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2 layout: post
3 title: Movable Type
4 date: '2008-04-28 04:45:00 +0000'
5 mt_id: 220
6 blog_id: 1
7 post_id: 220
8 basename: movable_type
9 categories:
10 - other
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12 As I [wrote some time ago](http://blog.ganneff.de/blog/2008/03/16/moving-away-from-blosxom.html), I did consider switching to a new blog software, the OpenSource Edition of MovableType.
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14 I've actually done that some 6 weeks ago and must say - it is one browser based application I am actually happy with for myself. (Good god, I must be really ill).
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16 I know that about all the things that changed in my blog, compared to my old blosxom based version, are actually doable with blosxom too. For some reasons I just never got around to doing it. Anyways, some things I still remember that changed:
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18 - I got comments and trackbacks support. Not that anyone except spammers and myself did use trackbacks yet, but comments got used, especially in the last few ftpmaster and delegation related posts.
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20 Also, the Anti-Spam plugins you get with MT version 4.1 are pretty good. I haven't had a spam trackback show up yet. They all directly go into the Spam area, which I sometimes just delete.
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22 Same for the comments. As I've set it up that all comments need approval (unless someone already made a non-spam comment so I set them "Trusted Commenter") and also have to pass the spamfilter I haven't had a problem with spam comments. And while I offer 7 different ways of authenticating yourself when you want to post a comment here, including the famous *anonymous* way with a captcha - only one spam comment got in yet.
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24 - Comments and Trackbacks are automagically closed by a Plugin when the entry reaches an age of 30 days.
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26 - I now can do "Scheduled" posts. Within blosxom I would need a cronjob that copies the file with the blog entry into the right dir, in MT I just select the posting time in the creation window for an entry.
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28 - The category system, especially with having one entry appear in multiple categories, seems to be way simpler. Including the ability to easily generate per-category rss feeds.
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30 - MT generates (in default setup) static pages. Only the comment part is not static (hehe, of course not).
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32 - Editing no longer resets the published time, which blosxom based on file timestamps. I can edit as much as I want, the entries keep their time. **Unless** I manually change that time.
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34 - MT also seems to be able to handle your whole homepage. And file storage. And cms like (with plugins, afaik). And whatnot. And is "multi-author" capable. And multi-blog.
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36 What it not has is the ability to use a version control system for your posts. Of course not, its a web based editor which stores its data in a database.
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38 Oh well, lets stop here, basically - I just like it. :)