May 10, 2004

What is a Plugin?

Plugins are bits of code that, once installed, extend the functionality of Movable Type. The word plugin is often used by software developers to describe a third party application that "hooks" into a main application to extend its functionality. Movable Type hosts an active plugin developer community whose plugins have greatly enhanced the capabilities of Movable Type. You can find a directory of MT plugins at http://www.sixapart.com/pronet/plugins/. To use a plugin, you will need to use an FTP program to load the plugin files to your server. When you upgrade your MT version, you must be careful not to overwrite your plugins file. Either that, or reload the plugins after the upgrade. Some MT2.X plugins will not work with MT3. So make sure to check the documentation of the plugins before you install them or upgrade to MT3 to ensure compatibility.


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Posted by Elise Bauer on May 10, 2004 to Definitions
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I had been dependent on my husband to install plug-ins for me, until finally he just pointed out that he was using Plug-in Manager. I've successfully installed a couple of plug-ins myself using it. It's a beta version, but works very well and is easy to use. The only problem I had with it was that an older version of a particular file wouldn't run, but that was easily fixed by downloading the newer version direct from the developer's site.

You want to read the documentation and any linked discussion or support threads to decide if a particular program is what you want, but Plug-in Manager makes it possible for someone like me to add cool things to Moveable Type.

Thanks, Elise! Once again with the timely topic. How do you do it?

Thanks Ginny! I've added a link to the Plugins Manager above.

For the life of me I can't Plugin Manager to install. I'm really only interested because I'm trying to get NextInCategory to work and it ain't... just reloads the same page... argh.

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