It’s official: Movable Type 3.1 has been launched.

OK all you guys and gals who stuck it out and stayed with MT when the big license fiasco took place, your patience has been rewarded as Six Apart has officially released MovableType 3.1. Here’s a rundown of the new goodies out of the box:

  • DYNAMIC PAGES – Allows you to choose between static page generation or dynamic pages on a per-template basis
  • SUBCATEGORIES – You can easily create new subcategories, and move a subcategory from one parent category to another using a sleak, intuitive interface.
  • POST SCHEDULING – You can now set a time and date for your posts to appear.
  • BETTER EXTENSIBILITY – The new Plugin API which debuted under 3.0 has been updated even further. Plugins can now add code to be executed to filter comments and TrackBacks before they’re posted; to hook into the publishing process, filtering and modifying the list of files that will be published; etc.
  • PLUGIN PACK – All the winning plugins from the Six Apart plugin contest including the latest version of MT-Blacklist.

While I’m not running MT personally any longer, I do still support at least three installations of MT for other blogs that should provide me with plenty of opportunity to try out this new version and offer up my opinions and comments. I’ll have more on this later.

13 thoughts on “It’s official: Movable Type 3.1 has been launched.

  1. That’s a somewhat understandable sentiment, but there are quite a few folks who read SEB who do run MT and might like to know about it.

    If nothing else it benefits me if they upgrade as it brings their blogs a little closer to what EE does. grin

  2. Les,

    Let me know how the upgrade goes for those sites you support. I have the code, the license, but not sure if I want to be one of the first to upgrade (currently @ 3.01d)

    Supposedly the upgrade from 3.01d is not too painful, but who really wants to be the guinee pig smile


  3. You know that’s part of the excuse that ***Dave used too. That and being too busy right now.

    You guys are a bunch of wussies!

    cool grin

  4. Heh!
    More like I am in a hotel room with sketchy network connectivity… with my luck I’d get 1/2 way through the upgrade and WHAMO! the network knowing it would be an inopportune moment would get even with me for all the bad things I have done to its siblings thoughout the world…

    Its not paranoia if they are really out to get you!


  5. I haven’t looked at the new dynamic mode stuff yet, but it’s not surprising that some of the plugins might not work with it. This is a pretty major change to how MT does things and it may just be a matter of the plugin authors modifying their code a bit.

  6. what do y’all think about the free packages?

    I have started looking back at some of them. Drupal is powerfull as all hell… maybe too powerful and dificult to work with tho’.

    PostNuke is nice, as is GeekLog, which I had used and wrote a number of plugins for at one time…

    I may end up using one of the above for a side project. I would like to use Drupal, but it is a bear 🙁


  7. I’m running two active sites on Drupal and one on Postnuke. Drupal works well for one site, although I wish there were more themes. For the other site, I’ve hit Drupal’s blind spot – unless I’m missing something the permissioning is far too coarse-grained. What would make me happy is an access control vocabulary that I can attach to either nodes or terms or vocabularies.

    If you need help with Drupal, drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do.

    I’m okay with Postnuke and the new version that should be released today looks nice – although some critical plugins aren’t ported yet. Our family website used to run Postnuke/Gallery and I’ve since switched to Drupal – although I now consider switching it back to Postnuke/Coppermine.

    I used to run our family website on Geeklog. What turned me off at the time was that third-party modules patched core files and didn’t even come with proper patch files. Rather than performing a painful upgrade, I switched to Postnuke…

  8. I haven’t looked at PostNuke in quite awhile myself. I never really got into it over the other Nuke variations such as Xoops.

    I’ve always liked e107, but haven’t played with it much since making the move to EE.

    I still keep my eye on Drupal as I think it has a lot of potential, but still needs a lot of work. It has a lot of stuff I really like about it, but as has been mentioned it can be a pain to work with. If EE is a blogging tool with a lot of CMS type features in it then Drupal would be a CMS tool with a lot of blogging type features in it. The templating system for Drupal has improved, but it’s still a pain in the ass compared to other systems. I’m still following it closely though and may one day make the jump to it for SEB, if not all my sites.

  9. E107/Coppermine is another contestant. I’m sitting on the fence regarding that one.

    The one thing that I like about Drupal for the new site I contemplate is the glossary module. If you write about atheism and are lucky or unlucky enough to get feedback comments, it’s invariably a matter of contested definitions. Drupal’s glossary is a cute way to nip this in the bud by linking certain trigger words back at a authoritative definition.

    Oh well, first I have to figure out a domain name wink Any suggestions?

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