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Prevent Blank Blog

Today's Movable Type lesson (this includes TypePad) is inspired by this post at InstaPundit wondering why Tom Maguires blog is blank. The Movable Type help file explains this behavior.

By default, an index template displays the last N days worth of entries, where N is defined in your weblog configuration. For example, if you set the number of days displayed on the index to 7, Movable Type will, by default, display all entries from the last 7 days on all of your index templates. Note that 7 days means the last 7 consecutive days, not necessarily the last 7 days on which you posted an entry. So if you have posted on just 3 of the last 7 days, only the posts from those 3 days will be listed on your main indexes.
If you don't post for a while you end up with "blank blog." Fortunately this is easily preventable.

In your Main Index template, replace this:

With this
<MTEntries lastn="25">

Change the numeric value to however many posts you want on the main page. Save your changes and rebuild your Index templates. Blank blog will be vanquished forever.


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Prevent Blank Blog:

» PoliBlog linked with Is the Bear Hibernating?

» The Alliance linked with When Being Naked Is A Bad Thing

Comments (3)

Is there any way to set it ... (Below threshold)

Is there any way to set it so the last N days that had posts are represented?

No.It may be possi... (Below threshold)


It may be possible with custom code or a MT plugin.

I've been using 'lastn' for... (Below threshold)

I've been using 'lastn' for ages. It lets me do 3 'main pages' for those who want to read more articles without going to the archives. I put 20 articles on each page.






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