Configure ScreenSteps and Export To Blog

Now that you have installed and configured the Movable Type plugin you can configure ScreenSteps.

Create Web Export Account

Create Web Export Account

In the Preferences > Web Export pane create a new account using the Movable Type type (1).

For the server you should use the url to your joomla installation followed by /xmlrpc/index.php (2).

http://www.my-joomla-server.com/xmlrpc/index.php

For the user name and password use an account that has permission to publish content on Joomla (3).

Export to Blog

Export to Blog

Now that you have configured an account you can export any ScreenSteps lesson to your Joomla account. Just select Export > Blog/Web.

The Export Dialog

The Export Dialog

In the export dialog you can choose a category (1) to post the lesson to. You can also choose a template that can be used for formatting the lesson (2). Blog HTML Neutral is a good template to use as it will cause your lesson to inherit the look of your Joomla site.

The Result

The Result

After posting the lesson it will appear in your Joomla site.

12 Comments

River Media

You guys ROCK!!!!!
I have been wanting Joomla integration for some time and was about to develop a component myself. I received an error the first couple times uploading, but it finally worked.
Rock Solid! Thanks for researching this and getting it to work!

Trond Eiksund

Beautiful!
I went through the tutorial and set up the joomla integration and it worked like a charm.
Thanks a lot!

River Media

Any idea if the MovableType plugin will get upgraded for Joomla 1.7? This process no longer works.

Trevor DeVore

@River: Sorry, I don't. You would need to ask the person who wrote the plugin.

River Media

Sorry, I accidentally click the link to "no longer receive emails" I'm posting this so that I can get emails again. Silly Me.

River Media

In case you would like to update your instructions for Joomla 1.7 compatibility, I found a new plugin and the instructions here: http://complete-concrete-concise.com/joomla/installing-the-movable-type-api-plugin-for-joomla-1-6
It works Great!

TJ Baker

I'm getting a 'Category not found' when I go through the steps to enable this for Joomla 2.5 (1.6)

@River Media, were you able to get this working completely for 1.6?

Trevor DeVore

@TJ - Have you set a default category for the plugin as described in this lesson?

http://help.bluemangolearning.com/m/publish-to-web/l/8469

River Media

@TJ - Yes, on two separate websites.

One issue I'll note is that these sites were migrated from j1.5 and unfortunately, it seems that some of the articles get an error when I try to update: "A problem occurred while uploading lesson: server error(it is a file type that has not been permitted.)

The only way I was able to get around this error was to recreate the entire lesson.

Other than that, ScreenSteps and this process have been great!

Let me also note, I'm sure that the error I encountered has nothing to do with ScreenSteps, but rather Joomla and this plugin.

Trevor DeVore

@River Media - I was troubleshooting a similar file type error with someone else the other day and the issue occurred when images had an extra "." before the file extension (e.g. file-name..png). This would happen if the step title ended with a "." and step images were being named after step titles.

I've changed the naming routine in ScreenSteps in the next update (available soon) so that periods are stripped from the end of step titles when generating image filenames.

River Media

@Trevor - Thanks for the update! You guys are all over this. The only thing better than a great product is a great product with great support!

Ed Andrea

I found that the connection string as it shows in the above tutorials didn't work on my Joomla installation. I had to use http://yourwebsite.com/index.php?option=com_xmlrpc&view=service&format=xml

The one shown above worked on other sites, but this one just wouldn't take it. If you're having trouble try the expanded version.

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