Movable type and plugin installation
Tue 01 October 2013
When I decided to open a blog, I choose to use a CMS I didn't know about. The result is that it was not easy.
This post describe the main steps.
- The choice of a CMS
- The location of the blog
- The installation of the CMS
- The installation of the plugin(s)
I think all these steps should have their own post on this blog, but I want to write as soon as possible for freshness of my experience. Don't expect explanation on choice
choice of the CMS
location of the blog
Because I've got some skills in administrating debian, I choose to put my blog on debian-powered computer. My little experience running a computer reachable from the internet 24/7 at home show me it was not a good idea to put deploy a web site on such home-located computer. So this website is running on a VPS I rent.
installation of the CMS
I thought this step would have been the easiest. I was wrong. The debian package on the testing release (the release I prefer to run) was out of date and work better when hosting only one website on the computer. After some time spent trying to solve complicated problems, I decided to follow the instructions. The few modification I made are the following:
- the chmod to more restrictive permission. The only user that must access the files is the one running the web server (www-data in my case). In my installation, the user owning all the files is not www-data but the group www-datahas permissions needed.
- only the cgi files are to be executed (chmod g+x). other files has to be only be readable and (sub)folders has to be writable (and executable to go into them)
Once more, I thought debian's packages would have been easier to use. It's the second time since I use debian (roughly since 2007) I think debian's packages are harder to use than tarball. You can compare this rate with other OS troubleshoot you face. My advice: use plugin's instruction.
The only plugin I use for the moment is the zemanta plugin. I found latter that a firefox plugin exists. Thus, it may be useless to include it in a weblog engine. Tell me if I'm wrong, and why.