Simple and Elegant Sitecore Blogging Made Easy
XBlog, available in the Sitecore Marketplace, was created by two seasoned XCentium Sitecore developers, Zac Malmquist and Matt Kloss, both whom recognized the need for a more elegant solution for managing blogs.
"Third-party blog tools are common with Sitecore installations and most developers will agree that no blog module meets their requirements exactly. This leads to customizations that can start to make for a messy solution," shares Matt Kloss, East Coast Practice Director at XCentium.
With their extensive experience in writing custom blog modules and using third-party blog modules for Sitecore, the developers realized that there wasn’t a simple solution for supporting MVC and Web Form platforms, or handling multiple blogs on the same Sitecore instance.
In addition to addressing those needs, XBlog provides developers the ability to easily set up a new blog “out of the box,” complete with simple, straight-forward user controls. In addition, it provides standard blogging features such as author bios, tags, search, and social media integrations. For websites that already have a WordPress blog, XBlog includes an importer that quickly uploads blog content and its structure into a Sitecore framework for ease of management and customizations.
“The thinking behind XBlog’s architecture and the attention to details such as implementing schema.org for SEO purposes are what I am most proud of,” said Kloss.
“We saw a need and a challenge. In the end, we are very happy with how things turned out.” said Malmquist, a Sitecore Most Valuable Professional (MVP).
XBlog is XCentium’s 17th module created and available within the Sitecore Marketplace. “We are so excited about our team addressing a need and continuing to provide more value to the Sitecore community,” said Martin Knudsen, Partner at XCentium.
- Easy install new instances for quick out of box use.
- Imports current blog information from WordPress
- Customization at a settings level for simple adjustments.
- Simple straight forward user controls and views for more in depth customization.
- Support for both Web Forms and MVC.
- A structure that support multiple instances in one Sitecore environment.
- Simple CSS with configurable identifier to allow you to customize to your site’s css.
- Opengraph implementation.
You can find our implementation of XBlog in the blog portion of our site -> XCentium Blog.