"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other."

- Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
Bloo version 1.00 Release Candidate 2 Released

The second production release candidate of Bloo, version 1.00, has been released. You can download it here.

Below are the features and bug fixes included in this release:

Features

  • Multiple Category Tags. Now a post can be filed under multiple categories. This one was long overdue . . .
  • Modified the post changes protector extension to handle changes to the post category.
  • Redesigned the layout of the post admin and post display. In particular, made changes to accommodate multiple categories
  • IP Blacklist - yet another Spam fighting SnapOn for Bloo. This one allows you to blacklist certain IPs so they can't leave comments or send trackbacks
  • Multiple comment protection. In the past, people who were too quick on the Submit button might see their comment hit twice. This has been fixed.
  • Reworked the ThemeSelector so that the admin can select which themes he/she wants to be in the rotation. This is important because in the past, all themes showed up, even "Bloo Base", which isn't a very presentable theme.
  • Added capturing of the create and modify user id to the comments and post tables. Now we can see who did what.
  • Made some general improvements to the phoo base foundation classes
  • Date formats are now configurable by the admin. Now the admin can set the date format for the post date, post time, and comment time display. In addition, moved Post, Comment date formats and display settings to the Look and Feel section. Just seemed more natural.
Bugs Fixed
  • An ampersand in a post title screws up the RSS feed. This has been fixed.
  • When comments are sent to moderation, the user is not notified. Instead, they are just told “Thank you for your comment”. This has been resolved
  • Those with “Everyone” status don’t have any real access to the admin panel. Fixed. Now they see a minimal administration panel, which basically just gives them the ability to edit their profile
  • Error messages on login are very plain. Made 'em look nicer
  • Simple Human Check display doesn’t start on its own line. Now it does.
  • CommentFloodQuery was not working. This has been fixed.
  • Upon upgrade or install, SnapOn and Theme lists were not shown in alpha order. They are now.
  • First quote in Bloo Quote was not being selected as current upon entry of that quote into the system. Fixed.
You can view the detailed release notes here.

Watch me for the changes . . .


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Comments on "Bloo version 1.00 Release Candidate 2 Released":
1. chris - 08/06/2007 2:50 pm CDT

i have never ran a blog or done any programing so was wondering how difficult would it be to setup and run a blog like thinklings?

ps would have asked via email but did not see your address.

chris

2. Bill - 08/07/2007 6:26 am CDT

Hi Chris

Great question! To blog with Bloo, you don't have to know how to program. It just requires you signing up with a webhost and being able to do some basic stuff, like create a database on that webhost and upload the Bloo code to the host.

If you're interested in doing that, I'd suggest you go to godaddy.com and sign up with them - you can get a webhost and a domain name for something around $10 a year for the domain name and $7 a month for the webhost. If you had questions about how to get your blog started, you could leave them here (probably the part that would take some guidance is how to create a database - it's very easy but you have to know where to start).

On the other hand, if you'd rather slide into blogging along a less risky path, you might want to try Blogger (at https://www.blogger.com/start) - I can't believe I'm recommending them :-), but, oh well, just trying to give good advice - you can be up and blogging over there in no time. You lose some flexibility using blog services, rather than setting up your own blog, but if you're inexperienced that might be a good first step.

There has been some thought given to turning Bloo into a kind of "sign up and blog" service, where you don't have to have your own webhost, etc. But not yet.

Let me know what you end up doing. Thanks!

3. chris - 08/07/2007 7:47 am CDT

bill,

thanks for the advice. i will think about it and will let you know and may be back with more questions! lol. is it best to post them here under comments?

i prefer the way your blogs look, work etc and if did the "sign up and blog" would be an easy choice.

well will think on it and thanks again.

chris

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