(Almost) live from Las Vegas, we are proud to announce immediate availability of b2evolution version 2.1-beta, codenamed "Las Vegas" (guess why? ;))
Let me take the opportunity to remind you that I'm at BlogWorld Expo this week and you're welcome to run me down to tell me what needs to be done next (not that I don't have a mile long todo list, but still ;))
The most important thing about this release is that the "skins 2.x" API is now stable, meaning: this is the last time you'll really need to upgrade your custom skin!
After that, you'll still be able to enhance your skin with new features if you want them, but it will be optional and won't require you to do it at the time you don't want to do it ;)
With the new skinning system, skins are not only more powerful, they are also future proof!
This is achieve with a new template tag format looking like this:
That format is for example:
'before' => ' ',
'after' => ' ',
'date_format' => '#',
The advantage of this form is that we'll now be able to easily add or deprecate parameters in the future without breaking backward compatibility.
More info about skins 2.x and template tags 2.x is being added to the manual.
Here is a quick rundown of changes in 2.1.0:
- New skin API is stable - all skins except "Photoblog" can be considered stable.
- More SEO settigns
- Refactored blog settings
- Enhanced commenting system:
- Comment ratings
- Cleaned up comment submission form
- Cleaned up comment editing form
- Better filtering of URLs entered in comment form
- User interface fixes
- Bug fixes