sfSimpleBlogPlugin - 1.1.1

The sfSimpleBlogPlugin adds standard weblog features to an existing website

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sfSimpleBlog plugin

The sfSimpleBlogPlugin adds standard weblog features to an existing website: - List of posts - Details of a post - Ability to add a comment - Email alert on comments - Tagsonomy - RSS feeds (if sfFeed2Plugin is installed) - Administration for posts and comments

It is not aimed at replacing full-featured blog packages, but offers a lightweight alternative for when you build a website that has to contain a blog section. It is voluntarily simple and limited (that's why it doesn't come with a BBCode parser, a search engine, a media asset library, or a user management module). However, it is very easy to configure and adapt, so it should fulfill most basic blog requirements.

This plugin can only provide one blog per project.


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This plugin contains one schema with three new Propel classes:

  • sfSimpleBlogPost
  • sfSimpleBlogComment
  • sfSimpleBlogTag

It also contains three modules that you can activate in whatever application you need them:

  • sfSimpleBlog: Blog front-end
  • sfSimpleBlogPostAdmin: Backend for managing posts
  • sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin: Backend for managing comments

The plugin is fully i18n and is bundled with English, French, German, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Finnish and Spanish versions. Additional translations are easy to implement.


Tip: If you just want to test the plugin, a sandbox already packaged with the right plug-ins and configured correctly is available for download in this page. Click here to download the sandbox.

The prerequisites for using the sfSimpleBlog plugin are:

  • DbFinderPlugin must be installed in your application
  • As the plugin doesn't contain a user management module, the project where you install it must have a table managing authors, or users (whatever the name), and the related Propel class must have a __toString() method. Both these conditions are satisfied by the sfGuardPlugin, so installing this plugin is a good choice.
  • If you want to use RSS feeds, you must install the sfFeed2Plugin.
  • If you want to use rich text editing, the TinyMCE JavaScript editor must be installed in your project.
  • If you want to use the sfMediaLibrary in conjunction with TinyMCE, you must install the sfMediaLibraryPlugin.

To install the plugin for a symfony project, the usual process is to use the symfony command line:

$ php symfony plugin-install sfSimpleBlogPlugin

Alternatively, if you don't have PEAR installed, you can download the latest package attached to this plugin's wiki page and extract it under your project's plugins/ directory. You will also have to copy the contents of the myproject/plugins/sfSimpleBlogPlugin/web/ directory into a myproject/web/sfSimpleBlogPlugin/ directory.

For symfony 1.2, enable the plugin in the project's configuration. Note that the admin interface requires that the sfCompat10Plugin is enabled, too.

// in config/app/ProjectConfiguration.class.php
class ProjectConfiguration extends sfProjectConfiguration
  public function setup()
    $this->enablePlugins(array('sfPropelPlugin', 'sfCompat10Plugin', 'DbFinderPlugin', 'sfGuardPlugin', 'sfSimpleBlogPlugin'));

Rebuild the model and generate the SQL code for the three new tables:

$ php symfony propel:build-model
$ php symfony propel:build-sql

Use the generated SQL file in myproject/data/sql/plugins.sfSimpleBlogPlugin.lib.model.schema.sql to build the new tables in your project's database.

$ mysql -uroot mydb < data/sql/plugins.sfSimpleBlogPlugin.lib.model.schema.sql

Enable the three new modules in your applications, via the settings.yml file. Don't forget to set compat_10 to on.

// in myproject/apps/frontend/config/settings.yml
    compat_10:              on
    enabled_modules:        [default, sfSimpleBlog, sfSimpleBlogPostAdmin, sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin]

Start using the plugin by browsing to the frontend module's default page:


Tip: To test the plugin with test data, execute the following command:

$ php symfony propel:load-data frontend plugins/sfSimpleBlogPlugin/data/fixtures


The app.yml file

The plugin is highly configurable and should be easy to integrate to an existing project. Here is the default plugin configuration, taken from myproject/plugins/sfSimpleBlogPlugin/config/sfSimpleBlog.yml.sample:

    title:         How is life on earth?
    tagline:       You'd better start to live before it's too late
    author:        John Doe
    email:         john.doe@howislifeonearth.com   # Used only for alerts on comments

    sidebar:       [custom, recent_posts, tags, feeds, blogroll, meta]

    custom : |
      <h2>About the author</h2>
      <p>My name is John Doe and I'm a freelance freelancer. I do things when I have time, 
      and the rest of the time, I write things here.</p>

      - { title: how is life on earth?, url: 'http://www.howislifeonearth.com' }
      - { title: google, url: 'http://www.google.com' }

    user_class: sfGuardUser        # class name for the user class
    use_bundled_layout: true       # if true, the three modules will use sfSimpleBlog/templates/layout.php for layout; if false, they will use the layout settings from the view.yml
    use_ajax:      true            # enable posting of comments in Ajax
    use_feeds:     true            # enable feeds (require sfFeed2Plugin)
    use_rich_text: false           # enable tinyMCE
    use_media_library: false       # enable support for sfMediaLibrary in TinyMCE (requires sfMediaLibraryPlugin)
    use_date_in_url: false         # enable to use urls in the form of /year/month/day/title (set to 'false' for backwards compatibility)

    use_post_extract: true         # display extract in post list instead of full post body
    post_max_per_page:  5          # number of posts displayed in a list of posts
    post_recent:        5          # number of posts to display in the recent sidebar widget

    comment_enabled:        on     # enable comments by default on new posts
    comment_disable_after:  0      # number of days after which comments on a post are not possible anymore
                                   # set to 0 for unlimited comments
    comment_automoderation: on     # triggers the automoderation of comments. Possible values are:
                                   # on: comments are not published until a moderator accepts them
                                   # first_post: the first comment of a user must be accepted, subsequent posts are accepted automatically
                                   # off: comments are automatically accepted and published

    comment_mail_alert: on         # send an email to the blog owner when a comment is posted.
                                   # Possible values are: 
                                   # on: send an email for every posted comment
                                   # moderated: send an email for every automoderated comment

    feed_count:         5          # number of posts appearing in the RSS feed

You can customize these settings in myproject/apps/myapp/config/app.yml

The sidebar array controls which widgets, and in which order, appear in the sidebar of the blog frontend. The existing widgets are:

  • custom: insertion of custom HTML code taken from the blog_custom parameter
  • recent_posts: list of recent posts
  • tags: list of tags
  • feeds: links to the RSS and Atom feeds
  • blogroll: list of blogs
  • meta: not much for now (link to administration modules, but the link works only if the modules are in the same application)

Security, view configuration, custom templates, etc.

Just like for every other plugin module, the sfSimpleBlog, sfSimpleBlogPostAdmin, and sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin modules can be partly overridden by your applications.

For instance, if you want to restrict access to the sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin module to users with an editor credential, create a sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin directory in your application module/ folder, and create in a config/security.yml with the following content:

// in myproject/apps/backend/modules/sfSimpleBlogCommentAdmin/config/security.yml
  is_secure: on
  credentials: [editor]

Alternatively, if you want the sfSimpleBlog module to use some special templates for presentation, you can create templates and partials with the same name as the plugin's ones in this kind of tree structure:



The plugin doesn't ship with routing rules, so that you can define your own. Example routing rules for the main actions are given below:

  url: /blog
  param: { module: sfSimpleBlog, action: index }

  url: /blog/:year/:month/:day/:stripped_title
  param: { module: sfSimpleBlog, action: show }

  url: /blog/:stripped_title
  param: { module: sfSimpleBlog, action: show }

  url: /blog/tag/:tag
  param: { module: sfSimpleBlog, action: showByTag }


  • Use sfAssetsLibraryPlugin instead of sfMediaLibraryPlugin
  • Archives sidebar widget
  • Unit tests
  • Add hooks to allow extension by other plugins
  • Trackbacks
  • Use sfModerationPlugin instead of built-in moderation