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Obtaining total transparency into your publishing system

By Byrne Reese
Posted October 24, 2008, in Plugins.

Movable Type has proven time and time again that it can help some of the Internet's most influential and most innovative blogs become some of the largest as well. Not every content management system is up to the task of publishing sites on this scale, but Movable Type is. One reason for that is that its publishing engine has tremendous flexibility in regards to how it can be deployed, allowing every site to fine tune its performance independently across as many machines as is necessary.

One critical component often used by these large sites is the "Movable Type Publishing Queue" - a simple publishing service to which the system can offload the task of keeping a web site up to date. This in turn dramatically increases performance, and improves the stability of the entire system by distributing much of the work a content management system must perform to a set of dedicated and distributed resources.

To give users the transparency and visibility into this critical system, we have begun work on a new plugin called Publish Queue Manager. This free and open source plugin provides its users with the following features:

  • view a list of all the jobs in their publishing queue.
  • see which jobs on the queue are currently being worked on.
  • see if any of the jobs on the queue have produced an error.
  • change the priority of any of the jobs on the queue.
  • delete jobs off the queue.

Publish Queue Manager screenshot

Of course, not every Movable Type user has a need to use Publish Queue, but those that do have come to rely upon the benefits it provides a great deal, which is why this plugin can be so useful to those users. So how do you know if you should be using Publish Queue?

  1. It seems to take Movable Type a long time to publish a single entry or new comment.

  2. Your readers leave a lot of comments, or your site tends to get a lot of comments submitted all at once.

  3. You utilize a lot of archive maps on your site, like Comment Feeds, Author Archives, Category Archives, Category-Monthly Archives, etc.

  4. You have one template on your site, like a large Google Sitemap, or a large archive listing that by itself takes a long time to publish.

  5. Your system is often publishing multiple comments or entries at the same time.

If you feel any of these apply to you, consider consulting our documentation on how to get started using Publish Queue.

Help us test the Publish Queue Manager Beta now by downloading it, installing it and letting us know what you think!



dominic bararuda

dominic bararuda on May 29, 2009, 9:48 a.m. Reply

This is a quite interesting articel, expacialy for me, because i only use open source :)

Nice Homepage

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dominic bararuda

dominic bararuda on May 31, 2009, 8:23 a.m. Reply

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Olga Stepanovska

Olga Stepanovska on September 5, 2012, 12:21 a.m. Reply

It is not surprise that Moveable type is used by such huge companies like The Washington Post. With options to monitor and correct the queue of many posts it becomes priceless platform.


Milton on October 1, 2012, 9:45 p.m. Reply

I have a question to the topic. When you say your system often publishing multiple comments or entries at the same time, does it mean that I can use MT as a RSS reader provider. I mean to get the news from other sites and publish them on my blog. I am capable of doing this with Joomla, so I am curious is it possible with MT too?

Mitt Hougson

Mitt Hougson on October 16, 2012, 10:57 p.m. Reply

Is this option going to speed the site. I mean to decrease the loading of the site for the viewers or it helps just to the administration.


Lewis on October 31, 2012, 8:15 p.m. Reply

Really, it seems useful only to the biggest sites available. I hope someday I will need such plugin, but I don’t think it will be soon :)

James Cole

James Cole on November 8, 2012, 4:30 a.m. Reply

Heh I didn’t know that Jay Allen has something to do with this plugin. I will download it right away then :)

alden star

alden star on December 19, 2012, 3:16 a.m. Reply

It is always good to have such plugin in hand. Even you have a smaller site. Some day you may hit a hot topic and get too many visitors which comment your entry. Then you will need something not to crush your site.

Matt Stoner

Matt Stoner on December 24, 2012, 2:28 a.m. Reply

Can you tell me which the site shown in the picture? It is about National Football League which is my favorite league.

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.