We're very pleased to announce the release of BlogEngine.NET 2.0. It can be downloaded here.
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.
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. There are also a small number of breaking changes when upgrading that may affect you. The FAQs and Breaking Changes can be found at the bottom of the Upgrade Instructions page. If you run into any problems upgrading to v2.0, first check the FAQs and Breaking Changes, then search past Discussions to see if your issue has been discussed. If you're still stuck, you are welcome to post a question on the Discussion board.
Upgrading from the BlogEngine.NET 2.0 Release Candidate
If you were testing the BlogEngine.NET 2.0 RC (Release Candidate) and will be upgrading to this final release of BlogEngine.NET 2.0, because there have been changes to a large number of files, including the web.config file, it is best to follow the same set of Upgrade Instructions when upgrading to the final release of BlogEngine.NET 2.0.
Installing from the Web Application Gallery
BlogEngine.NET 2.0 will be available to download from the web application gallery / web platform installer within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, you may of course download BlogEngine.NET 2.0 directly from CodePlex.
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.
Additionally, many thanks to those who downloaded the v2.0 Release Candidate and provided invaluable feedback. Many issues were addressed from the feedback and incorporated into this final release of version 2.0.
Download & Enjoy
Download BlogEngine.NET 2.0 now. Again, here are the upgrade instructions. We hope you find 2.0 to be stellar!