Integrate Blog in Magento 2

Blogging is one the most effective ways to keep your users engaged and drive more traffic to your website. While ecommerce stores primary purpose is to sell their products online, it is very vital to always keep fresh content coming up so that search engine keep crawlinging your site for new data and would also rank your websites high.

Integrate Blog in Magento 2

Blogging is one the most effective ways to keep your users engaged and drive more traffic to your website. While ecommerce stores primary purpose is to sell their products online, it is very vital to always keep fresh content coming up so that search engine keep crawlinging your site for new data and would also rank your websites high. Blogging is the ultimate solution for this where by you can post new contents in your website related to the products that you are offering to sell and tips and tricks for the same. It also acts as a platform to provide new updates, offer, coupon codes, etc to your customers. Though Magento 2 contains numerous features for carrying all the operations related to the ecommerce part of your site, it does not have blog feature integrated in it by default. But we can have the blog feature included easily by just integrating a module. Blog being so important for your ecommerce sites, lets look at how to integrate Blogging module with Magento 2.


Before we get into integrating Blog module with Magento 2, you will have to first download the Blog module package. In this tutorial, we will be using Magento 2 Blog Extension provided by MageFan. You can download the package from the following link:

https://github.com/magefan/module-blog


For using MageFan modules, you be needing MageFan's Community module and you can download the same from the following link:

https://github.com/magefan/module-community


If you have your site deployed in production mode, it is good to change it to developer mode:

1. Login to your server via SSH terminal (putty).

2. Navigate to the docroot of your magento installation.

3. Enter the following command in the terminal:

php bin/magento deploy:mode:set developer


Disable cache:

1. Enter the following commands in the terminal to flush and disable cache:

php bin/magento cache:flush

php bin/magento cache:clean

php bin/magento cache:disable


Installing MageFan's Community & Blog Module:

1. Connect to your website server via FTP program like FileZilla.

2. Navigate to the following path:

{docroot}/app/code/

3. Create a new folder "Magefan" and double click on to enter into the directory.

4. In this directory, create a new folder "Blog" and double click on to enter into the directory.

5. Your folder structure should be like the following:

Folder Structure for Uploading the Blog Module

6. Now upload the Blog module files into the Blog folder such that the folder and files structure looks like the below:

Folder Structure after uploading Blog Module

7. Now go one level up on the folder directory so that you are currently on the "Magefan" folder.

8. In this directory, create a new folder "Community" and double click on to enter into the directory.

9. Your folder structure should be like the following:

Folder Structure for Uploading Community Module

10. Now upload the Community module files into the Community folder such that the folder and files structure looks like the below:

Folder Structure after uploading Community Module

11. Execute the following commands from the SSH terminal (putty) in the following sequence:

php bin/magento setup:upgrade

php bin/magento setup:db-schema:upgrade

php bin/magento setup:di:compile

php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy

php bin/magento cache:flush

php bin/magento cache:clean

12. The Community & Blog module would be installed and to check if it is successfully installed, enter the following commands:

php bin/magento module:status Magefan_Community

php bin/magento module:status Magefan_Blog

13. Now that the module is installed successfully, login to the admin and navigate to Stores -> Configuration.

Navigate to Store Configuration after Install Module

14. Navigate to MageFan Extensions -> Blog and choose the Enable Extension to Yes.

Navigate to MageFan Extension Blog

15. Once you have enabled the module, you will start to see new menu item "Blog" on the frontend of the site and this page would list the blog posts.

Blog Menu Item added in Top Menu of the site Frontend

16. On the admin panel, navigate to Content -> Blog -> Posts.

Navigate to Content Blog Posts

17. Click on Add New Post button to add new blog post and the same would get listed in the blog listing page.

18. You can also manage categories, tags, and review comments using this module.


Feel free to post in comments you queries and doubts.

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