Advanced Blog - Extension for Magento 2

Introduction

Installation

If you purchased an extension from Magento Marketplace then click on the How to Install Magento 2 Extension to install the extension.


If you purchased an extension from Solwin Site then follow the below steps to install the extension.

Installation Process

Note: Please take a backup of your all Magento files and database before installing or updating any extension.

Download the extension file:
  1. Download the Advanced Blog extension .ZIP file from solwininfotech.com using your Solwin Infotech website account.
  2. Extract the .ZIP file which contains another .ZIP files.
  3. If you have purchased the extension for the Community Edition, then you will see the extension .ZIP file for Magento 2.1.x, Magento 2.2.x, Magento 2.3.x, and Magento 2.4.x version.
    If you have purchased the extension for the Enterprise Edition, then you will see the extension .ZIP file for Magento 2.1.x, Magento 2.2.x and Magento 2.3.x version.
Extension Installation

For Magento 2 Community Edition,

  1. If you are using Magento 2.1.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-2.1.x.zip file.
    If you are using Magento 2.2.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-2.2.x.zip file.
    If you are using Magento 2.3.x, Magento 2.4.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2.zip file.

For Magento 2 Enterprise Edition,

  1. If you are using Magento 2.1.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-EE-2.1.x.zip file.
    If you are using Magento 2.2.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-EE-2.2.x.zip file.
    If you are using Magento 2.3.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-EE.zip file.

Following 2 to 6 steps are the same for Community and Enterprise edition.

  1. Copy the app folder and paste it into your magento ROOT directory.

    FTP
  2. Run upgrade command as specified : php bin/magento setup:upgrade.
  3. Run deploy command as specified : php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy -f.
  4. Clear the cache either from the admin panel or command line php bin/magento cache:clean.
  5. Now, you can see the Solwin menu in admin panel. Please go to Solwin -> Advanced Blog -> Configuration and select Enable to Yes.
  6. Change/Set all other options as per your requirements and save settings.

NOTE : Make sure the installation is done from under the FTP administrator account. Otherwise make sure to set 775 permissions to the store root directory after the extension is deployed.

Getting Started

A setup guide and general information to help you

This document covers the installation, set up and use of this extension and provide answers and solutions to common problems and issues. We encourage you to read this document thoroughly if you are experiencing any difficulties.

Information

The Advanced Blog Magento extension allows the store owners to communicate with their regular customers and casual visitors. Using Advanced Blog Magento extension the store owner can create an interactive two-way communication platform to provide official information on the store eg. news, discounts, sales, new products, events, upcoming products, promotions, etc. Customers can make a comment on a particular blog and the comment can be moderated by the store admin, Approved comments display on the respective blog page. The store admin can add multiple tags for a particular blog. Ability to build relevant SEO-friendly text links that influences search engine rankings and serves as assistance in building sales strategy. The store admin can manage a blog for a particular category and display all blogs category wise on the front side. The store admin can manage blogs store wise and create an SEO friendly URL for each blog.

In blog post page customers can see blog image, title, content, tag, category, date, etc. The store admin can also allow customers to add a comment or not. Also, set comments limit from the store admin and display comment form in a popup. Admin can also set a blog as a slider on the homepage along with some settings like show image, blog title, content, tags, category, date, blog limit, etc. The store admin can also view a logged-in customer name for a particular comment from the admin control panel and if the customer is not logged in then display ‘Guest customer’ in the admin control area. Customers can also see the Latest posts, Blog category, Recently Published Blog(s), Most Viewed Blog(s), Monthly latest Blogs on the Blog detail page. Using widget the store admin can display the latest blogs on any cms pages/static blocks.

Features

The Extension provides the below features:

  • Provides a fully customizable interface of the extension from the admin control panel.
  • Be creative! Use the built-in WYSIWYG editor to create a cool looking blog content for the store.
  • Ability to add a blog under a particular category.
  • Registered & Unregistered both customers can add comments.
  • The store admin can manage blogs for a particular category and display all blogs category wise on the front side.
  • The store admin can set the comments limit for a blog.
  • Display blogs in a slider in CMS pages.
  • Add multiple tags for a blog & show blogs by a tag.
  • Using widget the store admin can display the latest blogs on any cms pages/static blocks.
  • Show the latest blog on a cms pages as a slider.
  • The store admin can manage blogs store wise and create SEO friendly URL for each blog.
  • Powerful admin option with a lot of custom configuration settings.
  • Brings additional visitors to the site.
  • Opportunity to communicate with regular customers and casual visitors.
  • The store admin can view a logged-in customer name for a particular comment.
  • The store admin can manage the sidebar with the blog limit.

Settings

In the admin control panel from Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Configuration menu, the Advanced Blog magento 2 extension allows store owners to enable or disable the module in the store and provide more configuration options for the blog.

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General

  • Enable: Yes | No.
  • Add Toplink?: Yes | No.
  • Add Footerlink?: Yes | No.
  • Top And Footer Link Title: Enter title for top links & footer links.
  • Blog List Url: Set blog list Url.
  • Blogs Url Prefix: Set Url Prefix For Detail Page Url.
  • Blogs Url Suffix: Set Url Suffix For Detail Page Url.

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Post Page Settings

  • Blog List page Title: Enter title for blog list page.
  • Blog List Limit: Set limit for the blog list page.
  • Show Image: Yes | No.
  • Show Blog Title: Yes | No.
  • Show Content: Yes | No.
  • Show Read more Link: Yes | No.
  • Show Date: Yes | No.
  • Show Tags: Yes | No.
  • Show Category: Yes | No.
  • Blog Page Dropdown Limit: Yes | No.
  • Sort By: Title | Publish Date.
  • Sort Order: Ascending | Descending.

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Inner Post Page Settings

  • Show Image: Yes | No.
  • Show Blog Title: Yes | No.
  • Show Content: Yes | No.
  • Show Description: Yes | No.
  • Show Tags: Yes | No.
  • Show Date: Yes | No.
  • Show Social Media: Yes | No.

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  • Pub ID: Enter Pub ID.
  • Allow Customer To Add Comment(s): Yes | No.
  • Show Comment(s): Yes | No.
  • Comment(s) Limit: Set comments limit.
  • Show Comment(s) Counter: Yes | No.
  • Show Commenter Name: Yes | No.
  • Show Comment(s) Title: Yes | No.
  • Show Comment(s) Description: Yes | No.
  • Show Comment(s) Date: Yes | No.

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Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Blog Sidebar: Yes | No.
  • Sidebar Blog Title: Enter sidebar blog block title.
  • Show Blog Title: Yes | No.
  • Show Blog Image: Yes | No.
  • Show Date: Yes | No.
  • Limit: Set the number of blogs to be displayed on the sidebar.
  • Sort By In Sidebar: Title | Publish Date.
  • Sort Order In Sidebar: Ascending | Descending.

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Category Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Category Sidebar: Yes | No.
  • Blog Category Title: Enter the sidebar blog category title.
  • Limit: Set the number of categories displayed on the sidebar.
  • Display Number Of Blog In Category Sidebar: Yes | No.

Recently Published Blog Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Recently Published Sidebar: Yes | No.
  • Recently Published Blog Title: Enter recently published sidebar blog title.
  • Limit: Enter the number of blog(s) displayed on the sidebar.
  • Enable View All Link: Yes | No.

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Most Viewed Blog Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Most Viewed Sidebar: Yes | No.
  • Most Viewed Blog Title: Enter the most viewed sidebar blog block title.
  • Limit: Enter the number of the blog(s) to be displayed on the sidebar.

Archive Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Monthly Archive Sidebar: Yes | No.
  • Display Number Of Blog In Monthly Archive Sidebar: Yes | No.

Tag Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Tag Sidebar: Yes | No.

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Related Blog Settings

  • Show Related Blog: Yes | No.
  • Related Blog Title: Enter related blog title.
  • Related Blog Limit: Set related blog limit.
  • Show Blog Image: Yes | No.
  • Show Blog Title: Yes | No.
  • Show Date: Yes | No.
  • Show Comments Count: Yes | No.

How To Configure

Manage Categories

To manage blog categories from the admin control panel, go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Categories.

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To add a new category, click on the Add New Category button.

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  • Category: Enter the category name.
  • Status: Enable | Disablee.

Manage Tags

To manage the blog tags from the admin control panel, go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Tags.

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To add new Tag, click on the Add New Tag button.

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  • Tag Title: Enter the tag title.
  • Content: Enter content for the tag.
  • URL Key: Set Url key (leave empty for auto-generate Url key).
  • Meta Title: Enter the meta title.
  • Meta Keyword: Enter the meta keyword.
  • Meta Description: Enter the meta description.
  • Status: Enable | Disable.

Manage Blogs

To manage blogs from the admin control panel, go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Blogs .

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To add a new blog, click on the Add New Blog button.

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Blog

  • Title: Enter a blog title.
  • URL Key: Set a Url key (leave empty for auto-generate a Url key).
  • Category: Select blog category.
  • Store View: Select store view for blog.
  • Tags: Enter multiple tags separated by commas.
  • Image: Upload blog image.
  • Publish Date: Set publish date for blog.
  • Author Name: Enter author name for blog.
  • Status: Publish | Draft.
  • Include In Recent: Yes | No.

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Content

  • Description: Enter a description for blog.
  • Content: nter full Content for the blog.

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Meta Data

  • Meta Keyword: Enter the meta keyword for the blog.
  • Meta Description: Enter the meta description.

To manage comments from the admin control panel, go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Comments .

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To view comment, click on Select >> Edit button from Action.

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  • Blog: Display blog name.
  • Title: Shows comment title.
  • Customer: Sisplay Customer group.
  • User Name: Commented customer name.
  • Comment: Shows comment posted by the customer.
  • Status: Enable | Disable.

Widget

Advanced Blog Widget

1. Click on Content >> Pages.

2. Click on the "Add New Page" button and create a new page or open the existing page.

3. Go to the "Content" section and click on the "Insert Widget..." tab.

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  • Widget Type: Select widget type "Solwin Blog widget".
  • Title: Enter the blog widget title.
  • Limit: Set the blog display limit.
  • Short By: Title | Publish Date.
  • Short Order: Ascending | Descending.
  • Show slider: Yes | No.
  • Items: Set the numbers of items to be displayed in one row.

How To Use

In the front end, customers can view the latest blog with the blog title, blog image, blog short descriptions, publish date, tags, categories, etc, also display Advanced Blog all sidebar content in the sidebar.

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Click on read more link will display all blog details like blog name, blog image, blog description, publish date, tags, categories etc.

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Both registered and non-registered customers are post a comment on a particular blog. And it will display after approved by a admin.

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Solwin Blog widget on the front-end.

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Support

If you have any questions or requests, please contact us at support@solwininfotech.com. We are very happy to assist you!

  1. Website: https://solwininfotech.com
  2. Blog: https://solwininfotech.com/blog
  3. Support: http://support.solwininfotech.com