Wednesday: 14.May.2003

First post with Movable Type

Installed Movable Type v2.63 today. [Notice that the name of this application contains only one 'e' .. Movable vs Moveable .. but the site's URL will work both with and without the second 'e'] The software you see demonstrated here is touted as the best blogger, "hands down". Wonderfully configurable, it also comes with a nasty reputation for being difficult to install. I must admit: the install and config was rather complicated, but went without a hitch.

The MT installation reminds me of the forum software Radified uses: YaBB [Yet another Bulletin Board]. Both use a Perl-based CGI script, so the concepts are similar. MT also makes use of MySQL database, which YaBB lacks. But I'm familiar with configuring MySQL from another Open Source forum package I installed: YaBB SE [to test its features and speed].

The MT user interface, which uses your web browser, looks like this. This chick showed me how to modify the template's code to darken the background [making it easier on my eyes]. I've been curious to see what programs such as MT offer, especially since I've been "blogging" for almost three years now .. before I even knew what the word meant. [The term 'blog' is a contraction of 'web log'. I just learned this today.]

I've never used any of the other popular bloggers, such as Greymatter, Radio Userland, Blosxom, pMachine, b2, Nucleus or Blogger Pro .. so I have no point of reference to compare MT with. [See here or here for a list of more.] Which software you choose depends on the particular features supported/offered by your web hosting provider. I'd rather start with the best, even if it means a more complicated install.

Because it's difficult to install, MT isn't for everyone. But they do offer to install the software for US$40. This is a bargain, trust me. Okay, 'nuf of this drivel. Let's click the "publish" button and see if this badboy works.

Edit: Well, I'll be. It worked! To be honest, I expected to spend a few hours consulting the Troubleshooting file and groveling for help at the MT support forums. This tells me the installation instructions are better than the usual unintuitive crap you find out there. Kudos to who-ever wrote them.

Moveable Type offers serveral different pre-configured styles. I choose this black-gray-blue CSS template because it most closely resembles the Radified home page. More elaborate designs can be found at places like the Glen Road Girls and blog styles. Helpful and clever config tips can be found at girlie matters.

Posted by Rad at May 14, 2003 01:08 AM


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I disagree with your statement that the install manual was easy to read.

I spent 3 hours trying to install, mainly because I had to re-read the instructions 15 times because of referencing install tips out of order, unclear instructions, etc.

Nevertheless, it worked. I'm glad it worked for you too :-) I do like it much better than Blogger which I used before. Plus I like that I can run it from my own web site and not have to worry about someone messing it up along the way.

Posted by: Glenn at May 18, 2003 08:03 PM

Sorry you had trouble with the install. I previously installed two different bulletin board forums. One Perl-based:

and one PHP/MySQL based:

The things I learned from these two software installations made it easier fro me to install MT. I know what you mean about having to jump around, but no two installs are going to be the same, cuz each involves its own set of variables.

Actually, I tried to install Blogger (freebie version) to my own web site a month-or-so ago and couldn't get the dang thing to work.

Posted by: Rad at May 19, 2003 05:59 PM

It took me an entire day to install moveable type, and I actually screwed up the installation so bad that I decided to delete everything and start from scratch. When I did, I had everything up and running in about 15 min. since I had already been through it once.

Posted by: Jenny at August 31, 2003 05:59 PM

I did a search for "talk about sports" as I am looking for information on where Halifax Mooseheads players lived and the history about them and their culture. We have and have had hockey players from all over the world play with the local hockey team here in halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I am researching anyone who has played in the past and the present for the Halifax Mooseheads hockey team. As I was web surfing, going from one topic to the next I came upon your website as I was researching "first blog", as I thought about creating a blog on the Halifax Mooseheads hockey team. Anyways I found this website blog in the search engines because of your text "first post with movable type" That movable type isnot the easiest stuff to understand. Anyways I read your whole blog to see if you had any information on how to operate a blog. I did find some of your information useful and I thank you.
I will be back, as you seem to know what you are talking about, to see if you added anything new that might help me.
Anyways, good luck with your website.
Take care and God Bless
Steve A Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Fan

Posted by: A Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Fan at February 4, 2004 07:57 PM

NOTE to SPAMMERS: This blog uses MT-Blacklist. Your "comments" will be gone before your click the 'Post' button. So save yourself some time & find another site.

And while you're at it, get a life!

Posted by: Blog Administator at March 17, 2004 11:42 AM