Aegea 2.7 has been released. Aegea is a great blogging engine.
There are several new design themes, which look like this:
All new themes are based on the existing theme Plain, but redefine some CSS variables:
Above is the code of the theme “Douglas”, which looks like this:
You can now easily preview the themes from Settings. There is a link that opens a special contrived page, which includes all sorts of blog elements to test. This makes building themes much easier as you can preview your CSS in one place instead of wandering around the blog looking for elements to check.
The editor now supports these Google Docs keyboard shortcuts, thanks to Igor Adamenko:
There are also multiple improvements to the features related to social networking, comments, search, RSS and JSON feed, uploading of images and audio.
An engine is a program that runs on the blogger’s website. It provides the writing tools to the author, shows the posts to the readers and lets them write comments. Medium.com (or similar) is simpler, but they can shut down and take all your posts offline. With an engine, the blog runs on your own website and you have access to the files and the database (you don’t have to deal with the files or the database, but you own all the data).
I want most people to have access to personal blogging in this way. That’s why it uses the most easily available platform: PHP with MySQL.
Aegea powers this and many other blogs. Among my favourites:
- Oleg Andreev, software designer and crypto-anarchy historian, on Bitcoin and related stuff
- Daniel Lesden on music production
- Death by Passive Voice, on writing, by Max Bears
With Aegea, you can use one of the built-in themes or customise it however you like (this blog is an example). Be flexible with comments: allow and disallow them globally or per post. Refine posts using Drafts. Add images, videos, audio or code to illustrate your point. Organise your writing with tags.
Designers, writers, musicians and software developers use Aegea to show their work, communicate and spread knowledge. They love it because it’s simple and fast yet does everything they need. Aegea is free for personal use and paid for business use.
Learn more and get Aegea at blogengine.me.