How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

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2/20/2014 10:34:33 AM
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How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

Hello,

This may be obvious but I cant find it anywhere: Is there something special I need to do to enable the Blog for my site? I have the newest release of MP installed, but cant find how to display a blog anywhere, not in content manager, not  nobody, not no how.

I would like to add a blog to my homepage. What am I missing?

Thanx in advance

2/20/2014 10:57:08 AM
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Re: How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

When you're in Edit Page mode, the Blog module should be included in the drop-down list of features you can select and add to the page. If you're working in a secondary site within one installation, keep in mind that features are not automatically enabled on the child sites. You'd have to enable them by entering Administration in the master site, then navigate to Site List, Site Settings for the target site, then Features tab.

2/20/2014 11:13:48 AM
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Thats what I thought, but it is not there. There is a ddl of many items, starting with HTML Content, Forums, etc and ending in Site Search. There is only 1 site for my installation and when I go to Features there is an identical list with Settings and Permissions added for each item, but no Blog listed. There is a Blog directory in the Root of the site, but there are no links to it. Do I enable it in a config file, or can it be added under "Add New Feature"?

2/20/2014 12:20:50 PM
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Re: How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

If you navigate to [yoursite]/setup, you should see a line that says:

Configuring feature Blog - ....

If that line is missing, it probably means that some of the mojoPortal files didn't get uploaded to your site. You can try uploading all files again, then run Setup to see if it configures the blog module.

2/20/2014 1:28:38 PM
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Hello,

Thank you for the response. Here is what I got:

Setup is disabled but running setup anyway because current user is an administrator.
Probing system...
File system permissions ok.
SqlCe database connection ok.
database permissions are sufficient to alter schema.
database initial schema already exists.
database core schema is up to date.
1 site(s) found.
Configuring feature Html Content - 00:00:05.1716102
Configuring feature Site Statistics - 00:00:07.9214694
Configuring feature Child Page Site Map - 00:00:08.4058196
Configuring feature Newsletter Sign Up Form - 00:00:08.4683164
Configuring feature Recent Content - 00:00:09.6713798
Configuring feature Sign In Module - 00:00:10.9525642
Configuring feature Site Search - 00:00:11.0306852
Configuring feature Bing Map - 00:00:11.6556532
Configuring feature Comments - 00:00:13.1087038
Configuring feature Contact Form - 00:00:14.1711494
Configuring feature Event Calendar - 00:00:15.4054612
Configuring feature Feed Manager - 00:00:16.6397730
Configuring feature Flickr Slide Show - 00:00:19.5927468
Configuring feature Flickr Gallery - 00:00:20.0927212
Configuring feature Image Gallery (Simple Folder Version) - 00:00:20.8114344
Configuring feature Forums - 00:00:21.7645106
Configuring feature Google Map - 00:00:23.4206758
Configuring feature Google Translate - 00:00:24.7018602
Configuring feature Html Fragment Include - 00:00:25.1705862
Configuring feature IFrame - 00:00:25.7018090
Configuring feature Image Gallery - 00:00:26.8579998
Configuring feature Audio Player - 00:00:28.9828910
Configuring feature Video Player - 00:00:29.5141138
Configuring feature List/Links - 00:00:30.3890690
Configuring feature Poll - 00:00:31.8421196
Configuring feature Shared Files - 00:00:32.4983360
Configuring feature Survey - 00:00:33.5920300
Configuring feature Xml/Xsl - 00:00:33.9982592
Ensuring all features are installed in server admin sites... - 00:00:34.8888386
Setup is complete, click the link below to go to the home page.

I uploaded everything from mojoportal-2-4-0-2-sqlce-net40-deploymentfiles.zip and EVERYTHING else seems to work like a charm, now that I have the authorization issues addressed. Again, there is a /Blog directory with 17 files and 12 separate user controls. Is there some way to manually add that functionality?

 

2/20/2014 2:18:40 PM
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Re: How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

Take a look on your server. Does the folder /Setup/applications/blog exist? In order for setup to install the blog module (which yours is not doing), this file has to be present:

/Setup/applications/blog/FeatureDefinitions/20000_BlogModule.config

I wouldn't recommend trying to manually install the blog feature if setup files are missing. There are SQL scripts in the setup folders that will have to run, and if the config file is missing then chances are other files are missing as well. If files are missing, it's best to do the upload again, using a robust method like FTP. Then run setup and it should install the blog feature.

2/20/2014 3:49:33 PM
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Re: How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

/Setup/applications/blog/FeatureDefinitions/20000_BlogModule.config is included in the setup files and on the server. I installed using FTP the exact same way on a different host and it installed fine. I'm so confused.

2/20/2014 4:02:47 PM
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Do the file contents match in the setup tree and on the server? How about all the other files (the SQL scripts) under the /Setup/applications/blog tree? do they match in the setup tree and on the server? 

I don't know of anything else that could selectively cause a feature not to install from setup. Maybe somebody else will have other ideas that could cause this.

2/21/2014 11:36:55 AM
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Re: How to enable Blog functions, where is it?

I suspect there is a file system permission problem on some of the files including the most important one that Jamie mentioned. The windows user that is the identity on the application pool must have at least read permission on all files if it can't read the file the setup page can't process it. The /Data and /App_Data folder and all sub folders and files must be full control, but all other files need at least read permission. Lack of read permission can cause authorization issues that you have mentioned.

Also every time you upload the files from your local machine the permissions may be lost again on the server and may need to be restored again or the authorization problems can keep coming back.

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