A lot of Movable Type users are about to be given another great reason to upgrade to Movable Type 4.2: the release of the Mid-Century template set by Jim Ramsey. Jim also designed the Professional Website template set (formally known as the Universal Template Set), which is largely regarded as one of the best and most flexible packaged designs for Movable Type and also comes bundled with Movable Type Pro. Jim is setting a new standard for design on Movable Type, not just in aesthetics, but in functionality.
This may go without saying, but Jim is someone who knows design, and he is tuned into what people want. Combine those two qualities as Jim does and just look at the amazing feature list he has assembled:
- AJAX Commenting
- Auto-highlighting comments from the author
- Unique archive listing design
- Tag clouds
- And more...
We are also happy to make this wonderful blog design available to the world for free under an open source license to encourage others to build and expand upon it.
Download the Mid-Century Template Set now, and when you have it deployed let us know with a comment so we can see what you have done with it.
Sara on August 16, 2008, 8:54 a.m. 返信
Wonderful. I’ve been waiting for this one before deploying 4.2 Now I can finally go full steam ahead with my planning and redesign :)
salguod on August 17, 2008, 8:34 p.m. 返信
I like it. Where can I find other themes or tempate sets? Clicking on the ‘theme’ link in the breadcrumbs on the Mid Cetury page gets a 403 error and clicking on either the ‘template set’ or ‘theme’ tag links gets only the Mid Century theme descriped here. We need more themes like this!
Byrne Reese on August 17, 2008, 9:17 p.m. 返信
We’re working on it. For one you can find the Professional Web Site theme in Movable Type Pro.
There are also a number of themes we haven’t released because they are still in development. These can all be found in subversion. Their names are:
More are coming though. Just be patient! :)
Mindtrain on August 18, 2008, 2:47 p.m. 返信
Byrne, I have been a MT user for over two years. I am a paying customer with an educational license for MT Pro. I upgraded to 4.2 last week and … none of the wonderful new features you have been touting on the web have been available to me. I finally heard back from MT support today (after several days) and it turns out that this is what the problem is:
Because I paid for MT Pro, and the features now available in the free blogger licensed version of MT 4.2 were not included in the version of MT Pro that I purchased, I will now have to download and install the free version of MT (after I have already had 4.2 Pro upgraded). Do you understand how ridiculous this is? Did anyone at MT even consider what you were doing to your paying customers by doing things this way? Do you have any idea how thoughtless and … I see that MT is trying to go more open source and more user-friendly, but these are your paying customers and they are being punished for buying a license from you. It makes absolutely no sense. Please consider why you are doing things this way and the message it sends to your paying customers.
Byrne Reese on August 18, 2008, 4:53 p.m. 返信
@Mindtrain, I am almost certain this is just a misunderstanding. You are entitled to all of the features you paid for. We made a free update available to all paying customers, and if the product “Movable Type Pro 4.2” is not in your account, then this is purely an oversight. There is a very good thread on forums.movabletype.org that has answered similar people’s questions, that I will quote here for your benefit:
In summary, I am very sorry you had problems upgrading, but I assure you it does not appear to be the norm, leading me to believe that something has gone wrong with your account. Please let me know how I can help.
rwright.myopenid.com on August 22, 2008, 6:37 a.m. 返信
Got the following message when trying to deploy:
rwright.myopenid.com on August 22, 2008, 6:39 a.m. 返信
For the record, I have the following MT installed:
Su on August 22, 2008, 11:53 a.m. 返信
This is a post about a new theme’s release. If you’re having problems installing the application, use the forums.
gregwythe on August 24, 2008, 1:55 a.m. 返信
Belatedly celebrated my blog’s 6-yr mark with a tweak of the Mid Century template: http://www.gregsopinion.com/
rwright.myopenid.com on August 25, 2008, 12:14 a.m. 返信
My problem is about the theme. When trying to re-public with “Mid-Century Template Set” I get the following message:
All other template sets are working fine.
Byrne Reese on August 25, 2008, 6:43 a.m. 返信
This is definitely a bug. However this is often caused by trying to limit or filter a list of entries based on category or tags - and having the resulting dataset be empty. Check to see where Mid Century might be doing this and comment out that code.
Michele Neylon on August 31, 2008, 11:03 a.m. 返信
Very stylish template! I wish I’d found it sooner.
I just used it today to launch http://www.coolsites.ie :)
netflow on September 25, 2008, 2:44 p.m. 返信
Installed it about a week ago. Great template and easy to tweak. It got me motivated to write some new entries. http://808techblog.com
rdouthit on October 12, 2008, 4:40 p.m. 返信
Building out a new site using Mid-Century as a base, and I’m having an issue with the AJAX comments “breaking” when I try to run other, rather common, AJAX components — such as Lightbox 2 (important) and MT-Hacks’ Ajax Comments (not so important). I’ve tried different orders in the HTML head, but either the comments post to an unformatted comment page (as opposed to inserting above the comment box like they’re supposed to) or it breaks the aforementioned components in similar fashion. His is confirmed by commenting out each item and checking them individually.
Any suggestions? FWIW I’m using Movable Type Pro version 4.21-en with: Community Pack 1.6, Professional Pack 1.2
Michael Cottige on June 27, 2012, 10:17 p.m. 返信
Just installed the Mid-Century template and I can say that I’m pretty impressed with it! Looking forward to some other new designs!
chnlove asia on July 11, 2012, 6:09 p.m. 返信
Really good post which help me a lot!Thank you vey much!
Isabel Nikol on July 20, 2012, 9:16 a.m. 返信
Jim Ramsey has made really cool design. +1 from me :)