The fourth version of BlogEngine has just been released. You can download it here.

We’ve listened to what you said and fixed a lot of stuff since the 1.2 release a little more than 2½ month ago. There are also a lot of new features and a lot of improvements to existing ones. This release is truly carried forward by the engaging community BlogEngine has gotten. You’ve reported feature requests, filed bug reports and uploaded patches like never before. Thank you very much for that.

New features

  • An extension manager that lets you disable and change settings for extensions
  • Extended Windows Live Writer support for posts and pages
  • Mobile devices get special output tailored for small screens
  • Improved user and role management from the admin
  • Non-admin users can only edit and delete their own posts
  • The blog import tool now works with BlogML, RSS and ATOM
  • Granular control over trackbacks and pingbacks
  • User control injection with properties
  • Related posts now also shows related pages
  • New navigational links added to the top of posts
  • More informative e-mails sent when a comment is added
  • Mono is now fully supported out of the box

 

Backward compatibility

You might have created your own themes and extensions that you don’t want to rewrite because there is a new release. Don’t worry. Your themes will still work but your extensions might have to be updated.

Themes

All themes should be 100% backward compatible but there is one thing that has been deprecated. In the CommentView.ascx in your theme folder, you should replace

<%= ResolveLinks(Comment.Content) %>

With

<%= Text %>

You don’t have to if you don’t want to since the ResolveLinks method still exist. But it will be removed when the next version is released, so why not get it over with now.

Extensions

Extension builders have more events to write extensions for and some of the existing events have been upgraded to use a different EventArgs. You should check that your extensions work with the new CancelEventArgs used on Post.AddingComment and some other events. In most cases you can just swap EventArgs out for System.ComponentModel.CancelEventArgs and you’re good to go.

Happy holidays from the BlogEngine team