BlogEngine 2.0 Release Candidate is Out!

Just several months after version 1.6 was released, we're happy to announce that a Release Candidate for BlogEngine.NET 2.0 is available.

We accomplished meeting most of our Roadmap goals.  The most visible change is the redesign of the control panel.  Many thanks to team member Janko Jovanovic for this much more modern control panel UI.  There's now a Dashboard, and new pages to View all of your Posts and Pages, which is really nice for easily being able to see your data.

New Databases

On the database side, we are now supporting SQL CE 4.  This is a standalone database similar to SQLite and VistaDB.  We're no longer providing updates for VistaDB, but you may update your existing VistaDB with the new DB tables & columns which can be found in the upgrade scripts for other databases we continue to provide updates for (SQL Server, MySQL, SQLite).

Features & Upgrading

A complete list of new features in BlogEngine v2.0 can be found here.  It's worth noting that this version has made the leap from .NET 2.0 to .NET 3.5.  If you are upgrading from a previous version, there's been a lot of changes to files and folders.  Please see the upgrade instructions which provide a relatively painless way to upgrade.  As this is just a Release Candidate, there may be unidentified problems that need to be fixed.  A number of team and community members have been running the latest builds, and it's fairly solid now.  If you do find any problems, please report them in the Issue Tracker.


If you'd like to get an idea of some of the new features and see what the new control panel UI looks like, the 4 - 5 minute video below hightlights this.


BlogEngine.NET version 2.0 has been developed by an unprecedented number of contributors.  Switching to Mercurial for source code control has made it very easy for enthusiastic developers to create forks and contribute code.  Special thanks to the following people who made version 2.0 a realization.

Download, Test & Enjoy

Download BlogEngine.NET 2.0 RC now.  If you find any problems, we really appreciate if you report them in the Issue Tracker.  Again, here are the upgrade instructions.  We hope you find 2.0 to be stellar!

Comments (29) -

  • Dong Nguyen

    11/23/2010 11:58:19 PM |

    If BlogEngine can add feature "comment" in Page.
    I was add it feature in my blog Smile I think it will useful SmileSmile

  • ssk

    11/25/2010 4:24:34 AM |

    I'll test right now

  • Mike

    11/25/2010 3:10:20 PM |

    Can´t wait to try it out Smile
    Keep up the good work!


  • quachnguyen

    11/25/2010 9:36:44 PM |

    cool, waiting for official version 2

    • Junxy

      11/27/2010 11:11:23 AM |


  • Patrick

    11/26/2010 5:04:10 AM |

    Really nice work !!

  • Silverlight VN

    11/28/2010 12:10:13 PM |

    Oh, great work!
    Thanks! I'll try it now.

  • webb

    11/30/2010 1:54:33 PM |

    Is the Multiple blogs on single installation feature in this version?

  • Ben

    12/1/2010 10:00:26 PM |

    @webb: Sorry, not in this version.  I think it will be in the next version since that's the only major pending feature at this point.

  • pellet mill

    12/1/2010 11:51:56 PM |

    I'll test right now .
    The most visible change is the redesign of the control panel.  Many thanks to team member Janko Jovanovic for this much more modern control panel UI.  

  • Warez

    12/2/2010 9:21:40 PM |

    This version looks very good, there is any release date available for the final version?

    Thank you!

  • Rahman

    12/3/2010 6:08:20 AM |

    Is there anyone who can help me how to convert this 2.0 RC into web project, website is giving me hell of a time and i need it to move to into web project, i tried many blogs but i keep getting different errors of duplication and references.
    I would be waiting for reply at

  • Shaun Leads

    12/4/2010 10:14:19 AM |

    New CP looks excellent. I will have to upgrade about 8 sites for new version - I assume this is quite straightforward?

  • Fernando Nomellini

    12/6/2010 4:09:02 AM |

    Hi ! This is a great tool and a great software. I use it in my company's internal blog. last week I tried to insert a post using my iPad, but the Safari browser in iDevices can't edit or insert any text in the JavaScript text box where the post is supposed to be inserted. So this is more like a item in a  wish list. Include support to blog from an iPad !
    thank you !

  • Aaron Stannard

    12/7/2010 7:44:38 PM |

    I'm thrilled to see that my SimpleCaptcha extension made it in - I'm going to go upgrade from 1.6 to 2.0 as soon as I can!

  • Abhilash

    12/8/2010 1:57:55 PM |

    I'm excited for the new build. Smile
    Good Work!

  • goran

    12/9/2010 3:01:23 AM |

    Nice UI design, but i'am missing the moderation options:

      Manual - only after comment approved by admin will it show up in the blog
      Automatic - rules and filters will decide if comment is spam.

  • Kamyar

    12/12/2010 2:42:53 PM |

    WOW! Allow non-English characters in post URLs? This is priceless for non-English users! Any plan on announcing the release date?
    P.S. As you can see in my site, I have implemented Hijri calendar into 1.6.0 I'm planning to do a neat work on v2.0 and don't touch anything else except calendars and dates. Are you interested to share a link to that project as well (After viewing the code)?

    • Ruslan

      12/12/2010 3:12:34 PM |

      We welcome code contributions. In fact, 2.0 is first release we got sizable help from community, probably because of move to Mercurial as source repository. Final release will be end of year or very beginning of 2011.

  • Kannan

    12/16/2010 4:25:18 AM |

    Sure I'll try it

  • aaron

    12/17/2010 8:03:06 PM |

    BlogEngine is the best
    Looking forward to the official version

  • Michal Utikal

    12/18/2010 11:13:40 AM |

    good getting better! congrat guys!

  • eren

    12/21/2010 5:41:52 AM |

    Hi, i use blogengine 1.6
    why dont you develop new themes?

  • Gab

    12/21/2010 2:24:34 PM |

    Waiting for the final release, hope I'll get a nice christmas present ;) !

  • zsk

    12/22/2010 8:08:23 AM |


  • Bambang Piscesa

    12/22/2010 8:44:29 AM |

    Huge Thanks to the Development Team...
    I'll try the newest BlogEngine.Net 2.0 Soon... =)

  • Jim Rand

    12/22/2010 11:23:36 AM |

    I hope you will have specific instructions on how to configure this to run on IIS 7.5, both on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008-2.  A 'System.Web.AspNetHostingPermission' exception is thrown.  

    I was able to get release 1.6.1 to work on IIS 6 but not on IIS 7.5

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