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Welcome to the new Blog!

We've just upgraded the IP.Blogs application we use on these forums to 2.1.0 beta 1. As you can see, it's a fairly substantial upgrade with many new features and improvements. This blog entry will run through the main ones:

Efficiency
I've added several more caching layers for commonly requested data from blogs and entries. This, along with significant SQL query work makes this version the most efficient yet. The improvements are obvious even here. Pages load much quicker with much fewer queries.

User Interface

The user interface has had a complete facelift to bring it up to standard. The new look feels more 'bloggish' and enhances the experience. I've added drop down menus at the top so that you can quickly access common areas and start new entries where you have permission to. The post screen has been overhauled to add functionality. You should find the new version much easier to navigate and easier to use.


Group Blogs

This is a new feature that allows you, the admin, to set up a group-wide blog. This blog is a normal blog in every other way. For example, you could set up a blog for your staff and everyone in the staff group will instantly be able to start writing new blog entries and managing comments, etc.

Blog This!

This is a brand new feature that adds a "Blog This" button to every post. This allows you to use post content in your blog entry. Furthermore, the relationship is remembered and all linked blog entries appear at the bottom of the topic when viewed.


Pre entry Rating
You can now rate each blog entry rather than just the entire blog itself. The blog rating is still shown on the homepage as an aggregate of all rated entries.


Report Item and Reputation
You can now report an entire blog entry, or just a single comment. You can now also give someone a reputation increase/decrease in comments.


There are also countless other improvements and enhancements. Keep in mind that this is very much early beta software so expect bugs! Please report them in the tracker as usual.

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I posted this on Twitter, but I'll post it here as well.

I'm not a massive fan of Blog (seems a bit OTT imo) but after seeing this, I've almost convinced myself that I'm going to put Blog back on our forums and start making use out of it.

Good work guys!

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Thanks, all :)

I've just added a 'Banish' button to the excerpt on the home page so you an 'banish' test blogs and such from appearing on the home page. So if your test entries vanish from the homepage, you'll know why. :)

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Matt, can you make it so that when you use the comment pagination links, the page jumps down to the comments anchor? Right now it's a pain to have to scroll down to find the comments each time you go to a new page of comments (especially for long blog posts, such as this one).

Thanks!!

..Al

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List view will be returning shortly. Sortable, filterable, loveable.



Agree, and done. Will update here later.

The only thing so far, I am not to keen on is that there is no list option as far as I can see

Matt, can you make it so that when you use the comment pagination links, the page jumps down to the comments anchor? Right now it's a pain to have to scroll down to find the comments each time you go to a new page of comments (especially for long blog posts, such as this one).

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[quote name='Matt' date='20 November 2009 - 09:29 AM']
List view will be returning shortly. Sortable, filterable, loveable.
Fantastic. :)


Great! While you're at it, can you please add the comment pagination block to the bottom of the comments? I just noticed it seems to be missing there. I was confused when I saw 21 comments, but when I got to the bottom of the page there were no page numbers. I had to scroll back up to find them.

Thanks!

..Al

Agree, and done. Will update here later.


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Looks pretty sweet.....can I get back on my soap-box and rant about print functionality now? :shifty:

Also, a suggestion that just came to mind - a function to generate blog entries as downloadable/printable PDFs, like you see with CMS articles nowadays?

At any rate.....keep up the great work! :thumbsup:

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looks great; 2 points:


1) Comments loading in ajax would be cool/actually a must
2) Comments page navigation is currently only displayed at the TOP. It should also display at the bottom, for easy access.

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