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b2evolution 4.0.3 (stable) released

Posted on December 25, 2010 by fplanque in New releases

b2evolution 4.0.3 (stable) has been released.

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Here it is! Finally! The stable version of b2evolution version 4!

This is a recommended upgrade for all users that have issues with spam!

This version has been one year in the making. If you look back at feature lists for the alpha and beta releases, it is pretty impressive how many new features have been added, as well as the polishing of existing features to make the usage of the software more efficient. There also have been quite a few additions to make spam cleaning a breeze with one click javascript (Ajax) actions.

This stable release does not bring any major changes compared to version 4.0.2-beta. It mainly cleans up a few help texts and has an updated POT file for translators to use.

This version also has a new default: users will no longer receive email notifications by default for every spam comment that people attempt to post.

A few more words about comment spam: Comment spam is a global web epidemic. It is not specific to b2evolution, not even to blog engines. Just like email, any site that lets users post content freely is subject to spam these days. At this time, spam is being posted by real people hired at very low wages in India, Pakistan, Philippines, China and other countries offering cheap labor and decent internet connections. Therefore most automated spam fighting techniques based on detecting humans vs. robots no longer work. The best approach at this time seems to make it much faster for you to remove spam than for people to post spam. This is already the case with this version of b2evolution. Upcomming versions will further improve on this path.

In 2011, you can expect version 4.1 & 4.2 with additional features. We are also starting works on version 5 that will focus on community building features. More on this as we enter the new year...

Happy holidays to all of you!

12 comments

Comment from: Sebastián Lalaurette [Visitor]
Sebastián Lalaurette

YEAH!!!

12/26/10 @ 03:44
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

Great! That’s an excellent Christmas gift :-)

I will set it up on one of my sites where the spam problem is beginning to get out of control.

Thank you!

12/26/10 @ 18:17
Comment from: Shadowfoot [Member]  

How up-to-date is the manual in regard to version 4? I’m in the process of upgrading from 2.4.6 and I can’t tell which pages are relevant.

12/29/10 @ 03:57
Comment from: slamp [Visitor]
slamp

Joyeux Noel !

12/29/10 @ 11:01
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]
Alex

Those who wanted to switch to 4.x specifically for the anti-spam warfare tools, please take a look at this:

http://forums.b2evolution.net/viewtopic.php?p=106727#106727

01/09/11 @ 13:48
Comment from: Edgar [Visitor]
Edgar

Francois, One item I see here is that comments take a while to be approved.

It would reassure users if you could moderate the comments so it looks like b2Evolution.net is actively monitored and alive.

You know I’m a big fan and have been using b2evo for years so - this is just a personal feedback point.

Thanks for b2evo.

01/13/11 @ 02:30
Comment from: G Cot [Visitor]
G Cot

Wow - upgraded from 3.x to 4.x on my development machine, tested and upgraded on the live server in around 1.5 hr. Was expecting it to be difficult, /install script worked like a dream.

Twitter Plugin worked too Yeahhhhhh!

01/21/11 @ 01:42
Comment from: pablito [Visitor]
pablito

i’m glad that your excellent work have finally broght us this fantastic engine, keep it on!

01/22/11 @ 05:50
Comment from: fplanque [Member]  

Quick notes:

- It is normal that b2evolution will tell you it can’t replace .htaccess if you already have such a file. Don’t worry about it.

- It is normal that b2evolution will make a small adjustment to the DB if you try to upgrade from version v 4.0.2. Don’t worry about it.

There will be a v 4.0.4 with fixes to minor little bugs. Nothing critical.

01/23/11 @ 20:21
Comment from: Wayne Dawe [Visitor]
Wayne Dawe

I upgraded and though the process was smooth the error messages I received because I was using the basic antispam plugin were very irritating. Once I updated the _comment.class.php from the GIT repository as per http://forums.b2evolution.net/viewtopic.php?p=106978&sid=94b45e3fda5b08ee90cce1adde7d182a they at least went away but the default Gravitar icons that wouldn’t go away until I again updated _comment.class.php as per http://forums.b2evolution.net//viewtopic.php?p=106570#106570 frankly made me uphappy that a version update gave my blog error messages and made it ugly. I really think that update that included the latest patches should be released, an upgrade that produces error messages and makes my blog ugly is not appreciated.

02/20/11 @ 06:41
Comment from: Samuel Shuffler [Visitor]  
Samuel Shuffler

Hey Franc! Great job on b2e. Read your background and its really impressive. Really love the b2e skins. The b2e skins compared to what I see with the wordpress software on the wordpress site, I think your b2e skins are much more enjoyable than the skins I see on the wordpress site. There’s only 2 slight problems I have having with b2e 4.05 right now and that’s a few forms not working and the issue with trying to get the aggregate feature to work with the other blogs on the same database. But other than that, I am still learning the b2e system, and I am really looking forward to the next update. b2e is easy to install, easy to setup, looking forward to bte in the future. God Bless.

04/30/11 @ 01:33
Comment from: James C. [Visitor]
James C.

Really loving this software.. it’s such a big change from wordpress and blogger!

07/10/11 @ 05:20