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IP.Blog 2.5 Dev Update

IP.Blog is our popular blogging platform for the IPS Community Suite. We've been working on updates and improvements to this platform for the upcoming 2.5 release which we wanted to talk about today.



Interface Improvements

We've spent a lot of time cleaning up the interface and making use of the new styles available in 3.2. The aim was to make it simple and intuitive to create, manage, post to and find blogs.


Here's a few screenshots:




Tags

IP.Blog was our first product to make use of tags. In IP.Board 3.2 however, we added a more global tagging system with more advanced features (for example, an open or closed system and prefixes).
In IP.Blog 2.5, we've updated the tags system to use that new global system, so the features and interface that you're familiar with will now be available in Blog too, including tag search.

Existing tags in entries will be updated to the new system, so nothing will be lost.



Friends Only

Currently IP.Blog allows you to have blogs that are private or only viewable to those who you specify. We've integrated IP.Blog into the friends feature in IP.Board and added a new "Friends Only" option which allows your friends (and only your friends) to view your blog.



Blog This

IP.Blog currently has a hook called "Blog This" which allows you to blog about a post you find on the forums. We've extended this feature so that a new "Blog This" link now shows in the standard share links used throughout the IPS Community, in:

  • Forum topics
  • Blog entries
  • Gallery images
  • Downloads files
  • Content articles
  • Nexus products
  • Calendar entries

By clicking the Blog This icon in any of these locations, you can blog about the content on that page with just one click. The content will be quoted and a link to the content will be added automatically to your entry.


Manage Comments

IP.Board 3.2 added a global moderator control panel. In IP.Blog 2.5 we've deepened the integration with this feature and so unapproved comments on blog entries will now show under "Unapproved Content" in the moderator control panel.



Entry Images

We've added an additional field when submitting a blog entry for an "Entry Image". This allows you to upload an image which will then display in your blog entry both in the entry itself and on listings in the entry and blog lists.



Entry Views

In addition to seeing how many views a blog has, you can now see how many views a single entry has had.
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Pretty.

Currently IP.Blog allows you to have blogs that are private or only viewable to those who you specify. We've integrated IP.Blog into the friends feature in IP.Board and added a new "Friends Only" option which allows your friends (and only your friends) to view your blog.
Yeah, features like this are important. Blogs are much more personal and some people want to set up who can read their entries.

Friends Only



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Is it possible to add friends in the settings page when you creating a blog?
Now when you want to add friends you must first make your blog and then you can add friends in the settings page.

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Will there be any way to make use of the Entry Image when using RSS imports? It would be fantastic if the import function could grab the first image in the blog and use that at the Entry Image.

We've added an additional field when submitting a blog entry for an "Entry Image". This allows you to upload an image which will then display in your blog entry both in the entry itself and on listings in the entry and blog lists.

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[quote name='bobage24' timestamp='1320167145']
Any chance you can add autosave to the blog entries? Most people enter far larger blog entries then forum posts, so it would be great to have auto save enabled in the blogging system.


Autosave has been added in 2.5 :)

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YES!! Now if this could just be added to Gallery, then unapproved comments from all the apps will show up in the moderator control panel, which is GREAT! Thank you!

IP.Board 3.2 added a global moderator control panel. In IP.Blog 2.5 we've deepened the integration with this feature and so unapproved comments on blog entries will now show under "Unapproved Content" in the moderator control panel.

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[quote name='Malcolm Reynolds' timestamp='1320238998']
YES!! Now if this could just be added to Gallery, then unapproved comments from all the apps will show up in the moderator control panel, which is GREAT! Thank you!


http://community.invisionpower.com/blog/1174/entry-6914-ipgallery-420-tagging-modcp-and-quick-navigation/ :)

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