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Some Thoughts on Poll Results

Some Thoughts on Poll Results

One real surprise for me was that not many people use BlogEngine as their sandbox and playground. To me as a developer from the beginning it was mostly a toy and only over time it grew up into something bigger with responsibilities attached, so I’m sort of impressed.

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In the search of mobile theme

In the search of mobile theme

Largely as a result of iPhone revolution, mobile devices today more wide spread and connected to the web than ever. It is increasingly important for web sites to look good on the small screen to attract mobile users. BlogEngine.Net has mobile theme that looks ok, but we need more and better.

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BlogEngine.net and where YOU want it to go

BlogEngine.net and where YOU want it to go

This poll is not official and may be a little early, but it will provide BlogEngine team with some ideas on where we all, as a community, want to move. Are we looking for Wordpress.net? NewCrazyCool.net? Something in between? Please share your opinions and thoughts, it's all greatly appreciated.

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Building custom plugin for TinyMCE

Building custom plugin for TinyMCE

My previous post was about awesome code syntax highlighter JS library I have converted into extension for BlogEngine and no so awesome button I’ve added to TinyMCE to insert code snippets. Let’s make it better by building custom plugin that will let us select language and enter actual code in the pop-up window eliminating messing up with TinyMCE editor itself.

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Syntax Highlighter extension for BlogEngine

Syntax Highlighter extension for BlogEngine

There are several implementations of this extension for BlogEngine, but I wanted it to work with latest JS library and be more configurable. And also I wanted it play well with TinyMCE - yes, it might come as a shock but some people don't use Windows Live Writer. I don't know why... So, if you go through usual routine downloading and moving files to corresponding location (you’ll need to overwrite couple) this is what you’ll get.

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Blacklist added to Commentor

Blacklist added to Commentor

Some people complain about Akismet not killing spam as effectively as they would like or hope. I think Akismet doing fine job identifying spam bots, but recently a lot of it coming from real people trying to make a little extra money, and those are challenging to deal with.

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IIS 7 – Who is running the show

IIS 7 – Who is running the show

When you run ASP.NET site in Visual Studio things generally tend to work. It usually when you try to deploy it to live server when you get into trouble. This is why I wasn’t surprised when after setting up little continuous integration server my application that ran perfectly well in VS broke apart on local IIS 7.

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Using ELMAH with BlogEngine.NET

Using ELMAH with BlogEngine.NET

Few days ago I’ve noticed that “error.aspx” becomes quite popular destination on my site. What’s going on? I never run into errors, how do I know what others do to break in? Elmah to the rescue! This little utility specifically designed to run in the background and record any ASP.NET errors so you can review them later at your convenience.

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WinHost - new ASP.NET hosting

WinHost - new ASP.NET hosting

Hosting is a tough business, you almost can't load a page on the internet without running into adds by hosting companies. Yet, on average hosts do pretty bad job in customer satisfaction. It is especially true for those of us looking for cheap affordable solution for blog or family website with low-end requirements.

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Publishing from iPhone to BlogEngine

Publishing from iPhone to BlogEngine

While I’m personally not looking forward to writing posts on the phone, some maniacs out there demand modern blog should have this functionality. Or may be I just needed lame excuse to start writing something that can be used on my new Touch ;)

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