Moveable Type blog tool to get a face lift
August 19, 2005
At the conference for business blogging attendees got an early look
at a tool designed to help their businesses better manage blogs.
Six Apart's Anil Dash gave a preview of the new Moveable Type Version
3.2 Weblog publishing platform on Friday here at the Blog Business
Summit in San Francisco.
According to Dash's stats, Six Apart's platform powers more than 10
million blogs around the world.
The new version of the platform coming out next week will include
more features for administration, ease of use, and community management.
Version 3.2 will include a new section of the application that
provides a system overview, Dash said. This is designed to help
administration of multiple blogs.
"It lets you view all the information in the system no matter where
you published it," he said. "Everything is in one place."
The system overview link shows every blog post title, which Weblog it
was posted on, and time of post.
Comments and trackback improvements were also added in Movable Type 3.2.
The publishing tool will automatically filter comment or trackback
spam and delete spam after a set period of time. The announcement of
this feature drew a few shouts of appreciation from the crowd.
Older blogging tools had a problem with what Dash calls "silent data
loss." This is when valuable trackbacks and comments were mistakenly
filtered as junk.
"In the old days silent data loss was a big management burden; you
had no way to know who's building your community," he said.
The new version also lets users retrieve false positives from the
The context sensitive search feature knows where you are in the
application and lets you search for and replace any item across all
For example, in one step you can update the look and feel across all
Another cool feature is that the user manual is a living document
that allows comments from bloggers, which are subsequently reviewed
and used to help improve the document.
Posted by Cathleen Moore at August 19, 2005 03:47 PM | TrackBack (0)