Download it now from OpenNTF.
A XSS exploit has been brought to my attention
in BlogSphere V3.0.1 Beta 7 and earlier. The exploit works by adding
V3.0.1 based site.
I am working on a fix for the exploit
and should have it release very quickly however for the moment I would
suggest disabling comments in the master configuration.
McDonagh has written a great
tutorial on how to import a new
skin into BlogSphere V3 so if you fancy a change of look and feel for your
site check it out. I’m going to put this tutorial up on the Wiki
In other news I’ve been working on the
next beta release of BlogSphere so pretty soon the web administration interface
will be complete and you’ll be able to blog via your web browser again.
I’m looking for a few volunteers to help
create a couple of translation documents for Blogsphere. If your able to
help out then please leave a comment with a valid email in the ’email’
field ( it won’t be displayed on the web. )
The BlogSphere Alpha Download page has
been updated with a new build. There is also a list of all the changes
since the last build.
BlogSphere V3 is starting to come together
now, most of the major items have been completed so it’s just a case of
checking for any bugs and then going through the code to set up translation
fields in the translation document for all test that is output the the
users web browser.
The first beta version should be coming
very very soon and will be available on OpenNTF.
BlogSphere V3 will be released on OpenNTF
when it’s finished but till then you can download the latest build from
the downloads page on the right side.
This is still an alpha version of the
template and I wouldn’t recommend applying it to your live blog just yet,
you should apply it to a backup of your live site and test it. If your
brave enough to run it live after you have tested it then please let me
know how it goes. if you have any problems or find any bugs with what is
currently working then leave a comment here and I’ll make sure it gets
fixed for the next build.
If you do test an upgrade don’t forget
to copy in the ‘Page Layout’ and ‘Site Skins’ documents from the template
into your database otherwise you’ll just see a blank page on your site.
I’ll be placing builds up on the same
download page as often as I can so keep checking back for updated versions.
Update : Sorry, I forgot to update the
layout template so the download wasn’t visible. It’s there now.
The other day I mentioned a list of the
new features that have been added to the BlogSphere V3 template so far
however I would love to find out what other features you would like to
see in the next version or if there is something in the current version
that your not 100% happy with then let me know and I’ll see what can be
done to improve it.
Leave a comment with your requests and
suggestions and don;t forget to leave your email address incase I need
to clarify anything.
Want to know what’s up and coming in BlogSphere
Version 3, well here’s the scoop…
1. Multilingual Blogging.
When you create a blog entry in your
default language you now have the ability to create alternative language
versions of the same entry. When a visitor comes to your site the
browsers language settings will be detected and if an alternative language
version of an entry exists for the visitors language then they will see
that version on screen.
2. Browser Sensitive Translations.
All of the prompts and standard bits
of text will be rendered to the screen based on the visitors browser language
settings if a translation document for that language exists, if not then
the visitor will see the default translations.
3. Multiple Categories.
Blog postings can now have multiple
categories. The categories for a posting will be used for Technorati tags
if you have enabled them and will also be output in the RSS feed correctly.
4. Site Skins and layout templates.
Based on the MoveableType V3.x layout
you can now change the entire layout of your site by simply editing the
layout template. Layout templates can contain special BlogSphere tags that
are replaced during render time with the correct information or text translation.
Once you have your layout the way you like it then you can apply a CSS
file to style it to your liking. Out of the box BlogSphere is compatible
with most MoveableType styles with a few minor tweaks.
5. Comment Moderation and Locking.
Comment entry has been expanded to allow
comment moderation and locking. When comment moderation is enabled
then when a new comment is left on your site it will be marked as ‘awaiting
approval’ and the comment text will not display on the web. If you have
marked a blog entry as ‘locked’ then the ability to add new comments will
be disabled and the comment entry form will not display.
6. Anti Comment Spam.
Comment spam detection has been expanded
to include a few new methods to detect if an entry is spam or not.
7. Instant Comment Notification.
Want to receive a new email when a comment
is left on your blog. With this option enabled you will be notified immediatly
when a new comment is entered. No more waiting for a scheduled agent to
8. New Improved Side Blocks.
Side Block support has been expaned,
you can have as many as you want, You can set the name for the block in
each block definition document, you can specify if the links block should
list the categories and even choose which categories to display.
9. More logging.
BlogSphere V3 will support better logging
options and now has the ability to log RSS reads. You can also disable
logging in the configuration incase you don;t want to keep track of any
of the stats internally.
10. New Notes Client interface.
The notes client interface for Blogsphere
has been completly rewritten and standardised. Configuration and logging
menus are kept out of the way for when you need them and the default menu
just contains the options you need for creating and maintaining your blog.
11. Better Upgrade Support.
With a complete rewrite comes a better
method for upgrades. If you replace the design of your blog with a newer
version then it will automatically detect the upgrade next time you open
your database and run the upgrade routines. If you skipped a few versions
don’t worry the new upgrade routines will move each document through all
intermediate versions to make sure that you don’t loose any functionality.
12. Enhanced RSS Feeds.
Using FeedBurner for your RSS feed then
just enable it in the configuration and all the links to your RSS feed
will point to the Feedburner Version. You can also specify if you
want to include the full HTML and Read More text in the feed or not.
I hope this short list of details keeps
everybody happy. BlogSphere V3 won;t be released untill I’m 100%
happy that everything is working 100% correctly. however if you fancy doing
some beta testing of the new template then let me know and I’ll add you
to the list.
Welcome to the new look Dec’s Dom Blog.
I’ve been working hard in the background to create the latest version
of BlogSphere with a complete rewrite of the entire template.
While it’s not ready for release yet
and there are still loads of things to do to make it feature complete with
the current V2.x template I decided to deploy it on my own blog so I can
get some serious testing done.
I’ll be releasing a feature list soon
once I have it completed.
Anybody who has been using version 2 of
BlogSphere may have noticed a new option on the ‘story’ form called ‘RSS
Enclosure’ except it didn’t actually do anything. It was added as a placeholder
for PodCasting features but didn’t have any code behind it and when V2.0
was released it was never removed.
With the recent
interest in PodCasting in
the Domino community I sat down today to finish off the PodCasting features
in BlogSphere and after a bit of trial and error in getting the feeds correct
I’m happy to say that the next release of BlogSphere will now fully support
PodCasting. The PodCast features will also support the iTunes tags
so that you can include your PodCast in the iTunes PodCast Directory.
The PodCast features will allow you
to embed your audio/video file within the notes database or point to an
external source if you require the ability to offload the bandwidth to
a different server. Podcasts can have their own seperate RSS feed
or you can select to include them in your main stories RSS feed.
The new version of BlogSphere will be
available real soon.