Announcing Movable Type 3.2
Jay Allen | August 25, 2005
We're proud to announce that Movable Type 3.2 is now available. This release
improves upon what is already the most powerful blogging platform by offering a
better experience at every step. This new version combines the strengths and innovations
you have come to expect from Movable Type over the past four years, boosted by the
addition of over 100 unique new features that will help your blogs truly shine.
Best of all, it's a free update for any licensed user of Movable Type 3.x. Personal
users will be happy to find that the Free edition now offers unlimited blogs. And
personal users who want a multi-user license and access to our famed technical support
can now take advantage of a special $30 discount on our Basic and Unlimited editions.
Highlights of New Movable Type 3.2 Features:
- Vastly improved installation and upgrade
- Unlimited blogs for all
- Special $30 discount for Personal Edition
- All your blogs in one place
- The best community management
- Find what you need
- Smart new styles
- A new generation of plugins
- The best support in the business
- Professional backing
In addition to the features listed above, we've made enormous improvements in
usability for every common task you perform while blogging, many of which we've
described in our list of our 32 favorite features of Movable Type 3.2. What's more,
the features that have made Movable Type the platform by which all blog tools are
judged are better than ever: Static or Dynamic Publishing (no rebuilds!); Built-in
support for multiple authors, blogs, categories, and templates; Automatic archiving
and publishing of XML feeds; and better platform support for almost any common operating
system or database.
So, how to get started? If you already purchased Movable Type, or downloaded
the free version, you'll be able to download the new release for free from your
Movable Type account. Otherwise, you can find it on the Pricing and Licensing page.
As always, there is a free, unsupported personal version (did we mention unlimited
weblogs?) which will satisfy the needs of a large number of personal users.
After that, make sure to follow the the installation and upgrade instructions
in the user manual as there have been some significant changes and improvements
to the process.
Want some more details on the features we've added, or need one of our cool new
badges to tell the world you've stepped up to Movable Type 3.2? Keep reading for
- Better Installation and Upgrade: Get off to a good start with your upgrade
or new installation of Movable Type. Once your files and your configuration
settings are in place, all you need to do is log in to the system to automatically
configure the application.
- Unlimited Blogs for all: Not only can you have an unlimited number of blogs,
but version 3.2 contains powerful new tools which make it easier than ever for
you to create and manage them all. Whether you need one blog per person in your
workgroup, one blog per project in your company, or just one blog for each of
your cats, there's no limit.
- Special $30 Discount for Personal Edition: Basic and Unlimited Personal
Editions are now available for as little as $39.95, giving you access to more
authors and our professional technical support. (If you've bought a personal
license in the last 30 days, see our FAQ.)
- All Your Blogs in one Place: Manageability and simplicity in administration
were key goals for this new update to Movable Type. Administrators now have
a home in the system, offering a high-level overview of all the weblogs, entries,
feedback, authors and plugins supported by the platform. In addition, every
significant action in the system is logged to a detailed, searchable activity
log that can be exported for reporting or for future reference.
- The Best Community Management: Rich comment and TrackBack management features
ensure that you can build your community by encouraging constructive feedback
while preventing spam from disrupting your blogs or workflow. The set-it-and-forget-it
spam prevention is based upon a customizable feedback scoring system which automatically
rates your feedback as it is submitted. The scores can be used to highlight
meaningful contributions to the community or to filter spam into a junk folder
where it can be automatically deleted. This provides a major evolution from
current anti-spam techniques which can cause silent data loss if feedback results
in a false-positive detection as spam.
- Find What You Need: A powerful new search-based interface lets you easily
find (and optionally replace) information throughout your blogs, not only in
entries, but comments, TrackBacks, templates, commenters and the activity log.
Search is context-aware everywhere in the system, letting you jump directly
to the items you're interested in. And new tools for performing bulk actions
let you easily act on all of your weblogs’ content.
- Smart New Styles: We've provided a library of dozens of elegant new styles
for Movable Type blogs, with a shared design that lets you trade themes with
millions of other bloggers on Six Apart platforms.
- A New Generation of Plugins: Movable Type has always offered a powerful
plugin architecture, with hundreds of plugins available for adding features
and functionality to your blog. Version 3.2 introduces a range of new plugins
that are "Built for Movable Type 3.2" to more tightly integrate into the application
and perform a much wider range of actions.
- The Best Support In the Business: Six Apart's support team consistently
earns rave reviews from our customers. Movable Type support offerings include
our fast-response help ticket system, an updated free Knowledge Base, a completely
revamped task-oriented user manual with live feedback from our community, and
a user-to-user support forum. With Movable Type, you get a real person providing
you with a real answer in plain language.
- Professional Backing: In addition to our own professional support, the Six
Apart Professional Network is the core of a community of thousands of members
around the world who offer consulting, customization, design, development, and
integration services. Members ranging from IT managers at Fortune 500 companies
to innovative independent developers provide rich support for even the most
advanced or creative uses of blogs. And they're all backed by Six Apart, which
focuses exclusively on powering the best blog platforms around the world.