Six Apart launched Movable Type 7 on May 29th!
I must confess that I'm really impressed by how powerful Movable Type 7 and mainly by its "Content Type" feature which allows one to create any "taxonomy", apart from "Entries" and "Pages" for managing the website content.
It comes also with a new theme called "Mont Blanc", nice, clean and suitable for building websites from scratch. The theme comes with one content type so that you can start exploring this new feature.
Worth mentioning is also that Six Apart changed format version, so now Movable Type 7 is known also as "Movable Type 7 r.4208" and upcoming releases are going to increment the "r.4208" value.
NEW AND IMPROVED FEATURES
This feature set is provided with Movable Type 7.
CONTENT TYPE (7.0)
Content type is a way to create custom content as you like. Each site supports content type so you can create / manage your content in a way that makes sense to you.
More details about the newly introduced "Content Type" feature could be found here:
CATEGORY SET (7.0)
Category set is a set of categories that can be created for each purpose like say 'Product' or 'Platform'. You can assign any number of categories to each category set.
BLOCK EDITOR (7.0)
Using the Block Editor, you can build content in smaller units such as "Header" and "Image".
CONTENT TYPE BASED ARCHIVES (7.0)
You can create individual and listing archives for each content type, and create archive mappings by category based, date based and user based.
FINE GRAINED PERMISSIONS (7.0)
You can control creating and managing content types as well as control editing content for each content field.
SYSTEM PRIVILEGES (7.0)
You can control the sign-in to the administration screen and the sign-in via Data API for each user.
DASHBOARD AND WIDGETS (7.0)
Totally improved dashboard and widgets. This is the list of widgets:
- Site List ... Quick link to create new content for frequently accessed sites.
- Updates ... This small widget indicates your Movable Type is healthy.
- Activity Log ... You can quickly review what has happened on the system with this widget.
EXTERNAL ASSETS (7.1)
Ability to embed assets from other services easily.
DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT (7.1)
Ability to search and reuse assets easily. Also, managing asset lifecycle (publish, unpublish) along with content.
SITE GROUP (7.1)
Site groups will provide flexible site management feature such as Common templates, Common assets or Common Content Type for each group.
You can create flexible workflows to publish content.
MESSAGE CENTER (7.2)
You can receive notifications from Movable Type, such as dashboard, e-mail, chat.
The following feature sets will not be provided in Movable Type 7
- Community Pack
- Feeds.app lite
- Style Catcher (This plugin will be open source)
- Textile support (This plugin will be open source)
- Classic Blog and Classic Website (These themes will be open source)
Blogs are gone. Website and Blog were renamed to Site. You can still create a hierarchical structure.
Custom Fields are still available for entries, pages, sites, templates, assets, categories, folders and users.
A few more details about this release could be found here:
Curious to see how Movable Type 7 looks like?
Go ahead and test it from:
- username: demo
- password: testthis