Professional Blog web part is intended to enhance the standard SharePoint blog functionality. It complements and extends it with the possibility of adding video or zoomable image and preview, providing tags for the blog entries, supporting the categorization and tags cloud, filtering the entries by category or tag, configurable global settings (i.e. item count on page, tag cloud limit, etc.) and many more.
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Rich set of blogging features for professional blogs
ArtfulBits Blog significantly enhances capabilities of the standard SharePoint Blog site with the tag cloud, zoomable image, external links section, search blog entries by category or tag, and many other powerful options.
Images and videos are provided in separate blog entries entities, not within the body of an article, thus making them more visibly pleasant in the general view.
Users can interact with each other as in a social network
User can comment the article and they can comment each other! This feature literally turns your blog into a social network by enabling user interaction. Standard SharePoint Blog site provide a possibility only to comment an article.
Users can “Likes” and “Dislike” each other’s comments, thus making the process of evaluation more objective. Standard SharePoint Blog site provide a possibility only to like a comment.
Configurable branding theme
You can customize the look of your blog so that it conveyed your own style. Change the colors of the buttons, article titles, highlight menu and “like/dislike” buttons and many other settings.
ArtfulBits blog archive provides all article info in a single view - images, video, article name, blog entry body. It makes it easy to browse through the archive, the same as through the main view. On the other hand, SharePoint Blog site displays only the name and metadata.
If you create a blog entry in hindsight with a past date, you will be able to see it in the archive under the corresponding time category. While SharePoint Blog site do not provide this possibility.
|Support of categorization and tagging for blog entries|
|Use of SharePoint profile service to display commenter’s profile picture|
|Configurable tag cloud|
|Possibility of adding video/zoomable image to blog entry view & preview|
|Rich blog entry body text editor (supports standard SharePoint html editor)|
|“Read more/less” & “Show more comments” blog entry preview functionality|
|Filtering by category/tag|
|Archive page (supports filtering by month)|
|Links page (supports adding custom links)|
|Configurable menu (supports adding custom menu links or changing existing)|
|Configurable global settings (i.e. item count on page, tag cloud limit, etc.)|
|Easy to install (site template)|
|Expandable (features may be added by request)|
|Language pack support (desired localization can be added by request)|
|SP 2016||SP 2013||SP 2010|
(August 29, 2017)
(November 02, 2016)
(June 19, 2014)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter, 64 bit
Windows Server (2016)
- SharePoint Server 2016
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5+
Internet Explorer 10+
Google Chrome (latest released version)
Mozilla Firefox (latest released version plus immediate previous version)
Apple Safari (latest released version)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
Windows Server 2012
- SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Internet Explorer 8+
Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 7 x64
- SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010
- Microsoft .NET Framework 2.5
Internet Explorer 8+
Before installation, please, check that your target server meets System Requirements.
IMPORTANT!!! ArtfulBits License Manager must be installed before you install the component. If it is already installed, you can proceed with the installation of your product. If ArtfulBits License Manager is not installed, you can do it by one of the following methods:
Open ArtfulBits License Manager page, download its installer on your server, run it and install
Download Full Package of the product, find License Manager in ArtfulBits License Manager folder and run its installer
You must be a SharePoint Farm Administrator for successful installation. Also, "Windows SharePoint Administration" and "Windows SharePoint Timer" should be running on the server:
Download Product installation package from ArtfulBits website, unpack the file, and run Setup.exe:
After system check is finished, click "Next".
After reading License Agreement, click "Accept" and go to next step.
Select one or more web applications and click "Next".
Wait for install to succeed, click "Next" for deployment status details.
Close an installer after successful installation
All ArtfulBits SharePoint on-premise products use Per-Farm License Model (each license is bound to single SharePoint Farm ID). For more details about licensing models please visit License Agreement.
Product works in unlicensed mode for three days from the moment of installation. In this mode all the product features are unlocked same way as with trial license. After these three days either trial license, development license or full license should be entered for product to function.
To get Trial license click here.
After ArtfulBits License Manager is installed, go to the SharePoint Central Administration page:
This page shows all ArtfulBits installed products and their license statuses.
Click on product name to view license details.
If product is not licensed you can click "Enter License" link and enter license key (trial, development or full) into textbox. For upgrading product edition click "Convert License" and enter new license of target product edition.
Pressing "Activate" button will verify the key and in case of verification success license status will be updated.
Note: in trial or unlicensed mode all product features are available for evaluation. This way you will be able to try each and every feature available in the product line which will give you good understanding of what feature set will be necessary for you and it will be easier to come up with the decision which product edition should be purchased. After trial period expiration full license should be purchased which will determine product edition and available (unlocked) feature set.
Special link informing about product expiration is shown in SharePoint pages, where ArtfulBits component is used if product is using trial license or such license is "Expired" or no license is provided at all. Clicking on this link will redirect to product license status details page.
Click "Site Actions" menu in the root site of one site collection, then click "Site Settings":
Click "Site collection features" link in Site Settings page:
In SharePoint Site collection feature list, activate ArtfulBits product feature (if deactivated):
Process of updating is pretty straightforward - just download latest installation package and execute Setup.exe from it. After system check completes, select an "Upgrade" option and then follow setup wizard instructions.
Execute Setup.exe from your installation package. On the Repair and Remove section, select Remove radio button and click "Next", the program will be uninstalled. Or select "Repair" - to repair the program.
Blog UserGuide 1 MB
Blog InstallGuide 861 KB
artfulbits_Blog_v1.3_SP2016.zip Version 1.3 (3 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2016, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
artfulbits_Blog_v1.3_fullpack_SP2016.zip Version 1.3 (5 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2016, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
artfulbits_Blog_v1.3_SP2013.zip Version 1.3 (3 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2013, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
artfulbits_Blog_v1.3_fullpack_SP2013.zip Version 1.3 (5 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2013, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_SP2010.zip Version 1.3 (5 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog install files for SharePoint 2010, user guide and install guide documents. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.
artfulbits_Blog_v1.2_fullpack_SP2010.zip Version 1.3 (9 MB)
Zip file contains ArtfulBits Blog and License Manager install files for SharePoint 2010, user guides and install guides documents for both products. For more details about installation process select Installation tab.