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Publish Queue Manager v1.3.2

By Byrne Reese
Posted October 24, 2008, in Administrative Interface.


This plugin provides a simple user interface in the Movable Type administrative system to view, change priority, and delete publishing jobs from the built-in "Publish Queue" system -- a system by which files are published in the background. Keeping an eye on what is publishing is a great way to understand what is happening at any given time!

If you're using this plugin you are likely working towards a well-optimized system, and one of the things you want to discourage other administrators and permissioned users from doing is republishing an entire blog. This plugin provides you opportunity to specify blogs and a message to warn users when they click the republish popup. Additionally, large republishing jobs (started from the republish popup window) are logged to the Activity Log so you can see their record.

Compatibility with Movable Type 4.2x and 4.3x can be found in version 1.2.5.


To install this plugin follow the instructions found here:


The Publish Queue Manager provides an at-a-glance review of the contents of the Publish Queue by adding a "PQ Jobs" menu to Movable Type. Information provided:

  • A highlighted count of the number of publishing-related jobs in the queue.
  • How old the most recent publish job was added.
  • How long ago the oldest publish job was added.
  • A quick look at any non-publishing workers in the queue.

Click any of these many options to get to the full Publish Queue listing screen.

(MT4 users: find Manage > Publish Queue Jobs in the System Dashboard, or Publish Queue Jobs in the System Overview menu in the upper-right of the screen.)

A spinning icon displayed next to the Priority column indicates that job is currently being processed.

Deleting jobs and changing their priority is pretty simple: select a job (or jobs) and click the Delete button or choose the More Actions... Change Priority option.

Configure whole blog publish warnings at the system level, by going to Tools > Plugins and choosing Publish Queue Manager > Settings. Select the blogs you want to warn users not to republish and specify a message to warn them with. The default warning message:

Are you sure you want to do this? There are good reasons to republish an entire archive or a whole blog, but in a well-optimized system it is rarely necessary. Check with the site administrator to see if there's a better way.

Republish actions are logged to the Activity Log. If you'd like to filter these, look for the class pqmanager and the category publish.


Please post your bugs, questions and comments to Publish Queue Manager Github Issues:


This requires that you are running “run-periodic-tasks” and that some of your templates are configured to publish “via Publish Queue.”


Movable Type versions: 5.26.0 Verified




Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.