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IP.Blog 1.4 Preview

We've upgraded our blog to the new 1.4 version for the first round of testing. We will have a beta version available for download next week, until then enjoy the new version here and let us know what you think. We're very excited to hear your feedback and suggestions on this blog preview!

New Default Style

IP.Blog has been overhauled with a fresh new style, one which feels more like a traditional blog. Additionally, it has been designed with themes (see below) in mind, so there is plenty of room for theme authors to experiment in their designs.

Themes and Custom Headers

You can now install 'theme packs' and allow your users to choose which of these themes will be applied to their blog. Using themes you can completely change the look and layout of an individual blog (to see a demonstration of a theme in use, check out Rikki's blog). Users are also able to create their own unique theme, these user themes must be approved by an adminstrator before they are publically viewable by other users. The new custom header system allows you to create multiple header images for users to choose from.

Content Block Plugin System

It's now much easier to create your own content blocks, using a new plugin system. It's now possible to define settings for a plugin that apply to individual blogs, this means that you can integrate with 3rd party widgets that require a unique username for each blog. We've also included new content blocks in this release: Twitter, MyBlogLog, Google Reader, Friends Blogs, and Recent Visitors.

Social Bookmarks

A new bookmark manager allows you to define bookmark services for your blog system. These services will allow blog entries to be easily submitted to the bookmark services that you setup. There are several preconfigured services: Del.icio.us, Digg, Facebook, Mixx, Reddit, and Stumbleupon. Please feel free to suggest any services that you would like to see included by default.

Media Integration

The new tag allows you to automatically convert various media types into a more useable format. FOr example, [ blogmedia ]http://www.test.com/somemp3.mp3[/ blogmedia] would be converted into a mp3 player for the specified file. You can define any media type you like in the Media Tag manager, by default we include: Flickr Image Set, GameTrailers, Google Video, MP3 Player, MySpace Video, Veoh, and YouTube. Please suggest any additional media tags that you would like to see included by default.

Akismet Integration

It's now possible to use Akismet to filter spam for both the comment and trackback system.

Feedburner Integration

Users can now override the default rss syndication and use FeedBurner.

Other Changes:

  • Edit Entry Date
  • Display article count for categories
  • Blog Offline Mode
  • Entry author replies in comments are now highlighted
  • Admins can select a 'Featured Entry' to be displayed on the blog listing
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I like all of these so far and think it's definitely enough changes to make a big deal.

I like the themes idea, multiple header choices, featured blog, look changes, highlighting of author posts (very cool idea), the media detection.

So I guess that's about every feature. Should be great and indeed be more like a true blogging system.

As always there are areas that could be improved, but I think there is even huge promise in the future for some of these features to go further (such as the themes idea).

By the way there is a JS error while I am on this page and also it wasn't mentioned in this entry, but finally blog is apparently officially using autocom.

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Oh, and if there is a comment with quotes and you go Edit-->Quick Edit-->Use Full Editor, you get blackslashes

I'll put these in the bug tracker, I just wasn't sure if they'd get full attention there seeing as it's a beta version and there is no specific category for this beta

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Great job guys!
This is a major update. I've been hoping for some time for almost all of these new features. I was even starting to look around for other solutions.
I'm glad you guys have been working on this. I'm really looking forward to its release.

Myr

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What does "Featured Entry" mean? Also can someone please explain the exactly meaning of "Entry" in Blog? I translated it to a meaning like "Article", but now it seems not exactly the same.

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[quote name='ysun' date='Apr 25 2008, 02:50 AM']What does "Featured Entry" mean? Also can someone please explain the exactly meaning of "Entry" in Blog? I translated it to a meaning like "Article", but now it seems not exactly the same.

Article is quite close. An entry would be like if you were writing a diary, you'd write an entry in it about the day or something. In fact, the dictionary says 'an item written in a diary, list, etc.'.

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