Blog Riffer version 2.10 is available for download (and purchase, if you don't already own it :-). Enhancements in this version include:

  • Blog Riffer now offers easier password protection setup. Earlier versions required password protection to be set up using external tools (such as cPanel, or editing .htaccess files). This version supports that method, as well as cookie-based login, and "Basic" authentication handled by Blog Riffer itself. (Basic authentication is the same password protection method used in past versions, the difference being that it can now be easily set up from inside Blog Riffer).
  • A few minor HTML5 compatibility tweaks.
  • You can now control whether sharing buttons (for Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn) are displayed on a feed-by-feed basis, in addition to the global setting. For feeds that you'll never share anything from via social media, you can turn them off.

There is no need for users who already have Blog Riffer installed and working to switch password protection methods. The change is primarily to make installation easier. It also makes it possible to run Blog Riffer/WG (the workgroup version) on servers that don't fully support Basic authentication with PHP scripts.

One important note for non-"WG" users with multi-user licenses: The non-workgroup version of Blog Riffer only supports one username and password with the cookie-based and internal Basic authentication methods. If you want each user to have their own username and password, you'll need to either stick with the external Basic authentication method, or upgrade to Blog Riffer/WG.

To upgrade from a previous version of Blog Riffer or SEO Content Factory:

  1. Upload all the files, overwriting the old ones (there are too many changed files to make it easier to update only those that have changed.)
  2. Delete the following files (which have been replaced):
    • lobster.js
    • publishing-plugins
      • atom/atom.js
      • blogger/blogger.js
      • metaweblog/metaweblog.js
      • posterous/posterous.js
      • tumblr/tumblr.js
      • twitter/twitter.js
    • The next time you load Blog Riffer, you'll be asked to click a button to update your database.

If you decide to play around with the new password protection methods, you'll find relevant settings near the bottom of the Blog Riffer configuration panel (click the gray gear icon at the top of the screen). If you're using Blog Riffer/WG and you switch to a different method, you'll need to set all of your users' passwords in the user management section of the group management panel.

If you make a mistake and lock yourself out (hey, it happens!), you'll find instructions for how to get back in in the README.

Enjoy!