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Blog Add-on/Extention

edited September 2006 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I've been sort of tentative about posting considering the complexity of my request but here it goes. I'd love to use Vanilla as both my blog and foruming software [ and probably others have wanted the same ]. And since Swell won't be seeing a release till God knows when, I've been thinking this is the only way to get what I want done. Now since I don't know my way around PHP and don't have time to learn, I was hoping one [ or several ] of the guru's here could give me a hand. I've already though my way through on how to get it accomplished and came up with a few criteria: 1) There has to be a new page for the blogposts to appear on. It doesn't have to replace the index.php page. It can simply be mysite.com/forum/blog. I can just redirect mysite.com to there or something of that sorts. 2) On the blog page, display the most recent discussions' topics/titles and whatever appears in the first comment. So for example with this discussion, the title of the blog post would be "Blog Add-on/ Extention" and the body of the post would be "i've been sort of..." and so forth. 3) Have only certain user's discussions appear on the blog page. That way we can have a set of writers doing the actually blogging and the members will be adding the comments. Yet members can still create discussions, but they won't be promoted to the front page. I think that's everything. I saw clofresh's blog theme but it didn't really do what I wanted. Plus it limited who can create discussions and I still want the forum aspect of Vanilla to be there. Anyway I think his code is for 0.9.3 since he made it in July. But I could be wrong. I know this is a tall order, but I'm hoping you guys can help me out :) If you have any questions or need me to clarify anything, just ask o=

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    edited September 2006
    I'd be pretty interested in this kind of extension too. It sounds a lot like Steve's website, www.lansmash.com - it's almost what you are talking about, I think.
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    edited September 2006
    Yeah that's pretty much what I'd want, minus the whole CMS look =x I'd prefer something more Wordpress~y. If that's not too vague <<; I'd prefer if it didn't use Vanilla's disucssion layout, so it looks like the blog and Vanilla are two seperate items. If that makes sense.
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    edited September 2006
    I think this is a thing that a lot of people are clamoring for. It would be easy and desirable to base a full grown community around vanilla. My guess is that Swell will integrate fairly easily with Vanilla, it just makes sense. However, one would think that filebroswer would work more naturally with it than it does, but Mark has stated that filebrowser is at the bottom of his to-do list. There's been a couple of discussions on how to intergrate Wordpress itself w/ Vanilla and my guess is that you understand it about as well as I do. So just do what I do. Get a code capable friend to do it for you. Admit their superior intelligence, offer beer and it's usually a done thing. I'll trade pride for nifty features.
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    why not use wordpress and follow mark's vanilla/wordpress integration guide? it's pretty explicitly documented, step by step.
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    i guess that's the short way of saying it.
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    as my life's irony would have it i installed wordpress the day mark posted the WP integration on Swell.
    then days later read his blog :/ so i didn't set up the folders as needed.
    been to busy to go back and deal with it...
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    Well, integration with Wordpress is pretty easy, Mark's tutorial is clear and even I, with almost no technical skills, managed to make it work within a couple of hours. Problem is, personally, I don't want to use Wordpress. I'm currently running a website using Joomla! for the blog/news part, coupled with SMF for the forum part. And since I know Vanilla, I'm seriously thinking about using only Vanilla to replace both parts. I mean, my current website is so incredibly complex, slow, buggy, time-consuming, hard to explain to people who would like to write news but have no HTML knowledge... I really fell in love with Vanilla's simplicity. There's nothing my current Joomla/SMF site can do better than Vanilla alone, except for the blog display flexibility. So I've not interest in using Wordpress for something Vanilla can do with a little tweak (except I'm no coder and that's the only reason of my whining here T_T)

    I don't know if other people who asked for this extension want a blog looking like Vanilla, but for my part I'd just need Vanilla looking like a blog. There's even no real need for Swell at the moment: If a dozen of lines can make something like thebeautifullie.com or lansmash.com possible, what's the point of asking for another software, even perfectly integrated?

    Get a code capable friend to do it for you. Admit their superior intelligence, offer beer and it's usually a done thing. I'll trade pride for nifty features.

    You're right, that's why this discussion started in the Add-on Requests category :)
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