LMT Links

by Category | by Date


Getting the most out of MT-Blacklist - MT-Blacklist/Comment Spam Clearinghouse: Getting the most out of MT-Blacklist
Birdhouse notes on Comment Spam - Why this web host is forcing comment registration
Blacklist to Mod Security - by Peter Wood
Brad Choate: SpamLookup - anti-spam plugin
CCode and TCode - More anti-spam plugins for MT
Interview with a Comment Spammer - The Register's interview with a blog comment spammer.
MT Keystrokes - An anti-spam plugin
MT-Approval Plugin - Prevents comment spam from spam bots
MT-DSBL Open Proxy Comment Filter - from Brad Choate
MT-Moderate - Plugin for moderating trackbacks and comments from Chad Everett
Mod Rewrite to Block Bot Spam - Mod Rewrite method to divert comment spam bots to a 403 error
Mod Security - Web Intrusion Detection And Prevention
Mod_Security to fight comment spam - Arvind explains this server-side solution to bot spam
Real Comments Throttle Plugin - from Phil Ringnalda
Six Apart Guide To Combatting Comment Spam - a definitive guide for effective spam fighting from Six Apart, the makers of Movable Type

CSS help

Adactio: CSS Based Design - A great exploration of CSS.
CSS Float Tutorial - by Max Design
CSS Forum - A CSS support forum.
CSS Rounded Box Generator - helps create the CSS needed to make rounded boxes
CSS Rounded Box Generator - spits out code for making rounded edged boxes around text
CSS Shorthand - a tutorial on how to condense your CSS code
Creating expandable menus using CSS and Javascript - - another method
DevGuru CSS2: Index - Reference index of CSS element types
Holy CSS Zeldman! - A master list of links to CSS resources.
Listamatic - Collection of CSS code for displaying lists such as you might find in navigation elements
Mulder's Stylesheets Tutorial - from WebMonkey
Ten CSS tricks you may not know - from evolt.org
Using Tables - Bring on the tables - a tutorial from 456 Berea Street
W3 Schools CSS Tutorial - A step by step tutorial for learning Cascading Stylesheets (CSS). Very helpful to know to customize your MT stylesheet.
WC3 CSS Validation Service - Checks your CSS code.
Web Standards Group - for web designers and developers who are interested in web standards
WestCIV Complete CSS Guide - learn web standards :: css guide - contents

General Advice on Blogging

Blogging for Beginners - Advice from ProBlogger
Copyscape - Website Plagiarism Search - Web Site Content Copyright Protection
Guide to Weblog Comments - from Lifehacker
How to Make a Good About Page - Great advice on about pages.
How to Write Killer Blog Posts and More Compelling Comments - - useful advice
Web Design From Scratch - Useful general purpose advice and tutorials on website design

Getting Started

Starting a Blog with Movable Type - great suggestions by Erik J. Barzeski.


Adding Custom Entry Fields - Adding User-Defined Fields in Movable Type from Gadgetopia
Adding New Fields - Sean of Wayward Puppy shows how to hack MT to add new fields to your entry

HTML and Javascript

Drop Down Menus - Using CSS
Random banners with javascript - code for creating random banners
W3C Validation Service - Checks your HTML and XHTML code
XHTML Validator to RSS - Check through RSS if your pages stay XHTML valid.

Install help

Fully-commented mt.cfg File - Someone has taken the time to document all the settings in the MT configuration file, in the file itself.
Installing MT at Nexcess - Install instructions for installing MT at the nexcess.net web host. Useful even if you aren't using nexcess.net.
Installing MT under Windows 2003 - a tutorial
Installing Movable Type at DreamHost - Install Guide for those using the web host Dream Host
Installing Movable Type on Windows - a tutorial from Six Apart
MT for Beginners: Installing Movable Type - Install guide for beginners to MT
Simplified Movable Type Installation Instructions - Not exactly simple, but still helpful
Total Choice Hosting MT Install Instructions - Useful instructions if you are installing Movable Type at Total Choice Hosting

Layouts and Style Templates

Blog Fashions - Free MT Style Templates
BlogMoxie - Gorgeous blog designs, for a fee
BlogStyles 3 column templates - 3 column templates for MT2.6x
Blogplates Weblog Templates - A list of designers who are either selling or sharing their weblog templates.
BrowserCam - Use to see what your site looks like in another browser or OS than the one you used to create your style.
Firdamatic - Forms-based layout and design tool.
LivingDot MT Style Templates - Free new style templates from LivingDot
MT 2.x Style Generator - A nifty style generator for MT2.x weblogs. We need this for MT 3!
MT3.2 and Typepad Stylesheet Explanation - This explanation for Typepad stylesheets can help you understand the default MT3.2 stylesheets
Movable Type Style Generator - Style generator for MT3.2
Movablestyle.com - Lots of stylesheets for the default MT templates.
Photo Gallery Templates - Photo Gallery templates for MT
Real World Style - CSS layouts, tips, tricks, and techniques.
Style Monkey - Free drop-in styles for Movable Type
The Layout Reservoir - 2 and 3 column layouts.
iCapture - See what your site looks like through Apple's Safari browser.


Adsense Tips - from WebMasterWorld forum
Amazon Alternate Ads for Google Adsense - rsContext creates alternate Google ads using Amazon Web Services and php script
Chitika eMiniMalls Plugin - A plugin to integrate Chitika eMiniMalls with MT.
Feed Blitz - an alternative to Bloglet - email notifications for blogs
Google Adsense Optimization Tips - Best practices from Google on how to get the most out of Adsense
Google Advice on Moving to a New Host - how to keep from getting booted from the Google index if you move hosts or change domains
Google Analytics - Free analytics for optimizing ad spends through Google Adwords.
Google Page Rank Explained - The PageRank Algorithm
Great Site Ranking in Google - tips gleaned from Google's US Patent application
How to Add Google Adsense to RSS Feeds - explanation by Dave Taylor
Subscriptions with Bloglet - A way for readers of your blog to sign up for a subscription to automatically get your blog updates.
Targeting Content with Adsense - Section Targeting for AdSense allows you to ignore on-page content
Yahoo Keyword Selector Tool - SEO tool that shows how often search terms are searched in a given month
Your Mailing List Provider - Mailing list service - reasonable cost.


Using PHP Code In Templates - from the Movable Type Knowledge Base


Better File Uploader Plugin - Allows you to create default settings for file uploads.
CCode and TCode - More anti-spam plugins for MT
Compare - A wide variety of comparison options between fields and tags. Use to create conditionals. Very easy to use and powerful.
Flickr Public Photos Plugin - MT plugin for Flickr
MT Keystrokes - An anti-spam plugin
MT Protect plugin - allows you to password protect individual entries, or restrict access to an entry to only specific individuals through their Typekey identity.
MT Rating Plugin - allows author to rate a movie or book along with your blog entry, a port from Blosxom
MT-Approval Plugin - Prevents comment spam from spam bots
MT-Blacklist - An amazing plugin by Jay Allen to help prevent spammers from posting obnoxious spam in your comments, and to quickly and easily remove the spam when they do.
MT-Blogroll - New blogroll plugin from Arvind at Movalog
MT-DSBL Open Proxy Comment Filter - from Brad Choate
MT-Feeds Public Beta - New RSS Feed plugin from Tim Appnel
MT-Mail-Entry - Plugin for emailing entire entry, not just link, includes popup email form.
MT-Moderate - Plugin for moderating trackbacks and comments from Chad Everett
MTAmazon - Bryne Reese's Amazon web services plugin
MultiBlog - Helpful plugin for combining several weblogs into one display.
Next Previous Plugin - From Brad Choate - can list next and previous within a category.
Real Comments Throttle Plugin - from Phil Ringnalda
Regex Plugin - From Brad Choate. Lets you search and replace elements in MT templates. Very useful albeit a bit complicated.
RightFields Plugin - Plugin from Kevin Shay that lets you customize fields in Movable Type.
Sidebar Manager plugin - Plugin to help manage items in your sidebar
Supplemental Category Tags - Brad Choate's plugin on next/previous categories tag
Typemover - Plugin to help you back up your weblog. To date a little buggy.
Workflow - Plugin for managing publishing permissions in multi-author situations. From David Raynes


Add Amazon Wish List - edazzle.net script for adding your Amazon Wish List to your blog
Amazon Web Services Blog - Amazon Web Services, products, tools and developer information
BlogPulse Profiles - a useful tool to find who's linking to you and what they are saying. Similar a bit to Technorati.
Eye-Tracking Study - research showing how people read a web page focusing on the left hand column and then moving right, across the page.
Favorite Favicons - A great collection
Google Advice on Moving to a New Host - how to keep from getting booted from the Google index if you move hosts or change domains
How to Build a Light Box - Very useful for photography.
Humorous video - "Autoblogging" - This is just too funny to not post.
NY Blogs - the Movie - Peter Hirshberg interviews New Yorkers on blogging. 2004. Hilarious.
NYC Blogs - The Movie - Peter Hirshberg's hilarious QT movie on blogging
Overview of Weblog Tools Market - Update - updated market share analysis
Silly Javascript Screen Effects - Kurt's Free Dynamic HTML DHTML and Javascript scripts
Taking Professional Looking Photos - Photography tips, great for people who use photos on their blogs.


Favicon Examples - Favicon examples
MT Plugin Walkthrough - Arvind takes us through how to create a Movable Type plugin.
Movable Type 3.2 User Manual - The new MT User Manual written by Tim Appnel is finally here!
Movable Type Cheat Sheet - a one-page listing of MT tags, available in German and English

Resource Sites

Blogdsgn Resource Directory - List of useful sites for weblog designers
Code Novice - Tips, hacks, plugins for MT, Expression Engine, and Word Press.
Mena's Corner - Six Apart president Mena Trott's company weblog.
MovableBlog - Canadian Richard Eriksson's weblog and sideblog about Movable Type.
Movalog - Arvind Satyanarayan's new site for "All things MT". Arvind is a 15 year old student in the United Arab Emirates who knows more about Movable Type than I ever hope to, and is generous with sharing his expertise.
Planet Movable Type - The latest news from sites focused on Movable Type - aggregated RSS feeds.
Pub Hacks - tricks and tips for MT
Scripty Goddess - Jennifer recently moved to Wordpress, but her site still has a wealth of information regarding scripts that can be useful for MT
Six Apart Pro Network Blog - from Anil Dash, focused on MT Professionals
Six Log - Six Apart's official blog.
The Girlie Matters - MT forum moderator Shelley's collection of MT tips and tricks. Shelley has a knack for figuring out the hard stuff.
Tweezer's Edge - Weblog of David Phillips, aka the extraordinarily helpful Tweezerman in the MT Forums.


Everything You Need to Know About RSS - RSS Specifications and RSS Feeds
FeedReader - Free newfeed reader for Windows. Supports RSS and Atom formats. GPL licensed.
Feeds.App 2.0 Plugin - the new MT-RSSfeed from Tim Appnel
MT-Feeds Public Beta - New RSS Feed plugin from Tim Appnel
NetNewsWire Lite - A free RSS newsfeed reader for Mac OSX.
RSS Tutorial for Content Publishers and Webmasters - A good overview of RSS.
RSS Writer - nifty tool for creating RSS feeds
RSS-to-Javascript - Free RSS to JavaScript Service


DodosMail Contact Form - From Dodo's Scripts Collection
Expandable List Menu Script - If you have a lot of content - entries, categories, sidebar information - sooner or later things may begin to look a little cluttered on your weblog. One way to address this is to make some of your lists expandable and collapsible, as I have done with LMT's TOC.
Extended Entry Script - Script for having the extended part of your MT entry appear "inline" or on the same page when you click on the extended entry link, rather than launch a new page as is the default.
MT-Medic - Not a plugin per se, but a cgi file that will help you diagnose MT installation problems.
Password Protect Your Blog - Adam Kalsey's php script for limiting the viewing of an MT blog to MT blog authors.
Random Image Rotation - Pulls a random image from a file whenever the page is refreshed.
TheSiteWizard Contact Form Script - Free php or CGI scripts for creating feedback and contact forms.


1001 Free Fonts - A terrific resource of free fonts.
CSS Color Values - A great table of colors for web design.
Color Palette Creator - from SlayerOffice, another useful color value generator
Color Scheme Generator 2 - another color scheme generator
Color Schemer - Online Color Scheme Generator
ColorCombos.com - Web Color Combinations Tool and Library - useful color picker
ColorMatch 5K - Easy color scheme tool
ColorMatch Remix - Another color tool - shows interesting mixes of color
Photoshop brushes - from Jason Gaylor
Redalt's I Like Your Colors - Enter a URL and see the color themes used
Skinning the MT Interface - Arvind's tutorial on how to skin the MT edit window
WP Connections theme for MT - Carla ported a WordPress theme to Movable Type. Beautiful.
Web Design From Scratch - Useful general purpose advice and tutorials on website design
Where to find great free photos online - from Robin Good


Bare Bones MT3.2 Templates - The latest MT3.2 templates with all the extra stuff stripped out.

Tips and Tricks

9 Steps to a Quicker MT3 - Neil's World - 9 steps to a quicker MT3.1x installation
Adding a Currently Reading Section - instructions on how to add a "currently reading" section to your website. This can also be accomplished with BookQueue combined with MTAmazon.
Adding a Tag Cloud to MT 3.2 - tutorial for CloudNine tag clouds in MT
Brad Choate: Doing your whole site with MT - how to set up your whole site in Movable Type, not just your MT blogs
Converting an MT blog from ISO-8859-1 to UTF-8 - from padawan.info
Customizing the MT Interface - Six Apart ProNet Article - Customizing Movable Type's Interface with Application Templates
Favicon from Pics - How to create a favicon.ico for your website
Google Sitemaps Using MT - - Niall Kennedy's tips on creating a Google Sitemap for your MT blog
How We Made Our Podcasts - - from the folks at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
How to Build a Favicon with Photoshop - Favicons are those little tiny icons that show up next to the URL in Windows IE bookmarks and in Safari. More tips can be found at www.favicon.com.
How to Make a Tag Cloud - tip and template from Al-Muhajabah
How to Speed Up Publishing in MT - a comprehensive article from 6A
Pixel Charmer's Faceted Categories - an alternative technique to sub categories
Simple Events Calendar - MT trick from Asterick's Keith Robinson
Smilies in Comments - from ScriptyGoddess
Sorting Categories - sort categories in the way you want, not the default alphabetical sequence
Turning Your MT Blog into a Semantic Web - useful forum post and tutorial on creating a site index with links to entries based on keywords


Adding a Tag Cloud to MT 3.2 - tutorial for CloudNine tag clouds in MT
BBEdit Lite - A free text editor for the Mac. Although they've discontinued it, BareBones Software still has a link to the BBEdit Lite download.
CocoaMySQL - a MySQL graphical user interface for Mac OS X
Embedding QuickTime - Why use object tags to embed QuickTime?
FavIcon from Pics - tool for creating favicons
FeedReader - Free newfeed reader for Windows. Supports RSS and Atom formats. GPL licensed.
Free Vlog - Tutorial for making your own video blog, or vlog
HTML Encoder - PHP-Nuke tool converts your html code so that you can display it in a blog entry.
MT Tabs - Quick reference to the MT tags in the MT Manual.
Make a Book from your Blog - LJBook Free Service
MySQL Administrator - Administrative tool for MySQL database for Windows and Linux
NetNewsWire Lite - A free RSS newsfeed reader for Mac OSX.
PHP Thumbnail Generator - For dynamically generating thumbnails of photos, that don't distort the image.
PHPList Email List Manager - Free PHP and SQL based email list manager
Rocketboom Online Video Tool List - List and explanation of the tools used to create the videoblog Rocketboom
S5: A Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System - From Eric Meyer, an easy way to create web-based slide shows.
SimpleCode HTML Encoder - From Simplebits.com
SiteReportCard - Free stats about your site, including broken links
Skype Tags for MT - Add voice mail, chat tags to your MT blog.
Slideshow template for MT using S5 - A template for MT that uses Eric Meyer's S5 CSS slide show system
StatWatch 1.0 - visitor statistics for Movable Type blogs
Subscribe Me Lite - Mailing list management and tracking software
Subscriptions with Bloglet - A way for readers of your blog to sign up for a subscription to automatically get your blog updates.
Swicki - Search Tag Cloud Tool
Tag Cloud - a service for posting a tag cloud to your blog.
TinkerTool for MacOSX - a Finder tool so you can see hidden files
Userplane Video Blog Tool - record audio and video messages for your blog
Web Page Analyzer - website performance analysis
Who Links to Me - an alternative to Technorati?
XHTML Validator to RSS - Check through RSS if your pages stay XHTML valid.
iStockPhoto - Stock photography that you can purchase at a reasonable price for use on your weblog