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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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ok no problem..
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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Very nice in deed. I noticed there is no actual listing of the Users who have blogs, is that something you plan on adding on the Blog.php page OR even easy enough for one, somewhat crafty to add themselves?

I just started looking into phpBB as my forum platform, only just now got the local dev up and running, so haven't dled any add-ons yet.

Also... how hard, or is it even possible, to have the Blogs as say another "Category" on the board index and the listings can either be accessed like normal post are OR by going to the actual user's page, like in your add-on?

I think having blogs as a "category" in addition to your User Blog section will encourage a lot more interactivity with it, therefore generating more interest, turning interest into action, therefore creating more users who will more actively blog.

Other then that, it's very solid add-on, and I will be following this closely.
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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I don't know what you mean.

As long as a user has the permission to view blogs, on the memberlist page, and on viewtopic by the member info area it has a link to view the users' blogs.

I kinda like the category idea. But I think it would take too much modification to the main files to make something like that work.

However, I could look at making an add on to the mod where the user runs a script to put new forums as links to the blog pages, where the page would look like viewforum.
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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I've upgraded my board to RC2, re aplied the mod and all is working fine.

Just thought you'd like to know :)

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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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EXreaction wrote:I don't know what you mean.

As long as a user has the permission to view blogs, on the memberlist page, and on viewtopic by the member info area it has a link to view the users' blogs.
Allow me to clarify... When one clicks on the "User Blogs" link in the upper right hand corner, the page that appears with the random/most recent/popular etc. I would think would maybe have a listing of the user's with blogs as well. Like a "Forum" and the "Post" the actuall Users, which are basically links to their specific pages. Honestly, when I clicked that link, that's kind of what I was expecting to see.

I do see now that there is a link to view a particular user's blog. I think having a listing of all available blog, will allow blogs be more readily found, and discover other's as well.
EXreaction wrote: I kinda like the category idea. But I think it would take too much modification to the main files to make something like that work.

However, I could look at making an add on to the mod where the user runs a script to put new forums as links to the blog pages, where the page would look like viewforum.
I wonder if it would somehow be possible to... have the mod work off a "Forum" or "Category"... Basically create a Forum/Category for Blogs only... So a user could either create a blog entry like they create a post, OR via their blog page... First entry being the main blog area, every comment after as the comments section. Readers can read the blog entries like a post, or view the blogs, or they could just be redirected to the page. The blog page mod would just grab the "post" by that particular "author" and organize it by "date".... on their blog page....

This is assuming many things, so keep that in mind. I have yet to dive into phpBB 3 mods as of yet, just doing the research now.

Just an idea....

Also.... I can see people getting overly crazy with turning all their post into blogs, lol, was wondering if there are any plans for like categories? Maybe limit blog entries to specific categories? then have a "Random/Uncategorized" as a catch all? This could be good, and could possibly cread sub-forums, for the overlying Blog "forum" and there fore allow people to click to a particular topic.....

What you think? I think this single handledly could become one of the best mods for forums, add friendly urls, and it will easily attract more memberships thru the SEO.
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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I won't get into blog categories or anything like that.

My to do list for the mod is already big enough and I don't like making things overly complex. ;)
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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EXreaction wrote:I won't get into blog categories or anything like that.

My to do list for the mod is already big enough and I don't like making things overly complex. ;)
I completely overstand. But even without it.... This is a great mod idea. Keep up the good work!
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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I just noticed custom bbcode buttons don't appear in the blog post section? Would this be a simple fix or what can I do to fix this?
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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That is strange, I will look into it. :)


As for an update on my progress with this mod, the last few weeks I haven't gotten anything done.

Some day soon I will fix the known bugs, fix up the features I was working on, then release a new package. :)
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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I was wondering, what code do I need to use to extract the "popular blogs" onto a different page, such as a portal or the index? I'm pretty new to phpbb stuff so any suggestions would be awesome!

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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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Look into the includes/blog/main.php file for the mod.

That page has a very simple code setup, so you should be able to figure it out pretty easy. :)

Also, you will need to include some files that I have included in the main blog.php file on the top.

And since the ACP settings are not in place yet you will need to copy the Quick config settings section in blog.php and put that in as well.

So first include the needed files, then have the config settings section, then add the code related to popular blogs from main.php.

And then of course you will need to copy the part you need from the template.

Once the mod is more finished (may be a while) I will give instructions on exactly how to do it, for right now that is all the details I will get into. :)
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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Sidenote.... check into RIT for BS in CS...
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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How can i turn it on ? :?
My forum www.stylesbb.dl.pl here you can get FREE PHPBB3 and PHPBB styles !
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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How can i write here a blog ? ;| I only can see my blog but nothing else :/
My forum www.stylesbb.dl.pl here you can get FREE PHPBB3 and PHPBB styles !
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Re: [Alpha] User Blog Mod

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Matt, you need to set all the permissions.
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