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@Raymond - if that's what happens then it is working correctly :-). Blog does not automatically associate permissions and roles. That would be assuming too much. It is left to you to set up. To help you, it creates the role 'blog-author' and a permission 'blog'. The role 'blog-author' is used to find and list, uh, Blog Authors' posts. The permission 'blog' is used to grant view access to the Blog Dashboard.

So, as per normal PW access control setup, you will need to assign roles/permissions to your users at both the access and template level. You can still create additional permissions/roles to fine tune who can post, publish, edit, posts, etc. So, if you want your user to view the dashboard you can add the permission 'blog' to the role 'blog-author' (or any other role you create) and give your user that role. If you want them to access the Blog pages tree, you can do that at the template level. E.g. create a role 'blog-editor', and use that to control template-level permissions for Blog pages (view, edit, delete, etc). You can take advantage of PW's cascading permissions feature (i.e. children inherit parents').

Please note that if you do not want users to be able to delete Blog posts at the template level then you should also not give them access to the Blog Dashboard since they will be able to delete posts anyway. I have not had the need to add such an access control at the Blog Dashboard level beyond checking if they have 'view permission' ('blog') and for the 'Cleanup' utility, that they are supersusers.

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Hi Kogondo,

Thanks for the quick reply. Adding the permission 'blog' to the role 'blog-author' look likes its sufficient for my needs. (havent tested it all yet)

Now i only need to do is redirect a logged in user with blog-author role to the blog page after loggin in.

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Hi,

I would like to add some of my standard fields to the blog templates. These trigger support for generating microdata and so on. Are there any obvious reasons not to do this? Any advice much appreciated!

Cheers.

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@Gazley. None whatsoever from the point of view of upgrading Blog. Upgrades don't overwrite anything outside /site/modules/ProcessBlog/. Nothing is reinstalled, your content, fields, etc are not affected. You could even rename your Blog pages and it will still work fine. Only two don't dos: don't change the IDs of the main Blog pages in the db and don't rename Blog fields and templates :-)

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Hi Kongondo,

Thanks for the heads-up! :) That's great to hear - now I can add my little standard "bits and pieces" and all will be well in my world :)

Getting along great with the Blog;  thanks once again for providing such an awesome module!

Cheers.

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I need to ask a question i need to reformat the content but i don't want to modify the core because when there's an update it would be overwritten and that's bad practice what are my options. I want to be in control of the template without having to hack it. 

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@Sephiroth, you are in control of the template (files)  :-). Could your question be a bit more specific? If you are referring to the optional demo content - those are just that; demos...

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@Sephiroth, you are in control of the template (files)  :-). Could your question be a bit more specific? If you are referring to the optional demo content - those are just that; demos...

I might jump in here too and ask the same thing. Hopefully we're asking the same question.

Currently, my /blog/posts/ page lists all my posts in the structure as follows

  • Post Title
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

If we want to change this to add the contents of a field such as

  • Post Title
  • Post_Summary field
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

would we need to edit the file called MarkupBlog.module ?

And if so, how is that not overwritten when we perform an update to the Blog module?

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Thanks @Knight we are both asking the same question but it seems we might have to create a function in our init.php and paste the same code from MarkupBlog in order to change the structure from the code. I want to reformat the markup, because i have a template for the blog and i want it to follow that template structure. 

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Peter & Sephiroth,

It is trivial to add extra fields pulled from any PW page into the generated output without having to modify the blog module code.

When you call the renderPost() function (or any of the blog functions), you'll get the markup. Using something like QueryPath (http://querypath.org/), you can convert your blog markup into a DOM object that responds to jQuery-like CSS3 selectors and modify the markup, adding whatever you want into the DOM tree. When you are done, then simply call the html() method on the modified QueryPath object and echo the converted markup into your PW template.

I hope this helps.

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I'm definitely missing some key logic here. 

If I look at my current blog-post.php template, the entire contents of that template are

<?php 

/**
 * Post template
 * Demo template file populated with MarkupBlog output and additional custom code for a Blog Post
 *
 */

	//CALL THE MODULE - MarkupBlog
	$blog = $modules->get("MarkupBlog");
        
    //subnav
    $subNav = '';
    
    //subnav: get date info for creating link to archives page in subnav
    $date = $page->getUnformatted('blog_date'); 
    $year = date('Y', $date); 
    $month = date('n', $date); 

    //subnav: if there are categories and/or tags, then make a separate nav for them
    if(count($page->blog_categories)) $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('Related Categories'), $page->blog_categories); 
    if(count($page->blog_tags)) $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('Related Tags'), $page->blog_tags); 

    //subnav: contains authors, archives and categories links
    $authorURL = $pages->get('template=blog-authors')->url;
    $archivesURL = $pages->get('template=blog-archives')->url;

    $subNavItems = array(
                            $authorURL . $page->createdUser->name . "/" => $page->createdUser->get('title|name'), 
                            $archivesURL . $year . "/" . $month . "/" => strftime('%B %Y', $date)
    );

    $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('See Also'), $subNavItems);

     //main content
    
    //render a single full post including title, comments, comment form + next/prev posts links, etc
    //$blog->postAuthor(): if available, add 'post author widget' at the end (or at the top if desired) of each post
   // $content = $blog->renderPosts($page) . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//without post author

    /*
        for this demo, renderComments() has to adapt to whether blog commenting feature was installed or not whilst remaining blog structure/style-agnostic
        in your own blog install, you would know if you enabled the feature so there would be no need for such a check
		in addition, our 'check' code is not code you would normally use in a template file. 
		we use such code here to be both foolproof that the commenting feature is installed and blog structure-agnostic 
    */
    #not foolproof; user could have post-installed custom commenting feature (e.g. Disqus) with a similar field blog_comments
	//$renderComments = $page->template->hasField('blog_comments') ? $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) : '';

    $blogConfigs = $modules->getModuleConfigData('ProcessBlog');

    $renderComments = $blogConfigs['commentsUse'] == 1 ? $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) : '';   

    $content = $blog->renderPosts($page) . $blog->postAuthor() . $renderComments . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author widget 	
    
    //include the main/common markup
    require_once("blog-main.inc");

I can see towards the end that Kongondo has a content variable and is outouts

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I guess the black hole for me is - where is the html markup which wraps around these? it's not in blog-post.php and we're not supposed to touch blog.module.  ???

Perhaps I'm approaching this with my old MODX mindset and the Articles school of templating where each part of the blog (posts, comments, Tags) had their own mni template with html.

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For now due to time will work with this, but might have to create a different module that allows control over the template. sadly no free time.

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Here is my blog-post template:

<?php

$spex->setLayout('two-column');

$blog = $modules->get('MarkupBlog');

$blogPost = $blog->renderPosts($page, false, [ 'post_large_headline_tag' => 'h1', 'post_comments' => 0 ]);

$dom = $modules->get('BlogMicrodata');

echo $spex->partial('blog_post', [ 'blog_post' => $dom->enrich($blogPost) ]);

$spex->slot('sidebar_content', $spex->partial('blog_categories') . $spex->partial('blog_tags'));

?>

<?php $spex->docReady() ?>

<?php $spex->docReady() ?>

I'm simply calling renderPost(), passing its output into my module (BlogMicrodata) via $dom->enrich($blogPost) (which decorates the blog markup with microdata) that in turn is passed into a partial, that in turn is echoed into a template called "two-column".

I've chosen to use the Spex module for my templating mechanism. Irrespective, it all resolves into a target DIV in a PHP file. All of the blog markup is returned from renderPosts(). All you need to do is echo that markup into your wrapper template.

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@ kongondo: I experience a problem truncating posts.

When I render renderPosts like you described on your blog. All posts truncate fine. When I use the included template posts will not truncate. I only altered blog-main.

blog-main

<?php
    $topNavItems = array();
    $templates = array('blog-archives');
    foreach ($templates as $t) {

        $p = $pages->get("template=$t");
        if($p->id)  $topNavItems[] = $p;
    }
    $topNav = $blog->renderNav('', $topNavItems, $page);
?>
<?php include("./head.inc"); ?> 

<div class="container blog-container">
	<div class="row">
		<div class="col-md-8">
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-md-12">
					<h2>Blog</h2>
				</div>
			</div>
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-md-12">
					<?php
					$noAuthor = $pages->get('template=blog-widget-basic, name=post-author, include=all')->is(Page::statusUnpublished) ? ' no-author' : '';
            		?>		
					<div><?php echo $content?></div>
				</div>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="col-md-4 link6 hidden-xs" id="blog-col-sidebar">
			<p id="zoekblog">Zoek in:</p>
			<div id="top-nav"><?php echo $topNav;?></div>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>

<?php include("./foot.inc"); ?>  

blog-posts (did not changed this template, renderpost is set to true )

    //main content
    $content = '';
    $content .= "<h2>{$page->get('blog_headline|title')}</h2>";
    //render a limited number of summarised posts
    $content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=5", true); 

 This is my output

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Hi @toothpaste,

To prove it out, why not try something like this

$posts = $pages->find('template=blog-post, limit=5');

and see whether you get the page posts you expect in the page array.

If you do, then try this:

$content .= $blog->renderPosts($posts, true);
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Found the problem. The Blog page is linked to blog.php. Changed

$content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=$limit");

to

$content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=$limit,true");

Sorry...., dumb of me. Got to learn more about the structure of the template demo files.

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Thanks @Knight we are both asking the same question but it seems we might have to create a function in our init.php and paste the same code from MarkupBlog in order to change the structure from the code. I want to reformat the markup, because i have a template for the blog and i want it to follow that template structure. 

Still curious exactly what your template structure looks like...

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I'm definitely missing some key logic here. 

If I look at my current blog-post.php template, the entire contents of that template are

<?php 
    
    //include the main/common markup
    require_once("blog-main.inc");

I can see towards the end that Kongondo has a content variable and is outouts

Page

Author

Comments

Next / Previous links

I guess the black hole for me is - where is the html markup which wraps around these? it's not in blog-post.php and we're not supposed to touch blog.module.  ???

Perhaps I'm approaching this with my old MODX mindset and the Articles school of templating where each part of the blog (posts, comments, Tags) had their own mni template with html.

The HTML comes from two places:

1. From the various render methods in MarkupBlog (e.g., have a look at renderPosts())

2. From blog-main.inc - we inject variables we have previously set in this file, e.g. $content

<div id="main" class="block<?php echo $noAuthor?>"><?php echo $content?></div> <!-- #main -->

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For now due to time will work with this, but might have to create a different module that allows control over the template. sadly no free time.

I've been looking at creating my own templates and test pages and adding some much more lo-fi / basic code.

As Kongondo says, the templates provided are just examples and you could output any markup you wish by making your own templates.

For example, if you wish to create your own blog-post.php template, you can make a template called blog-post-custom.php etc and manually call a few fields.

Here's the body of an extremley basic blog post template. It relies less on variables within other files and includes. 

<!-- Get the title in a H3 tag-->
   <h3><?php echo $page->title; ?></h3>

<!-- Get the body -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_body; ?>

<!-- Get the comments -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_comments->render(); ?>

<!-- Get the comment form -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_comments->renderForm(); ?>

               

Likely it bypasses much Kongondos genius but this would actually suffice for my requirements. 

I'm not sure how I would grab the number of comments this page has but I'll figure it out.

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I might jump in here too and ask the same thing. Hopefully we're asking the same question.

Currently, my /blog/posts/ page lists all my posts in the structure as follows

  • Post Title
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

If we want to change this to add the contents of a field such as

  • Post Title
  • Post_Summary field
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

would we need to edit the file called MarkupBlog.module ?

And if so, how is that not overwritten when we perform an update to the Blog module?

Not in this particular case, but there are times when a str_replace would suffice. In this case it would be a bit hacky :-)....

Btw, is a 'summary field' like this a common feature of Blogs?

Anyway, your question got me thinking, so thanks for asking :-)....Given your example, there's maybe 3 options to enable you to inject your custom fields inside Blog Markup (i.e. modify the markup server-side).

Option 1. Add an post_extra_fields => array()

I could add an 'array option' in renderPosts() 3rd argument, i.e. $options for specifying any extra fields (that return strings) that a user might want to inject in their markup (e.g. your post_summary field), i.e. a post_extra_fields => array()

$options = array(

                    'post_small_image' => 3,
                    'post_small_image_width' => 250,
                    'post_comments_label'=>'',
                    'post_extra_fields' => array('post_summary' => 1, 'post_teaser' => 4, 'post_other_field' => 3);
);

The numbers in the values inside 'post_extra_fields' (e.g. 1 in 'post_summary') refer to the position (see illustration below) where you want that extra field to appear within the Blog Post

post-894-0-33757900-1419103558_thumb.png

Option 2. Add other methods to output various parts of Blog Posts

In this option, those who wish to use renderPosts() can do so but those who want finer control can use these other methods, i.e.

renderPostTitle()

renderPosByline()

renderPostBody()

renderPostCategories()

renderPostTags()

.....but hold it right there. What is wrong with this picture? renderPostTitle()! Why create a method to do what ProcessWire already does ($page->title) and does well!? :D Option #2 (and probably the first one too) is dead in the water and I'll show you why in option #3 below.

Option 3. Use both native ProcessWire methods/properties and MarkupBlog methods as applicable

I will need to put this in the Blog Docs as well. What I should have been clear about in the Blog Docs is that you do not have to use renderPosts() to output the main content of your Blog Post (i.e., post title, post body, etc). You can, if it suits your needs, use native PW methods/properties, especially if you want full control over your Posts structure and Markup. Nothing stops you from combining these with MarkupBlog methods. For instance, you can use MarkupBlog to render your Blog's tags, categories, authors, archives, etc but use ProcessWire methods/properties to render your Blog Post including adding content from any other extra fields you have anywhere on your site. 

So instead of:

$content = $blog->renderPosts($page, '', $options) . $blog->postAuthor() . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author

in your blog-post.php...you can have:

$content = $body . $blog->postAuthor() . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author

..where $body is a variable holding your custom content (blog_body, post_summary, $page->title, etc). I will write a full example in a post below.

So, back to the original question. How do we inject extra content or have full control over our Blog Post Markup if we do not want to or cannot use str_replace, etc.? Use option #3. Unless convinced otherwise, this is the option I will be recommending (hence, for now at least, will not be adding option #1 to renderPosts()).

OK, let me finish writing the example option #3...

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Btw, is a 'summary field' like this a common feature of Blogs?

Think it depends on the designer/developer.

I like to have a summary on blog-posts at least as sometimes you wish to keep the title short but then have a longer summary.

Originally, I did that for SEO reasons too.

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........I'm not sure how I would grab the number of comments this page has but I'll figure it out.

:-)

$numComments = $page->blog_comments->count();

OK, let me finish writing the example option #3...

@Peter beat me to it...https://processwire.com/talk/topic/7403-module-blog/?p=83118

If anybody else wants more examples let me know...

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If anybody else wants more examples let me know...

Can you point me in the right direction for mirroring a list of pages by say, archive (month) or authors or categories.

For example, the Archives page might have:

December 2014

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

November 2013

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

For example, the Categories page might have:

Category A

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

Category B

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

In MarkupBlog Module, you're using this. is it less verbose if it's done with native PW methods?

	public function renderArchives(Array $years, Array $options = null) {

		$out = '';

		//default options for archives
		$defaultOptions = array(

							'archives_posts_text' =>$this->_('post,posts'),//come in the format 'singular,plural' for e.g. October 5 'posts'
							'archives_month_view_all_text' => $this->_('View All'),//'view all' that month's archives if limit set on amount to list
		);

		//merge user options with default archives options
		if($options != null && is_array($options)) $options = array_merge($defaultOptions, $options);
		else $options = $defaultOptions;

		list($singular, $plural) = explode(',', $options['archives_posts_text']);//come in the format 'singular,plural'	
		$post = '%d ' . $singular;
		$posts = '%d ' . $plural;

		foreach($years as $year=>$y) {
			
				$year 	=  $y['name'];
				$total 	=  $y['total']; 
				$months =  $y['months'];//this is an array
				$url 	=  $y['url']; 

				$out .= "<div class='archive'>
						<h3><a href='$url'>$year</a></h3>
						<span class='num-posts'>" . sprintf(_n($post, $posts, $total), $total) . "</span>";
						

				$out .= "<ul class='posts-group'>";

				foreach($months as $monthNum => $month){

							$out .= "<li><a href='" . $month['url'] . "'>" . $month['name'] . "</a>";
							$out .=  "<span class='num-posts'>" . sprintf(_n($post, $posts, $month['total']), $month['total']) . "</span>";

							if(count($month['posts'])) {//posts will be empty if $blog->archives() call specified 0 for limit;

									$out .= "<ul>";

									foreach($month['posts'] as $item){
											
											$out .= "<li><a href='$item->url'>$item->title</a></li>";
									}

									if($month['total'] > count($month['posts'])){
											
											$out .= "<li><a class='more' href='" . $month['url'] . "'>" . $options['archives_month_view_all_text'] . "</a></li>";
									}

									$out .=  "</ul>";

							}

							$out .=  "</li>";

				}//end foreach $months as $monthNum

				$out .= "</ul></div>";

		}//end foreach $years as $year

		return $out; 
	}

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@Peter, I am afraid I don't follow :-)...Isn't that what you already have? What do you mean mirroring pages? And where?...I'm just slow that way  :P

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@kongondo: I'am running your blog and like it a lot. At this point I would like to add the option so people can give a comment. But I installed the blog without the comment feature.

Is it possible enable comments without starting over and install a fresh blog?

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      This module solves this problem by introducing cacheable placeholders - small placeholder tokens that get replaced during every request. The replacement is done inside a Page::render hook so it runs during every request, even if the response is served from the template cache. So you can use something like this:
      <h1>Good morning, {{{greeting}}}</h1> Replacement tokens are defined with a callback function that produces the appropriate output and added to the module through a simple hook:
      // site/ready.php wire()->addHookAfter('CachePlaceholders::getTokens', function (HookEvent $e) { $tokens = $e->return; $tokens['greeting'] = [ 'callback' => function (array $tokenData) { return ucfirst(wire('user')->name); } ]; $e->return = $tokens; }); Tokens can also include parameters that are parsed and passed to the callback function. There are more fully annotated examples and step-by-step instructions in the README on Github!
      Features
      A simple and fast token parser that calls the appropriate callback and runs automatically. Tokens may include multiple named or positional parameters, as well as multi-value parameters. A manual mode that allows you to replace tokens in custom pieces of cached content (useful if you're using the $cache API). Some built-in tokens for common use-cases: CSRF-Tokens, replacing values from superglobals and producing random hexadecimal strings. The token format is completely customizable, all delimiters can be changed to avoid collisions with existing tag parsers or template languages. Links
      Github Repository & documentation Module directory (pending approval) If you are interested in learning more, the README is very extensive, with more usage examples, code samples and usage instructions!
    • By Craig
      I've been using Fathom Analytics for a while now and on a growing number of sites, so thought it was about time there was a PW module for it.
      WayFathomAnalytics
      WayFathomAnalytics is a group of modules which will allow you to view your Fathom Analytics dashboard in the PW admin panel and (optionally) automatically add and configure the tracking code on front-end pages.
      Links
      GitHub Readme & documentation Download Zip Modules directory Module settings screenshot What is Fathom Analytics?
      Fathom Analytics is a simple, privacy-focused website analytics tool for bloggers and businesses.

      Stop scrolling through pages of reports and collecting gobs of personal data about your visitors, both of which you probably don't need. Fathom is a simple and private website analytics platform that lets you focus on what's important: your business.
      Privacy focused Fast-loading dashboards, all data is on a single screen Easy to get what you need, no training required Unlimited email reports Private or public dashboard sharing Cookie notices not required (it doesn't use cookies or collect personal data) Displays: top content, top referrers, top goals and more
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