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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

A Blog build from scratch to work seamlessly in magento.

2009-06-30 12:44:59
  • Version number: 1.0.1
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.3, 1.4.2, 1.5, 1.6
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This extension was developed by and is supported by aheadWorks

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Fantastic support! I've been using extensions by this company for a few years and their support is AWESOME!! Products are brilliant too and I highly recommend them June 27, 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
Simple the best! Hi Magento users, I installed to my custom theme. It works perfect....I recommend for you... January 23, 2014
Great I have installed it for different version of magento and worked on some custom theme and it works as it described. January 9, 2014
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I am inundated with viagra spam comments in russian and I am barely able to keep up with deleting them. Is there any way to run these comments through a spam filter or to bar these users (rather their IP) from ever posting comments?
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Hi,

There are several ways of solving the described issue. First of all you may disable the "Auto Approve Comments" option in System->Configuration->aheadWorks Extensions->Blog->Comments, so no comments will be published unless an administrator approves them.
Also, you may enable ReCAPTCHA functionality in System->Configuration->aheadWorks Extensions->Blog->ReCAPTCHA, which should also help with most of the spam messages.
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Hi

I want to know is it possible to pull in a selected amount of characters of the latest blog post to show on my home cms page with a read more link at the end of it?
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Hello.

The block with X latest Blog posts links can be inserted to any store area via the special "Blog: Latest Posts" widget.
However, by default the extension will only show post title with a link, adding some truncated post content to that block requires customization.
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I have other AheadWorks extensions, this component fails to install with following error

CONNECT ERROR: Package 'AW_Blog' is invalid
'./app/code/local/AW/All/Block/Jsinit.php' already exists
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Hello.
Such error occurs in case the Blog extension is installed via the Connect manager on top of our other products.
All our extensions have a set of common files, which are already in place at your store, so the Connect manager fails to overwrite or skip those.
This problem can be solved by installing the Blog extension via FTP. You can download the extension's package from the aheadWorks own webstore, and install it according to the instructions from the module's readme file.
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Installation

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Where are the installation notes?
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Hello!
The Blog Community Edition extension can be installed via the Connect Manager or, via FTP - if you are going to use the latter method, you can find the installation instructions in the readme file included in the downloadable package.
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blog page is blank

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Any recommendations on why the blog page show blank and the sample article and ideas to fix it?
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Hello!

Most typically, such situation occurs in case a custom theme is in use at the store, and the extension's design files are not uploaded in the current theme's directories.
Please, check the installation instructions provided in the readme file (Step_1 specifically), in case you expect any difficulties, contact our support service.
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I ma uploaded all the files in specific folder and set all the configuration. but i am unable to set links of blog , so please kindly reply me, how to set links of blog.
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Hello!

You can specify the "Route To Blog" option in the module's configuration screen:
System-> Configuration-> aheadWorks Extensions-> Blog-> Blog Settings.
For example, "news" will make the blog accessible from "domain.com/news".
You can further on insert this link to any location of the store.
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blog page is blank

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i am unable to open blog page so please reply me as soon as possible
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Hello!

From your description, it appears that the installation of the Blog extension was not successful. We would suggest that you try re-installing the module. Makes sure you are following the readme instructions carefully.
If it does not help, please, contact our support service.
Note, that the support for the Community version of the Blog extension is paid.
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Sub-categories?

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Is there any way to add sub-categories to the main blog categories? If so, will they be reflected in the menus, urls and breadcrumbs?
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unfortunately the out of the box version of Blog doesn't allow to create sub-categories, it would require to customize the extension in this case.
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Quick question, do you know how I find the rss link for the news feed. It mentions it in the description and want to link to it but just wondering what the url would be?

Also, another question but that's slightly harder. I am looking how to search the news from a search on the top of the template. I am not sure if that's possible or not?

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Like the extension so far,

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Hello, Chris.
Regarding the RSS feed URL, the exact link may vary depending on the store and extension's settings (besides, posting any kind of URLs is prohibited in Magento Connect answers).
Basically, if you enable the Blog module's RSS, it will be added to the main store RSS. You will be able to find the correspondent direct link in this section.
As for searching the Blog posts, the Blog extension itself does not comprise such functionality. However, you can get this function if you use the Blog module together with our other product, the Advanced Search extension - the latter does allow to search the posts directly from the main search bar.
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Just wondering, is there any way to insert pagination in the blog list view?

E.g. ........ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4............
or 1 of 4 (whichever is easiest?)

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Hello!

You can control Pagination in the Blog extension via the "Posts Per Page" option in System-> Configuration-> aheadWorks Extensions-> Blog-> Blog Settings backend area.
You can specify several values in this field, all these options will be available in "Show X per page" frontend selector.
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I have installed the Blog AW extension and

1) pointed the route to news so the URL is www.domain.com/news for all blog articles.

2) set the 'Use categories id in posts URLs' field to NO in the configuration settings.

PROBLEM: My URL is appearing like so:
www.domain.com/news/cat/article.html

QUESTION: Is there a way to remove the /cat/ ?
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Hello,

it would be required to customize the extension to eliminate the /cat/ from the extension article URL. Unfortunately the extension doesn't allow to change the article URLs out of the box.
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I have installed the blog all correctly. Backend works just great. I can't display the blog on the website.
I have posted 1 blog post with "blog" category. As I go to the website /blog/ it displays nothing.
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Hello!

The described problem most frequently occurs in case a custom theme is in use at the store, and the design files of the Blog extension were not uploaded to the current theme's folders.
Please, contact our support team, you will be provided with more thorough instructions.
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blog is not effected in front end. I added few post from backend but i can't see any change in front end.

i am accessing blog like

mydomain.com/blog
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Hello,

when any extension is installed via Magento Connect Manager, the files are copied in the default theme folders. So if you use any custom theme, you won’t see Blog in the frontend and\or backend. To fix this issue, you should download the package from our website and install the module manually. All the installation instructions can be found in the package or at the Blog page.
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I am trying to add rel="next" & rel="prev" to the blogs pagination, is there a way to do that?
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Hello,

the extension adds its "Previous" and "Next" navigation arrows to the pagination bar by default, so if these narrows are not displayed it indicates that either extension has not installed properly or there takes place an incompatibility conflict with your custom theme.
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How can I grab the latest 5 blog posts?
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Hello,

If you would like to display 5 latest posts in any store area, you can do it with the special "Blog: Latest Posts" widget added by the Blog extension.
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Blog URL

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I have installed your blog extension. It was working fine for a week or so but now my blog tab URL has changed and is sending to a missing page. I changed the URL back but again a week later it changes the URL.
Is there a URL rewrite setting that I am missing?
Again I am referring to the link from a tab on the homepage.

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Hello,

the described situation is quite weird. The URL to the blog section (specified in the System-> Configuration-> Blog-> Blog Settings-> "Route to Blog") is static, it will not be changed automatically under any conditions.
Probably, there is a conflict with some 3rd-party modules installed in your system.
You can report the situation to our support service, however, please, note that we only support the free Blog Community Edition module on paid basis.
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The Installation are complete finished, some settings are done.
where and how we put them on out shop main page?
what must we do? thanks
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Hello,

you can enable top and footer links to the Blog section in System-> Configuration-> Blog-> Menus And Links backend screen.
The links can also be inserted manually into any other store area you may want.
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the error is:

Error in file: "/home/rrmusicc/public_html/app/code/community/AW/Blog/sql/blog_setup/mysql4-upgrade-1.0.15-1.0.16.php" - SQLSTATE[42S02]: Base table or view not found: 1146 Table 'rrmusicc_store10.aw_blog' doesn't exist

I copied all the files (I think) from the defaults to my custom theme...

Kind of a novice at this and need some help!

Thanks!
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Hello,

this far, it seems like the DB update has failed during the installation.
We would suggest that you try re-installing the Blog extension.
You can also apply to our support service, but please note, that we support this free product on the paid basis only.
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Ive used AW blog with a custom theme before without issue but with my current theme the blog just isn't showing up in the front end.

I copied layouts/aw_blog.xml file and templates/aw_blog folder to my current themes directory but no luck.

Any suggestions?

Clare.
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Hello, Clare,

Please, consider reinstalling the Blog extension into the appropriate directories.
You can also apply to our support service, but please note, that we support this free product on the paid basis only.
Thank you.

Alexey.
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Ist dieses Modul auch für die Version MagentoGo verfügbar?
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Hallo,

Nein, dieses Modul verfügbar für die MagentoGo nicht.

Danke!

Alexey.
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I create 4 category of blogs.
I create a post and put it in the first category.

The post appear in my home page :-) but when i click on a category i've got error 404 :-(

what is the problem ?

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Hello,

It seems that you might not loaded the templates in the appropriate folders. Please, check whether the templates are loaded properly.
You can also apply to our support service, but please note, that we support this free product on the paid basis only.

Thank you.

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I made the mistake of installing this extension without disabling the compiler.

NOW I cannot access the backend. Can you tell me how to do this??

I already tried commenting the config and REMOVED this extension completely.

But CANNOT access backend?

I get the following message

Mage registry key "_singleton/awall/feed_extensions" already exists

Trace:
#0 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/Mage.php(222): Mage::throwException('Mage registry k...')
#1 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/Mage.php(476): Mage::register('_singleton/awal...', false)
#2 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/App.php(1316): Mage::getSingleton('awall/feed_exte...')
#3 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/Mage.php(447): Mage_Core_Model_App->dispatchEvent('controller_acti...', Array)
#4 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Action.php(528): Mage::dispatchEvent('controller_acti...', Array)
#5 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Controller/Action.php(160): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action->preDispatch()
#6 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Action.php(408): Mage_Adminhtml_Controller_Action->preDispatch()
#7 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Router/Standard.php(250): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action->dispatch('index')
#8 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Varien/Front.php(176): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Router_Standard->match(Object(Mage_Core_Controller_Request_Http))
#9 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Model/App.php(354): Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Front->dispatch()
#10 /home/poorwall/public_html/app/Mage.php(683): Mage_Core_Model_App->run(Array)
#11 /home/poorwall/public_html/index.php(87): Mage::run('', 'store')
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As far as I know, you have already established contact with our technical specialists and the problem is getting resolved. In case you experience any other issues in the future, I would recommend to contact our Help Desk team directly in order to save time on resolving them.

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I installed the extension. It works fine. However I see "Compare" option in the left sidebar under the Blog Posts. How do we remove that just from this page?
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It would be required to edit aw_blog.xml in this case. Please feel free to contact our technical team in case you require more information on the matter.
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Unfortunately the module does not allow that out of the box, a customization would be required in this case. All of our products are open-source so you may either apply the required modifications yourself or contact our technical specialists using the form on our website.
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Hi there,

I'm keen on trying out your blogsystem, but what does it actually do?

I've used a WP-Blog within magento, but all posts are NOT send to my magento-sitemap. Does your system support sitemap integration - I mean one sitemap?

THX!
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Hello, the Blog pages would not be added to the sitemap by default, however it can be achieved with another product of ours, Ultimate SEO Suite, which would provide Blog's integration into the sitemap.
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Hi,

I was going to look at your free blog extension for Magento. I found this page http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/blog-community-edition-by-aheadworks.html

Clicked on Install Now. Which gives a pull down, not set correctly for the latests version, a button "Get Extension key" and a tick box.
I selected Magento connect 2.0 as I'm running Magento 1.7.0.2.
I read the license and ticked the box.
Clicked on the "Get Extension" button which displays, a URL to which I do not have access
"Forbidden, You don't have permission to access /community/AW_Blog/ on this server."
and a button "Select key".
The "Select key" does nothing of any use other then select the text.

So how to I download the extension? I cannot see anything in the Q&A or Support tabs that give any clue. There is no download button, tick box, pull down or anything else that I can find which may allow me to actually download the extension.
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You may download the module from our website and install it using the installation instructions provided in the readme file that comes with the package. Please feel free to contact our support specialists if any questions arise, we would be glad to assist.

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We need to display all the content of each post, now only the title appears as a link.
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The issue might be caused by a conflict with a custom theme, an onsite examination would be required in this case. Please get in touch our technical team using the contact form on our website, we would be glad to assist you on the matter.

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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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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 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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