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apostrophe-blog

Blogging for the Apostrophe content management system

apostrophe-blog

This bundle provides a complete foundation for blogging with the Apostrophe CMS.

The bundle consists of three Apostrophe modules (in a single npm module):

  • apostrophe-blog
  • apostrophe-blog-pages
  • apostrophe-blog-widgets

The apostrophe-blog module provides the ability to create and edit blog posts and manage their publication dates.

The apostrophe-blog-pages module displays blog posts on a page. It extends the apostrophe-pieces-pages module. A blog page displays only blog posts whose publication date has arrived.

The apostrophe-blog-widgets module provides an apostrophe-blog widget, which you can use to select blog posts to appear anywhere on your site. Posts do not appear until their publication date.

These three modules extend apostrophe-pieces, apostrophe-pieces-pages and apostrophe-pieces-widgets, and you can extend them further as well.

For a single blog:

// in app.js 
// We must declare the bundle! 
bundles: [ 'apostrophe-blog' ],
modules: {
  'apostrophe-blog': {},
  'apostrophe-blog-pages': {},
  'apostrophe-blog-widgets': {},
  'apostrophe-pages': {
    // We must list `apostrophe-blog-page` as one of the available page types 
    types: [
      {
        name: 'apostrophe-blog-page',
        label: 'Blog'
      },
      {
        name: 'default',
        label: 'Default'
      },
      {
        name: 'home',
        label: 'Home'
      }
    ]
  }
}

You can set the contextual: true option for the apostrophe-blog module if you prefer to allow the end user to edit the content of the article "in context" on the show.html page. This is generally the preferred way to go.

You can also set contextual: true for individual schema fields like body so that they don't appear in the modal at all.

When contextual: true is set for the module, the user is redirected to the "show page" for that blog post as soon as they click "save" so that they can edit further.

In addition, the "context menu" (the "Page menu") is enhanced with blogging-related choices when on a blog index page or show page.

One way to create two or more blogs is to create separate blog pages on the site, and use the "with these tags" feature to display only posts with certain tags.

Another approach is to extend the modules, creating new modules and a completely separate admin bar item for managing the content. If you take this approach, you must set a distinct name property when configuring your subclass of apostrophe-blog, such as article. This will be value of type in the database for each blog post of this subclass.

The latter approach is often best as it requires less user training to avoid confusion. The former approach has its own advantages, notably that it is easier to aggregate content and have it appear in multiple places intentionally.