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Content Sync

About Content Sync

With Content Sync, content generated through Movable Type can be sent to an external web server for publication. Movable Type does not need to be installed on this web server. This greatly reduces security risks, such as unauthorized access to Movable Type and the database server.

By syncing content to an external server, the web server where Movable Type Advanced is installed can be used instead as a staging environment or to store content from the Production environment as a warm standby server.

Content Sync also allows blogs and websites to published to multiple servers. Similarly, Content Sync can be used to publish blogs and websites on the same web server that actually originate on separate instances of Movable Type Advanced.

Using Content Sync

Activating Content Sync

  1. Select either [website] or [blog] from the navigation menu at the top of the page.
  2. Select [Settings] -> [Sync] from the side menu.
  3. Click [Create new sync setting] to set new sync setting(s).

Registering a Destination

The following information is required for an external web server FTP connection. Remember to click the [Save changes] button after entering all necessary information.

Sync Name

You will see what you enter here on Manage Sync Settings

Destination Name

You will see what you enter here on Notification email

FTP Server

Enter the destination server address


Enter the destination server’s FTP server port number


Check SSL in order to connect to the server using SFTP rather than FTP


Enter the username part of the credentials for the FTP server connection


Enter the password part of the credentials for the FTP server connection

Start Directory

Enter the top-level directory to be selected when the FTP server connection is established

Scheduled Sync

Content can be scheduled to be synchronized automatically at a pre-set date and time.

Sync Date

Enter the day and time to synchronize content with the external server

Sync all files

Check [Sync all files] to sync not only dfferences but all files

Recipient for Notification

Enter the email address to be notified when the synchronization is completed

Receive Error Notification Only

If checked, a notification email will only be sent if the synchronization attempt fails

Register immediate sync job

If the [Register immediate sync job] option is used, content will be synchronized next time run-periodic-tasks run. One or more valid server locations must be registered in order to successfully use this option.

  1. Register a destination and save
  2. Click the [Register immediate sync job] button

Restrictions / Notes

  • Cintent Sync is one-way sync. It doesn’t only delete file(s) which exist only in destination, but also doesn’t sync the file(s) to the destination server.
  • Content created using Dynamic Publishing or plugins that create dynamic content cannot be synchronized to other servers in this fashion.
  • Comments and trackbacks received will not be synchronized to the destination server.
  • Content in the [mt-static] directory will not be synchronized to the destination server.