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Enhanced Blog Edition 2.0 (EBE) For SharePoint 2007

[PS: As part of consolidation, I am moving all my SharePoint related blog post from http://www.laksha.net/SharePoint.aspx to here. This was originally posted on May 16, 2009.]

The Enhanced Blog Edition (EBE) is a SharePoint 2007 solution package which extends the out-of-the-box blog template. EBE 2.0 has been focused on individual blog sites.

Enhanced Blog Edition (EBE) 2.0 Final Release is now available for download at http://cks.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=5134#ReleaseFiles.

The EBE is deployed as a solution package (*.wsp) to either WSS 3.0 or MOSS and activated as a Feature on a blog site. You can activate the EBE feature on an existing SharePoint blog site and de-activate later without losing any data. Most of the EBE features are configurable on/off through a settings page accessible to the site admin.

More CKS:EBE resources can be found here

Sample list of blogs using the CKS:EBE

Top features:

Top features: (Copied from the CodePlex & Vendor website)

  • Theming
    • Modular Theme Framework (MTF) - no need to wrestle with the default blog master page - start from the HTML you want and simply insert the blog content via XSL.
    • SEO Friendly URL's - blog post URL's that look like /archive/2007/08/25/sharepoint-chart-tool.aspx instead of /Lists/Posts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=37
    • 5 very cool themes to use as-is, or to get you started on the development of your own including dynamic per-post links (e.g. Digg this), tag cloud, etc. Check them out here
  • Linkbacks (aka Trackbacks)
    • Send linkbacks to other blog posts you are linking to in your EBE blog post (these show up as trackbacks on the other blog)
    • Receive linkbacks from other blogs who are posting about your blog post (these show up as trackbacks on your EBE blog)
  • Spam control
    • Akismet integration to detect comment spam
    • CAPTCHA to help block comment spam at the source
    • Option to automatically delete spam to recycle bin
    • Option to automatically approve spam-free comments
  • RSS
    • Custom RSS link (e.g. http://feeds.feedburner.com/myblog)
    • Post trimming (only a portion of post is sent via RSS)
    • Specify RSS feed item count
    • Category specific feeds (e.g. /rss.xml?cat=coolstuff)
    • Validates W3C
  • Miscellaneous
    • Securing of system pages (e.g. so anonymous users can't browse your lists and libraries using SharePoint UI)
    • Metaweblog API to support Windows Live Writer and migration tools.
    • Client Date/Time - displays date/time in time zone of user instead of server



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