Mathias Brandewinder on .NET, F#, VSTO and Excel development, and quantitative analysis / machine learning.
by Mathias 21. March 2010 15:22

Finally performed the upgrade to BlogEngine 1.6.0. I apologize to my readers who may have experienced outages – the process wasn’t quite as smooth as for the previous versions, in part due to the documentation, which was less thorough than usual. Thanks to David Wynne for his step-by-step walkthrough which came in very handy. I would also have appreciated if somewhere, it was mentioned that the database schema had been slightly modified…

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3/22/2010 12:04:09 AM #

Jon Peltier

Not following the WordPress crowd, eh?

The comment form is not aligned. The email and country fields are offset to the right, at least in FF 3.6.

Jon Peltier United States |

3/22/2010 10:46:24 AM #

Mathias

Thanks for the feedback, Jon, it's much appreciated, I'll fix that ASAP.
Regarding WordPress, I actually recommend it to people who want a blog that simply works, it's awesome (I even use it for the blog of a friend). Why would I do something else then, you might ask? Well, besides the fact that I wouldn't be the first not to do what I recommend to others, being a .Net developer - and really not liking PHP - I wanted to run a blog with a .Net backend. It's easier for me to customize, and BlogEngine is fairly good, even though it's clearly not as mature as WordPress. And yeah, there is also a strong contrarian streak in me Smile

Mathias |

3/22/2010 11:46:04 AM #

Jon Peltier

If it matters, the comment form has been misaligned for some time. Someone once accused me of having my resolution not set correctly, but I guess a web site should render fine despite nonstandard screen settings.

Contrarian, eh? I hear you. I was never a good corporate workerbot. My current company is successful because there's nobody to tell me "up" and for me to answer "down".

Jon Peltier United States |

3/22/2010 11:49:13 PM #

Dennis Wallentin

Mathias,

After seeing You using the BlogEngine.NET I downloaded it. At present I'm evaluating it for an upcoming project. One advantage, as You say Yourself, is the fact it's .NET based. Except for that I like the idea to store things in XML although we can store data in a database. Do You use a backend database?

Kind regards,
Dennis

Dennis Wallentin United States |

3/23/2010 4:21:21 AM #

Mathias

Hi Dennis,
I have used both. Currently, this blog has a MSSQL DB storage, but it was on xml for the longest time, it works great and is super-easy to deploy, essentially, ftp all your files and you are done.
I think it's the best alternative available if you want to use .Net. That being said, WordPress is clearly more mature: more plugins, themes, documentation...

Mathias |

3/23/2010 6:21:00 AM #

Dennis Wallentin (XL-Dennis)

Mathias,

I don't necessarily see it as an advantage to use the leading tool in one area like WP. Compared with BlogEngine.NET WP is messy to setup. I have never went through an installation so easy as with BlogEngine.NET. Storing data in XML files makes it more flexible than with a backend database. So You say that BlogEngine.NET works excellent also with a MSSQL DB?

Kind regards,
Dennis

Dennis Wallentin (XL-Dennis) Sweden |

3/23/2010 6:52:09 AM #

Mathias

Like in most cases with software, there is no perfect solution - it all depends on what you want to achieve! I wouldn't be running BlogEngine.Net if I didn't like it, but it has a lot to do with my taste for .Net and its development tools - and most people who "just want to blog" don't care about that...
I have had no problems at all with xml, and the database works great since I moved to that (6 months ago I think); there is a script to create it, and you can also move data from xml store to DB store if you want to, so you are not stuck with one option (I did the transfer from one to the other). Configuration is fairly straightforward, with a few changes in the web.config file to point to the database.

Mathias United States |

5/5/2010 10:57:22 AM #

Robert

I'm also evaluating the product for a project we're getting started on. Are there any updates coming soon we should be aware of?

Robert United States |

5/5/2010 11:22:36 AM #

Mathias

Hi Robert,
Nothing has been announced since they release 1.6.1, and I don't have any insider info! The way I keep up with updates is the project page, and the blogs of Al Nyveldt and Ruslan Tur:
http://www.dotnetblogengine.net/
http://www.rtur.net/blog/
http://nyveldt.com/blog/
Hope this helps!

Mathias United States |

6/22/2010 12:38:02 AM #

Oscar

I found a good tutorial here, well it is more a beginners guide, but it helped me out a lot.
Maybe it can be useful to you too.

See here: al.bsharah.com/.../...-Quick-Start-Help-Guide.aspx

Regards,
Oscar P.

Oscar Italy |

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