Movable Type Monday: MT-Notifier 5, Melody, Sorting Entries, and More
Happy Monday, folks! From time to time we talk about Melody, a fork of Movable Type that was started by several top developers in the Movable Type community. Serdar Yegulalp has written a solid introduction to Melody for those that want a better understanding of what the project is and where it stands.
Just yesterday I found out about a new MT blog that I expect to be linking to a lot here in the future. Nick at MTJ is bringing Japanese MT development to the English-speaking world. There’s a lot of great MT work being done in Japan, and with Nick’s help we’ll finally be able to showcase some of it here. For example, Nick has recently written about a few new plugins:
- Escape Code and Action Streams — Escape Code makes it easier to display sample code in your entries. And this release of Action Streams brings that plugin to MT5.
- Bypass Dashboard — Let’s you bypass the dashboard when you log in. Particularly useful for people that only have access to one blog.
- AssetArchives — Create a set of archives for your assets. Could be the easiest way yet to create a photo gallery.
- Crypt — Let’s you encrypted the published file.
- System Menu — Gives you a menu for accessing system-level admin pages in MT5. A handy shortcut for those of us that got used to that menu in MT4.
Also, be sure to check out Nick’s coverage of the MT Developers & Designers Conference held recently in Tokyo.
Speaking of plugins, Chad Everett has announced that MT-Notifier 5 is on the horizon. The big change is this version can store templates in the database, which allows for templates to be associated with a context and blog-level templates.
Last week we told you about Maarten Schenk’s wonderful new Movable Tips blog. Here’s a few more posts from his archives:
- Making a search go directly to an entry if there is only one result — This is a really good idea, and easy to do.
- Sorting items that don’t have a ‘sort_by’ attribute — I had no idea that MT template variables could be arrays. Maarten shows how to use those arrays to sort anything.
- Using PHP inside Movable Type’s Search Template — This is a problem I’ve had to jump through hoops to solve. Maarten’s solution is a good one.
What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.