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BLOG Factory ComponentModule

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Blog Factory is a FREE, user and webmaster friendly blogging extension for Joomla!, with a native and fresh look.

Packing up various features, it is a brilliant alternative to Wordpress blogging, allowing web users to use Joomla! versatility and well known blogging conventions.

Layout & Themes

Fully customizable CSS

Key Features

Individual per blog listings (every user gets his own blog front page)
User dashboard (with draggable panes and all-in-reach controls)
Import Blog posts into regular Joomla! content
Bookmarking for social websites (Digg, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
Thumbs up/down rating system (rate posts and comments)
Commenting system
Following system (with email notifications on new posts)
Built-in Media Manager with per user Disk Quota (users can upload media in order to post in their blog)
Email notifications
RSS feeds and syndication
Avatars (own uploaded avatar, Gravatar or Community's Builder if available)
Simple blogs search on listings
Pingbacks
Metadata
Revisions
Tags

Standards

Multi-language support, UTF-8 support, comes default with English INI language files
SEO/SEF friendly
Default integration with Joomla! user profile, allowing a single login for Joomla! and component
Easy transition to RTL
Simple installation, configuration and updating process

User Profile

Configurable account details (name, URL)
Enable/disable subscription notification (notifies user when new posts are added on followed blogs)
Set avatar (own uploaded avatar, Gravatar or Community's Builder if available)

Categories

Unlimited categories and subcategories levels
Category tree module

Main Settings

General settings (enable/disable router plugin, enable/disable categories)
Posts settings (set up interactions, whitelist tags)
Set up The Factory integrations (this will allow users to include content from other extensions into their blog posts)
Comment settings (approvals, guest comments, ratings, Captcha)
Pagination settings (set number of comments per page and their order)
Enable/disable pingbacks
Media manager settings
Import default settings (can be overwritten for each blog individually)
Avatars settings
Add banned words which will be filtered on comments
Manage permission settings for groups (create blogs, add comments)

Modules & Plugins

Modules that display latest, random, top active, top followed blogs (multiple instances module)
Modules that display latest, random, top rated posts (multiple instances module)
Calendar module (clicking on a day will display all the posts from that respective day)
Category tree module
Posts tree module
Tag cloud module
Search and System plugins

FURTHER DETAILED INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE PRODUCT HOMEPAGE!

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2014-02-24
Reviews: 28
Would be excellent if you could import.....

Yes, look through it and you'll see "Import" but that's wrong and relates to English as a second language (I assume). "Import" allows you to "export" BF articles to make them regular Joomla articles (guess it has some use). But there is no way to really import anything into BF.

So, if you have an existing site, with many posts, be prepared to manually add every post to BF to make it functional. IMHO, this is a fatal flaw. I asked about import and was told "...it's not implemented in this version..." No thank you, no "we're looking into it", no "gee, that's a good idea".

Having said that, for a new site or a revamp of one which doesn't have a blog, BF would be a great component. Powerful features and reasonably intuitive even without reading the dox. If they put in a proper import of Joomla articles I would give it 5 stars.
2014-02-13
Reviews: 2
The installation of the component is pretty straight forward. The support for it is, in my opinion, outstanding. I did not think I would get much support on a free extension but, I was thankfully wrong. I heard back on the forum within the day. Mind you there is a seven hour time difference between me and the support staff. I am delighted to say they were able to figure out what my problem was the first try. I have used the component before and it works like a charm and I anticipate it will only get better as they develop it. Thank you for your help and for such a great component. You have my word of mouth advertising for The Blog Factory. Keep up the great work.
2014-02-11
Reviews: 2
Very good and easy to use extension, just install and run it without any problems, just hope it will come with more option on next update, such as:

- possibility for users to report a post to admin.

- badge for blogger.

- an "accept therms and conditions" before posting
2013-12-17
Reviews: 2
After reading all parts of manual, I managed to install and got Blog run. Excellent product, thank you.
2013-11-18
Reviews: 1
Great extension, normally I don't take the time to review, but since it is a very new component, I will encourage you to use it. Thanks for creating this component, easy to manage, and to post for users in the front end. I liked how you setup the dashboard, too. For all of you that are going to use it, READ THE DOCUMENTATION FIRST, and try out the demo to see its full potential.

Thank You.