Movable Type

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Category: Network
Subcategory: Content Management System
Platform: Cross-platform
License: GNU GPL
Interface: Web-interface
Wikipedia: Movable Type
First release: October 8, 2001

Movable Type – a weblog publishing system that is freely licensed in some versions (under the GNU GPL) and is developed by the Californian company Six Apart. The original name was “Serge”, after the musician Serge Gainsbourg.

Six Apart maintains two other weblog publishing systems, namely TypePad and Vox. While Movable Type must be installed on the user’s own web server, TypePad is a hosted service. Vox, which is also a hosted service, emphasizes the community aspect over TypePad.

One of its most well-known features is Trackback, which was introduced in version 2.2 and has since been implemented in many other blog systems. Movable Type supports many weblogging features such as user accounts, comments, post categories, and themes. Many plug-ins from other manufacturers offer additional functionality.

Movable Type is written in Perl and supports storing weblog content and associated data in MySQL. The system supports static page generation, where files for each page are updated as the content changes, dynamic page generation, where pages are stitched together from the underlying database as the browser requests them, and the combination thereof.

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