Over the past few months I've been reading more and more comments about how great MovableType is for managing stuff other than strictly weblogs. It's Perl, it's flexibly, it's hackable, etc. Spend a few minutes on Feedster and I'm sure you'll see some of it.

I believe it all. I'm a big MT fan. In fact, I'm helping someone launch some new MT-based sites soon.

But I hadn't seen much in the way of "here's one cool hack/thing you can do..." that helps to demonstrate the fact. Head over to Dylan Tweney's weblog. In his Movable Type blogroll he explains a simple trick he uses to let MT help manage his blogroll.

Dylan's a very smart guy. You should be reading his stuff if you're not already. And I'm not just saying that because I'm on his blogroll!

Posted by jzawodn at August 14, 2003 12:08 AM

Reader Comments
# Victor said:

MT is definitely flexible enought to do even more. After I found MT last year, the very first thing that popped into my head was "oh, now my users can use that to update their website content". I've created a couple of sites using MT as a Content management tool since then.

I am also a big fun of Blogger. I especially like the "Blog This" feature of the Google Toobar (sorry jeremy, well only because it's Google) for IE as well as the "Blog This" extension for Firebird. I wish there be an extension for MT.

on August 14, 2003 01:01 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

That's okay. Google did a very smart thing by putting the blogger button in their toolbar. It's only too bad that it's blogger specific.

on August 14, 2003 01:26 AM
# Chrís said:

Have you tried the MT bookmarklets?
Either a javascript bookmark or a right click option in explorer.

This should do the trick..

(url /blog/mt.cgi?__mode=bookmarklets )

Great blog BTW, how about a full post RSS feed though?

on August 14, 2003 01:54 AM
# Chrís said:

ok, so my guess wasn't so good :)

... but you get the idea :)

on August 14, 2003 02:00 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

My RSS 2.0 feed has full posts and is even advertised as such. :-)


on August 14, 2003 02:22 AM
# Tim said:

We use MT for press releases and system status announcements at DynDNS.org, as well as for an internal administrative blog/knowledge base. It's great to be able to create templates that just fit right into our HTML::Mason framework and integrate seamlessly with the rest of our site. You'd never know we use MT except for some of the file naming conventions.

on August 14, 2003 10:44 AM
# Jon Gales said:

I've used that same blogroll trick before. Works like a champ. The person I set it up for was *amazed* (I showed him how to post via NetNewsWire so it was even cooler).

The site I'm working on now uses a clever trick to get nice dynamic time stamps (posted X minutes ago for example

There's not much you can't do.

on August 14, 2003 07:50 PM
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