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Its not just a blogging tool anymore

By Byrne Reese
Posted August 27, 2007, in Plugins.

More and more people are making the switch to Movable Type or choosing Movable Type for their next big web project because people are beginning to see that MT4 is not just a blogging tool anymore. In actuality It is very capable web site management tool with its:

  • Built in support for pages
  • Ability to allow users to manage image, audio and video content
  • Extensible Asset Management System
  • Centralized management capability of multiple blogs and web sites

These features are helping businesses see how Movable Type 4.0 can be used to replace large bulky Content Management Systems at a fraction of the cost.

And nothing illustrates Movable Type's content management capabilities more than the community's most popular plugin: Custom Fields. In fact, when asked the question, "if you could have one and only one plugin installed in Movable Type, which would it be?" more people indicated Custom Fields, or the ability to add custom fields to a blog than any other plugin. Which shows, Custom Fields is not just for businesses because it allows anyone to build the web site they need, not the web site we think they need.

Custom Fields Screenshot

Before we started development on 4.01 we asked Arvind, "what can we do in MT 4.01 to make Custom Fields better?" He immediately gave us his wish list and we got to work. So now with the beta of 4.01 out the door Arvind has finally released Custom Fields 2.1 beta 4 so that others can start using, testing and witnessing for themselves the power of Movable Type 4.0.



weakish on August 28, 2007, 9:47 a.m. Reply

Cool! I’ve not even think of this. I hope there will be templates or themes designed for non-blog websites shipped with furture releases of MT.


Janitor on August 30, 2007, 12:28 p.m. Reply

Hi, I’m loving MT4!

I’m just curious if there are any guides to using Pages and the assorted new templates. I checked the documentation but didn’t see much about them ie: how the pages templates work, how to show a list of pages in the side bar (perhaps this is a plugin?)


Stanly on July 8, 2012, 7:43 a.m. Reply

I’m going to put this to a very good use right away!

Agnes H

Agnes H on August 4, 2012, 10:09 p.m. Reply

MT5 is one of the best CMS available on the net. Much better than Joomla for example.

Jeremy hammet

Jeremy hammet on August 30, 2012, 11:18 p.m. Reply

I agree with Byrne is saying about the custom fields plugin. It really gives you the freedom to do whatever you need in the platform.

Alberto Jimenez

Alberto Jimenez on September 22, 2012, 9:29 p.m. Reply

I have to admit Costum fields is a great weapon for every site.

Larry Boil

Larry Boil on October 1, 2012, 8:21 p.m. Reply

Custom fields are what attracted me to use Moveable Type. I see in them a really great tool to customize your blog according to your needs and wishes.

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson on October 18, 2012, 12:23 a.m. Reply

I am quite sure that most of the people who have answered to this question “if you could have one and only one plugin installed in Movable Type, which would it be?” haven’t answered Custom field (which is a great plugin). I believe the have answered something about a plugin which prevents spam comments.


Zandra on October 29, 2012, 1:48 a.m. Reply

This is why Moveable Type is such a great CMS - you ask the community and do what your costumers want.


Quin on November 13, 2012, 3:57 a.m. Reply

In my opinion Custom Fields is the difference between Moveable Type and all the other Content Management Systems available on the market. It is really cool to work with them.

Abigail Turner

Abigail Turner on December 12, 2012, 4:15 a.m. Reply

Hi, I have a question which is a bit different for this post, but is really important to me. I want to choose Movable Type for one of my projects. I have been user before and after a long pause I will try this CMS again.

My question is - where can I find some tutorial about Search Engine Optimization for Movable Type. We all know that Google have hit the Wordpress users for duplicate content and some other stuff and this is why I want to move to other CMS. However, I want to be prepared and this is why I want to read something before any action.

Any help will be appreciated.

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.