Wednesday, May 23, 2007

WebCast: Extending Sitefinity's blogging tools

(Cross posted from Telerik Blogs)

One of the fun new features of Sitefinity 3.0 is its out of the box support for adding blogs to your website. The Blogs module is one of five included with the first release of Sitefinity 3.0 (the others being Lists, News, Polls, and Generic Content) and it has all of the basic tools you need to quickly start a blog (such as post list and single post view).

If you've been using a different blogging platform and you are considering switching to Sitefinity (like I am doing with Telerik Watch), you find there are some blogging tools that don't exisit in the current version. One such tool is the "blog archive tool", which on Blogger displays a list of all past blog posts grouped by year and month in an easy to use treeview. Fortunately, Sitefinity's module based architecture makes it very easy to extend the out of the box tools and add the functionality we want.

To show you how you can leverage the Sitefintiy Blogs API and and to give you a brief introduction to building Sitefinity modules, I have created a "short" (about 45 minutes) WebCast that has everything you need to get started. The WebCast is full of code examples and explanation and should enable you to build your own Sitefinity blog modules when you're done.

Click here to begin watching the blog archive module WebCast on
(Give the WebCast a few seconds to buffer. It starts after 10% loads.)

I hope you enjoy the WebCast and have fun building modules for the new Sitefinity platform!

Download the the code for the blog archive module


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