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[General Settings] Name, Public Path, Archive, Module, History Management

From the web site or blog side menu, choose "General" under "Settings".

Website and Blog Settings

This section covers general settings, such as name, title and profile information.


The title of the website or blog. The <$MTWebsiteName$> template tag is used for websites and <$MTBlogName$> template tag is used for blogs. This name is also used to identify the blog within the Movable Type management screen.


Description gives a description of either the website or blog. The <$MTWebsiteDescription$> template tag is used for websites and the <$MTBlogDescription$> template tag is used for blogs.

Time Zone

Sets the time zone for the user's location. Keep in mind that the server and the user might reside in different time zones.


Gives the option of setting a Creative Commons License on the contents of the blog or website. Click on [Select a license] to open the corresponding window. After making a selection, click the [strong>[Choose a]license] button to save the settings. Once chosen, the license information will automatically appear on your blog's main page as well as in any associated RSS feeds.

Once content has been published under the Creative Commons License and the license has been accepted by a third party, that license cannot be removed. It is possible to un-publish content or, for future publications, choose a different license or even opt for full copyright protection. More information on the Creative Common License can be found here.

Publishing Paths

Website URL / Blog URL

Specifies the URL that directs users to a public web site or blog. Do not use file names such as "index.html."

For web sites, use an address like "". For a blog, start with the "Website URL" as a base and add the appropriate directory, such as "blog/". The website URL cannot be edited from within the blog setting options.

If the "Use subdomain" box is checked, the blog's sub domain site URL will be made public.

Additionally, it is assumed that the user already has a web server and domain name usable by Movable Type; Movable Type does not set up these things for you.

If you right click on the input area for the URL, the [Edit] option will appear. URLs can be edited as many times as you want.

Website Root / Blog Root

Specifies the path that leads to the main page (index.html) on the web server's file system. An absolute path beginning with a slash (/) is preferred, however relative paths from the Movable Type directory are also acceptable. "/home/sixapart/www" is an example of an acceptably written path.

The blog path is typically specified as a relative path from the site path, however any path starting with / (or C:\ etc) will be recognized as the absolute path.

It is important that the Website URL (Blog URL) and the Website Root (Blog Root) point to the same directory. Also, it is highly recommended that you set the blog path before publishing a blog for the first time. Please double check with the server manager regarding directory creation.

It is possible to change the directory path by clicking on the [Edit] button located next to the directory path input area.

Publish Archives Outside of Blog Root

Choose this option to bring up the [Archive URL] and [Archive Root] setting options. Set the option to "on" if you want a different archive output destination than the default publish path.

Archive URL

Sets the URL for publishing the archive to the same URL as the Website URL (Blog URL).

Archive Root

Sets the archive path on the file system's web server to the same path as the Website Root (Blog Root).

Archive Settings

File Extension

The user can set automatic file extensions for archive mapping. Do not place a period at the beginning of the file extension name. When using dynamic publishing, you do not need to change the file extension names. Even if the extension is left as "html" instead of "php", for example, dynamic contents will still be produced.

Preferred Archive

This option is only available for blogs.

The <$MTEntryPermalink$> function tag is used to create an absolute URL pointing to an archive page. More than one type of archive can be selected in Movable Type. When linking from a specific URL to an archived blog entry, it is possible to set a preferred archive type. It is also possible to set a default archive type, which can be changed as many times as desired.

Module Settings

Module Caching

Template modules can be cached to help decrease rebuilding times. If you wish to use this option, make sure the "on" button is checked.

Server Side Includes

When wanting to use the same widget over multiple templates, Server Side Includes (SSI) is a recommended solution, as it can output the same result over several resources, in turn reducing loading times.

SSI is used by running a special command through the web server. Movable Type supports the following forms of SSI:

  • PHP Includes
  • Apache Server Side Includes (SHTML)
  • Active Server Page Includes(ASP)
  • Java Server Page Includes(JSP)

If you wish to use SSI, please select one of the available and supported forms.

History Management

Revision History
Select the check box to activate the "Revision history" function.
Number of revisions per entry/page

Sets the number of past blog entry or web page updates listed on the update history page.

Number of revisions per template

Sets a template for the number of past updates to be displayed as history.