.Blog v2.0 is Up! Posted by: Dale Franks
on Friday, January 20, 2006
After a year of bug-fixing, tweaking, and adding new functionality, version 2.0 of .Blog is now available!
Several issues with v1.0 have been addressed, including:
1) Eliminating double comments by inadvertantly reloading the comments page.
2) RSS feeds now display full date/time stamps.
3) The function for notifying the Ping-O-Matic weblog update service has been changed, and the XML-RPC functionality has been replaced by automatically opening the Ping-O-Matic online update form in a new window when you create a new entry. So far, this has been completely reliable. We still aren't sure why the RPC call no longer works for that service, but the replacement works great, and you can see it working, unlike the previous functionality.
.Blog v2.0 also contains several completely new functions, as well.
1) Content blacklisting prevents users from sending comments or trackbacks to your blog is they contain blacklisted terms. .Blog searches the text, urls, email, address and names to ensure that the blacklisted terms are stopped.
2)IP Tracking/Banning .Blog now stores the IP addresses from all comments and trackbacks, and refuses to accept them from banned IP addresses.
3) You can now organize your posts in as many Categories as you'd like. A link at the bottom of the post, lets users see all the posts in that category.
4) You can save posts as drafts, so that they are saved, but don't appear on your blog until you are ready to publish them.
5) You can mark posts to remain at the top of your blog, so that they have high visibility.
6) You can choose to have comments and trackbacks emailed to you. Each email contains all of the information you need about the comment or trackback, along with hyperlinks that take you directly to the source.
7) A calendar on the main page allows users to see all posts published on a selected day.
As in the previous version, .Blog is designed so that the non-programmer can install a blog and be up and running in under 30 minutes. But, for programmers and web designers, .Blog can be fitted into literally any web site design you want, thanks to its modular design.
For more information, check out out documentation:
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