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A while I had a problem with my old blog at goinsane, and as I was now posting regularly at I didn’t pay it too much attention. Recently I have had a few people contacting me about my old site not working, so I figured I best get it up and running properly.

Looking around at blog software, I went through the usual suspects including DasBlog which I used to use. Great piece of software that DasBlog is, I kept finding references to BlogEngine.Net so I thought I would give it a try.

The software itself was simplicity to get up and running, far easier than I remember it was with DasBlog, and a whole world of pain less that Community Server. Pretty much an FTP to my host, and I had a blog up and running.

After playing around a while I found a few things were annoying me, so I looked to get those sorted out.

Code Formatting

This has always been a problem, due to the peculiar way markup works, and due to various addins, I can never seem to get code quite the way I would like. On I have been using the formatter from but this often has quirks.

BlogEngine.Net has a version of the manoli formatter built in as an extension (extensions are a really cool idea in BlogEngine), but it wasn’t quite working for me – sometimes my code formatted one way, sometimes another. It turns out that this has been mentioned a few times in various places, and it seems the built in extension is a little picky on how things are formatted.

After a bit of searching I came across SyntaxHighlighter, but the theme I had chosen to use doesn’t like <pre> tags too much. A little more searching and I came across an alternative SyntaxHighlighter for BlogEngine.Net on CodePlex. This one was much simpler to install – just copy over the .cs files to your extensions folder, replacing the built in formatter. And it looks great:


TinyMCE to FCKEditor

Now my next annoyance, TinyMCE is the chosen editor in BlogEngine.Net, and one of the things TinyMCE does badly is let you put in the tags to get the syntax highlighting working.

Luckily, it is pretty easy to replace the editor in, and so I searched around and found some pretty good instructions. Fifteen minutes later and my editor was replaced.


All in all, BlogEngine.Net has been a delight to setup, and although my main blog will remain at, I will now try and ensure I cross post to my own domain just to keep Google happy.

If you need to get a blog up and running on your own domain, you should certainly check BlogEngine.Net out

Posted 10-27-2008 12:48 PM by Jak Charlton
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Nathan Blevins wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 10-27-2008 10:12 AM

BlogEngine.Net comes w/ built in support for Windows Live Writer.  If you are not familiar w/ it, you should really try it out.  It makes an awesome blogging expereince.  Also, it has code formatting plugins that makes for some really nice code snippets.  

Jak Charlton wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 10-27-2008 10:29 AM

Indeed I do use WLW ... but I often need to post when I am not on one of my own machines, so I want a usable web interface too.

But yes, the WLW support is also very nice... the formatting plugins I dont like so much though, they use PRE a lot ... the inline version I linked to is so much nicer

Starting Business Blog wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 11-11-2008 8:30 AM

thanks for sharing this codes. thanks alots

Busby SEO Test wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 11-24-2008 10:17 PM

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Busby SEO Test wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 12-21-2008 11:22 PM

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on 12-26-2008 11:25 PM

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on 01-13-2009 9:06 PM

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Dave Burke wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 01-19-2009 2:27 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience.  I hear more about FCKeditor these days, so I should probably check it out.  Like the other commenter, I use WLW pretty much exclusively. Thanks for the link on setting up FCKeditor though.  I might have to try it when BE 1.5 is released.

I like your captcha, btw.  It looks like you need the Busby SEO extension.  I blogged about it recently.  Works great!

Dave Burke wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 01-19-2009 2:29 PM

Oh, wait.  This is CS.  Doh!  Okay, then you don't need captcha on your BE.NET blog.  BE.NET's hidden captcha works great, too.

Leadership Styles wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 04-16-2009 8:57 AM

Congrats on your move to Blogengine, it is an upgrade... but I think Wordpress is still better! Hehe, thats what I use anyway.

Noah Group wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 10-09-2009 4:30 AM

You got so many points here, that's why i love reading your blog. Thank you so much!

sikat ang pinoy wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 01-29-2010 12:16 AM

The most important part is your blog become search engine friendly so that visitors can find your site and you can gain the target traffic from search engines. SEO is better on software.

sikat ang pinoy wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 01-29-2010 9:58 PM

I like powered by because this is the free technology that i can create modern website for my personal use or for business use. I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and time into the stuff you post!! Thumbs up!

sikat ang pinoy wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 01-31-2010 11:03 PM

I was searching for blogengine plugins and i found that some plugins are just like wordpress. I decided to install the plugins on my blogengine site.

Gate Valves wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 02-01-2010 5:40 AM

You really made a well posted article having a useful information about BlogEngine.Net

on 02-05-2010 12:39 PM

I hope this blog presence adds beauty blogging and information I get. Maybe I'll often visit this blog to see more new information

Sikat ang Pinoy wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 02-12-2010 4:54 PM

wow..i love reading your blog. i'll be back  soon..

mma wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 02-15-2010 3:11 AM

Hello my friend - thi is nice blog, just looking around for blogs, seems a pretty nice platform you are using. I'm currently using Wordpress for a few of my sites but looking to change one of them over to a platform like blogengine to experience how it helps.

tigerwood decking wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 02-19-2010 9:02 AM

Great stuff. It has given me a lot of inspiration and information. I look forward to more like this in the future. Keep up the good work!

Vini biologici wrote re: BlogEngine.Net
on 02-20-2010 6:07 AM

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