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General Settings

The General Settings screen allows you to configure basic information about your blog ( or website in Movable Type 5).

Blog (Website) Settings

  • Name: This required field defines the name of your blog (website) and the output of the mt:BlogName (mt:WebsiteName) template tag. It will be used for display within the admin interface and also sent to any recently updated services you have specified on the blog’s New Entry Default settings screen.

  • Description: This optional field contains your blog’s description. It is output by the mt:BlogDescription (mt:WebsiteDescription) template tag.

  • Timezone: This is the official time zone of your blog and should reflect the current timezone where you or the majority of the blog’s authors are located. This information is used in the administrative interface in the date display on item listing pages and on the published blog for the entry, comment and TrackBack timestamps. The timezone itself can be shown in “time offset” format by the MTBlogTimezone template tag.

  • Creative Commons License: Movable Type enables you to automatically assign a Creative Commons license to your blog. Movable Type’s default blog templates will display the license you choose along with a link to the full Creative Commons license.

Publishing Paths

The Publishing Paths section enables you to configure where Movable Type publishes your contents, including both the URL where your site will be accessible to readers, and the filesystem path where Movable Type will publish the files.

  • Blog (Website) URL: This required setting defines the base URL for your blog. For example, if you’re using the default configuration and templates, and your blog’s main index was located at:, your Site URL setting would be: Please refer this document for the settings in Movable Type 5

  • Blog (Website) Root: The required setting is the physical location (i.e. file path) to which Movable Type will publish any static pages created by the blog. For example, under Windows it might be C:Â¥InetpubÂ¥wwwroot or, with Unix, /var/www/htdocs. An administrator will need to create this top-level directory on your server before the blog can publish to it, but all other blog subdirectories will be created automatically by Movable Type. At Movable Type 5, a blog’s site path is usually set with a relative path from the website, but if you enter a path beginning with a slash (/) (or C:Â¥, etc), it will be recognized as an absolute path.

  • Publish Archives Outside of Site Root: By default, Movable Type publishes a blog’s archives into subdirectories of the Site Root. In some cases you may desire to publish the archives elsewhere outside of the Site Root, providing a distinct URL for accessing them (e.g. using a subdomain). If so, you can select the Publish Archives Outside of Site Root option to reveal fields in which you can specify the base Archive URL and Archive Root.

    NOTE: This option should not be used for specifying an Archive URL/root that is below the Site URL/root in the hierarchy simply for the purpose of containing all of the subdirectories created for the archives. Instead, see the options provided by the Archive Mapping settings described later in this chapter.

  • Archive URL: This field is only revealed if Publish Archives Outside of Site Root option is selected. If used, this defines the base URL for the blogs archive pages.

  • Archive Root: This field is only revealed if Publish Archives Outside of Site Root is selected. If used, this defines the file system path on your server for your archive pages.

NOTE: Your Site Root (and Archive Root, if applicable) must be writable by your webserver in order to publish your blog.

WARNING: your Site URL and Site Root should never share the same values as your Movable Type installation. Publishing blog files into the Movable Type application directory can lead to numerous problems such as inadvertent overwriting of important files and could potentially be a security hazard.

Archive Settings

The Publishing Options section enables you to configure how Movable Type publishes your blog.

  • File Extension: This field defines the default file extension that will be appended to the filename (e.g. html, php, etc). The default configuration is “html”.

  • Preferred Archive: Used to generate URLs (permalinks) for this blog’s archived entries. Choose one of the archives type used in this blog’s archive templates.

Module Settings

Movable Type supports the following types of SSI(Server Side Include) to include template modules.

  • PHP Include
  • Apache SSI (SHTML)
  • Active Server Pages (ASP)
  • Java Server Pages (JSP)

Choose a SSI that will work on your server.

  • Module Caching: Activate module caching

Revision History (Movable Type 5)

Check this box to activate the Revision History. You can also specify the umber of revisions per entry/page or template.