For the past month or so I've been running a small intranet site on FarCry. I've been using this site for project notes, basically just posting my ideas and discoveries as standard FarCry news items for my co-workers to review. I plan to expand the site to contain documentation and other content related to the project I'm working on, but for now it's fairly basic.
So the news items are working well to add transparency to my development process, but I really want to get some feedback from my co-workers on some of my ideas. To do this I wanted to allow comments to be added to news items. Sound like a blog? Well it did to me, so I decided to create some basic blog content objects for FarCry.
Note that I built these objects using the 3.0.2 RC of FarCry with the mollio skin. I haven't done much testing so use at your own risk! That said, to install the blog:
- Download the farcry_mollio_blog.zip and unzip it to your project directory.
- Reload your FarCry application by browsing to your FarCry site and adding updateapp=1 to the url parameters
- Login to the FarCry administrator and deploy the four new objects: nmBlogEntry, nmBlogComment, ruleBlogEntries, and ruleBlogComments.
- Add a page to your FarCry site for the blog.
- Add your first blog entry under Content -> Blog.
- Add the nmBlogEntries rule to the bottom container on the blog page.
- View the blog entry and add the nmBlogComments rule to the blogBottom container.
There is still a lot of work I want to do with these objects. For example there is no way to manage comments. In fact there is absolutely no way to know comments have been added without looking at the blog entry. I'd also like to add a calendar view and a category listing. It all depends on how much time I have and how much interest people show in these objects.
If you do decide to give these components a try please let me know how it goes.