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MT 4.3: Faster Performance, Powerful Search, More Page Views

By Matt Jacobs
Posted July 29, 2009, in News.

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.

  • Improved Documentation

    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.




Mike on August 12, 2009, 11:11 a.m. Reply

I am pleased as punch with this release.

Sahas Katta

Sahas Katta on August 20, 2009, 4:52 p.m. Reply

Awesome updates, will be giving a test run soon!


discountmugs on August 27, 2009, 11:39 p.m. Reply

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dany v.

dany v. on July 12, 2012, 12:21 p.m. Reply

I suppose that this is a great stuff, but there is something I couldn’t understand. How MT is going to help me for more page views?

Adam Adamson

Adam Adamson on October 18, 2012, 11:26 p.m. Reply

Hi, I’ve tried to enter the pagination for comments and I did step by step everything you have explained in the documentation page for comment’s pagination. However, when I add the following code, I have a mistake warning.

MT.entryID = ; MT.commentsPerPage = ; MT.entryCommentCount = ; MT.commentIds = [];

Where am I wrong?


Maddox on November 2, 2012, 6:46 p.m. Reply

Smarter search was a great add-on on these days. I remember how happy I was when you implement the function. Also it is good to have the smarter blog cloning too. Now you don’t have to delete or change all the tags you actually don’t need.


hylda on November 12, 2012, 12:54 p.m. Reply

You can check all the recent updates from the demo site of Mihai Buskaru. The log in details are demo and demo.


Keneth on November 16, 2012, 2:00 a.m. Reply

I can’t even imagine how hard it to rewrite 80 pages of documentations. Thank you guys for you good work for the community. Your improved documentation is really great and informative.


Lillia on November 26, 2012, 11:14 p.m. Reply

I think this one was the richest release of Movable Type ever. I really like the options for blog cloning and the function for slide shares Entry Asset Manager. It made my traveling blog better than ever.

Sean Mackey

Sean Mackey on December 20, 2012, 8:16 a.m. Reply

Hi, can you tell me which gallery code use Movable Type in that particular version. I think the the images are shown is simply great and I want to implement it in some of my sites.