Middlebury

Movable Type

NOTE

MovableType is no longer supported and is only accessible from the campus network. We have recently installed WordPress MU to accommodate blogging needs.

If you would like assistance moving your Movable Type blog to WordPress, please contact the Digital Media Tutors.

Introduction

MovableType [1] is an open source platform that is used at Middlebury for individual blogs. Uses include journals creative writing tools, and news publishing.

New Blog Creation and Access

New Blogs

You must have a Middlebury netid to have a MovableType blog. To create a blog, go to the login page. Underneath the text boxes you will see a link to "Create a new blog."

A small browser window opens up, asking for information that is necessary to create your blog:

  • Username - this is your MIDD netid (the first part of your email address)
  • Password - DO NOT USE YOUR MIDD PASSWORD!! Use something else.
  • Re-enter Password - see above
  • Nickname - Comments from you will have this as part of your signature.
  • Blog Name - Only use letters, numbers and underscores, NO SPECIAL CHARACTERS OR SPACES!! This can be edited later.
  • E-Mail Address - this is your Middlebury College email address.
  • Blog Description - Keep it short. This can also be edited later.

Click on the CREATE BLOG button, and you will get a message saying that your blog has been created, and that an email has been sent to you. Close the small browser window. Log in with the Username and Password you just created.

After you log in, you will see the name of your blog on the left-hand side. Click on the name of the blog, and you will be brought to the administrative side of your blog. From here, you can add entries, see comments that have been posted to your blog, and change how your blog looks to viewers.

To learn more, go to the New Blogs entry in the MovableType at Middlebury blog.

Organization

Entries

An author adds material to their blog by creating entries. Entries may be of any length, and can include text, audio and video. Once an entry is created, it may be previewed, saved as unpublished, or save as published. Only published entries will be seen by visitors.

Entries can be edited after they are published, but this is not common.

Categories

Entries in MovableType may be assigned a category, or sub-category, for organizational purposes.

All entries in MovableType may be moved to different categories. Once this is done, you will need to rebuild your site.

Commenting

Visitors to a blog may leave a comment through the use of a simple web form. In most cases, this is a name, an email address, and the text of their comment. Authors may decide whether comments appear immediately on the blog, or if they are held until the author can read them.

In some cases, a Comment Challenge, a simple line of text to be typed into a text area, is added. This is to keep spam bots from adding unwanted comments to a blog, thereby decreasing the amount of time needed to maintain the blog.

RSS

MovableType supports both publishing its own content via RSS (really simple syndication) as well as accessing RSS feeds with widgets.

Tagging

All entries can be assigned one or more tags for use in a guided search.

Podcasting

Links to audio files in a MovableType entry will appear in the RSS feed. Visitors may subscribe to this feed as a podcast.

Access to Blogs

A visitor can view all published entries in a blog. Unpublished entries may have a scheduled publishing date, or they may be manually published.

A blog owner may allow, or not allow comments on their blog.

Customization

Design

MovableType allows for customization. A quick design may be added using the StyleCatcher feature.

    • Templates -> StyleCatcher link at the bottom of the page.

Authors who are familiar with CSS may edit stylesheet.css, available in the Templates.

Widgets

Widgets are available to add character and functionality to the blog. Some widgets that are available include:

  • Calendar
  • Latest entries
  • Search
  • Creative Commons License
  • Tag cloud
  • Subscribe to feed

A feed widget can be added to create a list of links to any other blog or website that has an rss feed. Also, third party widgets can be added.

MovableType at Middlebury

Curricular Use

Department Use

Journal/Research Use

  • bgblogging, nerve center of Barbara Ganley's blogging.


For more examples, see the blog roll on the home page of MovableType at Middlebury.


References

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