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Snap Shots for BlogEngine.NET

by Eyre Austero 19. September 2010 09:34

     This is not my first time of seeing this feature of having a visual preview of a link  once the mouse pointer is hovered over it.  I've seen it implemented in a lot of websites.  But after seeing it at work in a BlogEngine.NET-powered blog that I visited recently, I can't help but be curious. How can I have it in my own blog?

Snap Shots

     Luckily for me 'though, the installation of this tool is easy. It is somewhat similar to the way I installed the AddThis button a few month ago.

     Here's the step-by-step procedure of installing Snap Shots to your BlogEngine.NET-powered blog:

Step 1. Visit http://www.snap.com/snapshots.php#overview then click the 'Get Started' button.

Step 2. Follow the instructions provided.

Step3. Once you reach the installation portion, copy the code.

Step 4. Open the PostView.ascx file of your current theme using your favorite web development application (Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express for my case).

Post View 2

Step 5. Paste the code previously copied before <div class="footer">.

Snap Shots Code

Step 6. Save the changes then open your blog in your local computer.

Step 7. If you like it and if everything is working correctly, upload the PostView.ascx file to the remote server.

      Here's a  description of Snap Shots taken from the Snap.com website. It also includes an instruction on how to disable this tool, should you wish to do so.

Snap Shots is a nice little tool that enhances links with visual previews of the destination site, interactive excerpts of Wikipedia articles, MySpace profiles, IMDb profiles and Amazon products, display inline videosRSS, MP3s, photos, stock charts and more.

Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.

Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

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AddThis Button for BlogEngine.NET

by Eyre Austero 20. April 2010 22:48

   To my fellow BlogEngine.NET users out there who woul like to add the AddThis social bookmarking button to their blogs, I've found a simple way to do it  which I will now be sharing with you.

Step 1: Open the AddThis website.

Step 2: Select 'Website' as your service.

Step 3: Choose the button style that you would like to appear in your blog.

Step 4: Decide whether you'd want analytics  for your button or not.

Step 5: Click 'Get Your Button' and copy the code.

Step 6: Open your favorite web development application (which is the Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express for my case).

Step 7: Open the PostView.ascx file of  the theme you are currently using.

Post View in VWD 2008

Step 8: Paste the code previously copied to the line just before <div class="footer">.

sample code

Step 9. Save the changes and upload the file to the remote server. (Well, this is if your website is hosted on a remote server.)

     Now, open your blog and see for yourself the AddThis button just above the footer.

     With a social bookmarking button, we not only make it easier for our visitors to bookmark and share our posts to popular channels such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, StumbleUpon etc.  We, at the same time, also come into possession a good tool to market and promote our  blogs through our visitor's help.

     If you like this post, please bookmark and share this to others who might also find it useful using the AddThis button below.

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BlogEngine.NET 1.6 Now Available

by Eyre Austero 14. February 2010 01:54

       The latest version of BlogEngine.NET (i.e. version 1.6), an open source blog platform developed with ASP.NET 2.0, is now available for download at Codeplex. Its release was announced last February 1, 2010 at its main site.  Below are the new features of this release copied verbatim from the BE.NET website:

  • Centralized Comment Management
  • Automated Comment Spam Filtering with ability to plug-in custom Filtering modules
  • Multiple Widget Zones (details)
  • Referrers data and Blogroll items now stored in Database when using the DB blog provider.
  • Unsubscribe Link in Comment Notification Emails
  • Referrer Data can be Stored for more than 7 days.
  • Blogroll items can now be Ordered.
  • Newsletter Widget more Intelligent - Emails sent when a post is going from an Unpublished to Published state.
  • Twitter Widget - New options and improvements
  • Page Slugs now saved in Database.
  • New Logging system to Track events and errors.
  • Unhandled Exception Handling
  • Fixes to Comment Notification Emails not being sent out correctly in some cases.
  • Outgoing Email improvements
  • Many other improvements and fixes

     As for me, I've already upgraded from version 1.5.0.7 to the latest and everything is working fine so far. For those who are planning to upgrade, here's a good guide created by David Wynne:  http://www.david-wynne.com/blog/post/Upgrading-BlogEngineNET-from-15-to-16.aspx.

     Kudos to the BlogEngine.NET development team for your continuous effort in improving BE.NET!

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