Movable Type Monday: Themes, Authentication, Translation, and More
Happy Monday, folks! Let’s start this week off with a new Movable Type theme. Mike at Code Monkey Ramblings has created a new theme called iBlog2. Based on a WordPress theme, it can be used with both the classic blog template set and the professional website.
We’ve also got a couple of new plugins this week. SKYARC System Co., Ltd,. created BasicAuthAutoCompleteLogin, which allows you to use your MT credentials on pages protected with basic HTTP auth.
Konjak from ELASTIC Consultants Inc does translation of your blog posts using either Google or Bing translation services.
For those of you running multiple blogs on MT, you can use QuickRebuild from Taku Amano to republish all your blogs at once.
One of the most powerful features of MT is the ability to publish your entries any way you want. Gercek Karakus needed an XML feed for Flash, so he created this template.
Finally, Maarten Schenk has a few tips and tutorials for us this week:
- Loading any Object (Entry, Page…) Based on a Custom Field Value — This will be useful if you’re writing MT plugins. Maarten shows how to use the
search_by_metamethod to do lookups based on custom fields.
- Looping over a List of Numbered Custom Fields in Movable Type — This post explains how to loop through your custom fields in a particular order.
- Optimizing Movable Type’s Standard Templates for Speed (part 2) — Maarten brings us more tips for optimizing our templates. This time, he talks about using caching to keep all parts of your site up-to-date while minimizing publishing time.
What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.