New Blog for Magento 2: Sway the Audience

Since the beginning of 2015 and even earlier content marketing takes its place among most popular and demanded marketing strategies worldwide.

Blog for Magento 2 Release

And, multiple observations notice that its huge influence on future marketing decisions will remain significant in 2016:

  • Content marketing is considered to be the marketing activity with the second greatest commercial impact in 2016 (Source: Smartinsights.com);
  • The content marketing industry tops the list of important tech investments in 2016 (Source: blog.winmo.com);
  • 64% of PR and marketing pros are inclined to increase their content marketing spending this year (Source: Neilpatel.com);
  • Nearly 50% of companies have content marketing strategies in their marketing mixes in 2016 (Source: Jeffbullas.com).

The Blog extension for Magento 2 storesBlog for Magento 2

This way, content marketing is still a highly-effective marketing tool, and most of you definitely know this since our Blog extension is highly popular among our Magento 1 customers.

So, today we announce that Blog is good and ready for Magento 2 stores as well. And, it has a lot of new features and enhancements making it even more beneficial for your content marketing activities.

Frontend Facilities

Of course, most features of the Blog extension are placed “under the hood”, but it has also obtained an updated interface and other functionality improvements obvious on the frontend.

User Interface

In addition to getting new information customers and visitors are also able to stay engaged through navigating content via the categories menu, highlighted recent posts, and tags or sharing and commenting it in social media.

Frontend View

Front End View

Disqus Comments

This edition of the extension is integrated with the Disqus comment hosting service and provides readers with multiple commenting options, including comment shares and recommendations, filtering, sorting and so on.

tipsNote: In order to leave comments customers should have a Disqus account or login to the service via Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Backend Functionality

Most Magento 2 blog features are presented behind the scenes in the backend.

Posts

The module offers you two ways to start creating a blog post: using the main menu or the Posts grid. The most straightforward way is to follow Magento Backend Menu -> Content -> Blog by aheadWorks -> New Post. Or you can start posting from the Posts grid with the Create Post button, but this table is also useful for some more things.

Posts Grid

Posts Grid

The Posts grid enables you to walk through the whole list of blog posts, filter and sort posts, add and delete certain grid columns.

Each new post starts from its Title and URL-Key that may match each other or differ depending on your SEO needs. If the post is comparatively short, you can post it in full. Otherwise, you can specify a short description to be published on the main blog page, while the rest content will be fully available on the post page.

The prepared content can be posted immediately, saved as a draft or scheduled for a certain date, hour, and even second.

Next, you need to assign the blog post to corresponding blog categories and provide it with relevant tags. Depending on the content and language blog posts may also be assigned to the whole store or just to certain store views (e.g. English, German, French, etc.).

New Post Area

New Post Area

Finally, you need to enable/disable comments for posts and specify their Meta descriptions.

Comments

The Blog extension by aheadWorks introduces the Disqus commenting functionality for created posts. Still, this feature requires some presets on the admin’s side. Firstly, you need to create a personal account on Disqus and register Blog as a new application within it.

Successful application registration provides you with an application Secret Key you need to paste to the Disqus Secret Key field in the Blog extension General Settings section. Next, you need to define the name of your application in the Disqus admin panel, save it and paste to the Disqus Forum Code. Then click the Finish registration button and enjoy the provided functionality.

Disqus Registration

Disqus Registration

If you need some special settings for your comment sections, you can always set them up in the Disqus Settings area. Moreover, as a Blog administrator you can manage, edit, and reply to all provided comments.

Categories

The categories for blog posts are settled in the Category section of the Blog extension. A new category requires next attributes: Name, URL-key, Status, Sort Order, Meta Description, and Store View.

Configuration

Last but not least or actually the first thing you have to proceed to right after the installation are the Blog settings. The Configuration page consists of three areas: General, Sidebar, and SEO.

The General area allows you to determine the rote to blog (main page URL), blog title, number of posts per one page, sharing buttons display options (posts, list of posts or both), Disqus forum code and secret key.

You can also specify the appearance of the Blog sidebar with the number of recent posts and most popular tags to display, popular tags and CMS blocks.

Blog Configuration

Blog Configuration

Finally, the SEO section consists of only one field you need to fill – Meta Description.

Conclusion

As far as we strive to make our Magento 2 Blog extension really useful and handy, we’d appreciate your feedback regarding its functionality and use cases sent to our Help Desk.

All necessary information on the Blog module you will find on its product page in our M2 store. The Readme file of the extension contains detailed information regarding its settings and backend features.

Explore, evaluate and purchase the Blog extension for Magento 2 stores.

7 Comments

Dmitry Shatkov

about 2 years ago

It seems that you are talking about post titles rather than the Blog title. Currently, it is technically impossible to differentiate Meta titles and post titles for blog posts. However, this opportunity is added to our road map and is going to be implemented as soon as we we have an availability for that.

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Rafael Corrêa Gomes

about 2 years ago

Very cool! :)

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Lisa

about 2 years ago

Hi, Great to see the blog finally available for Magento 2. However, I am disappointed in how high you have set the price for this. Magento 1 had a free community version, but this is now not available. I understand that development of extensions takes time and money, but charging almost $400 for a blog add-on is too much - especially when you know that eventually, people will have to upgrade from M1 to M2, and they will have to buy your extension. It feels a bit opportunistic. Also, you never mentioned anything about migrating existing blog posts from M1 to M2. For the price of this extension, I would expect the migration to be included. Is it? If not, how is that done? Thanks!

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Dmitry Shatkov

about 2 years ago

The higher price is caused by the fact that M2 is an advanced platform and requires more sophisticated development. And, with the extension we also offer free installation service and 180-day updates. Amid this, our M1 customers get the 50% discount on all M2 products. So, the ultimate price is pretty reasonable and starts from $175. As for migration, free script for Blog is scheduled and will be available for customers in the nearest future. However, if you need it just now, our guys are ready to help.

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Coding Basics

about 2 years ago

Finally! The blog extension that almost all Magento 1 stores have is now available for Magento 2. Great work guys!

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Matt

about 11 months ago

Disqus is not user friendly. Our customers want to make simple comments like, "Great post" or "Good idea" Mandatory usage of Disqus for commenting requires visitors to create an Disqus account (ie 5-7 mins) to make a simple comment. You need to offer an option to disable it.

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Dmitry Shatkov

about 11 months ago

OK, I'll forward your request to our development team. They will include it to the extension's road map. Thank you.

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