Umbraco has a wealth of extensions and this week we are taking a look at Articulate, a blog package that is a relative newcomer to the Umbraco environment that is used for this site.
At writing the current version is 2.0.5. and any updates can be found at the Github repository. A large upgrade is due soon and we'll have a follow-up article looking at the changes!
What about WordPress?
While WordPress (or similar) might an obvious choice for a blog, consider some of the following as reasons to look at an Umbraco package.
- You already use Umbaco for the website where you want the blog
- The skills to create and maintain an Umbraco are already available to you through your own knowledge or those around you.
- You don´t consider WordPress be cheaper for serious blogging once you add costs for self-hosting, upgrades, paid themes or additional extensions.
- You prefer to stay in the .NET domain and want to use a open source CMS with a strong community around it.
What is Articulate?
An open-source blog package for Umbraco 7 created by one of the Core Team, some of the notable features include:
- Several well-rounded themes included in the package, which can easily be switched in the admin section.
- Tags and Categories for posts, which are searchable and each have separate feeds such /Category/Umbraco or /Tags/Blogging
- Your posts can be written in Markdown or Rich Text Format
- Commenting system support for Discus or other systems (Disqus used on this site)
- Import / Export for BlogML format, allowing you to migrate from or two other blog platforms.
- Author profiles allowing for a team effort, letting you use different personas or invite in guest bloggers.
Tags and Categories shown in the Attributes tab of a blog post
Articulate Day to Day
Having used Articulate on two blogs for almost a year, I like it, finding it easy to use, with a couple of niggles around Tags and Google Analytics which were straightforward to fix.
I've written posts in both Markdown and Rich Text, tried out different themes, experimented with the automated publishing and backed up blog posts with the export feature.
I haven´t needed to use any code to fix issues so far so it's not just for developers!
Markdown Editor for a blog post
Resources for Articulate
If you're still reading then these might be of interest:
- Two guides on setting up Umbraco, short guide and a more in depth one
- An example of Migrating a blog to Articulate
- A developer´s guide to setup an articulate blog package for an existing Umbraco layout
- Articulate on a list of 6 Umbraco Packages You Need to Install
From here you could..
- Have you had any experiences with Articulate or other Umbraco blog packages? Leave a comment or tweet @DuncanThom.
- Try out Articulate for your blog on Umbraco. Or get started with Umbraco first!
- Have a look at the issues for Articulate on github and help out.