Now that the final release of Movable Type 3.2 is out, I’ve upgraded. It seems a little zippier than the beta version I was running previously and should be more stable (not that I was aware of any stability issues).
If you’re still debating whether to upgrade, or left MT for another CMS but are debating a return, here’s what rocks about 3.2:
- Plugins can now be enabled/disabled from within the interface, and it’s possible to view a list of any MT tags that the plugin adds. Settings can be adjusted in the same screen, which means that installing simple plugins is now much easier since it’s no longer necessary to give the CGI script executable permissions
- The SpamLookup plugin is included by default, which when configured properly offers some pretty good spam protection. I’d suggest adding some or all of these Common Spam Words to the keyword filter (and yes, I know that’s a link to WordPress’ Wiki)
- New documentation
- Trackback moderation and a new ‘Junk’ rating system which SpamLookup supports. Plugins can alter a comment or trackback’s rating to be either positive or negative – those with a negative rating get put in the Junk folder where they can be easily deleted. This, combined with trackback moderation means that false positives can be saved more easily.
- Redesigned interface with a new ‘System overview’ tool, allowing you to view all entries, comments and trackbacks across your weblogs.
- Much improved installation and upgrading. Upgrading is now just a case of running the main mt.cgi script and no longer requires choosing the correct mt-upgrade-x.cgi script.
And I’m still scratching the surface. 3.2 is a very nice piece of work and well worth the upgrade, especially if you’re still on 2.6x.
Update: I’ve installed MT-Notifier 3.0 as an alternative to the comments web feeds (which will be converted to Atom at some point). When you comment, you are given the option of subscribing to that entry’s comments so that you’ll be notified if any more are posted.