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

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  • A few weeks back I launched the first version of SimpleConference. It is a complete framework for conferences. It allows you to have yearly conferences and a fully flexed model for registrations with online payments etc. It will be tested for a conference in Guatemala and it is already live at I will soon release more details about this framework and other software packages currently being developed.
  • Today I launched Twitter Connect as a native part of SimpleBlog. You can now register and login using your Twitter account.
  • Simple Blog now makes use of a complete atomized approach of stylesheets to improve the performance further.
  • Well it is pretty straightforward. I added a variable to show the blog link when you have selected a post or page inside the settings.yml file. This allows for better control of the menu bar.
  • I have added a standard terms of use to Simple Blog. It will adjust automatically to your selected blog name so you do not have to edit it. It should cover basic blogs, but will not suffice for more advanced blog. It does also include basic community guidelines. Note: It includes an extension to add static HTML pages which might be extended as a framework.
  • 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.
  • You can now add your own styles using CSS to customize the look-and-feel. If you create a file custom.css you will be able to create your own styles. As custom.css you can safely update the code base after you have styled your blog with it. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's alive. The blog framework I started to build a few  days back in the evenings. It has some very impressive features and is incredbly light-weight yet very powerful.