This blog will do 2 things: mostly it'll be a 'test drive' of the latest and greatest that b2evolution doesn't offer yet: version 2.0. To do that I'll be live-blogging a road trip I'm about 2 weeks away from beginning. ~5600 miles in 9 days. Phoenix to New York to New Orleans to Phoenix. In my truck, with my dog.
But hey this post is going in the "blog stuff" category, so let's talk about blog stuff. I do not play with CVS. After getting burned by touching 1.7 from CVS I decided to never ever play with an un-released version again. Now I am, but it's up to Francois to keep it valid. So that's cool. Anyway Francois invited people he considers 'advanced' users to have a blog. We get to test drive the next generation, and he gets feedback about the version appropriate to his level of play in the development of the app. For those not hip to reality: Francois is The Main Developer of the app. Once upon a time he was the only developer, but I digress.
So far so good, but I just learned by previewing that the (never before seen) Excerpt field is not like a "read more" link. I'll venture a guess that it serves in feeds in some way, but I won't know until I post this. I have text in that field that is not duplicated in the post body and did not show up in the preview.
What else? The back office is different. Better is a matter of taste I guess, but less cluttered and, well, different. There is no "write" tab. That freaked me out a bit, but such is life. The Dashboard tab has a link to create a new post, and it doesn't seem to take too long to figure out what is where. I'm an existing user though so maybe I have a head start in making the right guesses?
I have my own antispam tab! I don't think I have like major powers and abilities here, so I'm guessing 2.0 allows me to decide which keywords work to protect my blog without interfering with someone else's blog.
Categories have a new field for each category: the category URL name, which must be unique. I think I can guess how that works, and time will tell.
I have a new "Visibility" option: redirect. I have no idea how I would take advantage of that, but I see it's there. Heck I don't even know what to do with the "Type" field that's been around for many versions now. It's a box I don't click on is all I know.
I am leaving comments open with no intention of moderating, so we'll see how well antispam keeps my blog free of junk.
I think I just figured out excerpts: there is an option on the Blog settings->Features tab that'll let me use that field as the RSS feed. Cool, and now I know that no one will ever see what I wrote in this post's excerpt field.
Okay there's a lot of stuff going on back here. In many cases the layout has changed, but mostly it's a lot of new stuff tucked into a new layout. More as time goes on okay? Before the road trip I'll be mostly posting in this category. When on the road posts in this cat will be more in rant mode because I'll want to do something and won't be able to figure out how. For now I just want to make ¥åßßå happy.
Complaint #1: no title tag in links. :(