Blog Factory

Blog Factory

Version 4.2.1
Joomla Version 3.2

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.

Blog Factory Layout & Themes

Layout & Themes

  • Fully customizable CSS
Blog Factory Key Features

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
Blog Factory Standards

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
Blog Factory User Profile

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)
Blog Factory Categories

Categories

  • Unlimited categories and subcategories levels
  • Category tree module
Blog Factory Main Settings

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)
Blog Factory Modules & Plugins

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
Blog Factory 3rd Party Integrations

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
Blog Factory Notifications

Notifications

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

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
Blog Factory Requirements

Requirements

  • Joomla! 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

 

Blog Factory 4.2.1 released on November 19, 2014.

  • Fixed issue regarding invalid RSS blog feeds.

Blog Factory 4.2.0 released on October 14, 2014.

  • New feature: product is now responsive.
  • Fixed issues regarding posts view comments label language string, export to Joomla! content issue, added missing language strings for Manage subscriptions menu item, order bookmarks on fronted by the order set in backend, [issue] component router format.

Blog Factory 4.1.1 released on October 9, 2014.

  • New feature: Trigger new post published event.
  • New feature: added option for Posts menu item to filter posts by category.

Blog Factory 4.1.0 released on September 26, 2014.

  • New feature: implemented importing articles from Joomla! into Blog Factory posts.
  • New feature: Blogs can now be created from backend.
  • New feature: implemented vote rating permissions per user group (includes guest post rating).
  • Optimized display blog title on backend posts page.
  • Renamed (texts and code) import feature to export.
  • Fixed several issues including post editor display, backend boolean field to include global option, etc.

Blog Factory 4.0.4 released on September 15, 2014.

  • Added new branding.
  • Removed deprecated classes and methods.
  • Execute system plugin onBeforeRender only on component pages.

Blog Factory 4.0.3 released on May 21, 2014.

  • Fixed issues regarding public comments delete button, alt attribute for images from being removed on save, check permissions to create blog when integrated with Love or Social Factory.

Blog Factory 4.0.2 released on April 17, 2014.

  • New feature: added backend dashboard.
  • Several improvements like separating bookmarks and subscriptions in two independent features, updated backend comments to hide approve status if approval is disabled, updated backend user edit form to include avatar options.
  • Fixed backend boolean field display. 

Blog Factory 4.0.1 released on January 23, 2014.  

  • Fixed several issues including moved tags edit code to own JFormField and added to backend, metadata fields not showing on backend post edit form, permissions when no permissions defined, notification tokens when no tokens defined, form validation on post save, generating aliases on frontend, add default title for untitled posts on save, saving Read more tag.

Blog Factory 4.0.0 released on August 27, 2013.   

  • Support for Joomla 3.0.x.
  • Renamed extension from "Deluxe Blog Factory" to a simple and strong "Blog Factory".
  • The product just went from commercial to FREE for download, with paid support only.
  • New feature: added support for integrations with other components for adding data in blog posts. Currently supported components are:

- Reverse Auction Factory
- Raffle Factory
- Micro Deal Factory
- Ads Factory
- Media Mall Factory
- Jobs Factory
- Social Factory
- Love Factory
- jAnswers Factory

Deluxe Blog Factory 3.1.1 released on September 11, 2012.    

  • Fixed issues on new post, upload media management, CSS, etc.

Deluxe Blog Factory 3.1.0 released on February 9, 2012.   

  • Support for Joomla 2.5.x.

Deluxe Blog Factory 3.0.0 released on November 30, 2011.   

  • New Product Concept.
  • Fixed issues regarding recaptcha link, upload avatar, Google +1 bookmark, posting comments and articles, pagination on blog posts, Smarty template, CB integration.

Deluxe Blog Factory 2.1.1 released on September 30, 2011.   

  • Fixed issues regarding new blog, register new blog with SEF enabled, ItemId on Joomla 1.7, menu item, links on tags, view blog, comments disabled, missing SEF routes in router file.

Deluxe Blog Factory 2.1.0 released on August 19, 2011.  

  • Support for Joomla 1.7.x.
  • Fixed issues regarding categories (when using the Joomla categories), backup (when archive was empty), etc.

Deluxe Blog Factory 2.0.0 released on January 11, 2011. 

  • Redeveloped for Joomla 1.6.x. 

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.3.5 released on November 9, 2010.

  • New feature: Calender module to count daily posts. 
  • Fixed issues regarding filter posts by archived status, blog router plugin install manifest, search bot, post alias creation, backend javascript on import blogs and posts.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.3.0 released on November 9, 2010.

  • New feature: added posts archive.
  • New feature: new posts tree module.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.2.0 released on September 7, 2010.   

  • New feature: added Gravatar support.
  • New feature: added System plugin for SEF for urls like: www.xx.com/userblog or www.xx.com/userpost 
  • Attention! For the plugin to work correctly, other SEF components/plugins must be disabled!
  • Warning! With the new system plugin, the URLs of posts and blogs have changed, so the old ones are not compatible anymore!

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.3 released on June 19, 2010.  

  • New feature: enable/disable (from backend) dashboard panels.
  • Optimisation: own jQuery library for no interference with other components.
  • Fixed issue regarding multiple files uploads, media management (explore folder), unpublished blogs/posts showing on frontend, restoring backup from older version 1.1.1 (php5 to php4).

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.2 released on February 19, 2010. 

  • New feature: Search plugin.
  • Fixed several issues regarding PHP4 compatibility issues, strip all javascript when saving post, detect and show error if jQuery UI library is not loaded, modules links Itemids, set titles for post and search page, media management insert image, pingback (pingbacks weren't registered when SEF was enabled).

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.1 released on December 7, 2009.

  • Added menu link for 'Followed Blogs' for users with no blog.
  • Fixed issues regarding new post notification for followers, links from feed, post new comment form, with rss feeds when joomla SEF was active and "Add suffix to URLs" was set to Yes, generating feeds, IE8 blog page display, post view, smarty template not displaying captcha, restore backup (strings in array), sending emails to admin on new comment and no admin selected, display comments, strip javascript when saving post, etc.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.0 released on November 30, 2009.

  • New feature: Backup and Restore.
  • Fixed issue regarding backend save post.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.2 released on November 25, 2009.

  • SH404SEF extension.
  • Fixed issues regarding template and php short open tags.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.1 released on November 20, 2009.

  • Fixed several issues including router.php, routes in Smarty templates.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.0 released on November 9, 2009.











Screenshots are representing version 4.0.0 of Blog Factory.

Take a moment to check out the product demo-server under:

For testing purposes we provide the demo-server, where testers can access the frontend but also the backend area. 

Usually most of the important features are available on the demo-server, less some particular features including the payment plugins (if the extension in case has these features) which are disabled. Note please that for extensions supporting Smarty templates the display is fully customizable through own product templates, else the display remains still flexible and offers the possibility to be matched with the site template through CSS.

Please note that the demo-server is reseted hourly, meaning that the initial values will be set and any change made during testing will be erased.

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Simply decide on your own after checking the extension demo and documentation. 

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