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Sams Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours

Book Description

Movable Type, a low-cost, distributed publishing software solution is helping thousands of Web site developers organize and automate the Web content management process.

In 24 well-paced chapters, the authors of Sams Teach Yourself Movable Type in 24 Hours show readers how to install, personalize, and configure Movable Type into an indispensable content management tool.

Features hands-on tutorials for finding Web hosting services, adjusting publishing preferences, customizing page templates, setting up multiple author accounts and extending the program with plug-ins and custom features, the authors show readers how to use everything from the most basic fundamentals of Movable Type to its most powerful features.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. We Want to Hear from You!
  5. Reader Services
  6. Introduction Managing Content for Web Sites
  7. Getting Started with Movable Type
    1. Preparing Great Content for the Web
      1. Planning Your Content
      2. Exploring Hosting Options
      3. Organizing Needed Software
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    2. Installing Movable Type
      1. Preparing for and Downloading Movable Type
      2. Installing Movable Type
      3. Testing, Initializing, and Running Movable Type
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    3. Setting Standard Preferences
      1. Setting Up a Weblog in Movable Type
      2. Setting General Preferences
      3. Adding a Creative Commons License
      4. Setting Archive, Notification, and Comment Preferences
      5. Setting Commenting Preferences
      6. Rebuilding the Site
      7. Summary
      8. Q&A
      9. Workshop
    4. Adjusting Your Editing Preferences
      1. Getting Ready to Use Movable Type Editors
      2. Learning and Customizing the Edit Entry Screen
      3. Configuring Advanced Editing Options
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    5. Creating, Editing, Searching, and Deleting Entries
      1. Working with Movable Type Entries
      2. Editing Entries
      3. Adding Search and Replace for Entries
      4. Keeping a Clean House
      5. Summary
      6. Q&A
      7. Workshop
    6. Managing Archives
      1. Archiving Using Movable Type
      2. Adding Multiple and Custom Archive Options
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
    7. Creating Categories
      1. Category Types
      2. Exploring the Category-Editing Features
      3. Creating Categories
      4. Configuring Categories for TrackBack
      5. Applying Categories
      6. Summary
      7. Q&A
      8. Workshop
    8. Managing Multiple Authors
      1. Planning for Multiple Authors
      2. Adding Authors
      3. Editing an Author
      4. Revoking Permissions and Removing Authors
      5. Summary
      6. Q&A
      7. Workshop
    9. Migrating to Movable Type
      1. Understanding the Migration Process
      2. Exporting Entries
      3. Importing Entries
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
  8. Working with Templates
    1. Using Movable Type Templates
      1. About Templates in Movable Type
      2. Using Movable Type Template Designs
      3. Exploring Other Available Templates
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    2. Customizing Movable Type Templates
      1. About Markup and CSS for the Web
      2. Modifying Your Template Styles
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
    3. Adding Custom Designs to Movable Type
      1. Building a Custom Master Index Template
      2. Adding the Template to Movable Type
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
  9. Adding Features for Your Visitors
    1. Providing Public Search
      1. Understanding the Basics
      2. Working with Text Search Forms
      3. Working with New Comment Search Forms
      4. Understanding Search Templates
      5. Summary
      6. Q&A
      7. Workshop
    2. Getting Started with Comments
      1. Comment Basics
      2. Setting Comment Preferences
      3. Implementing Comments
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    3. Taking Comments Further
      1. Allowing Visitors to Preview Their Comments
      2. Handling Comment Errors
      3. Managing Comments
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    4. Using TrackBack
      1. Understanding TrackBack
      2. Sending a TrackBack Ping
      3. Receiving TrackBack Pings
      4. Displaying Received TrackBack Pings
      5. Managing Received TrackBack Pings
      6. Summary
      7. Q&A
      8. Workshop
    5. Doing More with TrackBack
      1. Using TrackBack Auto-Discovery
      2. Pinging Categories
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
    6. Using Movable Type's Email Features
      1. Sending Update Notifications
      2. Adding a Mail This Entry Feature
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
  10. Beyond the Basics
    1. Scrubbing Content with Sanitize
      1. Understanding Sanitize
      2. Changing Your Sanitize Settings
      3. Summary
      4. Q&A
      5. Workshop
    2. Uploading Files in Movable Type
      1. The Basics of Uploading
      2. Uploading Non-Image Files
      3. Special Features for Uploading Images
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    3. Using Desktop Clients with Movable Type
      1. Zempt
      2. SharpMT
      3. ecto
      4. w.bloggar
      5. Frequency
      6. Summary
      7. Q&A
      8. Workshop
    4. Movable Type Plug-Ins
      1. Movable Type Plug-In Basics
      2. A Simple Plug-In: NicknameLink
      3. A More Complex Plug-In: MT-Blacklist
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    5. Promoting Your Content
      1. Web Sites That Can Promote Your Weblog
      2. Weblog Rings
      3. Newsfeeds
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
      6. Workshop
    6. TypePad, Movable Type Upgrades, and Movable Type Pro
      1. TypePad
      2. Movable Type Upgrades
      3. Movable Type Pro
      4. Summary
      5. Q&A
  11. Appendixes
    1. System Requirements, Upgrades, and Licensing Information
      1. System Requirements for Movable Type
      2. Upgrading Movable Type
      3. Movable Type Licensing
    2. Template Tag Reference
      1. Weblog Tags
      2. Entry Tags
      3. Archive Tags
      4. Category Tags
      5. Calendar Tags
      6. Search Results Tags
      7. Comment Tags
      8. TrackBack Tags
      9. Miscellaneous Tags
      10. Global Tag Attributes
      11. Formatting Dates
    3. Advanced Installation and Troubleshooting Guide
      1. Installing Required and Additional Modules
      2. Adding Database Options
      3. Adding Optional Modules
      4. Troubleshooting Common Problems—Where to Get Additional Support
  12. Index