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EBE 3.0-Enhanced Blog Edition 3.0

Rating:        Based on 2 ratings
Reviewed:  2 reviews
Downloads: 42009
Change Set: 29521
Released: Jul 13, 2010
Updated: Jul 13, 2010 by YvonneHarryman
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

New Features
*Ability to theme wiki pages
*Ability to export post to PDF
*Localization (French, Spanish)
*Technorati Links from post categories
*Ability to bookmark post with Twitter
*Centralized Theming - Ability to create a theme library at the root and allow sub blog sites to use the common theme library.
*The ability to add an XML feed control
*Logging of pingbacks and trackback errors to SharePoint Logs directory
*Support of feature stapling
*Preliminary SharePoint 2010 Beta 3 compatible (with web.config edits)
*EBE caching and performance validation
*Performance increases for page loads less than <3 sec
Note: Some features are specific to certain themes

*Caching enhancements
*Added caching to XML controls
*Added enhanced XSL caching
*Ability to exclude the EBE HttpModule from specific paths
*Auto-Discovery for Live Writer metaweblog api
*Tweaks and enhancements to all themes
*Ability to sign-in after denied access to system pages
*Posts with future date are now hidden from posts list
*Browser title now matches post titles
*Comments are not added if they are spam

*Invalid post ID from referring URLs
*Improved logging for trackbacks and pingbacks
*If a trackback is not successful, will try pingback
*Fixed a bug in Pingback URL detection
*TagCloud design fixed
*Categories list has been tuned
*Selected theme is now stored in a cookie rather than session
*Fixed posts listing by month issue
*Fixed an issue with RSS feed/Category issue
*Fixed an issue where MetaBlog API didn't use Published Date

2.0 Features included in 3.0

*Modular Theme Framework (MTF) - no need to wrestle with the default blog master page - start from the HTML you want and simply insert the blog content via XSL.
*SEO Friendly URL's - blog post URL's that look like /archive/2007/08/25/sharepoint-chart-tool.aspx instead of /Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=37
*5 very cool themes to use as-is, or to get you started on the development of your own including dynamic per-post links (e.g. Digg this), tag cloud, etc. Check them out here

Linkbacks (aka Trackbacks)
*Send linkbacks to other blog posts you are linking to in your EBE blog post (these show up as trackbacks on the other blog)
*Receive linkbacks from other blogs who are posting about your blog post (these show up as trackbacks on your EBE blog)

Spam control
*Akismet integration to detect comment spam
*CAPTCHA to help block comment spam at the source
*Option to automatically delete spam to recycle bin
*Option to automatically approve spam-free comments

*Custom RSS link (e.g.
*Post trimming (only a portion of post is sent via RSS)
*Specify RSS feed item count
*Category specific feeds (e.g. /rss.xml?cat=coolstuff)
*Validates W3C

*Securing of system pages (e.g. so anonymous users can't browse your lists and libraries using SharePoint UI)
*Metaweblog API to support Windows Live Writer and migration tools.
*Client Date/Time - displays date/time in time zone of user instead of server

The EBE 3.0 would not have been possible without the generous contribution of time from the following project members:
Yvonne Harryman (PM)
Matthew McDermot (PM)
Dan Lewis (QA; Documentation)
René Hézser (Developer)
Vince Rothwell (Developer)
Heather Waterman (Developer)
Gaetan Bouveret (Developer)
Nadeem Mitha (Developer)
Gary Bushey (QA)

Future release info can be found at: CKS-EBE codeplex site or CKS Home

Reviews for this release

Everything works very well with the exception that when other solutions that make mods to the web.config are installed on our farm, the CKS EBE entries are replicated. This happens over and over again. If the CKS EBE solution is retracted, it doesn't clean up after itself. If these items were fixed it would be a 5 star rating. Any chance that these items could be fixed?
by Nuckolls on Feb 18, 2013 at 6:25 PM
After I install this the Windows Sharepoint timer services goes crazy and creates these huge (1-8 gig) log files in about 2-3 minutes. I uninstall this and it goes away. Any suggestions how to fix this? I love the ease of branding the blog site.
by Bspurlock on Dec 13, 2011 at 6:28 PM