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Blogging: Moveable Type User's Guide

Additional information for Editors


Creating and publishing entries

To create and publish a new entry:

  1. Select [Blog] under the Navigation
  2. Select [Entries] > [New] in the Side Menu

Entry Fields

The following entry fields are available in Movable Type.

  • Entry Title. Use this field to title your entry.

  • Body. Use this area of the Create Entry screen to compose the portion of your entry that you want displayed on the blog's homepage. In the case of longer entries, the remainder of your content would be composed in the Extended field (see below).

  • Extended. Use this area of the Create Entry screen to compose any extended text of your entry. This field is typically used to display the continuation of the text started in the "body" of the post.

Publishing Fields

  • "Save Draft" Button - Save as "Unpublished (Draft)".
  • "Publish" Button - Publish a blog entry or webpage to the site.
  • "Update" Button - Make changes to published content.
  • "Unpublish" Button - Unpublish a blog entry or webpage and revert to draft status.
  • "Delete" Button - Delete a blog entry or webpage.

  • Publish Date. Use this field to set the publish date for your entry. If you set the publish date for the future, Movable Type will publish the entry on that date, as long as your system administrator has configured the system accordingly.

  • Basename. Movable Type will automatically populate this field with a file basename for your page. For example, if your entry title is "This is a new page" the page filename will be "this-is-a-new-page".


Text formatting with Rich Text Editor

If your format isn't already set to "rich text", you can choose it from the drop down menu at the top right of the entry fields. By choosing the "rich text" format option, the user's text input field will switch to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) mode.

New rich text editor on MT

Button function

Button behavior
icon-bold.png defines bold text
icon-italic.png defines italic text
icon-italic.png defines underline text
icon-italic.png defines strikethrough text
icon-italic.png insert link
icon-italic.png remove link
icon-italic.png defines blockquote
icon-italic.png define indent
icon-italic.png remove indent
icon-italic.png defines bulleted list
icon-italic.png defines numbered list
icon-italic.png aligns text to the left
icon-italic.png aligns text in center
icon-italic.png aligns text to right
icon-italic.png insert photo or image
icon-italic.png insert PDF
icon-italic.png undo operation
icon-italic.png redo operation
icon-italic.png remove format
icon-italic.png insert horizontal line
icon-italic.png switch to fullscreen mode
icon-italic.png defines text color
icon-italic.png defines background color of text
icon-italic.png defines text format

FULL SCREEN MODE

By clicking the [full screen button], the display will change to full screen mode. If the same button is clicked again, the display will return to the default size.

Default
Default editor
Full Screen
full screen mode

Using Categories and Tags

Categories

Use this area of the Create Entry screen to assign categories to your entry.

Tags

Use this field to enter tags for your entry.

  • If the Tags field is not displayed, click on "Display Options" on the right hand side of the page, and check the box marked "Tags."

  • Add any tags which you desire in a comma- separated manner. If your tag contains a comma, it must be quoted. For example, you would type something like:

    bayou, "New Orleans, La.", dixie, cajun food


Adding images or files to entries

Resizing your images before uploading

All images used on the blog must be resized for the web before uploading to your blog post. This can be done using standard image editing programs on your computer like Preview (Mac), MS Picture Manager (PC), and Photoshop; or an online image editing website like Pixlr.

  • File type: JPEG, GIF, or PNG
  • File size: No more than 300 KB
  • Resolution: 72 dpi
  • Image width:
    • Full column width image: 550 px
    • Inline image: 350 px
    • Thumbnail: 150 px

Uploading and inserting a new image into your entry

  • When you are creating or editing an entry, place your cursor where you would like the image to appear and click the Insert Image button on the editor toolbar.

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  • This will open the Insert Image screen, where you can choose to insert an image you've already uploaded to the system, or choose to upload a new image. To upload a new image, click on the "Upload New Image" link at the top of the screen.

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  • This will display the Upload File screen. On this screen you can select the image to upload. By default, the "Upload Destination" field after <Site Root> will be empty, but you should type the word "images" into that blank field to designate where images will be saved.

  • When you have selected your file and its destination, click the "Upload" button, and your browser will transfer the file to Movable Type.

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  • Once your file is transferred, the system will display the File Options screen. This screen allows you to:

    • Name the file you've uploaded in Movable Type's asset management system for easy discovery and reuse.
    • Describe the file in Movable Type's asset management system.
    • Tag the file in Movable Type's asset management system
    • Choose options for how to display the image in your entry or page. You can choose to:
    • Display the image in the entry (this option is checked by default)
    • Insert the image as a thumbnail in your entry
    • Link the image to a full-size popup window
    • Align the image to the left, right or center
    • Remember these settings for the next time you upload a photo

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  • Click on the "Finish" button and Movable Type will insert your image into your post with the options you have selected. If you are using the Rich Text formatting option, the editor will display your image inline.

Uploading a file into your entry

  • To upload a file and link it from your entry or page, click on the Insert File button on the editor toolbar.

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  • Uploading a file into your entry or page follows the same general process as outlined above for uploading an image, but will not present the image options in the File Options screen.

  • When you finish uploading the file, the system will insert a link to the file you have uploaded.

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Managing entries

Any user may edit or delete entries that they themselves have created. Additionally, with Editor permission (assigned by a System Administrator), a user can edit any entries in the blog for which they have this permission.

To manage entries, Please select [Entries] > [Manage] in the Side Menu.

Managing entries in bulk

To manage multiple entries in bulk, select the entries you wish to edit by clicking their checkboxes. Click [Publish] or [Delete] buttons, or you can select more actions from the pull-down menu. You can:

  • Unpublish Entries
  • Add/Remove Tags
  • Batch Edit Entries

Batch edit entries

The batch edit option allows you to change a number of features of the entries you've selected, including:

  • Published Status
  • Entry Title
  • Primary Category
  • Author
  • Published Date/Time

Note: In the batch edit screen, once you've saved your changes, you will be prompted to publish the blog so that your changes will take effect.

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