MUniversity of Minnesota

November 29, 2005

Upgrade update: Day 2

Welcome to Movable Type 3.2 Day 2! I am pleased to announce that we have successfully implemented the StyleCatcher plugin which means you will now be able to use a whole bunch of new styles for your blogs. However, just like on the test system, in order to use the StyleCatcher you must either create a new blog, or you must use the "default templates" on your existing blog.

Creating a new blog is obviously the easiest. Right now, to create a new blog log in to UThink, click on "Weblogs" in the right hand menu, and then look for the "Create New Weblog" link. We will be moving this link to the main menu screen shortly.

If you would like to use the StyleChanger with your existing blog (a blog created before the upgrade), log into UThink, click on your blog, and then click on Templates. You'll note checkboxes next to all the templates on the first screen. Click all of them (or click the checkbox next to "Template Name"). Then, use the "More actions" drop down menu to the right and select "Refresh Templates." Do the same thing for the tabs "Archives" and "System." Once you've done that, enter the StyleChanger link at the bottom of the screen (under "Plugin Actions") and select a new style for your blog. You do not need to use the "Find Style" button. Just click on "Saved Themes" if none are showing.

Besides the StyleCatcher, there are a couple of other things to note. You may have already noticed that the Blog Directory is not functioning. I hope to have that back up and running by this afternoon. Also, the Blogroll plugin also requires that you either "Refresh Templates" to use the default templates, or that you add some new code to your Main Index Template. I will give out some instructions concerning that later.

And speaking of instructions, I will be updating a lot of the instructional pages of the main UThink blog over the next couple of days. I hope to make them more helpful than they were before and more complete.

In the meantime, let me know if you see anything out of the ordinary on the new system. Thanks and happy blogging!

Posted by snackeru at November 29, 2005 09:36 AM