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Joomla blog - What do you need to have a good one?

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A lot of people want to create a Joomla blog. We know this because when we surf Joomla communities such as Joomla forum, we see questions such as "How do I blog with Joomla?" "Which extensions should I use for blogging?" and more.

We had the same questions when we started our Joomla blog about one year ago. Now, after blogging about 70 blog posts, we'd love to be here to share our experience with you guys.

The areas we are going to write about:

  • What is a blog?
  • Some good extensions for blogging
  • How do we build our blog with Easyblog?
  • Blogging resources

What is a blog?

The word "blog" is short for Weblog. In our opinion, there are 2 popular blog types - personal and business. The Personal blog is used to share your hobbies, daily life, etc. while the Business blog is to keep your website fresh and share informationwith your customers or potential audiences.

A blog should contain some of these essential elements:

  • Blog posts: Includes articles, videos, infographics, etc.
  • Categories: To organize blog posts neatly.
  • A comments system: It allows readers to share their opinions and allows you to connect with your readers.
  • Tags cloud: Shows keywords of your blog posts.
  • RSS feed: Allows people to update your blog and access your blog immediately.
  • Social media integration (Facebook, Twitter, Google+): To ensure your posts can be shared easily, to bring your blog more traffic.
  • Trackbacks or Pingpacks: To broaden the audience and introduce your blog to more people.

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Joomlashine's blog

Some good extensions for blogging

These extensions are developed for blog purposes, so they will provide you with essential blog functions. Besides, they support Joomla 2.5. Cool, right?

Blog extensions

Free / Commercial

JED rating

PROs

CONs

tick EasyBlog

Commercial

4.96/5 - 275 users

- Easy to use

- Good support

- Limited comment themes

Joomblog

Commercial

4.95/5 - 19 users

- Easy to use

- Light and clean layout

- Not integrating trackbacks or pingpacks

RSblog!

Commercial

3.93/5 - 14 users

- Easy to use

- Many features

- Commenting system and media manager are not available

BlogPing

Free

4.45/5 - 29 users

- Automatically pings update-servers when you save an article

- Not working for the list of servers to ping contains a lot of records

BS Myjspace

Free

4.35/5 - 17 users

- Allows your users to create personal page

- Users cannot customize their pages

Note: The icon tick indicates that EasyBlog is our chosen solution.

Besides these professional Joomla blog extensions, you can consider applying CCK (Content Creation Kit) extensions such as K2, Zoo, etc. to create a blog.

How do we blog with Easyblog?

Build an interface

Almost all functions to build a blog are provided in a neat interface. After installing EasyBlog there is no need search for tools.

We set up areas such as Tags Cloud, Search box, Categories and Popular blog posts on our blog. It is very simple to do with EasyBlog. If you still want to "blog" faster, there are tips to help you blog quickly. You can utilize "What's next" wizard on the right side that guides you through the setup.

The Easyblog control panel| Joomla blog

The Easyblog control panel

Blog's functions on our blog| Joomla blog

Blog's functions on our blog

Create good content

Our main purpose is to create good blog content; therefore we spend a lot of time and effort to build the content. As you see, it has detailed blog posts with images, videos and infographics.

You may ask "what do we write about?" or "where we find our blog topics?"; Well, we write about Joomla & Website development tutorials for beginners. We pick our topics from our experience - what do we use, what do we need and from Joomla users needs as well. If there are more topics you want us to write about, you can drop us a line. We'd appreciate that.

A blog post with images| Joomla blog

A blog post with images

Schedule posts

You should schedule posts to make sure that your blog is updated frequently and you can take a look at the blog overview.

We use Google Calendar to note blog posts which will be published in upcoming 2 weeks.

Google Calendar| Joomla blog

Google Calendar

Communicate with your readers

Thanks to the comment system, you can get readers' feedback immediately. Do they like your blog post or not? Was your post helpful for them? Is there any out-of-date information or what things do readers want you to write more about?, etc.

The comment system should be convenient for people to use. There should also be a spam-prevention function. We use the default comment system of EasyBlog, but you can consider some other comment extensions. There are extensions that allow you to make comments from your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Commenting System| Joomla blog

Using commenting system effectively

Promote the blog

There are a lot of ways to help your readers keep track of your latest blog posts. Thanks to them, your blog will be helpful to more people.

Joomlashine on Twitter| Joomla blog

Joomlashine on Twitter

  • Promote infographic: Infographic directories such as Visula.ly or Infographiclove
  • Promote video: Youtube channel
  • Utilize more extensions

    Besides Easyblog, we use some useful extensions such as sh404SEF to manage URL's, Find us on Facebook to link to social media sites, so readers can connect to us more easily. The content of this extension is updated automatically when we update news on Facebook so it keeps the blog content fresh.

    We also create another module to show our Social Profiles.

    Sh404SEF| Joomla blog

    Sh404SEF

    Find us on Facebook| Joomla blog

    Find us on Facebook

    Blogging resources

    You can refer to some sources below about blogging:

    Conclusion

    There are many more tips and book about blogging with Joomla; this article has mentioned just a few of them. We hope that they are useful to you. If you have any questions or you want to introduce your new blog, just leave your comments here and tell us. We always welcome you!

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    Comments

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 28 August 2012

      Nice info. I might try this Easy Blog too. However I have a question

      Lets say for a simple blog, if I create a bog view (1 colmn layout) with DISQUS comment, doesn't that work for many clients too? What features will I miss then with this simple free easy version than by using EasyBlog?

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Wednesday, 29 August 2012

      Hi Swagato, you can create a simple blog with Joomla itself and with Disqus, you have a blog and that's that. Bear in mind that the more plugins you install, the slower the site gets and its not good to your users. EasyBlog is the all-in-one solution to your blogging needs and yes, you can be assured of peace of mind when using this blog component. :D

    • Hanh
      Hanh Wednesday, 29 August 2012

      Hi you,

      DISQUS is just a comment tool, so it doesn't have full of elements for a blog. We choose Easyblog because just with Easyblog, we don't need to install other extensions to create a blog. Besides, the support of Easyblog is good, too. So, you will feel convenient to use it. :D

      Hanh,

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Wednesday, 29 August 2012

      Yes, that's right! EasyBlog solves many headaches that novice or professional bloggers may face. It is an honor to be of service to you and the JoomlaShine Team! ;)

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Saturday, 01 September 2012

      I like blogping. Very easy to use

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    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 04 September 2012

      Great info, however, I feel as though one of greatly extensible CCKs was not anywhere close to being compared... I'm talking about k2.
      It does all these:
      Blog posts; Categories; A comments system; Tags cloud; RSS feed; Social media integration.
      Install BlogPing and maybe jComments for more control over comments and you are golden ;-)
      Not to mention - it is all free.
      Nevertheless- grateful for the article. Thank you.

    • Hanh
      Hanh Wednesday, 05 September 2012

      Hello Dan,
      You are right, K2 is great. And I see many bloggers use it as well.
      But using Easyblog or K2, it depends on each user's desire and demand.
      Btw, thank you for your comment, it's cool! :D

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 04 September 2012

      Hi Han, that post was helpful. And am dazed cos it's coming from a lady. pls, I want to add a staff profile module to my site. I mean a module that show staff designation, name and clickable link for more information

    • Hanh
      Hanh Wednesday, 05 September 2012

      Hi Adeyemi,

      I don't know if this extension Thinkery Work Force http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/directory-a-documentation/address-book/10585 is suitable for your demand. You can check and try using it. I hope it works for you. :D

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Sunday, 09 September 2012

      I have been looking for information on how to start a blog with Joomla for weeks. I was almost ready to give up and install WP! Thanks for the helpful advice. Now if I can just figure out what pings and trackbacks are...

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    • Hanh
      Hanh Sunday, 09 September 2012

      Hi Adam, these are some documents I found, you can refer it for trackbacks, pingbacks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trackback, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingback, http://www.geeklog.net/docs/english/trackback.html

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Monday, 22 October 2012

      Hi there,
      Can I move my existing site http://www.talentsfromindia.com to joomla with easyblog ? right now it is hosted on a wordpress. Please be advice.

      Regards
      Alex

    • huyennt
      huyennt Tuesday, 23 October 2012

      Hi Alex,

      I believe that EasyBlog can answer this question best. Please contact them at http://stackideas.com/

      Hope that you can continue your blog with Joomla and Easyblog soon.

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 23 October 2012

      Thanks Huyennt for your support...:D

    • huyennt
      huyennt Wednesday, 24 October 2012

      You are welcome, Alex!

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 27 November 2012

      Hello,
      Firstly thanks a lot for sharing these kind of informative information. Basically my question is : How many types of feature should take place in order to make a super standard blog? I mean one of them may be, Category wise article showing, Social media share option at right side or left, Comments option in every article....etc. I understand it depends on type of blog but over all, how many they are, and what are them?
      -Thanks

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    • huyennt
      huyennt Wednesday, 28 November 2012

      Hi Tulon,

      You can take a look at this Joomlashine blog. In my opinion, it covers basic elements for one blog :)

    • Marco Poet
      Marco Poet Tuesday, 05 March 2013

      Great examples here, I’m looking at having my comments section re designed, although its clean and simple now I think it could be a little more personal.

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    • Guest
      Saifudheen Sunday, 14 April 2013

      Thank you for these examples with screenshots. Really helpful

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    • Guest
      jahangir Thursday, 08 August 2013

      Very helpful post. Thanks for share.

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