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Blog - Community Edition by aheadWorks

The Blog extension from aheadWorks is reckoned among the best buzz and word of mouth marketing tips. It not only provides your regular customers with up-to-date information but brings additional visitors to your site, builds relevant SEO-friendly text links, and serves as assistance in building sales strategy. The Magento Blog extension helps you in creating relevant and valuable content to attract and engage target audience.

The Blog extension gives you a noteworthy opportunity to communicate with your regular customers and casual visitors. With Blog you can create an interactive two-way communication platform to provide official information on your store news, upcoming products, promotions, and get customers’ feedback.

Blogging has proved to be called one of the best effective marketing tactics. If your customers feel that they are listened to and their needs are responded to, they are more likely to come back to your store again and again.

Want to learn more about your customers' choices, views, and preferences? Just let people leave comments and listen what they say! Being a part of the blog community, your customers will openly exchange their thoughts and express their opinions. A blog, with its readers and their comments, forms a real "live" environment where people feel free to communicate.

You can find Blog compatible with Magento PE and EE on the Magento Blog - Professional and Enterprise Editions page.

PLEASE USE THIS FORUM TO REQUEST SUPPORT
Support messages to private board, reviews, aheadworks.com site or any other place are NOT welcome and unlikely to be considered!

Features

* Blog RSS integrated with native RSS feed
* Multistore RSS
* Ability to switch on/off blog for different stores
* Latest posts widget
* Switchable categories ID in blog post URL
* Switchable categories menu
* Native Magento WYSIWYG editor
* Last Magento version compatibility
* Excerpt field
* Tags added
* Tags cloud block added
* If user is logged in comment fields are pre-filled
* Ability to show blog menu only on blog page
* Settings menu shortcut
* Add post menu shortcut
* .htm rewrite added to post link
* Ability to duplicate posts
* Toolbar functionality for blog posts and comments
* Comments per page option

Visit Extension Page:
http://ecommerce.aheadworks.com/free-stuff/blog.html

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Release Notes

Changelog 1.3.0

2013-12-06 11:57:59
  • Version number: 1.3.0
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.11, 1.11.1, 1.12, 1.13, 1.13.1
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

  • * Widget didn’t filter posts by category
  • * Records were counted incorrectly in Category Manager
  • * Incompatibility with iPhone Theme by aheadWorks
  • * Incorrect file location

Changelog v.1.2.2

2013-08-05 11:15:54
  • Version number: 1.2.2
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

+ Stability and speed improvements

Changelog v.1.2.1

2012-11-19 12:27:01
  • Version number: 1.2.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

  • + Ability to display newest or oldest posts first
  • * Fatal error if “Show Breadcrumbs” field was set up to No
  • * Post title link from category page led to error 404

Changelog v.1.1.1

2012-06-18 08:43:03
  • Version number: 1.1.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

  • + Magento v.1.7.0.0 compatibility
  • * Incorrect pagination
  • * Custom page layout issue
  • * RSS content issue
  • * Store view changing led to 404 error page
  • * 'Date format' changed only for posts, not for comments
  • * Tags of deleted posts weren't deleted
  • * Minor bugfixes

1.1

2012-01-24 17:06:29
  • Version number: 1.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4, 1.4.1.1, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6.1
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Completely wasted my time It just doesn't work! I've got a "There has been an error processing your request" error. A solution /didn't test it/ for this could be found in developer's forum, but this is simply unacceptable - to have this type of problems on a clean magento installation. Very disappointing ... On Magento ver. 1.8.1.0 October 8, 2014
Great Extension with amazing support. What more could you ask for an extension that does what it says. With great support and its free!! Great work!! September 5, 2014
Everything working well. Everything working well. But I think it is missing an image field. August 14, 2014
Mage 1.9.1 RWD Does not show anything on RWD template. Did try to copy design elements to rwd (solution review below). maybe did something wrong. Please advice. never had problems before with this exention on other versions. June 26, 2014
Doesn't work, waisting of time After following the installation procedure from the HELP directory, the Blog menu appeared in my Magento, however the actual blog page doesn't show any messages or posts. Useless. May 30, 2014
Has a problem with iphone theme Hi,this extension has a problem with magento's iphone theme,when enter blog,it will miss some thing. May 20, 2014
Awesome Blog I installed this blog as per the instructions given in their website. And the blog works perfectly in my website. Its also very easy to customise the blog for looks.. I did some changes like adding read me button. Overall very easy to install and customise. Me being a newbie in web coding easily installed and did the changes. April 6, 2014
Great blog extension! I think this plugin is excellent and covers most of things you could need for multilanguage Magento blog. Minor bugs: Problem with "Date Created" input for non-english site Admin, does not take correctly date from Magento Calendar button. Can be easy corrected manually though. Improvements needed: On every page of blog should be Main title like "Blog", taken from admin panel Blog translation value (otherwise visitor could get lost within many titles and categories if blog/site). Can be added in pages code manually though. After article duplication you should stay in duplicated article in editing mode to make changes (like in Magento product editing pages). Anyway totally recommend. Great blog. March 28, 2014
Works fine, easy and simple Just what i was looking for, no so much options to manage, but perfect for those sites that need only some news and post for SEO. Enough support in different forums to find what i want. March 25, 2014
All everyone could need.. I think this plugin is excellent and covers everything anyone could need within magento. However after 4/5 installs I still havn't got the blog posts displaying. I am using Magento ver. 1.8.1.0 Community Edition. I have installed versions 1.3.1 and 1.3.0 with no luck. I have also cleared cache and done that stuff. Is there anything else I can try? would love to get this working. That aside excellent plugin, keep up the good work. Thanks February 10, 2014
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I've installed the Blog module. Everything is working fine except for the right blog menu to show.

These are my settings:
Magento Community 1.7.0.2
Aheadworks Blog 1.2.2
Enable Right Menu: Yes only blog page
Enable Categories menu: Yes
Page Layout: 2 columns with right bar

I've copied all files from default to my own theme.
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The issue might be caused by a minor conflict with a custom theme, it would be required to examine the situation onsite in this case. Please contact our Help Desk team regarding the matter, our specialists would be glad to assist you in solving the problem.
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after i installed blog,when i try to post new articles. the website blog page showes the right article number, but didn't post my new article, what is wrong ?
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Hello,

from the description this far, it appears that a custom theme may be in use at your store, and the Blog's design files (templates/ layout/ skins) are not uploaded to your current theme.
We would suggest that you check it, if it is not the case, please, contact our support service for further guidance.
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I have installed the AW Blog and it;s working perfectly. But i need to display the latest news in my home page. How can i do it?
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Hello!

The Blog extension allows to insert a block with the links to X latest posts, via the special "Blog: Latest Posts" widget.
If your need is to show actual post content, not just link, customization would be required. The code of the extension is open, you are free to implement any necessary adjustments.
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I have 2 category. each category has 10 articles. but when selected in any category displays only a single article, which I obtained while configuring display number of posts in each category is 6, but also only show only 1 post
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Hello!

Unfortunately, it is hard to tell what the problem may be without more detailed examination of your case.
First of all, please, make sure that you are using the latest version of the module (1.3.1).
If updating does not help, please, contact our support service - our technical team will guide you further on.
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I have faced this issue with a few different sites

The problem I having is when I insert images into a blog post they appear first time round but if I log out, clear my browser cache, & clear my Magento cache, next time I navigate to the blog posts the images previously inserted show as broken images? They have been loaded into the media library but there seems to be an error with the image link or path?

Any ideas?
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Hello!

The described situation appears quite weird, we haven't been reported any similar issues with the Blog extension.
Please, contact our support service, our specialists will help you in clarifying the matter.
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Hi,

This error appears when I click on the blog link:

Warning: require(/home/mtelectr/public_html/blog/wp-includes/load.php) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/mtelectr/public_html/blog/wp-settings.php on line 21

Fatal error: require() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/mtelectr/public_html/blog/wp-includes/load.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/mtelectr/public_html/blog/wp-settings.php on line 21

Any ideas?

Many thanks in advance.

Ryan
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Hello, Ryan.

The error trace point to something which looks like a WordPress Blog.
If that error appeared after the installation of our Blog Magento extension, it is likely that our module clashes with the some WP module.
It is not quite possible to give an y detailed instructions without examining the situation onsite. However, you can try changing our module's "Route To Blog" setting (you can find this option under System-> Config-> aheadWorks Extensions-> Blog-> Blog Settings).
If it does not help, please, contact our support service.
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how can I integrate the blog URL in the main menu

everything works perfect me I only need to include the URL in the main menu

you could help me with this please

thanks
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Hello!

First of all, please, check if the "Enable Top Link" option is set to "Yes" (in the "Menus And Links" tab of the module's config).
If the link does not appear (for example, you are using customized header section), or you need to place the link somewhere else, please, contact our support team for further guidance.
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How to add rel="nofollow" for bookmarks? I like to add the bookmarks but I want to set the link is rel="nofollow", so how should I to set, please?

And it will be wonderful if you can remove "cat" from the category URL.
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You can add the necessary link parameters to the bookmarks though this file: app/ design/ frontend/ your_package/ your_theme/ template/ aw_blog/ bookmarks.phtml
As for removing "cat" from extension's links, it would require customization.
If you need any further guidance on the matter, feel free to contact our support team.
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How do you get the RSS feed URL? Is there a separate RSS feed for each category created?
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The extension's RSS feed gets added to the general store RSS menu, and can be retrieved from there.
The extension only supports general Blog feed, it does not allow to segregate by Blog categories.
As for the direct RSS URL, it would look like [domain]/index.php/[route_to_Blog]/rss/
If you need any additional guidance, feel free to contact our support service.
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We just notice that blog title is prefix of each post. Such as our blog title is "Blog of Hera Wigs Store", and each our blog post have this prefix then is the post title. We want to remove this blog title from post title or set the blog title as suffix. Because this prefix is not good for SEO.

You can check this page's brower title then you will know that - http://www.herawigs.com/blog/hera-raise-price-from-march-2014-and-price-analyse/
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It may be possible to implement such adjustment via customization. For the details, please, refer to our support team.
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Hi,

I just install Blog today, I found out I cannot see any comments in any posts.
and plus, when I am in the admin panel, I select the system-> configuration -> Blog for setting up.
it is giving me the error 404 Error (Page not found)

Please help.
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Hello!

First of all, please, try flushing the Magento cache (and any external caching tools you may be using), and re-logging in to the admin panel.
If the issue persists after that, please, get in touch with our Support service for further instructions.
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Hi,

I have made Wdiget how can i place it somewhere like in a sidebar to show Recent news items?

thx
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Hello!

The "Blog: Latest Posts" widget added by the extension works in exactly the same way as the native Magento widgets do.
You just need to add layout updates in widget setup screen, and choose the desired store area(s) and block position(s).
For instance, to show the block on all products in left sidebar, you can set "Display On" to "All Product Pages", and "Block Reference" to "Left Column".
Please, refer to Magento docs to learn more about widgets usage.
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Hi,
It seems that all blog post get the date 1-jan ??

what am I doing wrong?

link: http://develop.brasilazy.com.br/blog/
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Hello!

We haven't been reported any similar problems with the Blog extension, it looks like the issue is specific to your environment.
We have examined your storefront, but unfortunately, it is not quite enough to identify the reason of the issue.
I would suggest that you try contacting our Support service for details. Be advised that we normally provide support for the Blog module on paid basis.
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Hello!

The Blog extension adds its own section to the store (by default, the route to this section is "domain_name.com/blog/" ).
The links to this section can be added to Top menu and Footer section, you just need to enable the correspondent options in the "Menus And Links" tab of the module's backend menu. Or, you can insert the links manually to any desired store area/ position.
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I install blog on magento 1.9 , i use rwd theme.

Have ali in admin but nothing in front.

Can you help me?
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Hello!

Although the Blog extension has not yet been fully tested with 1.9, the preliminary tests showed that the extension should work fine with the rwd theme.
Please, check if the extension's design files (templates, layouts and skins) were copied from the default theme to rwd folders, it is the most probable reason for such problem.
If you need more detailed guidance on the matter, feel free to contact our support service.
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Hello to the developers, many thanks for your recent update! I installed it on my Magento 1.6.2.0 installation, but the main index page/list of posts now shows a toolbar to sort the posts and view per X posts, just like a typical product page.

I tried to disable this top/bottom toolbar in the post index or category lists, but despite removing all references of the block (name="aw_blog_list_toolbar" etc.) in aw_blog.xml, the toolbar persists!

I cannot find any other file in the app/design/frontent/default code that references to this toolbar.

Can you please help? Where are you calling this toolbar for indexing the posts? How can one remove it an have the posts just appearing one below the other?

Perhaps you accidentally hard-coded this toolbar?

Many, many thanks!
Konstantinos
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Hello, Konstantinos!

Your approach seems correct, removing the block references from the extension's layout file should have disabled the toolbar block in the frontend.
Since it didn't happen, we can assume that some sort of caching may be in place at your store. Please, try flushing all the cachers you may have active, it is likely to solve the problem.
If it does not help as well, feel free to contact our support service for further details.
Thank you.
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I will like to add alt tags to "blog-image" in the image field while composing a post for SEO purposes. It just has an upload image button so there is no text box or editor to write the codes. Is it possible to tweak the raw file to provide this?

Any help will be appreciated.
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Hello!

As far as I understand your idea, you are inserting an image to the post content via the WYSIWYG editor. To add alt tags to the image, just switch to plain HTML mode (click "Show / Hide Editor" button), you will then be able to add the necessary code.
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all blog post dates for the latest posts widgets show the post as being posted on October 7th, 2014. the blog page shows the correct dates. i printed the object and it's showing both the created_date and updated_date fields as October 7th, but once again, only in the widget.

any ideas? all help is much appreciated.

thanks!
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Hello!

We apologize about the delayed response.
If you haven't done so yet, please, report the situation to our Support service, our techs will help you in clarifying the matter.
Thank you.
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I try to install the extension key (I selected version 2.0) but when i press the 'proceed button' I get the message 'Connection string is empty'. What's goin' wrong here?
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Hello, Rene!

Thank you for the report, we will look into the matter.
In the meantime, you can try installing the Blog extension via FTP instead. To do so, you will just need to download the package from our website and follow the readme installation instructions.
If you face any difficulties with that, feel free to contact our Support service for guidance.
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I would list to add a category list (like the one on left side) on the top area of main content(blog article list).
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Hello!

The described adjustments would require some customization (layout update and, probably, .phtml template modifications, depending on your current theme.)
Since the extension's code is open, you are free to modify it any way you may need.

Thank you.
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Hi there,
I have installed "Blog" Extension (Community Edition) but I can't see any menu or settings in the backend.
I have already checked Files and folder permissions. All are 777.
Please help me !
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Hello!

Try the following: flush the store cache (from the backend or via clearing /var/cache/ folder), log out from the admin panel and log in again. The extension should then become visible.
If it does not happen, contact our support service for further guidance.
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I have add one more input field to the form:

app/code/community/AW/Promotion/Block/Manage/Promotion/Edit/Tab/form.php

$fieldset->addField(
'detail2',
'editor',
array(
'name' => 'detail2',
'label' => Mage::helper('promotion')->__('Detail2'),
'title' => Mage::helper('promotion')->__('Detail2'),
'style' => 'width:700px; height:100px;',
'config' => $config,
)
);

I also add one more filed in database table.

It look like only can load the text from database.
But cannot save to database.

Would you please give me some hints or add an image field in coming version as I want the list view show as a image grid.
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Hello!

As far as we understand the situation, what you need is a code for processing the extra input field you have added.
Such request is considered a customization, and unfortunately, we do not provide detailed guidance on how to customize our products.

Thank you.
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