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Help Make MT Even More Bulletproof

By Byrne Reese
Posted February 25, 2008, in News.

Some of the largest properties on the web power their sites using Movable Type. Not just the biggest blogs, but some of the biggest sites, period. You've seen 'em: The Washington Post, The Gothamist, Boing Boing, The Huffington Post and thousands more. Each of these sites rely on Movable Type to keep their web sites and blogs up and running, and one of our most important goals for Movable Type is to make sure your MT-powered site stays bullet-proof and reliable, no matter how big traffic gets. There are a few different features and capabilities of Movable Type that make this kind of scale possible:

  • Background publishing and task management - Movable Type can offload the work-intensive parts of publishing to a separate task system which handles the heavy lifting.
  • Multiple supported and scalable system architectures - Movable Type can run across a number of servers, splitting tasks like comment management and publishing onto their own dedicated infrastructure.
  • Static publishing - Movable Type's has always defaulted to publishing completely static HTML pages, which serve up faster with less work needed by your web and database servers. And static pages are a lot more forgiving of transient problems with a database or application server.

This isn't just for the big sites -- any blogger can become a breakout, immensely popular web site on any given day. Even the smallest MT-powered sites Movable Type often become huge at a moment's notice. All it takes is one little blog post striking the fancy of the Digg community, and hundreds of thousands of new visitors can hit your site in just a couple of hours. On an even bigger scale, we see MT-powered sites like Radar show up on the Drudge Report, and traffic ends up peaking at ten times what the Digg homepage throws at your site. That's serious traffic.

So this is our number one priority for the next release of Movable Type. We are making sure the platform doesn't just remain the best-performing blogging system when under heavy traffic load, but that you never have to worry about letting your site's visitors down just when they're most interested in your content. You should never have to think about how many ads you would have shown those visitors.

We've got work to do to reach this goal -- MT is still far from perfect here. Our primary area of focus for the next release of Movable Type is on raw performance. Movable Type can be configured many different ways, and many web hosts haven't optimized their environments for running a serious Perl application like MT. Having a quickly-growing open source community also gives us the chance to collect more data from the users like you about what areas of the platform could perform better. So we're asking for your help. Here's what we need:

  • Tell us about your pain. We have setup a special forum to help collect feedback from our users about the ways in which Movable Type does not perform up to your personal standards. We invite people to tell us not only about publishing and application performance, but also about any parts of Movable Type's user interface which don't feel responsive or fast enough while you're working.
  • Send us data! Download and install a special version of MTOS (version 4.1.1) that we have prepared which contains an all-new performance monitoring framework. The new system will collect data to help us pin point the functions deep within the application that are most in need of optimization.
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12 Comments

jerm

jerm on February 26, 2008, 6:14 a.m. Reply

and what about MT commercial?

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese on February 26, 2008, 9:49 p.m. Reply

@jerm - The MTOS 4.1.1 release is an untested and unsupported version of Movable Type.

The commercial Movable Type product will be next updated with MT 4.2, at the end of the process of analyzing and optimizing the core product.

Gordan G

Gordan G on July 17, 2012, 5:22 a.m. Reply

Wow, I didn’t know The Washington Post is using MT as a CMS.

Garret DJga

Garret DJga on August 5, 2012, 12:28 p.m. Reply

”The best-performing blogging system when under heavy traffic load”. I have to say this is really true. I have a blog with 2000 unics per day and I haven’t had a problem from the start till today.

Herman Stone

Herman Stone on September 12, 2012, 5:58 a.m. Reply

Hi, a newbie question. Does this article means that Moveable type is not simply a CMS, but it is also is something like hosting? Why otherwise you will have troubles with the number of daily visitors on a site? I will be thankful for an response by you or the community.

OliverF

OliverF on October 4, 2012, 2:16 a.m. Reply

bOING bOING is my favorite magazine :) I like Mark Frauenfelder work and especially the column of Xeni Jardin. I didn’t know they use Moveable type for their site, but I have to say the site is cool too. Very big fan :)

Hausbau

Hausbau on October 10, 2012, 3:51 a.m. Reply

On an even bigger scale, we see MT-powered sites like Radar show up on the Drudge Report, and traffic ends up peaking at ten times what the Digg homepage throws at your site. That’s serious traffic.

Anne Hegset

Anne Hegset on October 22, 2012, 4:52 a.m. Reply

ON such post you need working links. It is a bit funny to see that the Radar link doesn’t work at all. Of course, the problem most probably is outside Moveable type, but anyway…

Valary McIngton

Valary McIngton on November 5, 2012, 1:21 a.m. Reply

A long time Moveable Type user needs help. I don’t have problem with my site when it has too many visitors. I need a way to bring the visitors to my site :) If you people in Moveable Type have such magical plugin it would be awesome :)

Anna Kokoeva

Anna Kokoeva on November 9, 2012, 8:22 p.m. Reply

@Herman - You are wrong. Moveable Type has nothing similar with hosting services offered by different companies. It is a CMS which as any other very good platform can be used for different purposes, but hosting is not one of them.

muhf110

muhf110 on November 15, 2012, 12:09 p.m. Reply

So this is our number one priority for the next release of Movable Type. We are making sure the platform doesn’t just remain the best-performing blogging system when under heavy traffic load, but that you never have to worry about letting your site’s visitors down just when they’re most interested in your content. You should never have to think about how many ads you would have shown those visitors.

Mandy

Mandy on November 27, 2012, 1:18 a.m. Reply

How about the bots entries? For the last few week one of my sites (WordPress as CMS) has been attacked by bots. I don’t know what to do. Is there any protection for such attack in Movable Type?

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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.

Website: http://profile.typekey.com/byrnereese