Since many of you have IndieCommerce sites, did you know you can have a blog? I recently wrote a piece about setting up blogs using other providers, but Drupal allows you to set up a blog directly in your site.
I recently learned that Drupal originally started as a blog platform, which got me wondering if a blog module is available. So I asked Neil Strandberg, director of technology at the ABA, and he told me, “There is a blog module (D6 and D7) that functions much like a view and will place the latest blog entry at the top, followed by its predecessor entries.”
I checked out a couple of IndieCommerce stores that currently use the blog module.
Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi told me they use it if they’re really trying to promote an author or message. Here’s a link to their blog, and here’s the way the blog information appears on their home page.
Ben Parker, IT Director at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, told me he incorporated the module into their site in two ways: the blog and staff reviews.
Here’s a link to their main blog, but Ben says, “more importantly it powers our whole staff review section of the site. Back when I moved our site over to the IndieCommerce site they did not have a real way to deal with staff reviews (they have since added a different option) so I harnessed the blog and taxonomy modules to create our current system. We currently have almost 5,000 staff reviews on the site.”
If you’re interested in incorporating the blog module in your IndieCommerce site, contact them to have it enabled.