Working with MT Part 1

Yesterday I slightly did some changes on the appearance of my weblog with some modifications I found through I must say, I really like how Thomas manages his site. It looks pretty well organized and contains so many interesting information. I still keep wondering how he got the idea to do such things. BTW, I also make a daily visit to his site and hope I could find something new which I can elaborate with. You’ve done a great job, Thomas. 🙂

Here is the list of what I did yesterday.

  • I visited this link, MovableType templates created by Mark Pilgrim and read every sections I saw over there very carefully as I’m still a learning newbie in this MT world. So, each step must be followed one by one.
  • After that, I downloaded the following plug-ins and installed them right away.
    1. MT-Macros
    2. MT-IfEmpty
    3. MT-PerlScript
    4. SimpleComments
    5. MT-WordCount
    6. MT-SQL

    Why I downloaded so many things and am I going to need them all? The answer is, yes. Although not all of them will be used now, I still want to keep them. Just in case that further modifications will be made in the future. 🙂

  • Next step was modifying the archiving scheme. I really found the URL of my archives so ugly and wanted to change it a long time ago. But, because of my limited ability, I just let it as it is till I visited this page. And got inspired. Some modifications were made and now, I am just waiting for Google doing its job, updating my site. 🙂
  • By applying SimpleComments, I now have comments and trackbacks listed on the same page.
  • As a finishing touch and to conclude all things I did yesterday, I modified a little bit the main CSS file of this site and the list of Recent Comments you see on the right menu with this code.

    <MTComments lastn="5" sort_order="descend">
    <$MTCommentAuthorLink spam_protect="1"$> on
    <a href="<$MTEntryLink$>#<$MTCommentID$>" title="<$MTCommentBody remove_html="1"
    <$MTEntryTitle$></i></a><br />

The End.



  1. My favorite about MT, the customization. We can do what we really want to do. 🙂
    Yours look nice from here. How’s day?

  2. Sergiu, what do you mean with ‘this customization’ in your question? Could you tell more about it? Maybe, I could help you, somehow. 🙂

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