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On April 9th, 2014, Six Apart launched Movable Type v6.0.3.

This release include a number of bug fixes, a new configuration directive and a security fix.

The newly introduced directive is called 'DBBlobMaxLen' and it would allow you to set the database driver buffer size. You could increase this setting beyond 512KB using this directive, but pay attention because this would raise your server CPU usage.

As for the bug fixes, you should know that the following areas have been improved:


A problem with data not being displayed properly on the Site Stats widget graph has been fixed.

Entries and pages

A problem that occurred when having the 'PreviewInNewWindow' configuration directive enabled has been fixed. The problem was that entry or page preview temporary files weren't automatically deleted with this directive was enabled.


A problem that occurred when having the 'RPTProcessCap' directive enabled has been fixed. Sometimes the number of run-periodic-tasks processes that can run simultaneously on the server was not respected.

Finally, the error "Cannot find column 'blogs' for class 'MT::Blog'" that was occurring under certain situations upon browsing to the Dashboard page has been corrected.

Since a security fix is involved it is recommended that you upgrade your installation ASAP. If you need any help, I'm available.

You could evaluate movable type v6.0.3 from:

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- password: testthis

Movable Type v6.0.2

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In January the 15th, 2014, Six Apart launched Movable Type v6.0.2 and with this occasion it made available also the Enterprise edition, called Movable Type Advanced (v6.0.2).

This version includes a series of improvements, from compatibility with Internet Explorer 11, to support for Microsoft IIS FastCGI, a new modifier for previous and next entries and pages which to allow one to filter these items by author, category or folder and more.

Go ahead and evaluate movable type v6.0.2 at:

Login as:
- username: demo
- password: testthis


Happy Blogging!

In November the 15th, 2013, Six Apart released a mandatory security update for movable type v5x and v6x.

The security issue that was identified and fixed is related to the Rich Text Editor present in movable type v5 and v6 which was susceptible to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks.

A remote attacker could have injected JavaScript into a page or an entry from within a movable type blog or parent website.

Furthermore, that JavaScript coding could have been executed on the client browser when that page or entry would have been displayed in the Rich Text Editor.

It is strongly recommended that all installations running movable type v5.x or v6.x are upgraded to the latest release. If you need another pair of hands for upgrading your movable type installation I'm available.
Six Apart continues to surprise us in a positive manner with the first beta of movable type 6.


Go ahead and check it from:

They are also changing the licensing model which generated debates on the web.

Today an initial clarification was made to some points raised by reputable and long term community members, such as the former product manager Byrne Reese.

Starting with movable type 6 Six Apart would drop the 'open source' version, but many of the professional and advanced package functions would be available under an MIT license.

This new version was released today and it addresses a number of 3 bugs that were occurring on v5.2.6.

The fixed bugs are:

  1. Smartphone Option typos
  2. If the user tried to invalidate the MTIgnore's block tag's opening closing tag, an error would occur
  3. Tags created for custom fields could not be used with blog entry archive mapping

upgrade movable type

Evaluate this demo installation at: (professional) (open source)

using these credentials:

- username: demo

- password: testthis


Six Apart KK just announced the release of movable type v5.2.6.

What's very nice about this new release, apart from the many bug fixes it solves, is that it introduces a few new functions.

One of these functions is a new theme called 'Eiger' which is a responsive web design one and which through CSS Media Query supports multiple devices and allows you to very easily customize components like logos, header, banners, navigation.

Go ahead and test it from:

Another really juicy function is what they call the 'SmartPhone Option'. Available only in movable type professional or advanced, this function would make your movable type admin suit very well your mobile device. It is basically a backend theme optimized for mobile devices.

For more details about what this version introduces, check out:

To check the demo installations, login either to: (professional) (open source)

with the following credentials:

- username: demo

- password: testthis

Enjoy testing movable type!


Remember that I'm available for any movable type services you may need, such as say: installation, upgrade, theme creation, customization, web site development.


Dear Friends,

Six Apart identified a security issue on movable type v4.2x and v4.3x installations.

The problem is that through the "mt-upgrade.cgi" script OS command injection or SQL injection could be performed and these actions might open a vulnerability.

This vulnerability affects all versions, namely: open source, professional and enterprise.

You could address this issue by implementing the patch from:

Or by either deleting the "mt-upgrade.cgi" script or by setting its file permission to 000.

I would strongly recommend you to implement this patch or follow the other 2 actions I've mentioned above ASAP.

If you need help on implementing this patch or on upgrading movable type to v5.2.2 I'm available.

Kind Regards,
Mihai Bocsaru
Dear Community,

Today Six Apart made available movable type v5.2.2. This new release follows the new numbering policy (hence the "5.2.2" version number).

This new release contains an important number of new features and bug fixes.

You could test movable type v5.2.2 absolutely free from:

1) Professional

2) Open Source

Let me list here for you some of the latest improvements:

New Features

1) Boilerplate

The Boilerplate Text function is now available. Boilerplate Text lets users register often repeated text, such as for event announcements, which can then be recalled and inserted in blog entries.
More details about "Boilerplate" are available here:

2) New Theme: "Rainier"

The "Rainier" blog theme has been added. "Rainier" is a multi-device compatible theme based on Media Queries (CSS). "Rainier" offers header banner and navigation customization options.
More details about the "Rainier" new theme are available here:

3) Movable Type Advanced

Movable Type Advanced 5.2, the latest version of MTA, offers full support for Windows Azure.
Dynamic publishing is now possible even when operating with UTF-8 on the MS SQL Server. 

4) Other Features

[82725] When using run-periodic-tasks to execute specified date publishing, the processing date is logged
[104672] The dynamic publishing template tag modifiers can pass over 3 arguments.
[108564] MT Tags can be used in in the config.yaml file.of riich text editor expansion plug-in

Bug Fixes

The list of bugs that have been addressed in this release is very and I'm proud to be among the ones that reported such bugs. One of the bugs I've reported has been fixed in this release.

Here we go with a summary of the bugs:
  • [104094] After changing the destination folder for published web page data, an old web page data still remains in the the old folder.
  • [104665] The "maximum open cursors" occurs when using Oracle.
  • [106224] An error will occur if the MT generated .htaccess file includes "SymLinksIfOwnerMatch", as multi-server hosting is not supported.
  • [106534] Creation and deletion of the category archive page is not executed in appropriate timing.
  • [107118] If Japanese is used with LDAPAuthURL, a user search will not work
  • [108797], [108797] An error occurs on the user profile screen when building a community blog on Oracle or MS SQL Server.
  • [107961] In Oracle and SQL Server, an error occurs when trying to destroy old session information.
  • [107963], [107994] Request to enable use of custom field tags with archive mapping.
  • [108513] If a thumbnail already exists for an image and MTAssetThumbnailURL is set to square="1", the image appearance is not updated, even after rebuilding.
  • [108570] Request for the addition of an e-mail validation process when resetting a password.
  • [108631], [108862] When user edit comments data from the search/replace screen, the keyword search option disappears from the input field.
  • [108654] When there is a sub-domain input error, the error is displayed as originating from a different location.
  • [108661] app.saveHTML() returns information currently displayed in the rich text editor.
  • [108667] Please add the ecape=html value to the mt:CommentParentID tag, available for use in professional website and professional blog templates.
  • [108718] The dynamic publishing MTWidgetSet tag ignores the blog_id setting.
  • [108728] After upgrading from MT 3.38 to MT 5.2, users with the "send notification" option enabled will not be able to create new blog entries.
  • [108730] When restoring MT from a back up file, multiple copies of the profile image will be restored as well.
  • [108733] When operating in an environment running memcached, the template module cache will not be cleared at the specified time.
  • [108734] The template cache will not be cleared after a new category is created.
  • [108748] Incorrect HTML is generated from unlabeled item custom fields.
  • [108799] When executing bulk user updates with CSV, even though the same user name is specified in the new user name input field, an error occurs.
  • [108802] When Config Directive "SingleCommunity" is set to 0, the member's list in the Movable Type authenticated users folder will be displayed incorrectly
  • [108803] When Config Directive "SingleCommunity" is set to 0, users with third party authentications, such as OpenID, will not be able to be removed from a blog.
  • [108804] Although website administrative privileges are granted to a user group, users do not have access to blogs linked to those websites.
  • [108805] When restoring from back up data, group member data is not restored.
  • [108815] Code generated from custom fields with multiple lines of text will not be converted correctly
  • [108824] When specifying a publishing path with BaseSitePath through Windows, an error will occur if case sensitivity is not specified.
  • [108841] When using dynamic publishing, upper and lower case characters used in tag attributes are treated as completely different characters.
  • [108845] If IncludeBlogs is set to "all", an error will occur in the blog search.
  • [108846] An error will occur if IncludeBlogs or blog_id is not specified in the search form template.
  • [108856] The error message for the Facebook commenter's plug-in should be revised
  • [108858] StyleCatcher display breaks in the Apache+Starman environment.
  • [108866] When using dynamic publishing, an error occurs when half-width alphanumeric characters are used to write folder or category names.
  • [108872] MTArchiveTitle is output differently depending on whether dynamic or static publishing is used.
  • [108876] Category and folder selection cannot be saved on FireFox16.
  • [108877] An automated message should be displayed when a commenter's identity cannot be authenticated.
  • [108891] Blog entries marked as "NO ENTRY" cannot be imported.
  • [108901] Templates using the alt-tmpl directory, included with theme files, do not function correctly
  • [108909] When ignoring the revision history, the latest blog entry author is displayed as the user who is currently logged in.
  • [108920] MT doesn't hold Compose Settings when change the field basename
  • [108924] Individual archive pages are not displayed when using dynamic publishing.
  • [108946] Comment pagination does not work when running MT through PSGI.
  • [108947] When using dynamic publishing, an error will occur if someone tries to view a website that does not have a blog.
  • [108948] When using dynamic publishing with PHP5.4, the "Sign In" characters will not be displayed.
  • [108953] When TAB data is inserted in the comment data, comment pagination will not work correctly.
  • [108958] System privileges cannot be changed
  • [108959] A template error will occur if "(" is set in a category modifier with MTEntries tags.
  • [108967] The {{theme_static}} setting cannot be used in the StyleCatcher repository.
  • [108982] After re-applying a theme, the theme thumbnail will not update.
  • [108989] The MTMultiBlog tag does not work correctly in the blog entry list archive.
  • [108999] Assets may not be correctly retrieved when importing data from WordPress.
  • [109003] If a blog entry with an index template that is using the MTEntryCustomFields tag is saved and rebuilt, the value for all custom fields will be reset to the default value.
  • [109004] Blog restoration can not be completed if a website does not exist.
  • [109009] When specifying the BaseSitePath, case sensitivity is automatically turned on in Website Path field.
  • [109022] When importing an exported blog entry that includes a blank custom field, a half-width character space is arbitrarily inserted as the value for the empty custom field.
  • [109023] The user date archive (by year, month, week or day) is not displayed when using dynamic publishing.
  • [109024] search_apis cannot be added through plugins.
  • [109026] When using the external environment SMTP server, if an e-mail is sent to multiple recipients, the e-mail header will look strange.
  • [109032] If a folder with sub-folders is deleted, the user will not be able to save changes.
  • [109036] When executing bulk user updates with CSV, multi-byte e-mail addresses can be saved without error.
  • [109038] When executing bulk user updates with CSV, a user name with over 85 full width characters can be saved without error.
  • [109039] When executing bulk user updates with CSV, a user name with over 255 half width characters can be saved without error.
  • [109055] When executing bulk user updates with CSV, even if a blog theme has not been saved, an error will not occur.
  • [109097] Files that already exist cannot be renamed when using a Windows operating environment.
  • [109105] When importing WordPress data, neither categories nor tags can be imported.
  • [109112] The mteval modifier will work even if a value other than 1 is used.
  • [109133] The numify modifier will cause output discrepancies between static and dynamic publishing.
  • [109134] When the sanitize modifier is set to 0, an error will occur if dynamic publishing is used.
  • [109149] When the environmental variable UserSessionCookieDomain is not set, the value for the domain of the cookie will not be generated correctly.
  • [109156] An error will occur if an embedded custom field value is saved.

If you want to read the entire release note, check out:

Happy testing!

Kind Regards,
Mihai Bocsaru

Dear Community,

I'm very excited to see that Six Apart launched today Movable Type v5.2.

This release is a huge step forward from what you knew so far about movable type.

Apart from the many bug fixes introduced since v5.14, this release comes with a number of very useful new features.

The most important feature for me, my customers and the whole community is the fact that at my request Six Apart implemented an awesome feature on their new Rich Text Editor which automatically erases the garbage HTML formatting that was added so far to movable type when copy-and-pasting content from Ms Word.

Another feature that other folks, including me, insisted for is the ability to create tables, which is available as a stand along plugin for the new Rich Text Editor.

 This plugin could be found at:

Let me now list for you the another features that Six Apart mentioned on this new version announcement.

  1. Corresponding nginx+PSGI

    Movable Type 5.2 can now be used under the nginx+PSGI environment. This allows us to provide support over a variety of server environments, such as cloud computing virtual servers, CMS servers and content servers.

  2. New Rich Text Editor

    The new rich text editor is implemented based on TinyMCE; easy to use, easy to edit.

  3. Sitepath restriction

    Sitepath restriction is now available. This feature is most effective for medium to large websites.

  4. SMTP Authentication

    In Movable Type 5.2, email notifications can now be sent using authenticated SMTP.

  5. Improved performance of custom fields; faster rebuilding times

    The performance of custom fields have been improved, and as a result, blog entries which have custom field's data can be rebuilt much faster than before.Along with these changes, general rebuilding rate for blog entries are now faster by 120%.

I'm glad to have contributed with feedback, perseverance and bug reports to the following features:

  1. the automatic cleanup of MS Word HTML garbage after copying and pasting content from Ms Word;
  2. the sitepath restriction;
  3. custom fields improvements.

As always, you could evaluate movable type v5.2 on the very first day it was released by going to:

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

You could find out a lot more information on Movable Type 5.2 checking out the links below.

Checking out the above resources you could discover also a bunch of new configuration directives.

Happy testing,
Mihai Bocsaru

Dear Friends,

Six Apart launched today Movable Type v5.2 RC2.

This new version introduces a few more bug fixes.

The issues fixed on this release are:

  • 108759 mt:SearchResults tag does not store localized blog_id in context stash
  • 108754 Unable to sign in for commenting again once signing out
  • 108758 Renaming basename of blog-level custom field can cause corruption of custom fields metadata
    108756 Saving new custom field can result in corruption of existing custom field metadata

Stay tuned for Movable Type v5.2!

This new RC2 version remains available at:

Login with:
- username: demo
- password: testthis

The movable type v5.2 rc 2 release notes are available here:

Many thanks,
Mihai Bocsaru


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