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December 27, 2010

As 2010 Ends, b2evolution 4.0 Begins

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After waiting many months the core developers of b2evolution released a stable version of their latest blog/CMS software (on Christmas day nonetheless).

While many of the changes are under the hood, version 4.0 does packs some helpful changes which should make it easier for bloggers sporting the software to combat comment spam.

This version has been one year in the making. If you look back at feature lists for the alpha and beta releases, it is pretty impressive how many new features have been added, as well as the polishing of existing features to make the usage of the software more efficient. There also have been quite a few additions to make spam cleaning a breeze with one click javascript (Ajax) actions. […]

This version also has a new default: users will no longer receive email notifications by default for every spam comment that people attempt to post. (b2evolution News)

As mentioned earlier during their beta release, b2evolution 4.0 also supports a fully functioning Twitter plugin which should help the nimble blog/CMS compete against what is quickly becoming a crowded market.

Despite sharing some of the DNA of its WordPress sibling, b2evolution has not gained as much popularity of its former sibling, although the developers are hoping to change that throughout the upcoming years as they build towards version 5.0 in 2011.

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October 18, 2010

b2evolution Embraces Beta, Befriends Twitter

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After waiting many long, long months, b2evolution (a distant cousin of WordPress) has left the Alpha stage and is now officially embracing the beta.

We are happy to annonce that b2evolution version 4.0.1-beta has been released. […]

Although it is pretty stable, we still call this version beta because there are minor bugs we are aware of and we want to fix before the final 4.0 release.

We bumped the version number up to 4.0.1 because we felt we needed to add a few little features, especially to improve the speed of spam moderation operations.

Of course, as previously announced, this version also comes with a fully functioning twitter plugin, conforming to the new twitter API. (Official b2evolution Blog)

The new version also boasts an advanced Ajax to help bloggers combat human spam (which has been on the rise unfortunately), and their embrace of Twitter’s Oauth should help make the blog software more appealing to tweetaholics.

Although not as popular as its cousin WordPress (as the two do share bloodlines), b2evolution’s latest release could help the platform regain some much needed attention as a serious tool for probloggers.

Once the platform exits beta, it will be interesting to see how b2evolution competes against larger rivals (like WordPress) as well as upcoming challengers such as Melody (the latter which is a “fork” of Movable Type).

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July 28, 2010

Finally! WordPress’s Elder Sister Launches 4.0 Alpha (b2evolution)

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After delaying their 4.0 alpha release to the masses, it looks like the boys and girls behind b2evolution are ready to display their platform for the technical masses (i.e. hard core geeks).

We are happy to annonce that b2evolution version 4.0.0-alpha has been released.

Finally! you may say… but we’re pretty confident the new features were worth the wait ;-) There is really a lot under the hood! […]

However, please do keep in mind this is alpha software and that it’s a major new release. Despite extensive testing, there will be issues and you may need to dig into the PHP code to fix them quickly. At this point we only recommend that you upgrade if you don’t mind a little bit of experimentation (Official b2evolution Blog)

Note: Emphasis theirs.

The b2evolution crew have already mentioned the various features they have baked into the CMS/blog software which range from widgets enhancements, multiblog cross posting and support for Gravatars (to the delight of bloggers everywhere).

While non-techies sporting b2evolution should stick to using version 3.3.3 (at least upon their main sites), geeks who do not mind living on the edge may want to dabble with 4.0 in order to help benefit a sibling of WP.

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July 12, 2010

WordPress’s Twin Sister Prepares For An Alpha Release (b2evolution)

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For those of you who skipped Blog History 101, WordPress (the platform many have come to know and love) has a sibling by the name of b2evolution.

Despite their differences in elegance, power and (most importantly) user interface, both platforms have the same mother by the name of b2.

Fast forward towards today and WordPress is dominating the blog scene while b2evolution struggles to maintain relevancy. However the latter’s obscurity may change with the launch of its much belated alpha release. read more

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May 25, 2010

B2evolution 4.0 Launch Delayed?

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It looks like b2evolution fans will have to wait a “little longer” before they can try out version 4.0, which is currently in pre-alpha mode (which is geek speak for not ready for public testing).

Apparently b2evolution 4.0 was suppose to roll out in April, but unfortunately the developers were not happy with what “b2evo” was in its current state, and have decided to post pone its release until the platform is ready for prime time (at least for testing purposes). read more

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