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If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 1.6.0 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If you’re blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, VistaDB, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.


When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 1.4 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes and Widgets

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Be sure to check out our home page for more theme choices and downloadable widgets to add to your blog.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

Oh, Blogger. Where did we go wrong? What a pain in the southern hemisphere you have been lately.

We had a little trouble migrating the Andornot News blog to the new version of Blogger. As in, it simply didn't. Migrate. What did you want me to do, Blogger? Get out and push? I had to completely reconstruct it from scratch, so thank goodness I had the archives as we publish it to our server instead of letting Blogger host it.

The news blog has more than one contributor, which makes it a team blog, which apparently makes it easier to quantum teleport to the dark side of the universe than to migrate from old to new Blogger. I took all the precautions Blogger told me to take, but was still left standing at the altar. Of course, afterwards I got the explanatory skinny from The Real Blogger Status, which is  is a good place to go and see what you should have done, after you have irrevocably fragged your blog into null-space forever.

All I can say is, I'm thinking hard about WordPress.

Due only to my own sense of decorum [ggggmmmffff-harf harf harf] I have elected to continue personal blogging on my personal site at, and stick to andornot-related topics here. No one made me do this, it just seems right.

Even though keeping a blog on a static page was really fun, really, it's been ported to Blogger now. I had tried earlier with dasBlog - oh, how I tried - but couldn't reconcile its behaviour and expectations with the user control and page layout approach used on the Andornot website. So whatever. Blogs away!

Trying to... [guh] make dasBlog... [nyuh] work with the Andornot... [SPROIING!] website.


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