Introduction

News Channels, Social Profiles, Blog, Microblogging, Social Presence

A free, user and webmaster friendly blogging extension for Joomla!, with a native and fresh look, packing up various features, Blog Factory it's a brilliant alternative to Wordpress blogging, allowing web users to use Joomla! versatility and well known blogging conventions.

  • Favourite
  • Report

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

3rd Party Integrations

  • Community Builder
  • Gravatar
  • Reverse Auction Factory
  • Raffle Factory
  • Micro Deal Factory
  • Ads Factory
  • Media Mall Factory
  • Jobs Factory
  • Social Factory
  • Love Factory
  • jAnswers Factory
  • API available for 3rd party integration of other extensions

Notifications

  • 6 types of email notifications for all important events to users and administrators
  • Customizable email templates

Backend Management

  • Actions: deal with reports, approve/unapprove comments, set up notifications, etc.
  • Overview comments
  • Blogs and posts management
  • User management
  • Bookmarks management
  • Backup and restore data
  • Dashboard containing several statistics and information

Requirements

  • Joomla! 4.x, 3.x
  • PHP (min. 5.3.0)
  • MySQL (min. 5.1 + )
  • CRON (a general CRON Tutorial is available in our documentation section)
  • cURL, GD2 libraries enabled

FURTHER DETAILED INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE PRODUCT HOMEPAGE!

Functionality
This is a full fledged blog component with all necessary functions.
Ease of use
It is user friendly and easily guides the user on what to do. It is very great and does what it says.
Support
Despite being a free extension, support is prompt. The support teal also does not give up till there is a solution for their problem.
Documentation
I used this to: Creating a blog for my website to inform my users of how the website works and new features.

Great Product, great support



Posted on 18 February 2019
Functionality
This is a great blog, it has enough functions to create blog.
It has the additional bonus of being able to export to Joomla
Ease of use
This is not a blog that does 1000 things, most of which very few people would need/require.
Support
I had the need for a change it the raw code, help was available via the support forum.I received a quick, solution that worked.
Documentation
There is online basic documentation.
I used this to: I'm a website developer and have been looking for a useful free blog. This one tick's all the boxes without being overly complex.

Great blog component!



Posted on 10 February 2019
Functionality
Has many functionalities to setup a blog site. Great thanks to the developer.
Ease of use
Very easy to use with a lot of features.
Support
Is so easy to use so far I didn't need any support.
Documentation
Not very extensive but there is no need to be. Easy to setup and run.
I used this to: Setting up a blog site. I really appreciate the time and effort the developer spent to create this excellent component for free.

Good support



Posted on 19 December 2017
Functionality
good plugin for the people who do not want to use joomla's core content functions. Good support!
Ease of use
overall good and easy to use even for noobies
Support
very good and responsive!
Documentation

Unable to contact



Posted on 29 August 2017
Functionality
Its a free install but once I installed I had all the functionality except the ability to add an image to a blog post. This is important.
Ease of use
Easy enough to use but I couldn't add a photo to blog posts.
Support
Unable to make contact with support from their site to find why image files can't be added to posts. I'm uninstalling from my site.
Documentation
I used this to: Blog
Owner's reply: Unfortunately, this review is a complete BOGUS and is misleading other Joomla users, as even the reviewer himself admits on our forum (under the name John Wilson) that he did not contacted us before placing the review, just placed the BAD REVENGE review for the simple reason that we do not provide him an email address on our pages for the support of this free product and he has to use our forum to obtain support.

http://thephpfactory.com/forum/blog-factory/19395-beginner-questions

We think that given the fact that we maintain and developed this products for the last 8 years, constantly offered fast product support for all users always for free, proves that our support is one of the best out there. We offer the support for free products only in our forum, so that other users might benefit also from it, having so an important knowledge-base, beside the product documentation which is available on our pages.
Functionality
blog extension solution good engineered and technically atop
Ease of use
very intuitive
Support
the support team delivers a great work, even if sometimes with delay in reacting
Documentation
for a free product, satisfactory, even though per sé incomplete
I used this to: evaluation of a new site by the internauts
Functionality
For my purposes it does everything that I need. I just wanted a simple blog to integrate with my Joomla site to avoid external blogs.
Ease of use
Very simple to set up and us.
Support
For a free piece of software the support is excellent. I have only had one question so far and it was dealt with within 24 hours.
Documentation
Not bad. As good as or better tha most.
I used this to: Personal blog on my websites to avoid using an external Wordpress site.
Functionality
Good. Does what it says.
Ease of use
Overall good. The feature to add blog and categories can be confusing. Doesn't work well in some browsers when adding articles, editing.
Documentation
It is okay. Some common, simple questions not answered.
I used this to: Guest blogs, site announcements
Owner's reply: Hi Theresa!

Thank you for all the appreciation! We would be grateful though if you revise the rating for the extension support. I think it was a mistake to give 0 points, on the grounds that: "Haven't needed it." If you did not needed any support, that means that all previous signaled issues were fixed by us, and we do provide a professional support to our extensions.

Thank you again!
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.
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.
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Blog Factory

Version:
4.4.4
Developer:
thePHPfactory
Last updated:
Oct 10 2019
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
Free download
Registration:
Yes
Includes:
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Compatibility:
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