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 2.5

Entry Post 2.5 contains the following new features for use on MT4:

  • Complete support for all Authentication methods in MT4 (including MT Auth, OpenID, and TypeKey)
  • New "EntryPost Response" template makes it easier to customize the screen that users see after submitting an entry.
  • Enhanced preview template.
  • New email notification template enables to to customize the contents of the emails, including the ability to include extra field data
  • Better error handling (errors displayed via customizable template)
  • Advanced options for overriding the default "allow comments" and "allow trackbacks" settings.

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  • new entries can be set to "Published" or "Unpublished" (pending admin/moderator review)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
  • 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.

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.

A new feature in MT4 enables users to login via OpenID. This makes it easy to login to comment on MT4 blogs: simply enter your OpenID URL and you are good to go. But what if you don't have an OpenID. They are easy to get, but I thought it would be cool if you could use your own MT blog URL, and use your MT installation account to login to other MT sites to comment. That is exactly what the OpenID Server plugin enables you to do.

When I first set out to built an OpenID Server plugin for MT, I thought is was going to be a lot of work and steep learning curve. But then I discovered that such a plugin was previously created over 2 years ago for MT 3.2, created by Mark Paschal and Brad Choate of Six Apart. I merely moved things around a bit to suit MT4, made a few minor tweaks, and added a template tag to make it easy to setup. As such, 99% percent of the credit goes to Mark and Brad. I just thought it would be cool to login to other MT4 blogs using my MT install login account -- it kinda brings the whole OpenID thing full circle.

Screencast

Notice the URL in the address bar after I click the OpenID "Sign In" button:

Requirements

  • MT4
  • Net::OpenID::Server Perl Module (included)

Installation

  1. Extact the files from the zip file and upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your MT installation
  2. Upload the contents of the 'extlib' directory to the 'extlib' directory.
  3. Change the permissions on the /plugins/openid-server/server.cgi file to 755 (CHMOD 755)
  4. In your author profile, set your Website URL to the URL you wish to use as your OpenID profile URL.
  5. In the <head> section of that page, add the HTML tag:
  6. <link rel="openid.server" href="<MTCGIPath>plugins/openid-server/server.cgi" />

    OR (easier)

    <$MTOpenIDHeader$>

  7. If your profile page is a static HTML page, replace "http://mt-hacks.com/cgi-bin/mt/" with the full CGIPath to the copy of Movable Type where the plugin is installed.

  8. To sign in with OpenID, when presented with an OpenID signon form, enter the URL to your

  9. profile URL. If you are not logged in to Movable Type, you will be prompted to log in.

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The OpenID Server plugin is free software.

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Note: I probably should submit this version to code.sixapart.com, but I am not sure hwo to do that. I have never used Trac, nor contributed to any open source software before. I am not sure what the best practices are here, etc. I am sure somebody will point me in the right direction here...

The Customized Sign In Templates plugin enables MT4 sites to customize the commenter sign in and registration screens. MT4 include built-in support for commenter registration and login. By default, the screens where commenters login and register are system templates that bear the Movable Type logo -- they can't easily be customized to reflect the look and feel of your site. This plugin makes it easier to customize these screens.

Before and After Screensnaps

Live Demo

Try it out now on my MT4 Test Blog. Click here and then click the sign in link to post a comment.

How it Works

When someone clicks the "sign in" (or to sign up) link for a particular blog, the plugin looks for template modules in that blog with the following names:

  • Member Login
  • Member Signup
  • Member Signup Thanks

If the module is not found, the system default will be displayed (same as without the plugin). If a match is found, the template module will be used instead of the system default.

Note that these template modules are special, because they are a hybrid of an "application template" and a "blog template". What this means is that you will see some different template tags, some that begin with <mtapp:. Its best not to mess with those too much, unless you really know what you are doing.

Template Sets

As a separate download, I have created two template sets to get you started:

  • System Default Sign In Templates - these are identical to the ones that ship with MT, but installing this set (using the Template Installer plugin) will create Template Modules in your blog, so you can start customizing from there.
  • Blog Style Sign In Templates - This set has already been customized to use your blog's style, header, and footer.

Requirements

  • MT4

Installation

Download and extract the zip file. Upload the contents of the 'plugins' folder to the 'plugins' directory of your Movable Type installation.
For each blog that you want to customize, install template Modules to be used. Download the template sets and install them using Template Installer. (Advanced users can create these manually, but they must be named "Member Login", "Member Signup", and "Member Signup Thanks".)

Get Customized Sign In Templates

Commercial License - $97.00

Bonus: Those who purchase a commercial license will subsequently receive a version that enables customization of the password recovery screens. For technical reasons, this part was not as easy to accomplish, but I will create a solution and make it available to those who buy a license.

Personal License - Free

Customized Sign In Templates is free for personal, non-commercial use.

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Template Sets (both are the same zip file):
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As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Comment Registration is a plugin for Movable Type that enables readers to register an account on your site and login to post comments. Commenters register and login directly with your site, not via an external authentication service (this plugin does not use TypeKey).

UPDATE: The latest version of this plugin, version 1.2, includes an important security bug fix. It is highly recommended that sites using previous versions upgrade to version 1.2 immediately. Simply upload the new version to upgrade -- there is no need to edit or re-install templates.

Movable Type supports comment registration (authentication), but commenters must register and sign via TypeKey, a centralized authentication service offered by Six Apart (the makers of MT). While this "remote authentication" approach has some key advantages, there are also reasons why you might prefer a "local authentication" system. The Comment Registration plugin provides this option.

Comment Registration works with the built-in Commenter system of MT (see the "Commenters" menu item on the left-hand navigation menu). When someone creates a commenter account on your site and posts a comment, they will appear on the Commenters screen, including their Nickname, username, URL, email, and a tally of their comments:

Note: Commenters must post at least one comment before they appear on the Commenters listing. If someone creates an account but does not post a comment, they will not appear in the listing.

Because the plugin uses the the built-in Commenters system, you can use all the MT commenter features, such as:

  • Trusting and Banning commenters:
  • Settings for accepting comments:
  • Settings for publishing comments:

Comment Registration comes with 4 default templates (based on the default MT3.3 templates):

Commenter Login - An index template that contains a login form for commenters.
Commenter Registration - And index template that contains a form for creating a commenter account on your system.
Site Javascript - This is a replacement index template for the existing Site Javascript (mt-site.js) template. (Your existing Site Javascript will be renamed as a backup during installation).
Widget: Commenter Login - A Widget Manager widget that you can add to your sidebar, containing a login form for commenters.

Test it Out Now

Head over to the MT Hacks Test Blog and register for an account and then submit a few comments. Start at this test entry by clicking here.

Installation:

  1. Extract the files from the zip file, and upload the contents of the 'plugins' directory to the 'plugins' directory of your MT installation.
  2. Change the permissions on the mt-login.cgi file to 755 (CHMOD 755).
  3. Browse to the blog you want, then go to Settings - Plugins, and then the Settings button for Comment Registration. You will notice that the plugin has no settings of its own, but you will find a link to install the default templates. Click that link. The default templates will be installed and rebuilt.
  4. You must have Authentication enabled for the default templates to work (if you currently allow TypeKey authentication, you can skip this step). Go Settings > Feedback and find the "Authentication status" setting. In field after "Or, manually enter token", enter some text (anything will do).
  5. (Optional) Adjust the Feedback settings for accepting and publishing comments (see images above) as desired.
  6. Save Feedback settings and then manually rebuild the Site Javascript (mt-site.js) index template.

Requirements

  • MT 3.3x

Note that this plugin does not work with MT4, as this plugin's features have be built-in to MT4.

Get Comment Registration

Comment Registration is free for personal use, but you must place a link on your site, such as:

Powered by the <a href="http://mt-hacks.com/commentregistration.html">Comment Registration</a> plugin for Movable Type.

Donations are appreciated:

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Commercial License (up to 5 blogs) - $97

Blog Network License (unlimited blogs) - $249

Note for multi-blog installations / blog networks: commenters need only create one account and can use the same login for all of the sites on the same MT installation.

As always, comments and feedback are appreciated. Please reply to this entry.