Six Apart Redesign

Newly redesigned SixApart website - click to enlarge (89 kb).If you did not notice it yet, http://www.movabletype.org/ now takes you to a new site – http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/, which is part of the newly redesigned Six Apart website.
As of now, http://www.typepad.com/ does not take you to the new typepad site (http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/) yet.
Previously I did wonder what “Six Apart” means. After reading through the page, I learnt that it is the number of days between the birth dates of Mena and Ben Trott, the founders of the company.
While I was there, I glanced through the history of Six Apart. It was interesting to read how the company grew from a two-person hobby to a 60-person company spanning three continents.
Six Apart is definitely a company to watch for in the days ahead.
Related Links:
– 02/15: New Site Launches (Six Apart)
– 02/11: Should Yahoo Buy Six Apart? (Internet News)
– 01/17: Yahoo to acquire Six Apart? (Internet Stock Blog)

Preventing comment spam – the “nofollow” tag

Google has joined the initiative to fight/prevent comment spam. It has introduced a new tag called “nofollow”. When Google comes across a hyperlink with this tag, it will ignore these links and not give any credit to them.
Read more about it in the Google Blog post (Jan 18, 2005).
Movable Type already supports comment moderation i.e. comments do not show up online till they are approved. But even deleting the unapproved comment spam is a real headache. I get about 20 to 30 comment spam on an average each day. Movable Type released a Guide to Comment Spam some days back (Jan 4, 2005).
Update (09:30 PM 1/20/2005): Have installed the MT nofollow plugin. Now, the links in the comments will automatically have the “nofollow” tag added to them. So, Google and other search engines will ignore those links.
Update (12:52 PM 1/21/2005): Read related article at news.com

Movable Type 500 Internal Server Error

I had upgraded to Movable Type 3.11 from 2.661 a couple of weeks back. But I did not change the default styles and templates. Yesterday, I updated the styles and templates. Everything was great but I started getting some mysterious 500 Internal Server Errors. I could not figure out what the problem was. Later, I found a couple of these lines in my server error log.
[2004-10-21 05:36:31]: error: file is writable by others: (/home/maisnam/public_html/blog/archives/000102.php)
I then chmoded all the files in the “archives” folder to 644. Now, I am not getting those internal server errors anymore. Hope I have solved the problem. I will be posting updates on this topic.
Update (12:53 AM 10/21/2004): I am getting these errors again everytime I add a new entry or make a change to an existing entry. It seems that the problem comes back everytime the files are re-generated. Right now, the patch-up solution I have found is to manually chmod to 644 all files in the “archives” folder and the index.php and archives.php files in the main folder. Any suggestions are welcome.

Meet Joe Blog

From the Jun 21 2004 Issue of TIME magazine:

“What makes blogs so effective? They’re free. They catch people at work, at their desks, when they’re alert and thinking and making decisions. Blogs are fresh and often seem to be miles ahead of the mainstream news. Bloggers put up new stuff every day, all day, and there are thousands of them. How are you going to keep anything secret from a thousand Russ Kicks? Blogs have voice and personality. They’re human. They come to us not from some mediagenic anchorbot on an air-conditioned sound stage, but from an individual. They represent

Everything is working fine.

Everything is working fine now. I figured out why I was not getting the main page. It was being generated inside the cgi-bin directory.
Now, I have to figure out if I can set up Movable Type on my CS account and keep the MySQL database file on elangbam.com.

Installed MovableType

Hi All,
Installed Movable Type on elangbam.com webspace today. Tried to install on my CS webspace but some modules were not present. Also, I am not provided MySQL access in my CS account.
– Bobs