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Install XAMPP, install Strawberry Perl, maybe install DBD::mysql in Perl, reboot!, install Movable Type. Create database, configure everything, then run. Also use NotePad++ and FileZilla.

There are several ways you can add different text and images to each of your category pages. I used the category description field for the text and images named the same as the category.

Upgrade Movable Type from 5.04 to 5.2

Initial impetus for upgrade was 5.04 instal broke so I could not access assets or instantiate an asset from inside an entry page. Turns out the last asset I uploaded was to big or clumsy to render a thumbnail in the assets page, so I got a communications error or internal server error.

The title is a vamp off of a webpage that shows how Microsoft server is just a mess compared to Linux Apache. Good gosh sometime I feel the same about Movable Type.

Make custom error pages for Dreamhost

The Dreamhost web hosting company lets you put specially-named files in the root, or home directory of your website. These pages will show anytime you get a server or 404 page not found error.

Make the web page header liquid

By nesting two tables inside a single-cell header table, you can make the Header on your web page liquid. For wide pages the two tables are on left and right. When the viewer window is narrow, the two tables stack.
Use Firefox style rule (-moz-column-width: 300px) to make multiple easy-to-read columns. Use a print style sheet for a good-looking printout.

Dolling up your Movable Type install

Once you have spent a lot of time thinking out the architecture of your MT5.0 install, and a goodly amount of time adding content, you can doll up the install to be pretty and different.

Fixing phantom links in blog body

I noticed that any text in my blog post that had no style would get a link assigned to it by Movable Type.

Removing the Movable Type logos

The last appearance issue I wanted to fix in the original installation is the fact there was a huge logo "Powered by Movable Type" in the sidebar. There was also a link to Movable Type in the footer.
After I added some content to the site I became unhappy with the blog called Links and its location in a sub-directory The blog really was about recommended products, services and websites. I used the setting tab to change the name of the blog to "Recommended" and the location as
One problem with architecting the site as 9 blogs is that the header of the pages only has a link to the blog index.html page, not There must be a better way, but for now I just changed all the banner header template files to:

Creating the table-of-contents

Since I think homepages should not be a table of contents, that means you do have to make a table of contents page, similar to what the homepage of most websites looks like. 

Creating a homepage

Once you have the Archive system figured out, you can author your home page. First you create a template file in the Archive blog. That creates a sub-directory and file, all based on the date and month, such as Archive/2011-05/2011-05.htmI.

Creating back issues in the Archive

The biggest fallacies of web design are 1) content and presentation should be separate, and 2) publishing on the web is not like publishing a paper magazine.
The Movable Type programmers call pictures and files "assets". This is to confuse you so they can feel smarter than you.

Creating a post in Movable Type

With Zemanta killed, you can make your first blog post. When you press "publish", Movable Type will create the first post, 1.html. 

Template settings in Movable Type

Once you have the site architected and the blogs created in the database, you can tweak the publishing settings. Start with a sub-directory that does not already have some old legacy content.

Blog settings in Movable Type

Once you have your site architected you need to change a whole slew of settings. You can do some of these as you create the blogs.
Once you get the Movable Type wizard to run, or build the mt/mt-config.cgi file, you can architect your site. Unlike most programmers, humans can think in two dimensions, so you are best off using a piece of paper and a pen.

Installing Movable Type 5 OS

This site runs on Movable Type 5 OS. The key benefit about Movable type versus all other blog platforms and CMS (content management systems) is that Movable Type creates static HTML (hypertext markup language) pages.

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