Installing Template Shelf

  1. Extract the distribution and preserve the directories. The directories that have been extracted correspond to the directories in your Movable Type installation. Upload these directories to your Movable Type installation such that file structure looks like so:

       |__ mt-static/
       |   |__ plugins/
       |       |__ TemplateShelf/
       |           |__ images/
       |              |__ shape_move_backwards.png
        |__ plugins/
            |__ TemplateShelf/
                |__ tmpl/
                   |__ template_shelf.tmpl
  2. If the plugin was successfully installed, you should see something similar to this in System Overview > Plugins:

    Template Shelf Registration


Yser said:
on Aug 21, 2007 2:20 AM | Reply

TemplateShelf was installed properly, showed up in System Overview: Plugins and showed up as a small window on bottom right hand corner.

But, when each of the template category was selected, none of the available showed up. All were empty.

Yser said:
on Aug 21, 2007 2:24 AM | Reply

I meant none of the available templates showed up.

Arvind Satyanarayan replied to Yser's comment:
on Aug 21, 2007 6:48 AM | Reply

Hi Yser, Are you perchance using Internet Explorer? I believe Template Shelf causes an error in IE which prevents the templates from appearing. I'm hoping to figure out why that happens and release a fix but for now I've tested it in Firefox and Safari (both on the mac) and it seems to work fine there.

jEFF said:
on Aug 24, 2007 8:59 PM | Reply

Running MT4 successfully on commercially hosted IIS server with DBD::mySQL v 3.0002. Do not have available the following optional mods through the host: Image::Magick Crypt::DSA Cache::Memcached IO::Compress::Gzip IO::Uncompress::Gunzip

From the MT4 dashboard, (system overview/plugins) Template Shelf is listed and enabled. But from the (named blog/design/templates) page, no Template Shelf sidebar widget on my particular blog. System overview offers no additional functionality besides toggle enable/disable.

Any thoughts, things to try?

Arvind Satyanarayan replied to jEFF's comment:
on Aug 24, 2007 9:02 PM | Reply

Hi Jeff, I think you may be looking in the wrong spot. As the screenshots and screencast demonstrate, the Template Shelf sidebar widget appears on the template editing screen and not the template listing (design » templates)

jEFF replied to jEFF's comment:
on Aug 24, 2007 9:02 PM | Reply

BTW: using Firefox as the client browser.

jEFF replied to Arvind Satyanarayan's comment:
on Aug 24, 2007 9:05 PM | Reply

Oh, duh, sorry. You are correct Arvind. Thanks for your attention.

Yser said:
on Aug 26, 2007 1:25 AM | Reply

Yes, I use Maxthon 2, which is IE based. Thanks for replying, Arvind. Your plugins are superb.

Will said:
on Oct 16, 2007 7:32 AM | Reply

Arvind, I wish there were a way to leave a "default" list up. -As in: Always List All Templates, Modules, Widgets, etc.

I really miss the way all index templates, archives and modules used to be listed on one page. This switching is irritating.

shecky said:
on Oct 27, 2007 9:39 PM | Reply

hi Arvin, I'm an MT newbie, tweaking an install of v4.1. Installed by my host, I have only a 'managed-mt' directory, which has but one 'plugins' folder ... no idea where to put 'shapemovebackwards.png'?



zaragoza said:
on Mar 16, 2008 12:38 PM | Reply

Everything Ok in MTOS, just what I was looking for some days ....

Thanks a lot from Spain

nick said:
on May 23, 2008 10:14 AM | Reply

I am new to MT, and just installed Shelf. My host is who did the main MT install for me. My problem is that while Shelf seems to be working fine, I do not have the icon to the right of the templates in shelf. So I can't click for a pop-up to open for me to edit another template in. Any suggestions?


This is part of the official user manual for Template Shelf, a plugin for Movable Type by Arvind Satyanarayan.

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