Goodbye BlogEngine.NET

  • September 22, 2013
  • James Skemp
On July 13, 2007 I converted my blog over from WordPress to BlogEngine.NET (having previously used custom code written in PHP). It was a great switch, as I was beginning to really dig into .NET, and I've found there's no better way to learn something than actually doing something with it. While I don't think I did much with the beta, I was in on 1.0 and was fairly active at first.

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12 years of posts = a lot of comments

  • July 31, 2011
  • James Skemp
When I moved from my custom system to WordPress to BlogEngine.NET I never did end up copying over all the old comments on my posts. Heck, I don't even think I moved over all my posts. But since I'm sticking with DISQUS I decided to move all my BE.NET comments over to DISQUS, and over the last few hours have been making the necessary changes and performing the necessary cleanup. 

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BlogEngine.NET 1.6 released

  • February 10, 2010
  • James Skemp
Promising a real comment moderation system, BE.NET 1.6 was released a few days ago. Having just upgraded from 1.5.0.7, I wasn't without my issues, but overall the memory footprint doesn't seem too horrible (it's increased a bit again, but ...) Actually, the memory footprint isn't a minor issue. I have 805 posts with 688 comments, and get between 9 to 10 thousand visits a month. BlogEngine.NET starts at around 150 MB of RAM and jumps up to 210 MB.

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Determine BlogEngine.NET comments that haven't been published - with LINQPad

  • December 31, 2009
  • James Skemp
At the beginning of the month I wrote a post on how to find BlogEngine.NET comments that had not yet been published/approved. Having purchased a copy of LINQPad a short while ago (autocompletion costs, the program with all other functionality does not; give it a try if you develop in .NET - it's very cool), and having got slammed this morning with some spammer who had an hour to kill, I decided to adapt my code for LINQPad.

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Determine BlogEngine.NET comments that haven't been published

  • December 6, 2009
  • James Skemp
Unfortunately, BlogEngine.NET doesn't currently have a very good way to determine, at a glance, all of the comments that haven't been approved. While this will certainly be coming in a future release, or as an extension, I figured writing something simple to do this would be a good LINQ to XML test for me. You can download the built executable, or play with the code, which is included below. Download the executable (7-Zip format).

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BlogEngine.NET running on Cassini Personal Web Server

  • November 12, 2009
  • James Skemp
While Cassini is a built-in Web server part of Microsoft Visual Studio, it's also available as a stand-alone application, thanks to the work of Dmitry Robsman. The current version can be downloaded from this post regarding version 3.5.0.2 but requires that you first build the solution (the code is available under a MS-PL license). Cassini++ is also available from Codeplex, and has GUI improvements, among other changes (but is based on an older 3.

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New site theme - watercircles

  • July 21, 2009
  • James Skemp
Based on metamorph_watercircles, and converted for use with BlogEngine.NET, watercircles is now in use on my site. The theme has a deal of special inline modifications for my own particular purposes, so it's not generally available for BlogEngine.NET users, but if you're interested ... Comments welcome. (I'm sure I'll find things I missed as the weeks go by, but any findings are appreciated.)

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New BlogEngine.NET Theme: 20081126

  • November 27, 2008
  • James Skemp
I've been working on a new theme for the site, since around 7 this evening ... and it's finally rolled out. This is along the lines of what I was thinking a couple weeks ago, but I actually grabbed some ideas from Microsoft's recent KB changes. This is the first theme I've created that used the widget functionality, and I can honestly say I'm still not that impressed with it. I still have to add some styles for coding that I add in, once I find a good sample (did I really just use blockquote?

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James Skemp's BlogEngine.NET themes

  • August 31, 2008
  • James Skemp
The following is a list of links to posts regarding themes I have worked on for BlogEngine.NET, and that are available for use. (Themes I've worked on for others are not included here.) Listed alphabetically. MWRT-002 Download for BE.NET 1.4.5.0. Swan Dive Download for BE.NET 1.4.5.0. As I'm not a designer, I typically use open source designs, such as those from Open Source Web Design, Open Design Community, Open Web Design (please post a link if you know of more).

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Upgrading to BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5

  • August 16, 2008
  • James Skemp
With the release of BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5 a bit ago ... it was time to give it another go upgrading. Quick notes on my experience: Downloaded and FTP'd the zip. Remoted into my VPS.  Extracted the contents of the zip to another folder. Unchecked read-only on the extracted contents. Backed up my complete BlogEngine directory.

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