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Movable Type 5 Beta 4

By Beau Smith
Posted October 21, 2009, in MT5.

Movable Type 5.0 Beta 4 has been released!

Included is the first website theme for the “Professional Website Theme” and many other bug fixes.

This beta is scheduled be the last beta before there are two release candidates. At this point we’re targeting for a late November launch of MT5. A more specific date will be available as MT5 code stabilizes.

Please report bugs found during your testing.


Warning! - This is beta software and is not recommended in any production environment.

Check out the Pre-Release Software License Agreement for more details about the software.

Resolved Issues in Beta 4

Major changes

  • “Professional Website Theme” is added as a new theme.(102154)
  • WebsiteLabel has changed to WebsiteName (102727)
  • Remove the definition of active users from app (102776)
  • Keep a compatibility of plugins (102731)
  • Create “MultiBlog Trigger” for “All blogs in this website” (102593)
  • MultiBlog Trigger also for “Pages” not only for “Entries” (102627)
  • UI: “Created, Published, Edited” date and time of the entry (102385)
  • DOC: FastCGI: Unable to access with XML-RPC (102513)

Note: Because default template sets and global templates have been updated, all template sets (including global templates) must be refreshed to get updates to core template sets.


  • Garbage alert when recovering password (102658)
  • Garbage System Info (102649)
  • Item name is garbled when file name is multibyte (102733)
  • Setting Punctuation Replacement makes garbage entry for the first publish (102705)
  • [dynamic] Thumbnail isn’t created when file name is multibyte (102683)
  • A CustomFields values was garbled (102634)


  • FastCGI: Unable to complete import (102688)
  • Settings are cached in FastCGI (102662, 102516, 102446, 102271)
  • FogBugz 102318: FastCGI: Infinite redirect after installation (102318)


  • Cannot save pages and entries sometimes on 5.0b1 (102281)
  • Unable to insert asset on Page/Entry body on FF3.0x (101829)
  • Category/Folder label is double encoded on Compose screen (102721)
  • Folder label is doble encorded on Manage Folders screen (102718)
  • Category label should be escaped but it should not be remove_html-ed on Manage Categories screen (102641)
  • Site root and archive root that start with ‘/’ are not shown properly (102615)
  • Archive URL is not restored when restoring a blog backup (102740, 102739)
  • [Restore] Multibyte file name thumbnail isn’t displayed (102734)
  • [Restore] Item URL looks odd (102725)
  • IE8: JavaScript error when updating an existing entry on Edit Entry screen (102713)
  • Perlis.dll doesn’t install MT 5 Beta 4 (102714)
  • Facebook Commenter setting generate error (102709)
  • Publishing a comment posted via Facebook authentication results in an error (102433)
  • Batch edit entries disappeared (102661)
  • to set Dynamic Publishing Options (FogBugz 102670)
  • Display file extension when creating / editing page (102581)
  • FB: Canceling on dialogue makes confuse entry body editor (102414)
  • Upload of first userpic in system via mt-cp.cgi causes error. (102337)
  • Error when creating a multiblog trigger (102795)
  • mt:Blogs tag doesn’t work in Search Result template (86204)

Known Issues in Beta 4

  • Unable to restore backup (FogBugz 102594)
  • FastCGI: Internal server error when uploading a userpic (102728)
  • FastCGI: Save change of profile displays Internal Server Error (102752)

Found a Bug?

  1. To avoid duplication of efforts, search existing bugs (from the feedback page) before submitting a new bug.
  2. Submit a bug in the Greyhound (MT5) Beta


2oh1 on October 28, 2009, 3:05 p.m. Reply

Where the heck is the documentation on this? The first question I’m asked as I install it is Classic Website or Professional Website. I have no idea which to choose being that I don’t know what features or bloat I may be choosing or losing based on my selection.

What’s the difference?

Beau Smith

Beau Smith on October 28, 2009, 3:31 p.m. Reply

2oh1 - we’re working on the docs specific to MT5, but there is not a doc on this yet.

As for the difference.. this is only for choosing a template set to start with. You can delete all these templates if you want and write your own. Create a website with each set and tinker around with the differences.

You are not stuck with a template set once you choose it. If you want two replace your existing templates with a set from off the shelf, go to Design > Templates and select the action to “Refresh Templates” and follow the steps to switch to a different template set.

Thanks for asking this question, I’ll be sure to make sure it’s answered in the MT5 docs. on November 2, 2009, 12:08 p.m. Reply

I noticed that SQLite and Postgresql support have been removed. Can someone explain why? Is that a permanent change? Will SQLite and Postgresql support come back with the release of MT5?

I personally use SQLite and I’m quite happy with it. I would like to see it brought back for MT5.

Beau Smith

Beau Smith on November 2, 2009, 12:13 p.m. Reply

@bonetruck - See my comment about database support in the comments of MT5 Beta 3 post

Tomislav Rosskopf

Tomislav Rosskopf on July 21, 2012, 1:57 a.m. Reply

Great work Beau. I love MT5 and I find it much better than Wordpress and Joomla.

Alberto Jimenez

Alberto Jimenez on September 4, 2012, 12:29 p.m. Reply

I haven’t found a bug or something like that, but I just read an article for an online meeting you have done to present MT5. I can’t comment there, and this is why I am going to post my question here. So, my question is when do you plan to do another thing like that?

Melany Parker

Melany Parker on September 11, 2012, 12:43 a.m. Reply

The first question is asked again. Do we have MT 5 docs already and where are they, because I am sure we have them.


Kremmena on October 3, 2012, 12:31 a.m. Reply

Should I post about bugs here in the comments or I should do it on the special page for it on Moveable Type or I should do it on FogBugz?

Hollie Robertson

Hollie Robertson on October 19, 2012, 7:14 p.m. Reply

I see Moveable Type has cooperated with FogBugz and now when I try to see more information about a bug you have fixed I am redirected to a page of theirs. They ask me for a FogBugz ticket, but when I wrote there the number of the bug it showed me nothing. So now it is impossible to see details for some kind of bug and to see it is duplicated or not.

Lyu Robertson

Lyu Robertson on November 1, 2012, 6:46 a.m. Reply

It’s annoying even for rookie like me. All bugs links lead to the main page of FogBugz. I can’t see anything more specific about a particular bug.

Monika Gordon

Monika Gordon on November 6, 2012, 9:27 p.m. Reply

What was the point to change the name of the tag from WebsiteLabel to WebsiteName. I haven’t access to FogBugz and can not see anything from the link.


Dolores on November 16, 2012, 6:23 a.m. Reply

Professional Website Theme is my favorite one. I use it many of my blogs. Very clean and professional looking theme.

Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley on December 10, 2012, 10:44 p.m. Reply

The Professional website theme is my favorite ones. I started my first blog with Movable Type in the same period when Movable Type 5 was released and I started right away with this theme which I haven’t changed so far. It is great and clean theme which could be used for different sites.