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  • Anthony Dang 1404 posts 2558 karma points MVP c-trib
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:17
    Anthony Dang
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    Using uBlogsy for a news section

    It seems that a lot of people are actually using uBlogsy for news sections of their websites.

    So many that I've been toying with the idea of making a new package specifically for news, based on uBlogsy.

    Just wondering what things people have done to uBlogsy when making their news sections. 

    Any ideas or tweaks you wish uBlogsy had which would have made your news section easier to make/customise.

    LInks to sites you've made would be great.

     

  • Lee 1113 posts 3047 karma points
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 15:48
    Lee
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    Seems a bit of an overkill to create a whole new package for it, why not incorporate any ideas people come up with into uBlogsy?  Make it an uber scalable blog package ;)

  • Anthony Dang 1404 posts 2558 karma points MVP c-trib
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 16:40
    Anthony Dang
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    I did consider that.

    However, all the features that were suggested when I first made the package ended up meaning almost a complete rebuild for uBlogsy 2.0...which is why it's taken so long to get it released. Bugs!

    A separate package means that any new features on either package will not imact the other. It's more about my own time and faster delivery :)

     

     

  • Frost 70 posts 99 karma points
    Nov 23, 2011 @ 21:55
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    We're using uBlogsy for a motorsports news site (no link to share just yet), and have had to adapt a little bit from uBlogsy's (v. 1.3.6.1) blog format.

    • The biggest change of thought is having 10-20 new articles published every day. For example, currently in uBlogsy by default when you click on a tag to see other aricles with same tag, the entire articles themselves appear, rather than just their titles with links pointing to them. (This was easily remedied with the small="1" parameter in uBlogsyListPosts.cshtml.) It would be nice to have a couple of other options like this for the landing page, but it's still pretty easy to work with.
    • Content Tree: The default arrangement here is based on date. I think you have to create the folders manually, like 2011, then November. While it may be helpful for the blogger, this isn't the best way to get good search results which is really important for news organizations. Here's some best practices on URL Structure for SEO that we're working with.
    • SEO: in order to get high SEO rankings, we wanted to have each article appear under one category, and for that category to appear in the URL. This wasn't going to work with the built-in categories, and we ended up solutioning it by adding folders to the content tree and naming them after the categories (see image below). This works great for the URL, but now the articles are segregated and harder to work with in some ways (although having the built-in Umbraco search function and the ability to move articles around makes it doable). Each of these categories will have hundreds of articles in a short matter of time.
    • Once we made the content tree as desrcibed above, the order of posts pulled up by uBlogsyListPosts.cshtml was based on the content tree and not the actual creation or publication date of the article, which we discussed and fixed here. Again, not a big problem but still something to figure out (with Anthony's help!) A fix also needs to be applied to the Previous and Next buttons if you're using those as a way to navigate between articles.
    • Comment creation: The people we're making this for don't want anything to do with comments anywhere on their site, which is fine. However, upon creating each new article a comment page appeared automatically. Anthony said this was to become an option in uBlogsy 2.0, so he's already thought of it.
    • Performance: We have 30K+ articles that we're considering importing to this uBlogsy (but might just leave them where they are). We haven't yet tested for this high of volume use case, but it would be good to keep that in mind for an organization pumping out articles in the double digits everyday.

     

    Thank you Anthony for making uBlogsy and starting this topic. I'll add to this if I come up with any thing else later.

  • kevin 5 posts 25 karma points
    Nov 28, 2011 @ 08:30
    kevin
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    Hi Anthon;

    Could you help me on this. It's fine when i publish it on IE8, It's error when i publish it on IE7

    Details:


    [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.]
    uTagsy.Web.usercontrols.uTagsy.datatypes.uTagsy.SaveSettings() in D:\_PROJECTS\uBlogsy - Blog\Branches\1.3.6.1\uBlogsy\uBlogsy\usercontrols\uTagsy\uTagsy.ascx.cs:103
    uTagsy.Web.usercontrols.uTagsy.datatypes.uTagsy.OnLoad(EventArgs e) in D:\_PROJECTS\uBlogsy - Blog\Branches\1.3.6.1\uBlogsy\uBlogsy\usercontrols\uTagsy\uTagsy.ascx.cs:39
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +74
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +146
    System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint) +2207

  • Anthony Dang 1404 posts 2558 karma points MVP c-trib
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 22:27
    Anthony Dang
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    Hi Kevin

    It could be something funky with some javascript on the page. Do you have any other third party datatypes?

    Just out of curiosity, try replacing your json text with this:

    {"documents":[{"documentType":"uBlogsyPost","tags":[]}]}

    Hit save again.

    If it works then try adding a tag on the content node.

  • Anthony Dang 1404 posts 2558 karma points MVP c-trib
    Nov 29, 2011 @ 22:30
    Anthony Dang
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    Hey Frost

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Regarding tree structure. Date folders are very important for content organisation.

    To add categories to the mix would you prefer this?

    - Landing

    - Category

    - Year

    - Month

    - Day

    - The article title

    And then perhaps an arbitrary number of sub categories like this?

    - Landing

    - Category

    - SubCategory

    - Year

    - Month

    - Day

    - The article title

     

    As far as performance is concerned, I've tested on 2,000+ nodes. I would be interested to find out how it performs with 30k.

     

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