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Mod Version: 1.00, by optrex (Member) optrex is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.5 Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 21
Released: 20 Mar 2008 Last Update: Never Downloads: 8
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Many people are concerned over the lack of integration of the blog system with the main forum software. I see many posts asking "how do I get my blogs to show up in new posts?"

Basically you need to utilise the blog RSS feed and get it to post a blog as a post.

This is how to do it.

From your admincp - RSS Feed Manager
Add a new RSS Feed
Feed enabled: Yes
URL of feed: http://www.yoursite.com/blogs/feed.rss
Check every: 30 mins
Feeds to fetch: 0
Username: choose or make a new one - blog bot or something
Forum: chose an existing one or make a new forum and select options as you see fit, or see below.
Allow Smilies: yes
Display Signature: no
convert html to bb code: yes


Title template: {rss:title}
Body template:


Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
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In the next sections, pick what you want but also make sure you do the following
Thread action delay 1
Close thread after delay: yes

Making a new forum
When making a new forum for your blog posts, chose the setting your want for other users, but make sure of the following:

Act as forum: yes
Index New Posts in Search Engine: yes
Forum is open: yes

You can chose whether the forum is hidden or visible, but make sure the username you specified above is in a group that can post to this forum.

Permissions

I didn't want others to post so they have no post permissions. To get to the blog, they click on the link in the post and get taken there directly. To be able to see the posts they must have.

Can View Forum: yes
Can View Thread Content: yes
Can View Others' Threads: yes
Can Search Forums: yes


A working version is at www.midlandsweather.org.uk
My blog forum (so that you can see an example of the posts made is at www.midlandsweather.org.uk/mwf-blog


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Old 20 Mar 2008, 11:09
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reserved for future use
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 12:19
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great mod! when the 3.7.0 goes gold i'll install this for sure ...
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 12:24
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just to let you know its not exclusive to 3.7 it also works on 3.6.8
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 15:59
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Awesome! I have been looking for something to alert members of a new blog.
Thank you.
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 16:32
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This is a mere workaround, it won't solve the problem
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Old 20 Mar 2008, 22:06
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Question XML Error

This is an excellent add on, if I can get it to work. Number one complaint at my site, others not know of a blog post

May be I'm taking your instruction too literally

This is what I have in my "Body Template"


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and this for the "Title Template" {rss:title}

I'm still learning.... so pardon me for my ignorance

I get the following when I do a preview: XML Error: Empty document at Line 2

I hope you can help
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 00:56
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Your blog RSS url or "URL of FEED", in your case, should be http://yourwebsite.com/forums/blog_external.php
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 01:22
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BINGO!!!! Thank you, works!!!
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 05:04
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installed, working perfect.
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 07:26
SBlueman SBlueman is offline
 
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Doesn't this defeat the purpose of the blog? Why not just have a forum as a "blog" then? What would be the need to install the blog?
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Old 21 Mar 2008, 21:06
optrex optrex is offline
 
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Not at all. Blogs work differently to the forums, but there is no way to tell users that an addition has been made to the blog (or comments) without them checking the blog page every time. This brings it to their attention by integrating it into the new posts search, its just like telling them there is a new blog!
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 05:07
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When I set the time to close thread it does not work.

In other words , when I follow your 0.25 delay it resets itself to 0 every time.

The settings ONLY allow for whole numbers of one hour or more, not fractions of an hour.

Last edited by SwollenCranium; 22 Mar 2008 at 05:44.
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 13:05
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Is there anyway to add the username of the original blogger? (currently, all fo the posts in the blog forum are posted by News Bot (and i understand why). Once you open the post, however, it would be nice to know who wrote the original text. Thanks.
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Old 22 Mar 2008, 23:12
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Is there anyway to add the username of the original blogger? (currently, all fo the posts in the blog forum are posted by News Bot (and i understand why). Once you open the post, however, it would be nice to know who wrote the original text. Thanks.
No problem. You need to add {rss:dc:creator} to the body template (wherever you want it put)

as an example


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