Update (03/05/2008): CKS:EBE 2.0 Final Release is now available!

Update: CKS:EBE 2.0 Beta 2 has been released!

The Community Kit for SharePoint: Enhanced Blog Edition is designed to enhance and extend the functionality of the built-in blog feature in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The following enhancements are included in the CKS:EBE 2.0 Beta 1 release:
  • Easily deployable solution file (.WSP) with Features that can be activivated or deactivated
  • Modular Theme Framework ("MTF") with optional "night time" autoswitch themelet
  • Protection for anonymous access to 'System Pages'. This means anonymous users cannot access /lists/.aspx, /forms/.aspx, /_layouts/*.aspx
  • MetaBlogApi working a bit better...You will need to create a Picture/Document library called Media for it to upload images.
  • Support for Akismet comment spam detection
  • Multiple categories/tags can be mapped to each blog entry/post
  • Anonymous comments can be moderated
  • Name and URL fields in comments
  • Friendly URL ("FURL") for the blog's posts
  • Friendly URL for the blog's RSS feed
  • Support for CKS:TagCloud web part (being released separately)
  • Configurable settings
    • Enable content caching
    • Enable post triming (Vince, can you add a number field to set the # of characters?)
    • Lock down system pages
    • Akismet key
    • Set specific blog theme (as the default)
    • Custom RSS feed (e.g. from Feedburner)
    • Enable Theme Selector (so users can select their own theme)
    • Redirect the Post.aspx page (Vince, what's this for?)

Take a look at the existing POC/demo site at http://cks.wssblogs.com.

Documentation
CKS:EBE 2.0 Beta 2 Features
Team Meetings

Last edited Mar 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM by lawrenceliu, version 14

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avikerchithi Oct 1, 2010 at 2:06 AM 
SharePoint Blog Site, CKS:EBE and Video Streaming:
Blog post describing how to stream media files in SharePoint Blog Sites created using CKS:EBE V2.0
URL: http://avikercode.blogspot.com/2010/09/sharepoint-blog-site-cksebe-and-video.html

Karlito1 Feb 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM 
I had the same problem as mentioned in a comment above with another language pack than english and I solved it by changing the open source code changing the method PostCommentToList to make it work with the language you use. Cheers!

steveDsmart Sep 21, 2009 at 5:43 PM 
Has anyone found a solution to ezillmers problem comment (of Dec 2008) ...

"Installed and played some with this, but found that it overrides Content Approval Required on the Comments List (We need to have Comments moderated by an approval group). Comments are automatically and immediately approved and published. !!"

I've found the same thing, and it is a serious problem for my application where moderated comments are essential. Working with WSS3. I tried setting up a new Sharepoint blog site with working moderated comments, then activated CKS:EBE - no problem, except that comments were now approved immediately. :-(

fatalfrenchy Aug 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM 
Hi,

I have a question about the integration between Live Writer and the CKS:EBE? Everything is communicating fine (I can create and edit posts) however if I open an existing post in Live Writer it doesn't associate any of the categories that were previously set on it?

If I don't select any categories and save the post it doens't overwrite the existing categories. However if i select a category it will overwrite what is in the post with the selected category. I've got not problem with the overwriting its just the fact that it doesn't display what categories already exist on the post?

I think its to do with what has been implemented in the CKS:EBE for the metaweblog api as I use Live Writer to post to my blogengine.net blog using the metaweblog api and everything is synced without any problems?

Are you aware of this or have any advice?

Many thanks!

ReneHezser Jul 25, 2009 at 11:54 AM 
Sure. You can use Live Writer or Word 2007 to create or edit posts. Simply drag and drop images into the post. They will be uploaded automatically.
If you prefer to edit posts with the buildin EditForm, you can use my custom field type for uploading images and documents:
http://www.hezser.de/blog/archive/2009/02/25/custom-field-%E2%80%93-upload-files-and-images.aspx

René

prash111 Jul 23, 2009 at 11:07 PM 
this is pretty good overhaul of out of the box look from MOSS. however, the bigegst complaint i get from users is the in ability to simply select an image and upload to sharepoint blog. Is there any web part of third party add on available which can let user edit the blog post and allow to select an image or video and upload it to blog? thanks

pshisbey Apr 28, 2009 at 3:22 PM 
There's an enormous amount of spam at that POC/Demo site listed above. How about applying some of that Akismet spam detection or comment moderation?

skaleel Mar 23, 2009 at 10:46 PM 
Any upcoming support/additions for nested / reply-to comments? Comments are very linear on the Sharepoint blog; we have a strong business need to be able to reply to a comment. Thank you!

Mickey75019 Jan 25, 2009 at 3:57 PM 
Hi !!
This is a great job :) i really like templates.
I've a question about it:
i've deployed it from intranet, and i can see template, but when i'm trying to see it from the interne, the displayed template is the basic one of sharepoint blog.
does anyone know why ??


tfigueria, try to create a blog with english language. the value expecting for english range, so if your site is in portuguese, it doesn't work. i've the same issue on french blog.

best regards :)

tfigueira Jan 6, 2009 at 3:45 PM 
Hi. Same problem here... When I try to activate I'm getting the error: "Value does not fall within the expected range";
My blog is in portuguese...

goulmy Jan 6, 2009 at 3:04 PM 
Hi,. I've tried to install, everything seems okay untill I try to activate it in a site, then I get the following error: Value does not fall within the expected range.
Is that because I'm using it in a Dutch WSS site?

ezillmer Dec 2, 2008 at 9:52 PM 
Installed and played some with this, but found that it overrides Content Approval Required on the Comments List (We need to have Comments moderated by an approval group). Comments are automatically and immediately approved and published. !! Also found that the product hides the network identity of the commenter, showing only the pen-name they chose to enter, if any. Comments are Created By "System Account", while Posts show Created By the user's name. ???? Do I have some settings wrong somewhere, or is this the way the product was actually designed to operate?

driver28 Dec 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM 
I have the same question as Jxupi. is there a way to make this blog work on different languages? I use English and Swedish languages. on an English site it works like a charm, but on a Swedish site I get an error message about a missing file, and nothing works. Can this be fixed in an upcoming release, you think? Making CKS:EBE language independent?

TheKicker Nov 16, 2008 at 1:28 AM 
Hey all... just wanted to announce that my previously "internal only corporate blog", has been liberated and made public. It's running on CKS:EBE, with lots of other SP Extension projects (such as ERTE). Also, I have 3 "Making of" screencasts posted there on how it was put together which may be of interest to those looking to use CKS:EBE to create a public blog site that looks nothing like SharePoint. The url is: http://www.thekickboard.com

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thekryten Sep 4, 2008 at 9:37 AM 
Can you confirm that this works on WSS 3.0?

gomiunik Jul 22, 2008 at 1:34 PM 
There is already some talk about being able to add video. Perhaps my add-in could be of some help: http://www.codeplex.com/erte

jxupi Jun 16, 2008 at 11:29 AM 
there are problems with language packs!!!! I'm using spanish and portuguese language pack. What can i do??

MrTim May 27, 2008 at 5:40 PM 
Nice work folks. I am having trouble integrating this blog within my overall Master Page - I cannot get my menus and UI to be presented. Is there something I should read or follow somewhere else on this?
Thanks a lot

swwalsh May 23, 2008 at 1:20 PM 
Excellent addon guys! Loving it.

The comments about editing, you can use a free addon called Telerik RadEdittor for SharePoint (http://www.telerik.com/products/sharepoint/radeditor.aspx), which allows better editing capabilities in browsers other then IE (tested in Windows: IE, FireFox, Opera, Safari... Mac: FireFox, Safari). I am using it for my Publishing Portal, and just enabled it for the lists in the blog... Worked fine.

One thing I found with this EBE, is that i am creating a central blog site which will list all the people with blogs. Under this there will be 20+ people with blog sites. For each of these sites if I make a change to a theme, I need to make the change to ALL of these sites it seems... WOuld have been nice to have 1 central space for the themes and all sites use these themes from this location instead of their own theme section...

hendry Apr 14, 2008 at 2:48 AM 
I have encountered Exception occurred. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80020009 (DISP_E_EXCEPTION)) after trying to activate Office SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature. the issue came right after i installed and deployed ebe. any fix(es) to this problem?

ArmyCoder Mar 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM 
It would be helpful if the comment entry was applied to the mobile view also, to ensure the same comment entry experience for users. Is there any plan for this in the future?

donalconlon Mar 6, 2008 at 3:54 AM 
Jusst tried posting from Windows Live Writer. It says "the blog is configured to allow only one category".

donalconlon Mar 6, 2008 at 3:21 AM 
This looks great. How can I apply this to an existing blog, but have it use the existing master page?

tmf123 Jan 16, 2008 at 3:10 PM 
It would also be nice if this feature would include that ability to upload attachments (unlike MOSS2007 that says it can but can't).

tqc Sep 23, 2007 at 1:26 PM 
I've been experimenting with the editing also. A more flexible editor would be nice, but it's not too hard t put togther a workaround - http://www.tqcblog.com/archive/2007/09/23/adding-embedded-video-to-a-sharepoint-blog.aspx

gomiunik Aug 21, 2007 at 6:25 AM 
Maybe I can be of some assistance with image editing and also editing capabilities for non-IE browsers. I've already been experimenting with it. Leave a comment or contact me at boris-at-b4contact-dot-com. What I'm really missing in SharePoint is the ability to embed flash video objects into posts. This would be a major enhancement, since the HTML for the <object> gets filtered out.

DReuther Jul 14, 2007 at 3:53 PM 
Easy image upload and sizing would be extremely useful. Right now images have to be uploaded to a library, the url copied and then pasted into the address field of the Insert Image window.
Support of browsers other than Internet Explorer for editing posts would also be great.