Today marks the official release of Movable Type 4.3. While we've been previewing the features over the last week, below is a hit list of the biggest features. If you're looking to download MT Pro, click here.
Smarter Search and Pagination
We've added several new ways to drill down your search (author, category and date), which lays the groundwork for the ability to paginate your index and archives. With a static first page and dynamic additional pages, your site gets the added page views with faster publish times. Additionally, we've added the ability to paginate comments, which will dramatically improve publish times on prolific comment threads.
Entry Asset Manager
MT's smarter than ever with the way it handles assets like photos, which means it's much easier to make slideshows and editing entries that use assets is even faster, with more control over your code. Read more »
Summary Object Framework
This is our first step in dramatically improving performance for our largest MT installations. This framework allows MT's core codebase and plugins to store arbitrary summary information in the database, replacing expensive calculation queries with fast primary-key lookups against summary tables. The framework includes a flexible mechanism for invalidating summary objects when the objects on which they depend are modified, and a queued worker class for asynchronously regenerating invalidated summaries. We'll be providing extensive documentation for developers to start implementing this feature in their installations within the week.
We've tested, rewrote, reformatted, consolidated, and provided basic and advanced tested examples for over 80 docs pages. We've also made it easier for community members to contribute back with a style guide and a list of pages that need attention. Read more »
Smarter Blog Cloning
Use any of your existing sites as a prototype for new ones by cloning just a blog's layout and design with a few clicks (which is especially awesome for blog networks). Read more »
In-App Performance & Developer Features
For those with thousands of entries, users or blogs, searching inside the app is much faster. Additionally, we've exposed some developer tools (e.g., Debug Mode & Performance Logging) in the settings for faster access.
For a list of all the additions in the release, please take a look at the complete release notes.
Download it Now!
You can download MTOS 4.3 now by clicking directly on these links:
Thank you, MT Community
We want to thank you all for helping to make this release possible. Your help during the beta and the patches you have provided for this release are invaluable. We can't wait to hear your feedback on 4.3 and see all of the fantastic sites you've created.