WordPress 2.5 did a major redesign on its user interface — also known as Dashboard. And, it looks great. But, this time, I will not talk about WordPress. It’s Movable Type. Right now, Movable Type is on its latest stable release (Movable Type 4.1 — it’s free). For the coming release (Movable Type 4.15) there will be some changes on its dashboard interface too. Also, there are some other new — and improved — features. Here are some highlights:
Look at these screenshots (based on Movable Type 4.15 Beta 3):
For complete details about the coming release, please refer to Movable Type What’s New page.
Movable Type Open Source (MTOS) is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2. So, if you’re a fan of open source application, it is a good news. Previously, when Six Apart whispered this open source package, many people wondered how this open source version will be different from the other MT packages. Six Apart said that all features in MT 4.0 can be found in MTOS edition — it has the same functionality. Anyway, what it’s all about? Here are some points you should know:
More info about MTOS can be found at http://www.movabletype.org/opensource/. Great!
I have been using Movable Type as my primary blogging software for few years. And this September, I have upgraded to the latest version of Movable Type: Movable Type 4. So far, I like it alot! It works for me, that’s the most important point. I do not want to bring other blogging applications into debate here. But, it’s more about my personal experience with a blogging applicaton called Movable Type.
Movable Type 4 (again) comes with many great improvements and it’s very feature-rich. I already listed some features I like. If you want to read the completed and detailed features just head to Movable Type 4 features list.
Movable Type 4 has a built-in comment authentication. Other blogging platforms have it too. Most of them using their internal authentication system (site registration) or using other service like OpenID. The most common reason is probably to deal with spams — (probably) bloggers’ biggest enemy.
Let’s see what comment authentication Movable Type 4 has. By default, MT 4 has five types of authentication: built-in registration (visitors need to signup to a blog he/she wants to post comment to), OpenID, LiveJournal, Typekey and Vox.
To give more freedom for users to authenticate themselves before posting a comment, there are another options that can be obtained using OpenID-based plugins: