Simple Blog RoR efficient, powerful, yet lightweight blog system in RoR

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  • The registration flow is now completed integrated into SimpleConference and fully functional. The online payments are linked into the framework as well as a very extensive solution to handle every aspect of registrations. 
  • I introduced the capability to choose a page, a post or the normal blog view as the main home page. If you choose a page or post as the home page a link to the blog view will automatically appear. To select a page or a post you will find a link on for all forms for pages and posts as well as links throughout the site.
  • All packages built from and including SimpleBlog now contains a completely dynamic filtering mechanism for robots. This will prevent too many sessions to get created from robots as well as not create clickstream entries.  Anyone can add to the list of user agents they wish to prevent just by adding them into the database and bounce the server.
  • You can now reorder the pages in the navigation bar dynamically. The default order is alphabetically but you can reorder them if you are logged in just by dragging them. The Home link is static as it is good UX design to keep the home link in the beginning of a navigation.
  • I introduced a fully-flexed search functionality is now introduced. You can either use normal MySQL text search or if you have the ability you can use Sphinx for search. As all searches do increase the server footprint the queries are cached for every 15 minutes making it behave properly under load.
  • Simple Blog now supports text message blogging. Have fun with it! Comments: I sent created this entry via a simple text message. I added text message blogging using the Android applications I have been developing. I will soon release a specific Android application that allows you to use your own Android phone to act as a SMS gateway for anyone to blog through. I will add a filter functionality to allow you to only post messages using specific keywords so that you can still use your phone as normal.
  • The title should say it all. You can now upload photos either individually or separately. All those photos are shown under /photos and the link automatically appears when you upload the first photo.
  • SimpleConference now supports the indigenous language Kaqchikel out-of-the-box. The same language files will be made available for SimpleBlog.
  • Simple Blog today supports multiple languages out of the box. You just provide the comma separated string with the languages you wish to support. Currently SimpleBlog comes with English, Spanish and Kaqchikel.
  • SimpleBlog from today contains a complete translation flow for all content. It also contains a much more improved control for what translation links are shown and if posts are cross posted for all languages immediately.