1) TypePad AntiSpam
TypePad AntiSpam is a valuable new free tool in the fight against comment spam. Developed by Six Apart, TypePad AntiSpam blocks comment spam to improve the quality of your blog conversations and for the good of the blogosphere. TypePad AntiSpam is a spam filtering service that combines several adaptive learning engines to score inbound comments, TrackBacks and PingBacks, and determine whether they are “spam” or “ham.” The filters learn from user reports, enabling TypePad AntiSpam to quickly adapt to new spam attacks.
Pagination is plugin that enables you to paginate lists of entries. For example, at the bottom of your home page, you could add a “Next” link so your readers can go to “Page 2” and read previous entries. You can display a list of linked page numbers to enable visitors to jump to any page number they want.
With Pagination Pro, you can also paginate your Category, Author, and date-based archives, and even paginate your Entry archives, displaying only a small number of comments on each page.
3) Cache Block
Cache Block is a plugin that can dramatically speed up publishing by caching blocks of built template code. Cache Block is very flexible, enabling you to cache an entire page, a small template snippet, a template module, a sidebar widget, and entire sidebar, etc. Each block can be set to expire after a certain duration — some blocks you may want to cache for 5 minutes, others for hours, or even days. When used wisely, the result is significantly faster publishing times and faster comment-posting.
This plugin utilizes Movable Type 4.1’s ability to swap out the default Movable Type Rich Text Editor for a third party one. This plugin makes available the FCKeditor as a rich text editor to choose from inside the application.
One advantage the FCK Editor has over the default Movable Type RTE is that it outputs semantic and valid XHTML for your published blog. A feature desired by many Movable Type users.
5) Temper for Movable Type
Temper (TEMPlate profilER) for Movable Type measures and logs system page building performance information for benchmark and diagnostic purposes. This plugin was designed to aid in pro-actively detecting and identify performance bottlenecks in a Movable Type systemâ€™s publishing.
Temper does two things:
- Output template/page build times to STDERR using DebugMode 16.
- Log page build times to the system activity logs.
6) Comment Subscribe
Comment Subscribe is a plugin for Movable Type which provides similar functionality to the ‘Notify me of follow up comments via e-mail’ feature on WordPress. If a user checks a box when posting a comment, they will receive emails every time someone else posts a comment on the same entry. Each email will include a link which the user can use to unsubscribe.
7) Media Manager
This plugin allows you to manage a list of books, CDs, DVDs, or other media in a list, search Amazon for new items to add to your reading list, and publish the list on your blog.
8 ) CustomFields
CustomFields, the aptly named plugin, brings custom fields to Movable Type’s entries, authors and categories offering the ability to create text fields, multi-line textareas, drop down menus, radio buttons, url and date/time fields (complete with a pop up calendar). These fields, as demonstrated by the screenshots below, are easily accessible as they’re displayed inline (directly on the respective editing screens). When CustomFields are enabled on the editing screens, all fields displayed on the screen are completely sortable – through a simple drag and drop interface, you can reorder your entry, author and category screens.
9) Simply Threaded
Comments posted to a Movable Type weblog are displayed in a flat-form (i.e. one after another). As a result, tracking multiple conversations can quickly become extremely difficult to and commenters often have to resort to crude means of replying to others. Simply Threaded brings a new type of comment threading to Movable Type. Inspired by Six Apart’s Vox service, Simply Threaded allows you to add a Reply link to every comment and allows commenters to directly reply to other comments. As the name suggests, Simply Threaded provides a fairly simple but effective comment threading implementation.
10) Hot Date
Do you schedule entries, or otherwise modify the Entry Date field? Do you sometimes forget a leading zero, for example, to create a valid, two-digit hour field? Hot Date is just what you need: drop-down time selectors in 12-hour format along with a few other features that make setting the date a breeze!
Schedule according to the 12-hour clock with am/pm selectors you’re familiar with, rather than 24-hour time.
Disable the “seconds” display because, really, does it matter what second you publish at? (A selectable option.)
Work with an abbreviated minute list in five-minute increments. (A selectable option.)
Refresh the time to be current with the green arrows button.
11) Template Shelf
Template Shelf is a new plugin for Movable Type 4.0 that adds a sidebar widget to the template editing screen that allows you to quickly browse templates in your blog. It’s a great time-saver as it removes a lot of the back-and-forth previously involved when editing your templates.
One of the best features that Template Shelf provides is the ability to edit templates in the new dialog boxes. This is a great way to make quick changes to templates without having to open them up separately!
12) My Blogs
Movable Type 4.0 introduces a whole new dashboard with the focal point being tracking the activity across your blogs. For my personal MT install, however, this isn’t terribly useful (being the only author, I know my – albeit dismal – entry posting frequency, and I receive email notifications for all comments).
This plugins adds a “Bookmarks” menu to Movable Type 4.0’s menuing system. In this menu you can place links to all of your favorite and most frequently accessed pages within the application.
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