a single category containing the episodes. Example search: 'bubble boy'

Requirements:

  • Movable Type 3.2 or 3.3 (Fast Search v2.09)
  • Movable Type 4.0+ (Fast Search v2.2)
  • mySQL
  • Template Installer plugin (included)

Instructions

  1. Download the plugin and expand the zip file.
  2. Upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your MT installation (usually something like /cgi-bin/mt/plugins).
  3. Version 2.09 for MT3.2 and 3.3 only: Upload the contents of the 'php' folder to the 'php' directory (usually something like /cgi-bin/mt/php)
  4. Login to the MT admin interface. If you already logged in, choose 'Main Menu'
  5. If your are running MT 3.3 or 4.0+, you should be redirected to an 'Upgrade' screen at this point. The Fast Search upgrade process will update your database to add a fulltext index to the table in your database where entries are stored. Note that this may take some time if you have many entries, and this will add to the overall size of your database. Note: If you are installing FastSearch for the first time and you don not see an upgrade sceen, then you should follow Step 6: go the the plugin settings and click the link to create the Fast Search index.
  6. If you are running MT 3.2, you will not see the upgrade screen (as it is a 3.3 feature), so you need to create the index by browsing to the 'Plugin Settings' of a blog where you want to use Fast Search. Choose the 'Plugins' then find 'Fast Search' and choose 'Settings'. Now click the link in bold that says "Click here to create or rebuild the FastSearch fulltext index". Again, this may take some time, please be patient. After the index has been created, hit the Back button.
  7. Now browse to the 'Publishing' settings for the blog, and scroll down to the Setting called "Dynamic Publishing". If the first option, "Build all templates statically", is selected, you should change this setting to "Set each template's Build Options separately" and click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the screen. Otherwise, you don't need to make any changes here.(Note that change this setting will create an .htaccess file in the root path of the blog. Normally you won't notice this and everything will work fine, but if you have an existing.htacces file, you may want to take a look at it to make sure everything looks okay)
  8. If you just changed your Dynamic Publishing settings in the previous step, you should now rebuild all files for this blog by choosing "Rebuild Site" from the left menu, then "Rebuild all Files". Version 2.09 for MT3.2 and 3.3 only: You should also ensure that you have a "Dynamic Site Bootstrapper" (mtview.php) index template and make sure that it gets built, if it hasn't been built previously.
  9. Now return to the Fast Search settings and check the box to enable Fast Search. You may also want to adjust the settings for Maximum Search Results and logging, then click "Save Changes".
  10. Open the Fast Search settings once again and choose "Install Tenplates" link. The templates will be created. The "Fast Search" index template is an dynamic template (which can be customized) used to display the search results. (If desired you can also skip this step and create the index template manually, use the template tags as desired, or by cutting and pasting your exisiting search template code)

Upgrading Fast Search

Follow steps 1 to 3 above, then adjust your Fast Search plugin settings and search template, if desired.

After Upgrading to MT4

After upgrading to MT4 and installing Fast Search 2.1, there is one more thing you may need to do. In MT4, the 'php' folder resides inside /plugins/FastSearch/. But if you installed previous version of Fast Search, you had to upload the 'php' files to /php/plugins directory. Now that you have upgraded to MT4 and Fast Search 2.1, you need to delete those files from /php/plugins.

The Search Form

If you already have search forms on your blog pages, you need to update them to point to the new Fast Search template. For each template that contains a search form, look for the following (or similar):

<form method="post" action="<$MTCGIPath$><$MTSearchScript$>"

...and change it to:

<form method="post" action="<$MTBlogURL><$MTFastSearchScript$>"

...save the template and repeat this step for every template that has a search form.

If you want to insert a new search form on your site, or completely replace existing forms, you can use the following:

<form method="get" action="<$MTBlogURL$><$MTFastSearchScript$>">
    <label for="query" accesskey="4">Search this blog:</label><br />
    <input id="query" name="query" size="20" />
    <input type="submit" value="Search" />
</form>

Or better yet, install the new Fast Search Widget from the plugin settings area, and use WidgetManager to add the widget to your sidebar (you should also remove the existing search widget).

Of course you can also add optional fields to the form such as:

<input type="hidden" name="order" value="date" />

....to sort the results by date, or....

<input type="hidden" name="category" value="5" />

...to restrict the search to category_id = 5.

<input type="hidden" name="type" value="entry" />

...to restrict the search to only entries.

Once you have the search form(s) on you site, rebuild those pages and start searching. You should notice significant speed and resource improvement, especially on blogs with many entries.

Fast Search Settings

Fast Search settings are on a "per blog" basis. To access the settings, browse to the blog you want to use, then choose "Settings", then "Plugins". Look for Fast Search in the list and click the "Show Settings" button.

Get Fast Search Pro

After purchasing a license below, you will be taken directly to a download page with a link to download Fast Search Pro, which includes the "clean tag URLs" and Top Searches features described above. See the text file included with the download for instructions)

Commercial use - (up to 5 blogs) - $97.00

Fast Search 2.2 for MT4:

Fast Search 2.09 for MT3.2 and 3.3:

Blog Network License - (more than 5 blogs) - $249.00

Fast Search 2.2 for MT4:

Fast Search 2.09 for MT3.2 and 3.3:

Get Fast Search

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<a href="http://mt-hacks.com/fastsearch.html">Fast Search</a>
link on your search results pages.

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Note: FastSearch is a suitable replacement for most implementations of the built-in search function in Movable Type. However, there are a few features that Fast Search does not include. Fast Search does not support comment searches, regexp search, case-senstive search, the use of AND and OR operators, and Edit Entry Links). Some of these features may be supported in future versions -- please let me know what features you would like to see.

Entry Post is a plugin for Movable Type that enables visitors to your site to submit entries using a form. Visitors do not need a user account and they do not need to login. Similar to posting a comment, they can simply fill in a form and submit.

New features in version 2.6

Entry Post 2.6 contains the following new features for use on MT4 and MT4.1:

  • Support for adding new entries to multiple categories
  • New "type" parameter enables you to create new "Pages" using entry post.
  • Support for use under MT 4.1
  • Entries can now be optionally set to "Unpublished (Review)" status (a 4.1 feature only)
  • Code refactoring for better performance
  • Support for the upcoming MT Forum plugin

I have been using external forms and scripts to submit MT entries for several years. Examples include Mars Rover Forum and Seinfeld Forum. These MT-powered forums enable forum members to post new topics (entries) using an external form. Based on this experience, I have converted the entry posting script into a plugin -- and added a bunch of additional features.

Basic Features

  • enable visitors to post entries to your blog
  • new entries can be set to "Published" or "Unpublished" (pending admin/moderator review)
  • supports all MT4 authentication methods (optional)
  • entries can be scanned against MT's Spam Filters
  • entries can be previewed before posting
  • email notifications of new entry submissions
  • entries can be added to a category (set a default or allow poster to choose)
  • entries can be tagged (default list of tags, or specified by the poster)
  • included default templates include spam-protected form

Advanced Features

  • enable posters to upload an image with the entry
  • the "EntryPost Response" template makes it easier to customize the screen that users see after submitting an entry.
  • email notification template enables to to customize the contents of the emails, including the ability to include extra fields data
  • other entry fields supported (Extended Entry, Excerpt, Keywords)
  • option to disable rebuilds when an entry is posted
  • option to disable entry creation (makes the form work as a 'contact me' form with email notification turned on.)
  • xml response option
  • support for extra fields defined by you
  • override "allow comments" and "allow trackbacks" settings.

Try Entry Post 2.5 Now

I have enabled Entry Post 2.5 on the MT Test Blog. Submit an entry by clicking here. Feel free to login (optional) and submit entries. (Note that you may need to clear your cookies before testing, as the test blog is on a different MT installation than MT Hacks).

  1. Basic Form (default form installed with Entry Post)
  2. Advanced Form (an example form to demonstrate advanced features)

By using the forms above, you will quickly get an idea of the visitor experience with Entry Post. In its simplest form, it is very similar to posting a comment.

Creating "Pages" with Entry Post

New in version 2.6, you can use Entry Post to create "Pages" instead of entries. To do this, simply add a hidden "type" field to the form with the value of "page":

<input type="hidden" value="page">

The Administrator Experience

Entry Post has been designed to be easy to install and configure. Simply upload the files, change some file permissions, then configure the plugin via the Plugin Settings for each blog. Required templates are installed with a single click (which can then be customized, if desired).

The settings area for Entry Post looks like this:


By using the above settings, you can configure most of the features of Entry Post.

Template Tags

EntryPost 2.5 includes the following template tags that you can use to display information posted using the plugin:

  • <MTEntryPosterName> - The name of the poster, as submitted in the "Name" field. If the name field it blank, the plugin assumes that the entry was not submitted via Entry Post, and this tag will display the name of the author of the entry. This makes it very easy to update your templates, simply replace the <MTEntryAuthorDisplayName> tag with the <MTEntryPosterName> tag, and it will "just work", regardless whether the netry was posted by an author or posted by a visitor to your blog.
  • <MTEntryPosterEmail> - The email address of the poster, as submitted in the "Email" field. If the "Name" field is blank, this tag outputs the email address of the author. For privacy and anti-spam reasons, I don't recommend using this tag in your templates.
  • <MTEntryPosterURL> - The URL of the poster, as submitted in the "URL" field. If the "Name" field is blank, this tag outputs the URL of the author.
  • <MTEntryPosterIP> - The IP address of the poster. For privacy reasons, I don't recommend using this tag in your templates.
  • <MTEntryPosterImage> - The relative path of the image uploaded by the poster.
  • <MTEntryPosterLink> - Outputs the linked name of the poster. If the "Name" field is blank, it will display the author's linked name. Supports the same arguments as <MTEntryAuthorLink>.
  • <MTEntryPostField> - This tag can be used to to display the value of any extra fields submitted using Entry Post. A single field argument is required, which should inlcude the name of the field, without underscores. For example, <MTEntryPostField field="Favorite Color"> would display the value of the Favorite Color field.

Advanced Use - Adding Extra Fields

Entry Post makes it very easy to add extra fields. All you have to do is add the extra fields to the form. First, browse to Templates and then Template Modules and edit the 'EntryPost Form" module. Now add a field to the form in the following format:

<input type="text" name="entrypost_Favorite_Color" />

..and you are done! Note that the "name" argument above must begin with "entrypost_", followed by the name of the field. Use underscores ("_") instead of spaces, if the field name has more than one word. You can add multiple extra fields in this manner, and they will automatically be added to the entries posted, and displayed automatically on the admin Entry screen.

Requirements

Installation


  • Download the zip file and extract the contents.

  • Upload the "EntryPost" directory (and all its sub-directories and files) to your MT 'plugins' directory.

  • Change the file permissions to 755 (CHMOD 755) for the EntryPost/mt-entrypost.cgi file.

  • Login to MT and go to 'Preferences > Plugins' area of a blog and "Settings" link for EntryPost. You should now see the available settings for EntryPost, as shown above.

  • Enable the plugin by checking the Enable checkbox, choose other settings, and the save the settings.

  • Return to the EntryPost settings and install the templates by clicking the provided link. After the templates have been created, you can customize them, if desired, to suit your needs or match your site design. The primary template is an index template called "EntryPost Submit Page" - this page includes the form to post entries.

  • If you are using the default template installed above, you must also made a small edit to your "Header" template module. Go to Design>Templates then choose template Module from the menu on the right. Open the module called "Header". Before the </head> tag, add the following:

    <MTIf name="entrypost_submit">
    <script type="text/javascript" src="<$MTLink template="javascript"$>"></script>
    </MTIf>

  • You will probably now want to provide a link to the Submit Page from your main index. One way to do this is to use the provided "EntryPost Submit Link" widget (using WidgetManager). Alternatively, you can manually create a link such as <a href="<MTEntryPostSubmitPage>">Submit an Entry</a>.

Get Entry Post

Commercial License - $97

If you site or blog is for-profit, a commercial license is required. The license includes all future updates to Entry Post and priority feature requests.

Personal License - $33

For use on a personal site or blog, a personal license is required. The license includes all future updates to Entry Post.

Not on MT4+? Version 2.0 supports MT 3.2 and MT3.3x.

If you would like to use Entry Post on a non-profit or charity site, please contact me.

As always, feedback, suggestions, and product questions are appreciated. Please reply to this entry.

Note: - While Entry Post includes built in support for poster fields and extra fields, it is not intended to be used as a general purpose "extra fields" plugin. Fields can only be added via the external Entry Post form. If you are interested in a general purpose fields plugin, there are several available, including CustomFields and RightFields.

Movable Type 4.1 has just been released. This represents first stable release of Movable Type Open Source (MTOS). In addition, the commercial version has also been released, which includes the same MTOS 4.1 + the "Professional Pack", which includes a slick commercial template set and Custom Fields functionality. MT 4.1 includes a number of new features and user interface enhancements. Highlights include system-wide template modules, a pluggable rich-text-editor, and new templates sets feature that lets you choose a template set when you create a new blog.

I have done a quick review of MT Hacks plugins on MT 4.1, and most of them that worked under 4.0x also work fine under 4.1. However, several plugins will need to be updated before they are fully functionally under 4.1. These include:

  • Visitor Stats - If you upgrade to 4.1 now, the plugin will continue to tracks stats, but the dashboard graphs won't show, and there may be a few other admin interface oddities. An upcoming version will address these.
  • User Profiles - Some user interface elements won't appear properly. Also, MT 4.1 comes with user photos as a core feature, so an upcoming version of User Profiles will migrate your profile photos to use the 4.1 system.
  • Fast Search - Fast Search may work fine under many cases in 4.1, but in some cases a "division by zero" error will occur, caused by changes made in 4.1. This will be addressed in an upcoming version. Get the Update Here.
  • Dynamic Menus - Needs to be updated to work with 4.1.
  • Breadcrumbs - On most screens, it is okay, but in some cases, a little wacky.

There may be others, I haven't tested everything yet. If you are brave enough to upgrade to 4.1 right away, please reply to this entry with any issues or strangeness that you encounter with my plugins.