Adding recent comments to the MT sidebar

When I started using the default templates coming with Movable Type 4, I missed the Recent Comments widget. Below I explain how you can add create this widget and ass it to your sidebar in true MT4 style.

In the Movable Type administrative interface, go to Design > Templates > Template Modules and open either the ‘Sidebar - 2 Column Layout’ or the ‘Sidebar - 3 Column Layout’ template module, depending on which one you are using. Scroll down until you find a line with `` and paste the following code just above that line (you can of course also choose another position for the recent comments widget):

<div class=“widget-archives widget”> <h3 class=“widget-header”>Recent Comments</h3> <div class=“widget-content”> <ul class=“widget-list”> <li class=“widget-list-item”><a href="#comment-<br />"> on <a<br />href=""></li> </ul> </div> </div>

Now in any template where you want to show the recent comments (e.g. the main index template or the individual archive template) you add the following line: `` Rebuild your weblog, and it should show you the five latest comments in the sidebar, just as you can see on this blog.

Jeroen Sangers @jeroensangers