Build a news or blog site in five minutes with CliqueSite® NewsBlog
posted by Jeff
This simple ASP.NET v2.0 application allows the site owner to post news or blog entries, categorize them, syndicate them and allow for comments.
is a simple ASP.NET v2.0 application that allows the site owner to post news or
blog entries, categorize them, syndicate them and allow for comments. The design
goal for this application was to make it "hackable" and easy to maintain and alter.
You can install and begin using NewsBlog in about five minutes or so, but
you'll need the following on your Web server:
- v2.0 or later of the .NET Framework.
- SQL Server Express 2005 or SQL Server 2000
- A way to FTP the files to the Web server
To start, download the zip file from
http://newsblog.cliquesite.com and extract the folder from inside it.
web.config file and open it in Notepad, or Visual Studio 2005, or
Visual Web Developer 2005. There are several changes we need to make here. First
of all, if you don't have SQL Server Express installed on the server, and intend
to use a SQL database elsewhere, edit the connection string to reflect this.
If you're using an external SQL Server database, run the included SQL script included in the
/App_data folder of the zip
with Query Analyzer.
This will setup the database tables, indexes and such to get you rolling.
Next, work through the few
appSettings key/value pairs. They're
simple enough, but in case you're wondering:
SiteTitle: This is what appears in the title bar and the
header of the pages.
SiteDescription: This appears in the RSS feeds.
TimeOffset: NewsBlog stores all times UTC, so you'll need to
set this to something appropriate for you. Eastern time in the US, for
example, is -5. Keep in mind that positive values should not include a
+ in front of them.
true here if your time zone
uses Daylight Saving Time, and
false if it does not.
Finally, you'll need to edit the user name and password in the
authentication/forms/credentials section. You can add as many of these
user elements as you'd like.
Now you're ready to upload the files. If you're using your own SQL Server
instance, you don't need to upload the
/App_data folder. Be sure to
upload the files into the root of an IIS application. If you're not sure what
that means, check with your Web host or
Google it. Once uploaded, and your database setup and connection string are
correct, the application should just work.
If you click the login link in the top navigation, you can login using the
name and password you setup in
web.config. That will take you to
the admin area, which has just two pages. If you'd like to set up categories for
your content, you can do that using the simple UI. Each category will have its
own RSS feed on the RSS page. Then you can begin adding content. The plain text
window accepts HTML. If you're clever, you can add something like
FreeTextBox to it
instead. That's all there is to it!
The "about" and "contact" pages are intentionally blank, so if you'd like to
add static content to those, or some spot of code to do something, feel free. If
not, you can remove the links right out of the
If you need more help, we have a forum dedicated to NewsBlog right
here! Have fun!
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