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Introducing the New Movable Type Plugin Directory

By Byrne Reese
Posted August 14, 2007, in Plugins.

Plugin Directory ScreenshotToday we are excited to announce the official release of a brand new and completely redesigned Movable Type Plugin Directory. This new directory is a resource designed and developed by and for the community.

The Directory is powered completely by Movable Type 4.0 enabling us to build a site that contains a number new features and enhancements its predecessor never had:

  • local authentication and registration to make it easier for developers to manage their contributions
  • customizable screenshot slideshows for users to more easily preview a plugin's functionality
  • ratings to help the community inform one another about what is most popular and most recommended
  • reviews and comments allowing users to leave feedback to the author of the plugin
  • tags to assist visitors in navigation and discovery of plugins
  • restructured category hierarchy for a simplified and more organized directory
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It really is a whole new world for Movable Type: there's a new product, a new web site, a new plugin directory and a bunch of new plugins that work with MT4... and believe it or not, we are still just getting started. The coming weeks and months still have a lot in store for the community. Stay tuned!




Bud on August 14, 2007, 4:17 p.m. Reply

This is great. A problem to date has been that plugins have not been really integrated into the community. Why not add a centralized plug-in repository?


demonsurfer on August 14, 2007, 4:55 p.m. Reply

Unable to add a comment on the plugin site using TypeKey : “The site you’re trying to comment on has not signed up for this feature. Please inform the site owner.” Consider yourself informed :) on August 14, 2007, 4:57 p.m. Reply

One really slick part of the new plugin directory — plugin authors can designate a feed as the source of news for their plugin, so that the plugin page includes information any time they update it.


barbara on July 16, 2012, 6:45 a.m. Reply

This is the greatest part of MT site. A place for new technology and free for everyone.

drina m

drina m on August 5, 2012, 12:42 a.m. Reply

How is supposed to post there? I have to register and someone will decide is my plugin reliable or it will be free for everyone?

Silvia Smith

Silvia Smith on August 26, 2012, 10:45 p.m. Reply

Drina, I believe it is free for everyone, who wants and is able to creat plugins which will help MT users to have better experience.

Lina Coen

Lina Coen on October 4, 2012, 3:02 a.m. Reply

Hi Byrne :) Do you mean that the design is from Plasticmind? Have they made other designs for Moveable type blogs or it was just for the MT directory?

Martina Williams

Martina Williams on October 21, 2012, 10:29 p.m. Reply

This directory is great, but you have removed the comments below every plugin and now it is difficult for users to read the opinions from other users about every plugin.

Mark Davids

Mark Davids on November 1, 2012, 10:40 p.m. Reply

What is really cool in this plugin directory is the option for user to preview the action that every particular plugin do before even installing it. It helps a lot when few similar plugins are taken into the account.

Charlie Smalling

Charlie Smalling on November 6, 2012, 7:51 a.m. Reply

The plugin directory is a great feature offered from Moveable type to their users. With it I can easily find the needed plugin and have a clear idea what the plugin will do.

Chris Hogarth

Chris Hogarth on November 16, 2012, 3:32 a.m. Reply

In my opinion the best thing in the plugin directory is the preview of how the plugin will impact on my site. It is really awesome and it is something I haven’t seen in other platform. Keep going in that way.

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.