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byjonpez, August 18, 2010
EasyBlog
I have been administrating an installation of EasyBlog with about 4 users for roughly the past 2 months.

First, the pros:

-Installed without a hitch
-Allows Joomla-naive users to start creating content immediately

-Provides a lot of useful features such as trackbacks, commenting, social integration. Everything you'd expect from leading blogging software.

-The themes are absolutely beautiful. This is really EasyBlog's strongest point - your blog will really look stunning and modern with EasyBlog.

-Support was quick to respond and as helpful as they could be, even when they couldn't resolve issues.

And the cons:

-Twitter is integrated, but the only way to do URL shortening is through TweetMeme integration. Why isn't there TweetMeme integration on the dashboard as well as on the post pages? I was unable to get a clear answer about this from the support team. The dashboard Twitter feature is broken without this functionality.

-User administration is a buggy mess. We have had constant issues with setting user permissions. It's unclear how EasyBlog-specified user permissions sync up with Joomla permissions. The stated user permissions don't seem to match up with which users are able to create, publish, and approve posts. There are multiple incorrect prompts on the dashboard telling users what they can and can't do, further adding to the confusion. We seem to have ironed out most of these issues, but the amount of time and effort it took was ridiculous.

-Updates will overwrite any theme customizations you have made. Luckily I anticipated this and backed my theme customizations up beforehand, but forgetting to do so could be a serious hassle.

-The "Continue Reading" link is really easy to miss as there are no obvious visual cues that there is more content. Why doesn't EasyBlog insert a link at the end of the intro content that clearly indicates that you are not reading the entire post?

-There is no integration with the built-in Joomla search module. I don't know if this is even feasible to begin with, but be aware that you will have to come up with your own search solution if you want to include blog content in your results.

-No XML-RPC integration. We wanted to be able to post from Microsoft Word, which is possible to do directly into Joomla, but there is no support for this in EasyBlog.

-The software seems prone to lots of small bugs and quirks on the backend. It's easy to tell this software is not nearly as robust and well-tested as other platforms such as WordPress or Tumblr. Although the support team is very helpful in fixing or resolving most issues, it's a hassle to have to deal with them in the first place, especially since you are paying for the software.

Although EasyBlog is far from perfect, none of the cons listed above have been deal-breakers, just mild to moderate annoyances. If you want a Joomla blogging platform with all the modern blogging features you would expect, and you want it to look slick, professional, and aesthetically pleasing, then you could do much worse than EasyBlog.
Owner's reply

Hello jonpez,

Thank you very much for the in depth review :) I would like to point out a couple of issues here,

-Twitter is integrated, but the only way to do URL shortening is through TweetMeme integration. Why isn't there TweetMeme integration on the dashboard as well as on the post pages? I was unable to get a clear answer about this from the support team. The dashboard Twitter feature is broken without this functionality.
We understand this and this feature is actually coming up with the upcoming version of Easy Blog. We have added a url shortening service which uses bit.ly

-User administration is a buggy mess. We have had constant issues with setting user permissions. It's unclear how EasyBlog-specified user permissions sync up with Joomla permissions. The stated user permissions don't seem to match up with which users are able to create, publish, and approve posts. There are multiple incorrect prompts on the dashboard telling users what they can and can't do, further adding to the confusion. We seem to have ironed out most of these issues, but the amount of time and effort it took was ridiculous.
Thank you for pointing this out, this is something that we may have overlooked in our permission management. We'll revisit the users management in the next version.

-Updates will overwrite any theme customizations you have made. Luckily I anticipated this and backed my theme customizations up beforehand, but forgetting to do so could be a serious hassle.
I have to agree with you here and we will work on release patches instead.

-The "Continue Reading" link is really easy to miss as there are no obvious visual cues that there is more content. Why doesn't EasyBlog insert a link at the end of the intro content that clearly indicates that you are not reading the entire post?
We actually leave this to you as a site admin or webmaster so that you can customize the themes however you want it. It could be a good idea and we've added this into our feature request list.

-There is no integration with the built-in Joomla search module. I don't know if this is even feasible to begin with, but be aware that you will have to come up with your own search solution if you want to include blog content in your results.
Sorry about these confusions but there is actually a Joomla search plugin which you can download from your account area. Once installed, when you perform the search it will also search for blog entries as well.

-No XML-RPC integration. We wanted to be able to post from Microsoft Word, which is possible to do directly into Joomla, but there is no support for this in EasyBlog.
XMLRPC is actually in our to-do list next. :)

-The software seems prone to lots of small bugs and quirks on the backend. It's easy to tell this software is not nearly as robust and well-tested as other platforms such as WordPress or Tumblr. Although the support team is very helpful in fixing or resolving most issues, it's a hassle to have to deal with them in the first place, especially since you are paying for the software.
We have actually improvised and restructured the backend since our first release as we find our initial design pretty complicated. We made it a lot more user friendly but if there are bugs or errors you can always drop us a line in the email and we'll be very glad to look into it immediately.