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b2evo 2.3.0 "Renaissance" released

Posted on December 29, 2007 by Francois Planque in New releases

b2evolution 2.3.0-rc1 “Renaissance” has been released.

Download here »

This is a Release Candidate. You can consider it to be stable enough to run on any production site. Only minor cosmetic details prevent us from calling this “final"… Anyway, it is a good time to consider upgrading, no matter what version of b2evolution you are currently running. (And if you’re not running b2evo yet, it’s a good time to check it out &#59;))

This version brings more than bug fixes over the 2.2-beta. You will also find new widgets, more customization options, a better WordPress importer, a 2.0 version of the Miami Blue skin and – by popular demand – more SEO presets!

In addition to Aaron Wall and Stephan Spencer, this version now includes search engine friendly presets recommended by Andy Beal (Marketing Pilgrim), Michael Gray (Graywolf) and Rand Fishkin (SEOmoz).

New features in 2.3.0 are summarized below:

  • Widgets
    • Tag cloud widget (fplanque)
    • Comment list widget (yabba)
    • Many additional widget params (yabba)
    • UI enhancements (fplanque, yabba, awall)
  • Nofollow handling in comments. Can be disabled on a comment by comment basis. (fplanque)
  • Skins: (fplanque)
    • Modular templating of comments makes it easier to customize comment display without going through PHP code.
    • WordPress compatibility layer makes it easier to port WP themes to b2evo skins.
    • Miami Blue skin ported to 2.x and included.
    • XML feeds can now optionally include full posts. (fplanque)
  • Additional SEO settings:
    • Additional presets by Andy Beal, Rand Fishkin and Michael Gray.
    • Additional internal nofollow handling (fplanque)
  • Enhanced WP importer (fplanque)
    • tag import
    • empty slug handling
  • Installer updates (fplanque)
    • Better out-of-the-box experience including Blog A being pre-assigned as default.
    • Blogroll added by default to blog A & B.
  • Bugfixes (yabba, blueyed, fplanque)


Comment from: Nate [Visitor]  

The upgrade was a breeze and my skin I upgraded for 2.2 looks just as it should. :-)

Thanks for the great work.
Happy New Year!

12/29/07 @ 03:40
Comment from: Alex Railean [Visitor]  
Alex Railean

Is there a place where the SEO presets are discussed?

Generally I like the idea, but when there is too much choice, it becomes difficult to choose.

12/29/07 @ 10:11
Comment from: Anne [Visitor]  

I too, I installed the new files on my 2.2 installation with custom skin.
And - of course - it looks just as I expected.

Thanks for all the work François, Daniel, ¥åßßå, and other secret dwarfs.

12/29/07 @ 11:31
Comment from: maty [Visitor]  

And an editor like FCKeditor or TinyMCE with a good integration in b2evolution (Word code and More)?



12/29/07 @ 12:16
Comment from: user... [Visitor]  

What about ugrading form 1.10.3 to 2.3.0? Is it supported?

12/29/07 @ 13:44
Comment from: hari [Visitor]  

Fantastic features. Looking forward to installing this version!

12/29/07 @ 17:06
Comment from: dAniel hAhler [Visitor]  
dAniel hAhler

maty, there’s a TinyMCE plugin available:

12/30/07 @ 01:07
Comment from: Skynet [Visitor]  

Does anyone know if Windows Live Writer works with b2evo 2.3.0?

12/30/07 @ 11:56
Comment from: mikel [Visitor]  

It works fine, Daniel and Francois, and I’m playing with the newe features, updating my skins for the last time ;-) and I like all the Container-Stuff very much!

It feels good!


12/30/07 @ 23:18
Comment from: Nicole [Visitor]  

Well, I haven’t checked into it, but this time it all went smooth - thanks a million for all the work you put into this :)!!

12/31/07 @ 05:49
Comment from: JC John SESE Cuneta [Visitor]  
JC John SESE Cuneta

Wow nice 2008 New Year gift!

And this certainly fits my 2007 closing blog post and 2008 opening blog post :D

I am declaring 2008 the FLOSS Year!

Now to update my b2e and skins :D

12/31/07 @ 13:50
Comment from: Gail Langdon [Visitor]  
Gail Langdon

I am registered with Bluehost and trying to download b2evolution 2.3.0-rc1 “Renaissance” but when I click on “Download here >>” it keeps bouncing me between home and the download tabs. Am I missing something? I’m gettin’ a wee bit dizzy. Advice Welcome. Thanks.

12/31/07 @ 17:46
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]

Gail, you need to click on the file size in the “download” column.

12/31/07 @ 18:43
Comment from: E. I. Sanchez [Visitor]  
E. I. Sanchez

I’m running 2.2.0 and I’m looking forward to 2.3.0.


1) is there a way to call a widget by itself from inside my skin without calling the entire “sidebar"? I asked this question in the forums but haven’t heard an answer. This would be great so we can choose and pick exactly what widgets to use. See this forum post:

2) I just saw a cool SPAM feature in one blog at AOL in which - after you put a comment for the first time - you get sent an email immediately after the comment. In the email, you get an “activate your comments” link and then your comment is registered and your email is trusted. This would be a nice b2evo spam feature, no? That said, I get zero spam with b2evo the way it works now. It rocks…


01/01/08 @ 00:01
Comment from: Biedl [Visitor]  

I have changed from 2.0.2 to 2.3.0 and the update was very easy. I have had some Problems with my skin, but I have fixed and now it works fine for me. Thanks for your great work.

01/02/08 @ 16:39
Comment from: chris [Visitor]  

wow, excited about the new release!!!

01/02/08 @ 22:15
Comment from: Telarus, KSC [Visitor]  
Telarus, KSC

Sooo Hot!
I love the new skin system.

You guys are Awesome!

01/03/08 @ 10:09
Comment from: vag [Visitor]  

Can I upgrade from 1.10.3 or I am going to have trouble ?

01/04/08 @ 14:45
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]

Yes, again, upgrading from 1.10.3 as well as ANY PRIOR version of b2evo is fully supported.

If you are using a default/standard skin it’s a piece of cake. Same if you plan on using a skin from the 2.x skin directory.

If you are using a customized skin, you will have to convert it which may take a couple of hours.

New skins (from versions 2.0 and up) need NO upgrading to work on 2.3.

01/04/08 @ 17:21
Comment from: Tensh [Visitor]  

… sorry for being stubborn … but is there an avatar feature? :/

BTW, the emoticons in comments here aren’t working…

01/04/08 @ 21:53
Comment from: E. I. Sanchez [Visitor]  
E. I. Sanchez

We upgraded. It took us 20 minutes or so but that’s related more to downloading/uploading the new files than the actually install.

Good work.

01/05/08 @ 08:28
Comment from: Kendrick [Visitor]  

Can this be use on My SQL Server 5.0?

01/07/08 @ 15:15
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]

Yes it works with MySQL 3.23, 4.x and 5.x.

It also works with PHP 4.3+ and 5.x

01/07/08 @ 15:28
Comment from: Lars Dahlberg [Visitor]  
Lars Dahlberg

Hi & thanks for a great product. I ugraded to 2.3.0 a few days ago and to my sadness the Guadalupe skin was not there.

Do you have any plans of updating that one as well?

As it was many years since I did programming and have no experience with php files it is rather tricky to decypher how one should do. I understand people seems to think it is much better now in 2.3 but I still find it quite hard….

Even though the documentation tries to tell me how to go ahead it is quite an up-hill.

Is there hope for help?

Again, thanks for the great work…

01/09/08 @ 15:46
Comment from: JW [Visitor]  

Is it easy or can I upgrade from an older version? I think i have 1.10.3? I would be willing to pay for it if It’s a big problem.

JW Patterson
Auto Professionals
Kansas City, Mo.

01/14/08 @ 18:16
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]

OK, so I need to copy/paste again?

Yes, again, upgrading from 1.10.3 as well as ANY PRIOR version of b2evo is fully supported.

If you are using a default/standard skin it’s a piece of cake. Same if you plan on using a skin from the 2.x skin directory.

If you are using a customized skin, you will have to convert it which may take a couple of hours.

New skins (from versions 2.0 and up) need NO upgrading to work on 2.3.

01/14/08 @ 20:40
Comment from: Wayne Allen [Visitor]  
Wayne Allen

What happened to my ability to go directly from the comment list to the antispam page with the URL pre-filled?

01/14/08 @ 23:32
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]

Wayne, that’s a little bug that managed to sneak in while cleaning up skin tags. It’s fixed in the next release ;)

01/15/08 @ 00:07
Comment from: Rossputin [Visitor]  

Hello Francois,

Could you refer me to a link that talks about how to upgrade skins?

I use a custom skin and I’m still on a 0.9 version of b2evo but planning to upgrade in coming days.


01/18/08 @ 18:55
Comment from: Francois Planque [Member]
01/21/08 @ 08:28