It may have taken a couple weeks more than initially expected but we couldn't resist kicking off the new year by adding yet a handful of new features. So we bumped the version number to 2.4...
Nonetheless, we also spent considerable time in ironing out the remaining quirks. We call this "Release Candidate 2" just to give us an excuse if some little bug sneaked past us... but... as Danny puts it: "This is a really good release."
Actually ready for production!
Among the new stuff, you will find:
- Admin screens:
- Select list for installs with more than 7 blogs. (fplanque)
- XHTML validator, security rules and antispam checkinh can now be configured on a per usergroup basis. XHTML validation can also be specifically disabled for XML-RPC calls. (fplanque)
- Enhanced upload screen. (fplanque)
- Extended system checks (fplanque, blueyed).
- Additional help icons throughout the admin interface. (fplanque)
- Podcast support: (fplanque)
- enter the URL of an mp3 file into 'Link to url:' and select 'Type: Podcast'.
- Embedded mp3 player.
- <enclosure> support in RSS 2.
- Improved comment handling:
- Do not send notification if to author if he comments on his own post (personman2).
- Auto publish comments from users with permission to moderate comments (fplanque).
- Option to edit comments while in antispam banning mode (fplanque).
- New skin features:
- Tag URLs: (fplanque)
- Cleaner tag URLs.
- Canonic handling of tag URLs.
- XML-RPC has been debugged and reorganized. Each API is now in its own file:
- Blogger API debugged (fplanque)
- blogger.newPost no longer requires a cat ID ( <category>123</category> ) to be passed. It will use the first/default cat available in the targetted blog.
- b2 API debugged (fplanque)
- MetaWeblog API debugged (fplanque)
- Movable Type API debugged (fplanque)
- Added Really Simple Discoverability (RSD) support (fplanque).
- Blogger API debugged (fplanque)
- Better default install: The installer will now create the default blogs with cleaner URLs by default. We do believe these will work on 99% of the current Linux hosts. It is always possible to change the URL scheme in the Blog Settings.
- Security enhancements...
- Bug fixes (fplanque, yabba, blueyed)
I gotta tell you. I’ve been helping a friend with his website which uses Wordpress, and trust me when I say: b2evolution rocks. Though Wordpress is more popular, b2evolution is featured rich. Even the skins are so much better. I’ve realized that a lot of Wordpress skins are really lame. b2evo has fewer skins but they cover all the basics.
Keep up the great work. This reminds me: what is the longevity for b2evolution? As far as you can tell, we’re here to stay right?
To first comment : I dunno, but i’m here to stay !
Congrats to the team ! one more update :) keep them coming has we love more and more to be working with such a great tool!
thanks for making my life easier !
Guys, any updates as to how long before we see the final (stable) release? I don’t want to update it if the final release it nearly there as I am total updating 10 blogs (mine and company’s).
It really is easy to upgrade from any previous 2.x version.
0. Backup your old installation somewhere.
1. Upload all the new files to your server.
2. Replace the /conf/_basic_config.php file with your previous version.
3. Replace the /media directory with your previous version.
4. Copy over any custom skin(s) you may have used in your previous version.
4. Visit your site and run the installer. Chances are, if the database doesn’t need upgrading, you won’t have to do anything at all here.
5. That’s it. Now just delete the /install folder on your server.
There may be some other small details to take care of, but these steps will get you up and running in short order.
thanks Nate, that is very helpful … altho’ I might just wipe out my 2.3rc1 install and start fresh, I’ve been doing a bit too much “mucking around” as a newbie …
I updated to the new version but when trying to update the skins it installed but says no containers so I can’t seem to get it to work on the site. How do I fix this error. I tried the route 57, cystal glass, and the boogle from your site and put them on the server to install.
I love the new version tho, keep up the good work
Comment from: psyx Visitor
Once again, a great release. I came straight to the 2.0 beta from Wordpress, and I’ve never had any major problems. B2evo is far superior to anything else out there… Congrats to the developers and everyone out there helping out with the bugs. b2evo is simply amazing. Spread the word!!!
I knew it!
I’ve been very busy with my work and had no time for my blogs and to visit b2evolution. But I knew when I come back, you got something big. and yes! Venetian!
You guys dont fail to amaze me, huh!
And updated again. The update was so easy… I hope I will remember to make a backup before updating next time.
Absolutly great work, thanks
Excellent one, thanks guys! - b2evo is getting better and better!
Keep it up! ;)
Is there a way to add a “blog type of ” calendar?
I’m helping two different individuals with their website and, the two, have a need to do calendaring. One is a church and one is a speaker.
it would be cool to have a calendar type, and a widget that could be inserted on the sidebar with a calendar type of look and feel.
Comment from: Andylee Visitor
Yes, it’s so beautiful beautuful beautiful brautiful!
It’s beautiful - it’s true!
Smooth like a cat - thanks!
And thanks for adding the tips with the media folder and the conf file ;)
Off to play with the new toys…. :D
How do I upgrade from 1.10.2? I already have a blog set up and I’m afraid it may automatically get messed up or disappear. LOL!
Comment from: Member
You unzip the file and read index.html . It tells you how it will upgrade anything.
I have just installed and am testing it. I see that several of my kind requests (Free HTML widget label listing, online editing) have been beautifully honored and even extended. Thank you very much, again! :)
Any guess as to when the next release version will come out?
If it’s soon, I’m going to wait to upgrade since it’s a fairly big project for me (upgrading from a much older version).
Comment from: Member
It doesn’t really matter when 2.4.1 will come out. 2.4.0 is very stable and upgrading to 2.4.1 will be a 5 minute project (just replacing a few files).
Since version 2.0, there really has been no reason to fear upgrades. They are much simpler than they used to be before 2.0.
It would be great if there was a feature that would allow users to edit their comments within 30 or 45 seconds after they submit them.