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Better Blog

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Overview

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It is a fact that a good blog can attract visitors to your online store. The more information and content you show, the more chances to get a higher ranking on search engines. Therefore, it can be said that creating a helpful blog on the website is an essential and quick step to get closer to various audiences.

By adapting Mageplaza Better Blog extension, store admin can create unlimited posts including a featured image, categories, tags, and specific topics of the blog post. It is friendly with SEO, posts, categories, tags, and topics are included Meta title, meta description, and meta keywords. What is convenient is that Blog extension is integrated right into the Magento backend so you can manage your blog and your e-Commerce store all in one place. For all the above reasons, Better Blog extension is obviously the perfect marketing tool for your business that not only provides updated information to your existing customers but also drives more visitors to your online store.

 

Features

Blog Features Details

A better blog for your Magento 2 store without using the 3rd-party framework. In addition to integrating right into the Magento store backend, you can easily manage categories, posts, and comments as well. Whenever there is a new comment on your post, the system will automatically notify you.

 

Responsive Design

Mageplaza totally applies the flexible and flat page layout. Therefore, Better Blog module comes with a fully responsive design that makes customers comfortable when reading your posts on PC, tablets, and mobiles. Tested on Luma, Ultimo, Porto theme.

 

Blog Widgets

Blog widgets are the easiest way to add recent posts, and you can post in a specific category on the homepage. Moreover, it is possible for your customers to see the recent posts on the sidebar.
Especially, Better Blog uses the off-canvas menu, that enables to display widgets and interact with the blog search. All of them have already tested carefully for working well on Luma, Ultimo, and Porto theme.

 

Best SEO Practices

An optimized blog will put your site in a higher position on the search engine, which also means you can lead more potential customers. Better Blog allows you to create meta-information not only for posts but also for categories and tags:

  • SEO Friendly URLs: Mageplaza Better Blog is using SEO friendly permalinks such as (https://example.com/blog/hello-world/)
  • XML Sitemap: Better Blog is integrated with Magento default XML sitemap
  • Meta Data Information: Posts, categories, tags or topics include metadata fields:  meta title, meta description, meta keywords, and meta robots.

 

Comment Engines

Better Blog module for Magento 2 supports two types of comments: Disqus comment, and Facebook comment. You can switch comment type in the configuration.

 

Social Sharing Buttons

Better Blog for Magento 2 free is included customized social share buttons by Mageplaza, that why your customers can share posts via about hundred of social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or email.

 

Category Tree

Manage blog categories as you did in Magento 2 catalog categories.

  • No limit level
  • Unlimited child, parent category
  • SEO meta-data
  • Select blog posts in category

 

Demo & Documentations

Report issues | User guide

 

Blog Full Features

  • Responsive design
  • SEO friendly (support Google Structured Data by Mageplaza SEO)
  • Post attributes
  • Multi-select categories
  • Multi-select tags
  • Numerous comment engines: Facebook comment, Disqus comment
  • RSS optimization
  • WYSIWYG editor in admin
  • Blog breadcrumbs
  • Integrate Magento sitemap or blog sitemap
  • Product-related posts
  • Added monthly archive widget
  • Added cloud tags widget
  • Added Magento comment engine. There is Magento comment, Facebook, and Disqus comment engine.
  • Added Author feature
  • Added Ajax Search box in Blog
  • Added Topic widget
  • Post limit options
  • Top menu link
  • Date format options
  • Multi-stores support

Technical Specifications

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Seller profile

Mageplaza

Seller contact

E-mail

Integrator

Current Version

3.1.2

Magento platform compatibility

Open Source (CE): 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3

Commerce on prem (EE): 2.3

Type

Stable Build

Updated

27 July, 2020

Categories

Extensions, Content & Customizations, Product Content

Quality Report

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Installation & Varnish Tests

Passed

Coding Standard

Passed

Plagiarism Check

Passed

Malware Check

Passed

Marketing Review

Passed

Manual Testing

Passed

All tests were conducted on the latest versions of Magento that existed for the compatible release lines at the moment of the extension submission. Latest versions of all other software were used, as applicable.

Release Notes

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3.1.2:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.3
  • Compatible with Commerce on prem (EE) : 2.3
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - Fixed minor bugs

3.1.0:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.3
  • Compatible with Commerce on prem (EE) : 2.3
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - Added Open Graph protocol https://ogp.me/
    - New feature:
    + Multiple authors for a post
    + Customer can submit post
    + Customer can like/dislike post
    + Manage history edit for a post (edit/delete/restore/preview)
    + Duplicate post/category
    - Improvement:
    + Show category on menu bar
    + Display numbers of comment/view/like on Post Info
    - Supported Rest API & GraphQL
    - Compatible with Magento 2.3
    - Fixed minor bugs

2.6.3:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.1 2.2
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    CHANGELOG
    ### Blog v2.6.2
    Released on 2018-03-13
    Release notes:
    Fix bugs
    - Cannot save information when using the admin grid inline edit
    - The image is not shown on the sitemap
    ### Blog v2.6.1
    Released on 2018-02-28
    Release notes:
    - Fixed compilation issue
    - Compatible with Infortis category menu
    ### Blog v2.6.0
    Released on 2018-02-12
    Release notes:
    - Compatible with Mageplaza Social Login
    - Improve the default comment (Admin can manage & improve the frontend performance)
    - Add activation feature
    - Make Manage Tags & Manage Topics interface into fields in the editing post form.
    - Fix bugs
    - Error on Porto theme
    - The descriptionshort description error with alternative languages.
    - Cannot get tables during the installation.
    - Error in generating sitemaps
    - Disable Blog module completely in the backend
    - Error in Category tree when opening it on the sidebar
    - Blog images
    ### Blog v2.5.0
    Released on 2017-11-07
    Release notes:
    - Improve performance
    - Fix bugs
    ### Blog v2.4.6
    Released on 2017-08-31
    Release notes:
    Fix bugs
    - Correct date & time for publication date.
    - Blog view page load twice.
    ### Blog v2.4.5
    Released on 2017-08-16
    Release notes:
    - Improve Style and Top Nav menu
    ### Blog v2.4.4
    Released on 2017-08-13
    Release notes:
    - add related product to post view
    - fixed conflict with Mageplaza Shop By Brand
    - #79 compatible with YOURSTORE theme
    - Hotfix #81 Area code not set Area code must be set before starting a session.
    ### Blog v2.4.3
    Released on 2017-07-25
    Release notes:
    - Fixed RSS Date issue
    - Fixed posts does not show up in frontend
    - Improving fresh installation #76 (CE2.1.7)
    ### Blog v2.4.2
    Released on 2017-06-26
    Release notes:
    - Update admin menu
    - Update admin configuration
    - Change composer version
    ### Blog v2.4.1
    Released on 2017-06-13
    Release notes:
    Fix responsive design issue
    ### Blog v2.4.0
    Released on 2017-05-16
    Release notes:
    + Product related posts
    + Improve date options
    + Update csv i18n file
    ### Blog v2.3.0
    Released on 2017-04-28
    Release notes:
    - Fixed sitemap bugs
    - Fixed meta robot bug
    - Added monthly archive widget
    - Added cloud tags widget
    - Added Magento comment engine. There is Magento comment, Facebook, and Disqus comment engine.
    - Added Author feature
    - Added Ajax Search box in Blog
    - Added Topic widget
    - Improved router
    ### Blog v2.2.2
    Released on 2017-04-24
    Release notes:
    - Edit composer.json to require mageplazamodule-core instead of mageplazacore-m2
    ### Blog v2.2.1
    Released on 2017-04-09
    Release notes:
    ### Blog v2.2.0
    Released on 2017-03-01
    Release notes:
    **Added Features**
    - Post limit options
    - Multistores
    - Top menu link
    **Bugs fixed**
    - Compilation
    - Date format
    ### Blog v2.1.0
    Released on 2016-07-22
    Release notes:
    - Add CMS static Block in Blog Post, Sidebar
    - Fix styling bug
    ### Blog v2.0.0
    Released on 2016-07-18
    Release notes:
    - New style
    - Tags, Categories, Popular, Recent posts
    - Related posts
    - Better Share buttons
    - Improve Post meta information
    - Performance improvements
    ### Blog v1.0.1
    Released on 2016-05-25
    Release notes:
    - Added featured Insert blog posts in homepage
    ### Blog v1.0.0
    Released on 2016-05-19
    Release notes:
    Release first version

2.6.2:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.1 2.2
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - Added Related posts in product pages
    - Improve date options
    - Update csv i18n file
    - Fixed sitemap bugs
    - Fixed meta robot bug
    - Added monthly archive widget
    - Added cloud tags widget
    - Added Magento comment engine. There is Magento comment, Facebook, and Disqus comment engine.
    - Added Author feature
    - Added Ajax Search box in Blog
    - Added Topic widget
    - Improved router
    - Edit composer.json to require mageplaza/module-core instead of mageplaza/core-m2
    - Post limit options
    - Multistores
    - Top menu link
    - Fix bug Compilation
    - Date format

2.4.0:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.1 2.2
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - Added Related posts in product pages
    - Improve date options
    - Update csv i18n file
    - Fixed sitemap bugs
    - Fixed meta robot bug
    - Added monthly archive widget
    - Added cloud tags widget
    - Added Magento comment engine. There is Magento comment, Facebook, and Disqus comment engine.
    - Added Author feature
    - Added Ajax Search box in Blog
    - Added Topic widget
    - Improved router
    - Edit composer.json to require mageplaza/module-core instead of mageplaza/core-m2
    - Post limit options
    - Multistores
    - Top menu link
    - Fix bug Compilation
    - Date format

2.2.0:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.0 2.1
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - New style
    - Tags, Categories, Popular, Recent posts
    - Related posts
    - Better Share buttons
    - Improve Post meta information
    - Performance improvements
    - Add CMS static Block in Blog Post, Sidebar
    - Fix styling bug

2.1.0:

  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 2.0 2.1
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    - New style
    - Tags, Categories, Popular, Recent posts
    - Related posts
    - Better Share buttons
    - Improve Post meta information
    - Performance improvements
    - Add CMS static Block in Blog Post, Sidebar
    - Fix styling bug

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