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Virtual Movable Type

Virtual Movable Type and Virtual Movable Type Pro are versions of the popular open source and professional versions of the Movable Type publishing platform that have been packaged and optimized for quick, easy and 100% turn key installation and deployment. Virtual Movable Type comes complete with all of the following pre-configured in a single virtual machine:

  • Movable Type
  • Action Streams Plugin for Movable Type
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • Memcache (disabled by default)
  • FastCGI
  • ImageMagick
  • All requisite and optional Perl modules

Supported Virtualization Software

Virtual Movable Type was developed in partnership with JumpBox, a company that specializes in virtualization technologies. Virtual Movable Type works with a number of different virtualization platforms, including, but not limited to:

  • Parallels
  • VMWare
  • Amazon EC2
  • Microsoft Virtual Server

Getting Started

Before you begin, you must first have selected and setup the virtualization option of your choice. For information on how to install and load the virtual image in the virtualization software, please see the read me file that is bundled in your Virtual Movable Type Download.

  1. Upon loading your virtual machine, open a browser to the Configuration Page URL displayed on the JumpBox Console.

  2. Enter a name for the virtual machine - this should correspond to the virtual machine’s IP address’s DNS resolution.

  3. Enter an email address for any notifications that may need to be sent from the application. This is the same as the email address specified in the initial user setup done during first-run of a normal Movable Type installation.

  4. Select your timezone from the drop down list.

  5. Enter a password for your administrator account. The login for this account defaults to ‘admin’, and the password must be at least 4 characters, but it’s recommended you use something more secure than that.

  6. Read the MT Pro and JumpBox EULAs and click the checkbox indicating your acknowledgment and acceptance of their terms.

  7. Click “Configure the application” to begin configuration of your JumpBox MT Install.

  8. On the resulting page, there are several links you will want to familiarize yourself with:

    • The “Movable Type Pro Administration” link will take you to the standard MT administration interface, where you can change publishing settings, create new blogs, entries, users, etc. The default admin login is “admin” and the password was defined in Step 5.

    • The “Movable Type Pro” link will take you to the front page of the default blog, which was set up for you when you configured the JumpBox in Steps 2-7.

    • The https url in the “JumpBox” box, lower on the page, will allow you to manage settings specific to your JumpBox, such as enabling SSH connections, setting up backups of the JumpBox disk, modifying network configuration, and so on.

Congratulations, you have configured Movable Type for your JumpBox virtual machine!

Note: if you wish to install plugins to your Virtual MT install, you will need to turn on sftp access to the virtual machine’s file system, which you can do through the JumpBox configuration screen (see above). Once you have done that, plugins should be installed in the following directory:


Any static files the plugin requires should be placed in: