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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