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Movable Type Help
Updated May 18, 2007
We use the Movable Type blogging software for our Slow Travel blogs. Movable Type is easy to use. On this page I describe the basics to get you started. (For advanced users, how to change your blog style.)
Starting Your Blog
When your blog has been setup, we email you your login information. The first thing you should do is setup some basics.
Create a New Entry in Your Blog
To create a new entry, click NEW ENTRY in the left column. You are on the CREATE form. Type in a title and the entry body (you may want to experiment with entry body, extended entry and exerpt for publishing). Set STATUS to PUBLISHED and click the SAVE button to add this entry to your blog. (Or click PREVIEW to look at the entry first, then SAVE.)
When you publish an entry, Movable Type formats the page and sends it to your blog folder on the SlowTrav server. The page stays the same on SlowTrav until you publish it again.
Adding live links to your entry
There is only one way to add a live link to an entry (text that when clicked
takes someone to another website). Type the text that you want to be linked, e.g. Slow Travel. Highlight the text. Click the LINK button (icone with two loops) above the input box. A window popups up (you may have to tell your browser to allow popups or scripted windows to see the window). Paste the full link, including http:// into this popup window. Click the OK button. The HTML for a link is inserted into your text in the format:
Adding a photo to your entry
We recommend no more than two photos per post. If you have lots of photos, create a photo album in Slow Photos (www.slowphotos.com) and link to it from your post. To add a photo to your entry.
PREPARING YOUR PHOTO: Always set your photo resolution to 72ppi (this is the resolution that works best on monitors). You can size your photo, or upload it as is and let Blogger size it.
If you change your blog title/description, you have to republish
If you change your blog title or description, or any other settings, or the template, you must republish your blog. To do this, click REBUILD SITE in the left column. A window pops up. Select REBUILD ALL FILES and click the REBUILD button. The blog is republished and you get the option to VIEW YOUR SITE when done.
More details on using Movable Type are available in their documentation - see Resources below.
Optional Things for Your Blog
Do you want a list of your favorite websites in the sidebar? Send us the list of links and we will put them in the sidebar. This can include a link to any or all of your photo albums on Slow Photos (www.slowphotos.com).
Do you want a photo in the sidebar? Format one to 72ppi resolution, 200px wide and email it to us. We will place it in the sidebar of your blog.
SiteMeter is a free stats program that will let you track the visitors to your blog. Go to www.sitemeter.com and set up an account for yourself. For your web site URL, give it the top level URL for your blog, e.g. www.slowtrav.com/blog/pauline/
You will receive an email with the code to insert. Email this code to us and we will include it in your sidebar.
Change the Style for Your Blog
For advanced users, how to change your blog style.
Post to Your Blog from Flickr
Flickr can link to your blog! The information you need is:
MT cgi-bin: http://www.slowtrav.com/mt/
Resources for Movable Type
www.movabletype.org: Movable Type
www.sixapart.com/movabletype/docs/: Support page with link to PDF version of the Movable Type manual with blogging basics.
www.learningmovabletype.com: Learning Movable Type, tutorials and helpful tips for beginners to the Movable Type web publishing system.
www.movalog.com: Movalog, Making Movable Type jump through hoops
styles.movalog.com/generator/: From Movalog, customize your Movable Type template (style sheet generator)
forums.sixapart.com: Movable Type Community Forums
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