George Drapeau recently wrote about his experience Installing and running Movable Type on OpenSolaris. Though George seems to be technially savvy, installation of MT is not always easy because each server environment in which it is installed is different.
A few months ago (with the help of a few Perl hackers at Six Apart), I wrote a step-by-step guide to Install Movbale Type on a Mac which required the installation of a foundation of software commonly pre-installed by most web hosting companies. This included Xcode Tools (specific to MacOS), MySQL, PHP5, Perl modules, Image Magick and common image libraries.
While I can install Movable Type without assistance, I needed guidance to install the system software which is commonly installed by most web hosting providers. When a web host meets the system requirements for Movable Type, installation is as easy as installing any of today’s self-hosted CMS products.
I’ve rewritten the install and upgrade guides with a progressive disclosure of detail such that those already comfortable with performing such installations have access to simple guides.
These guides will work for both MT4 and MT5.
Quick Install Guides
- Install via FTP using the Configuration Wizard
- Install via SSH with manual configuration of the
For those who may be installing for the first time or need more details:
Because ungrading is esentially installation + backup, the new upgrade guide is similar to the detailed installation guide, but adds backup steps and tips for general administration of Movable Type:
To support these installation and upgrade guides, the following reference guides were created:
These guides have been inspired by many previous Movable Type installation guides, messages on the mailing lists, comments in the Movable Type Documentation, and installation guides from other sites and software products.
So check out the new Installation Guides and provide any feedback you have such these documents can be a resource for the whole community. Some documents are still in a draft state. Please leave any comments on the individual docs if you have questions or comments.
A few other documentation-related notes:
- An index template aggregating MT5 documentation will continue to list new docs as they become available. Documentation will continue to be produced through the release date.
- The Recently Updated Documentation page lists the last 300 documentation pages that have been updated.