Advanced Blog - Extension for Magento 2

Introduction

Installation

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 2.0.x, Magento 2.1.x, Magento 2.2.x and Magento 2.3.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 and Magento 2.2.x version.
Extension Installation:

For Magento 2 Community Edition,

  1. If you are using Magento 2.0.x then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-2.0.x.zip file.
    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 then you need to extract solwin-ourblog-m2-2.3.x.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.

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 2 extension gives you an opportunity to communicate with your regular customers and casual visitors. Using this Magento 2 Advanced Blog extension you can create an interactive two-way communication platform to provide official information on your store news, discounts, sales, new products, events, upcoming products, promotions etc and get customers’ feedback. Customers can make a comment on a particular blog and after approved comment by admin, it is displayed on particular blog page. 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. Admin can manage blog for particular category and display all blogs category wise in frontside. Admin can manage blogs store wise and create SEO friendly url for each blog.

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

Features

You can find these features below:

  • Provides fully customizable interface of the extension from admin.
  • Be creative! Use built-in WYSIWYG editor to create cool looking blog content for your store.
  • Ability to add blog under a particular category.
  • Registered & Unregistered both customers can add comments.
  • Admin can manage blog for particular category and display all blogs category wise in frontside.
  • Admin can set 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 admin can display latest blogs on any cms pages/static blocks.
  • Show latest blog on cms pages as a slider.
  • Admin can manage blogs store wise and create SEO friendly url for each blog.
  • Powerful admin option with a lots of custom configuration settings.
  • Brings additional visitors to your site.
  • Opportunity to communicate with your regular customers and casual visitors.
  • Admin can see a logged in customer name for a particular comment.
  • Admin can manage sidebar with blog limit.

How To Use

In front end, Customers can see the Latest blog with blog title, blog image, blog short descriptions, publish date, tags, categories etc.

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Click on read more link will display all blog details like blog name, blog image blogs, 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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How To Configure

Manage Categories

To manage blog categories from back end, Go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Categories

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To add new Category, Click on Add New Category button,

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  • Category: Enter new category name
  • Status: Enable | Disabled

Manage Tags

To manage blog tags from back end, Go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Tags

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To add new Tag, Click on Add New Tag button,

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  • Tag Title: Enter tag title
  • Content: Enter full description
  • URL Key: Set url key (leave empty for auto generate url key)
  • Meta Title: Enter meta title
  • Meta Keyword: Enter meta keyword
  • Meta Description: Enter meta description
  • Status: Enable | Disabled

Manage Blogs

To manage blogs from back end, Go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Blogs

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To add new blog, Click on Add New button like,

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Blog

  • Title: Enter blog title
  • URL Key: Set url key (leave empty for auto generate 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 short description
  • Content: Enter full description

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Meta Data

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

To manage comment from back end, Go to Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Manage Comments

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To view comment, Click on Select >> View button from Action,

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  • Blog: Display blog name
  • Title: Shows comment title
  • Customer: Shows customer is guest customer or logged in customer
  • User Name: Commented customer name
  • Comment: Shows comment posted by customer
  • Status: Enable | Disable

Settings

In the Backend from Solwin >> Blog Manager >> Configuration menu, our extension allows you to enable or disable the module in your store and provide you more configuration options for blog.

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General

  • Enable: Yes | No
  • Add Toplink: Whether to show top links on frontend
  • Add Footerlink: Whether to show footer links on frontend
  • Top And Footer Link Title: Enter title for top links & footer links
  • Blog List Url: Set Route For Module.
  • Blogs Url Prefix: Set URL Prefix For Detail Page URL.
  • Blogs Url Suffix: Set URL Suffix For Detail Page URL.

Post Page Settings

  • Blog List page Title: Enter title for blog list page
  • Blog List Limit: Set limit for blog list page
  • Show Image: Whether to show blog image
  • Show Blog Title: Whether to show blog title
  • Show Content: Whether to show blog content
  • Show Read more Link: Whether to show read more link
  • Show Tags: Whether to show tags

Inner Post Page Settings

  • Show Image: Whether to show blog image
  • Show Blog Title: Whether to show blog title
  • Show Content: Whether to show blog content
  • Show Description: Whether to show blog description
  • Show Tags: Whether to show tags
  • Show Date: Whether to show date
  • Show Social Media: Whether to show social media
  • Allow Customer to add comment(s): Yes | No
  • Show Comment(s): Whether to show comments
  • Comment(s) Limit: Show limited comment(s)
  • Show Comment(s) Counter: Whether to show comment counter
  • Show Comment(s) Name: Whether to show comment name
  • Show Comment(s) Title: Whether to show comment title
  • Show Comment(s) Description: Whether to show comment description
  • Show Comment(s) Date: Whether to show comment date

Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Blog Sidebar: whether to show sidebar blog
  • Blog Title: Enter sidebar blog block title
  • Show Blog Title: whether to show blog title
  • Show Blog Image: whether to show blog image
  • Show Date: whether to show publish date
  • Limit: Number of blogs displayed on sidebar

Category Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Category Sidebar: whether to show sidebar blog category
  • Blog Category Title: Enter sidebar blog category block title
  • Limit: Number of category displayed on sidebar

Recently Published Blog Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Recently Published Sidebar: whether to show recently published sidebar blog
  • Recently Published Blog Title: Enter recently published sidebar blog block title
  • Limit: Number of blog(s) displayed on sidebar
  • Enable View all Link: whether to show view all link for recently published sidebar blog

Most Viewed Blog Sidebar Settings

  • Enable Most Viewed Sidebar: whether to show most viewed sidebar blog
  • Most Viewed Blog Title: Enter most viewed sidebar blog block title
  • Limit: Number of blog(s) displayed on sidebar

Related Blog Settings

  • Show Related Blog: whether to show related blog
  • Related Blog Title: Enter related blog title
  • Related Blog Limit: set related blog limit
  • Show Blog Image: whether to show blog image
  • Show Blog Title: whether to show blog title
  • Show Date: Whether to show publish date
  • Show Comments Count: Show Comments Count

Widget

Advanced Blog Widget

1. Click on Content >> Pages

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

3. Go to “Content” section and click on “Insert Widget...” tab.

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  • Widget Type: Select widget type “Blog widget”.
  • Title: Enter blog widget title
  • Limit: Set blog limit
  • Short By: Set shorting
  • Short Order: Set shorting order
  • Show slider: Yes | No
  • Items: Set numbers of items to display in one row
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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