Thanks to this entry at Contact Sheet, this blog now features friendly, meaningul URLs. Previously, individual entry archives (permalinks) were named like so: 00034.html. With simple changes to the archiving configuration, individual archives are now named like so:, monthly archives like so:, and category archives like so:

... this blog now features friendly, meaningul URLs.

There isn't a trick to it. In fact it's in the MovableType documentation itself. If you have a MT blog yourself, go to 'Weblog Config', then 'Archiving', and click on the question mark next to 'Archive File Template'. It's all there, even with examples.

How to do it:
- go to 'Weblog Config'
- go to 'Archiving'
- for 'Individual', under 'Archive File Template', enter: <$MTArchiveDate format="%Y/%m/%d/"$><$MTEntryTitle dirify="1"$>.html
- for 'Daily', enter: <$MTArchiveDate format="%Y/%m/%d/index.html"$>
- for 'Monthly', enter: <$MTArchiveDate format="%Y/%m/index.html"$>
- for 'Category', enter: <$MTArchiveCategory$>/index.html
- rebuild!

Of course, you are free to tweak the names of the archive files. Some of you may want to keep your archives by category instead of by date, so something like <$MTEntryCategory dirify="1"$>/<$MTEntryTitle dirify="1"$>.html would give 'category_name/entry_title.html' for individual entries.

Rest assured that your old permalinks that have been spidered by Googlebots and linked to by other sites will be safe - MT does not delete the old files, but leaves them intact. It is prudent though to make this change as soon as possible , if you ever intend to do so.