You've decided to start blogging, and you want to use Movable Type. This article provides the information you need to get up and running.
The first step is to install Movable Type on your account. If you haven't ordered a hosting account yet, this is very easy. When you order your hosting package with A2 Hosting, simply select Movable Type in the list of auto-installation options. After your account is set up, Movable Type will be ready and waiting for you.
On the other hand, if you have already ordered a hosting account with A2 Hosting, you can use Softaculous to install Movable Type. Softaculous is an automated application installer that A2 Hosting provides with managed hosting accounts. It enables you to install a wide range of applications on your account with just a few clicks, including Movable Type. For information about how to install Movable Type using Softaculous, please see this article.
After Movable Type is installed on your account, it's time to start personalizing your site.
Before you can add content in Movable Type, you must create a blog. To do this, follow these steps:
On the Create Blog page, in the Blog Theme list box, select the theme you want to use.
In the Blog Name text box, type a name for your blog. The name can be anything you want, and you can change it later.
This step is optional. You may already have existing content that you want to import into Movable Type, such as raw text or posts from another blogging application. Unfortunately, because there are a huge number of blogging applications, each with its own storage format, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to importing existing content into Movable Type.
The simplest way to import content into Movable Type is to simply copy-and-paste raw text. However, if you have existing WordPress content, you can migrate it directly to Movable Type. For detailed information about how to do this, please visit https://movabletype.org/documentation/installation/moving-from-wordpress-to-movable-type.html.
You've installed Movable Type and created a blog. Now it's time to get down to the business of actually creating and sharing content!
Like many blogging platforms, Movable Type makes a distinction between two types of content, posts and pages:
Typically, you'll initially create a few static pages when first setting up your site, and then leave them untouched. On the other hand, you'll be creating and editing new posts frequently.
To create a new post or page for your Movable Type site, follow these steps:
To create a new page, in the left pane, click Pages, and then click New:
In the large text box, type the content for the post or page.
Select what you want to do with the content:
Movable Type makes it easy to approve or delete reader comments. To do this, follow these steps:
On the Manage Comments page, a list of comments appears: