I would like to thank everyone who participated that day. Your feedback and your many questions allowed us to refine our documentation even further in order to pave the way for even more MT4 converts. Who knew that just by asking questions you would be helping others?
We learned a lot about how to upgrade to MT4. So we thought we'd share it with you.
What follows are some of the most frequently asked questions from that day with links to the documentation that resulted from those questions. If one of your questions was not answered, then please, attach a comment to this post and we will do our best to help you. And don't forget, the #movabletype chatroom is always full of people waiting to help. The docs are the best place to start.
Movable Type 4's all-new documentation is the best place to start if you want to upgrade. If you're not the RTFM type, the key docs you're looking for are:
- Upgrading Movable Type: An outline of what you'll need to do
- Works with MT4: Details what plugins work with MT4, along with links to get new versions, if needed
- Upgrading your MT3 Templates to MT4: Most people don't need to touch their templates at all, but if you want to get the most of MT4, here's how
I heard that Publish Queue was bundled now, how do I set that up?
Publish Queue (formerly Rebuild Queue) was an extremely popular plugin built on top of Movable Type 3.x. The plugin manages all publishing on a system through a separate daemon process dramatically improving performance, reliability and scalability. We felt that it was so valuable to Movable Type users that we incorporated it into the core engine of MT4.
To help users take advantage of Movable Type's publishing queue capability, we have published a Publish Queue How-To with information on how to use this new feature so that you don't have to wait for pages to publish after you create them.
How do I upgrade my 3.x templates to 4.0 templates?
Movable Type 4.0 has introduced a number of enhancements to its default templates which can help increase the performance associated with publishing pages and entries. It's important to note that your templates from MT 3.x should just work. (The only exception is some templates that use uncommon plugins for template tags.) But lots of you want to transition parts of your sites and templates to take advantage of these enhancements, without having to completely overhaul your blog's HTML. To help you through this process we published a guide to upgrading your site's templates to take advantage of MT4.
Where can I find a page template?
We believe strongly that your site's templates are sacred. As a result MT4 will never modify your templates on its own (except for "System Templates" which are managed by the app itself) during the upgrade process. That means there's no risk of inadvertently disturbing your site's design or functionality. There's one tricky part to following that rule: If you want to use Movable Type 4's new Page feature, you'll need to add a Page Archive template manually. We have made two copies of this template available, depending on whether you're using all the new templates or not:
- Page Template using MT4's Style - this utilizes a number of template modules and includes as well as the HTML and CSS now standard to all MT4 blogs.
- Page Template using MT3's Style - this uses a single template with no dependencies on other modules, as well as the HTML and CSS that was standard to older versions of Movable Type.
Movable Type 4.0 has introduced over 70 new template tags in MT4.0. You can view a complete list of all of Movable Type 4.0's template tags in the appendices of our documentation. New template tags are indicated with a icon.
Where can I find MT4's default templates?
Movable Type 4.0 makes a number of changes to its default templates outlined in our Guide to Upgrading Your Templates. If you want to compare the differences for yourself, take a look at all of the default templates online. In the future we will make alternative versions of these templates available at the same URL.
Where can I find a list of plugins that work with Movable Type 4.0?
Shhh... we haven't officially announced it yet, but we are working on an all-new Movable Type Plugin Directory. Many of our developers have already released updates to existing plugins in addition to creating some new ones that work exclusively with Movable Type 4 (like Bookmarks and Template Shelf).
I am having a hard time getting captchas to work, can you help?
Movable Type 4.0 comes with captcha support built into the core application to help combat comment spam. We have found that a number of users have had difficulty getting this feature to work because some servers are missing a bit of required software. Here's a quick summary of what we've found: the use of captchas requires Image::Magick to be installed, and captchas specifically require PNG support to be included in your Image::Magick install.
Movable Type is capable of detecting that users have Image::Magick installed, but it can't tell if PNG support is specifically enabled. So, MT will sometimes say that all its prerequisite have been met, when in fact they aren't. We will be updating our documentation with this new information, and look for a way to detect this prerequisite within the application. Sorry for the complexity with this feature on some servers.