I updated the blog here to Movable type 4. It was extremely painless. It even inspired me to fix a whole bunch of stuff that was wrong with it. Specifically email subscriptions to entries now work.
The new backend it very cool. It took me a little getting used to, but now that I’ve got the hang of it, I’m extremely pleased. There’s a lot of new features, and I’m looking forward to giving them all a try.
You may or may not have noticed a little unplanned downtime. The webserver that Numtopia.com is on died last Thursday. My hosting provider got ColdFusion up by Saturday. But I don’t run BlogCFC like all the other cool kids, I run Movable Type which needs Perl and a special MySQL Perl driver. Getting my hosting provider to re-install it (it was there pre-crash) was an exercise in patience. It took almost a full week for them to do so.
Now I’ve been oscillating between impatience (I want this up) and understanding (this isn’t a business, and I’ve had to deal with people with custom configs post crash.) I’ve decided that for ColdFusion hosting, for $12 a month; 1 week of downtime for my ability to post to my blog over the course of 2 years, is probably acceptable.
After trying pretty hard to not have to institute anything that makes commenting harder, the spammers have forced me to do something.
I tried to install a MovableType Image Captcha component… It completely fragged my MovableType install, and I had to blow it away and reinstall. I bet this wouldn’t have happened to me if I was a good ColdFusion developer and started to use Blog.CFC.
After getting everything back up, I installed the Comment Challenge text-captcha plugin. It’s accessible, and it doesn’t, you know, completely hose my site, but I’m not sure how effective it will be. If anyone runs into any problems commenting, please drop me a line via my Contact page.
Following a full backup, I upgraded to Movable Type 3.3. If you are reading this, then posting from Word 2007 Beta works. There were absolutely no problems with this upgrade. It still generates my ColdFusion without errors. I did a complete rebuild, just a few errors related to a few bum plugins.
Great job on this release. Now if only the blog-spam blockers work better.
You can use Word 2007 (Beta) to edit your blog entries, even with tools other than the ones Microsoft says they support. I use mine to connect with my Movable Type Blog, and here’s how to do it:
Click the Big Button thing on the top left (they have a name for it, but I can’t remember it. )
When the New Document interface comes up chose “New Blog Entry”
The stripped down blogging version of Word will appear.
Chose Manage Accounts on the ribbon.
Create a new Account.
Enter the username and password you use to blog.
For API Chose “Metaweblog”
Point the post url to your mt-xmlrpc.cgi file
If your blog admin file is http://www.someblog.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi this file would be at: http://www.someblog.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-xmlrpc.cgi
It should ask you which Blog you wish to edit, and you’re done.
Note that it doesn’t handle categories, and I don’t think it will handle posting notifications, so I typically chose to “Publish as Draft” which is available by clicking the small triangle under the “Publish” command on the ribbon. Once that is done, I use Movable type to add categories, and publish. I recommend you do the same. The way I see it, this isn’t too bad because Word gives me excellent spell checking, grammar checking and undo. This all speeds up my blogging process immensely.
I also recommend you install the NaughtyWordChars plugin from Andy Yaco-Mink, as “smart quotes” might screw up your blog entries.
After putting it off for awhile, I finally got Movable Type notifications to work. I now know when comments are posted instead of having to obsessively check my blog configuration page. After that I figured it wasn’t that far a stretch to open up notifications for everyone else.
To that end, I installed MT-Notifier from Everitz Consulting. If you would like to subscribe to a particular post, just check the “Subscribe to This Entry” box on the individual entry page. You have to confirm your desire to do so, but then you’re in business.
You see, I don’t suffer from delusions that everybody is eager to subscribe to Aarrggghh!!. However occasionally people ask questions in my comments, and I’m never sure what the etiquette is. Do I email them back, or do I just comment back and let them find it when they feel like it? Now, I don’t have to worry, the reader can make that decision for themselves.
Finally, Six Apart got back to me with a fix. Under their new fix, I did not have to involve my hosting provider. They gave me a customized Bootstrap.pm, and required me to create an IIS virtual directory. It was a much more elegant solution than the one they gave me on the first try, and it actualy worked, so that was pretty cool. It has something to do with IIS not setting the working directory for cgi correctly.
So onward with Movable Type 3.2!
Movable Type 3.2 won’t work for me. I got support from Six Apart, but the fix ended up breaking all cgi-scripts in my server space. Six Apart gave me a detailed fix that involved changes to the IIS web site properties. It seems like it shouldn’t be that involved a fix.
I have to say Dataride, my hosting provider, has been really cool with this. They’ve been much faster to repond then Six Apart. So once again I heartily recomend them for Cold Fusion Hosting.
Oh well, cognitive dissonance has set in, and now I must have it! I will make it work. As soon as Six Apart gets back to me… whenever that is.
Installing Movable Type 3.2 totally failed. Tried a couple times. Glad I was paranoid about backing up. I got a “Bad Gateway” error when I tried to run it. There’s nothing about the problem on their site. So I’ve submitted a help ticket. I’m waiting now.