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September 30, 2005

Of searching and upgrading...

Hi everyone. Let's get some technical news out of the way first. I've changed the main search tool on the UThink home page ("Search UThink Blogs") so that it now goes through Google rather than the out of the box Movable Type search tool. Anyone who has used the MT search capabilities has probably noticed that it is slooooow. Google actually does a really nice job of indexing UThink blogs as I've mentioned before. Hopefully you'll like the change, and as always let me know if there is any way I can improve it further.

Now for news of the upgrade, the mythical, elusive upgrade to MT 3.2 that I've written about so many times before. I feel like I'm crying wolf, but we are very close! I promise! By the end of today we should have the test instance of MT 3.2 functioning exactly like UThink functions now. That is good news. Upgrading to MT 3.2 has been more difficult than we thought it would be. We are also perfecting a tool whereby blog owners can add and manage multiple users (Internet IDs) at the same time. No more will you be limited to adding new blog authors one at a time.

In addition, on the test system we have also successfully loaded the MT SyleCatcher plugin (which will take the place of the Template Changer), and MT Blogroll (which will allow you to manage your home page links from the MT admin interface). We are also looking into installing MT Protect, which should allow blog owners to password protect both individual posts and whole blogs. That type of functionality is a very common UThink enhancement request so I am excited to see if this plugin will work.

These are just some of the things that will be possible with MT 3.2. In fact, MT 3.2 is quite a bit more advanced and will allow all sorts of new and unique configurations site wide and on a blog-by-blog basis. Be rest assured that I will be coming out with some instructional posts on how to do some of this new stuff after we upgrade.

I have stopped giving specific dates for when I think the upgrade will take place, but I am hoping it happens within the next two weeks. We are very, very close...

Posted by snackeru at September 30, 2005 02:14 PM

We are very, very close...

Hooray! Thank you, Shane! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Pat at October 1, 2005 03:36 PM

Like a new Twins Stadium, I'll believe it when I see it... ;-) Thanks Shane!

Posted by: DouglasG at October 3, 2005 01:51 PM

Ha! A dagger to the heart! You got me!

Posted by: Shane at October 3, 2005 02:09 PM

one update that i am not sure if you have looked into, but i know like blogspot has an option for text recognition in their comments to prevent comment spamming. i have been getting hit a lot lately and am wondering what kind of options are available besides the IP banning.

Posted by: David! at October 9, 2005 10:48 PM

David, yes, MT 3.2 has a vastly improved system for getting rid of comment spam called SpamLookup. What I plan on doing is configuring it so that, for one, if it ever sees a comment with more than 2-3 links it will automatically junk it. There are other options, but I have heard this is pretty successful. So, have no fear, things will get better!

Posted by: Shane at October 11, 2005 10:37 AM
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