Rangitaki Version 1.0

Eight months ago I had the idea of a blogging engine. First I planned to write the blogging engine in JavaScript, but in February I learned PHP and I decided, that this is the better language for this project. The main goal of Rangitaki (earlier known as pBlog) was, is and will always be to be as simple to use as possible, but with any possible feature. And I turned out to be possible, especially with the subblogs and the Rangitaki Control Center. Now it is time to release a stable version of what is now called Rangitaki. A blogging engine with focus on simplicity. Easy to install, easy to configure, easy to use.

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Rangitaki Version 0.9: Release Condidate for 1.0

It’s time now for the last pre-release of version 1.0: the release candidate for version 1.0. After nearly seven weeks Rangitaki is now stable enough to release the last testing version.

This version comes with the following (bug) fixes:

  • ‘Blogs of {BLOG NAME}’ always shown (even if there are no other blogs)
  • pictures in articles not centred
  • long links longer than article card (especially a problem on mobile devices)
  • Localization strings are now grouped in one array
  • Better code (in some parts)

    I also commented the whole code. The documentation for Rangitaki will releases with version 1.0 (or vice versa).

GitHub Repository

GitHub Release 0.9

Rangitaki Version 0.8

After one week of testing and bugfixing (mainly the RCC) we now release the beta version (number 0.8) of Rangitaki.

This versions brings various security updates for the RCC and you should really update to this version, if you’re using the RCC. Otherwise you can wait until the release candidate , which will come this sunday with more bugfixes, especially for the blogging engine.

Stay tuned 🙂

P.S: Right now I’m searching for a few people, who can help me to localize Rangitaki by translating the strings in lang/en.php into their language. If you translated theses words, make a pull request on GitHub or send me the file over mail.

Rangitaki Version 0.7 – The alpha release

Today is the day! I release the alpha release for version 1.0 with the version number 0.7. This means that the development phase for 1.0 is closed and that there will only small improvements and bugfixes. It also means that you can start migrating your blog from 0.2.x to this release, since there wont be any further changes concerning the file structure.

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Rangitak version shedule until 1.0

The development on the new Rangitaki blogging engine started a few days ago and the version 0.3 (not ready for productive use) is out. But what are the features of the versions 0.3 until 0.9? First of all there all not ready for productive use. They are just there for testing and bug-fixing. You can obtain a copy on GitHub.

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Rangitaki Version 0.5 and Material Design

With the development Version 0.5 Rangitaki has a complete new look, which is based on Material Design.

Why Material Design?

Material Design is influenced by paper and this element was for a long time the main material for the written word. Books, newspaper, letters and also diaries and logbooks were written on paper. So in my opinion is quite natural to use a design which is heavy influenced by this resource.

Read more about Material Design at Google Design page.


What will happen ’til 1.0?

During the next development releases there will be mainly bug fixes and improvements. In version 0.6 there will also more configuration options and more themes.

Rangitaki Version 0.2.2

Today I release a small new version to the new 0.2 series, which includes following changes:

  • Links are now underlined, when you hover over them
  • Simplified it to add the disqus comments
  • Added and configuration option for setting a favicon
  • Added the option to use Google Analytics

The following files changed:

  • index.php
  • blog.css
  • config.php

When you updating you installation make sure that your nor overriding your existing configuration. Check on GitHub what are the differences between the two versions.

From pBlog to Rangitaki

EDIT 13 August 2015
I decidet to scale down the social appearance of Rangitaki, and so I removed the Google+ Page and the Twitter account. Follow @mmk2410 and +MarcelKapfer for further updates about Rangitaki.

Some huge changes happend to this blogging engine in the last few days:

  • The name was changed from pBlog to Rangitaki
    Since the early beginning I searched for a good name for the blogging engine and Rangitaki (from the maori language and means logbook) fits just perfect
  • The default color changed to #ff4415
  • I wrote a webpage for Rangitaki marcel-kapfer.de/rangitaki
  • I created a Twitter profile @rangitaki
  • and a Google+ profile +Rangitaki

About the Future of pBlog

I figured out that there will be many changes in the engine which will require many changes in the files (especially the posts file) and in the filestructure. I can’t say right now which things will change and what you have to change. Out of this reason. I change the Version numbers and add an zero in front of them. So instead of 2.1 the latest version is now 0.2.1. The 0.2.x series is now on GitHub as an own branch and will recive bugfix updates. The series 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and so own will be development releases which won’t be compatible to the 0.2 series. I recommend current users to stay on 0.2.x – at least until the 1.0 release. I’m verry sorry for this and in case that there are requests I may write a small script that will help you switch to version 1.0.