Customizability is the Key!

Lets face it MT Protect 1.x is hard to customize. Sure you've got 5 (!) attributes to customize the various messages to appear but they were hard to remember (password_text, tk_signin_text, tk_barred_text, oi_signin_text, oi_barred_text - I had to look these up from the manual!) and if you used them all, you could end up with this monstrosity:

<MTEntryProtect password_text="Entry Password Protected" tk_signin_text="Sign in with TK" tk_barred_text="Sorry, not allowed" oi_signin_text="OpenID Protected" oi_barred_text="You are not allowed to read this">

And that was only customizing the message, the rest of the form was hardcoded into the plugin. So that entire mess was scrapped with v2.0 and you've now got a mini template.

The mini template is used in conjunction with the MTProtect tags. Whenever an entry, category or blog is protected, the contents of the mini template is parsed and shown. By default it looks like this (kudos to PlasticMind Design for the fabulous buttons)

Click one of the buttons and the appropriate form appears.

The beauty of the mini template is that not only can you define it at both the system and blog levels (with the blog level template overriding the system level template) it can be completely changed and recognizes all Movable Type template tags!

How's that for customizability?

7 Comments

salguod said:
on Sep 7, 2006 9:09 PM | Reply

Dude, you page is broken in IE. I don't know about FF, 'cause I don't have it here at work.

The side menu areas with the faded blue background bleed all the way accross the page, covering up the main collumn.

I bet you with I'd quit buggin' you, eh? :-D

Arvind Satyanarayan said:
on Sep 7, 2006 9:13 PM | Reply

Today is apparently the day of the unreproducable bugs because in IE the page looks just fine to me... Try refreshing the page without the cache (ctrl + f5)?

salguod said:
on Sep 7, 2006 9:16 PM | Reply

Must have been a fluke. Looks fine now.

BTW - I noticed that my comment say's 9:09 PM. It's 12:16 PM as I type this where I am. :-)

void said:
on Sep 8, 2006 5:59 AM | Reply

Hi~ It's a cool and beauty feature that you suggested. Finally, when will you release the new version of mt-protect?

Arvind Satyanarayan said:
on Sep 9, 2006 1:14 PM | Reply

Currently there is no ETA for MT Protect. I've currently released beta 2 to The Six Apart Professional Network and am receiving feedback and bug reports. There's still a while to go as I'm unhappy with a few parts of the plugin!

MikeT said:
on Sep 16, 2006 8:07 AM | Reply

I looked on pronet but couldn't find your plugin. Is there a link on the pronet site for it beta 2 of 2.0?

Amaan Goyal said:
on Jun 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Reply

Hi~ It's a cool and beauty feature that you suggested. Finally, when will you release the new version of mt-protect?