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Including non-community blogs in blog directory

  • Avatar of Jfcarter
    jfcarter
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    @jfcarter

    One of my site users asked if there was a way to include her blog in our blog directory, even though it is hosted elsewhere.

    Does anyone know if this is possible and how to do it?

    Thanks.

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  • Avatar of Jeff Sayre
    Jeff Sayre
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    @jeffsayre

    Okay, a couple of thoughts:

    1. Off the top of my head I’d say the quickest way to offer some solution is by creating a new extended field and letting your members paste their blog URLs in that field. Call the field My Other Blogs.

    This would not bring in any of your members’ blog posts though. It would simply provide a standard place to put an external link to their blog(s). You could tell them how to make the urls look a little prettier by using an href tag.

    <a href="http://myotherblogurl/">Hey, look at my cool blog!</a>

    2. You could use the FeedwordPress plugin to allow your members a way to aggregate their external blog posts. I’ve never used this and I have no idea how it will play with BuddyPress.

    3. You could suggest, possibly offering as a premium service, that they move their other WordPress-based blogs to your site. You would then use Donncha’s Domain Mapping Plugin to faciliate that move while allowing your members to keep their original domains. I’ve never done this, so there may be a lot more to it than meets the eye.

    In essence, you would have your existing internal Mu blogs co-existing with all the newly imported and mapped blogs. I’m not sure what conflicts this could cause with WPMU or BuddyPress.

    Avatar of Kunal17
    Kunal17
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    @kunal17

    Jeff,

    Is it possible to automatically list the blog urls created by suggestion 1 on a page. Or even better, to integrate it onto the existing blogs list page?

    Avatar of Jeff Sayre
    Jeff Sayre
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    @jeffsayre

    Kunal17-

    Yes. You would have to write code to pull all the data from that particular xprofile field and then modify your template to display it.

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