Ramping up on MoveableType

I’m in the process of refactoring ZeeForge as my portfolio, so that prospective clients can see how I work.

I’m using http://www.zeeforge.org as a site from which I will host popular open-source services for users and visitors, including prospective clients.

The first service I’m adding is MoveableType, the famous Perl/PHP blog. I’ve been exercising it locally on my WinXP system, and over the next day or so I’ll deploy it onto the zeeforge.org site. I’m using this entry to journal that process.

I found the initial installation on WinXP (using an apache webserver) to be relatively straightforward. I’ve had the usual collection of configuration and pre-requisite snafus, nothing too serious.

I note that the directory structure assumed by MT is a little different from my usual practice. In particular, it expects its resources to be unpacked into my standard “site_root” directory, peered with cgi-bin and public_html. Each new blog, when published, creates a directory in this site_root.

I’ve also had trouble locating a WinXP-compatible form of Image-Magick. I remember this problem from earlier perl thrashing, and I’ll get to it later.

My goal is to create a demo site (and url) where prospective clients who are interested in my ability to support blog services like moveabletype can see my work in-situ.


One Response to “Ramping up on MoveableType”

  1. Mike Burns Says:

    In terms of time vs. money, a hosted WordPress.com blog might be worth it. You can pay them to point at the domain name of your choice and in turn they set up and manage the blog software.

    This, of course, is in direct attack on the programmers’ “it’s just setting up software!” attitude that we all refuse to give up. At least you’re not writing your own blogging software!

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