Style Evolves Posted by: Dale Franks
on Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Note a couple of changes to QandO. These changes are part of the upgrade from .Blog v1.0 to .Blog v2.0.
A few other improvements will be appearing over the next few weeks, as I use QandO as the test bed for .Blog v2.0Note that for you, the reader, two important changes have been implemented. First, a calendar appears on the left top of the sidebar. This allows you to pick a date and see all of the entries for that date. Second, all of the entries are now organized by categories. At the moment, there aren't too many categorized posts, but, from now on, we'll be able to put each post in a category, and by clicking on the category below each post, you'll be able to see all of the posts in that category.
A few other improvements will be appearing over the next few weeks, as I use QandO as the test bed for .Blog v2.0. There will be a lot of changes on the back end that bloggers will like.
The new version of .Blog will run not only on SQL Server, but on the open source MySQL databaseMost importantly, the new version of .Blog will run not only on SQL Server, but on the open source MySQL database backend as well. This means that, instead of using the more expensive SQL Server back end, bloggers will be able to use lower-cost web hosting solutions that incorporate the open-source MySQL database. This will make .Blog an almost univerally usable blogging software platform.
I think that .Blog v2.0 will be very close to offering the same level of features and usability as older systems like Movable Type, while, at the same time, eliminating many of the irritating features of Movable Type, like the horrific problems with comment and trackback spam.
I hope to release a mature, stable, feature rich version of .Blog v2.0 on or before 1 Mar 06. As I add new features to the upcoming version of .Blog, you'll see them appear here at QandO, since, with nearly 20,000 visitors a day, QandO makes a very good, high-traffic test bed for .Blog. For prospective purchasers, of course, this means that you can be assured that .Blog has been tested in a real-world, high-traffic environment.
To give you an idea of what the back end of .Blog looks like, there are some screen shots from QandO's admin console below the fold.
Okay, I finally ended up going with Word Press, and I’m mostly okay with it. But there are a few customizations I attempted to make that didn’t fly, so I’ll be interested in Blog 2.0, although I make no promises to purchase. Let me know when it’s ready.