RapidWeaver includes a Blog page as one of its standard page types. While the RW Blog page is quick to install, it has two issues:
- You can only use RW to make Blog entries.
- You must use a 3rd party solution for comments.
Both of these issues make it complicated to run and maintain a Blog. There is a better way, if your host supports WordPress and you are up for a little adventure using code.
The same day I started to look for a solution to replace the RW Blob, I ran across a tutorial in the RapidWeaver Forum by nilrog. I looked through the tutorial and all the forum replies before I began and it seemed like a great solution as my host, SiteGround.com, has support for WordPress.
More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.
WordPress can be a standalone Blog (you need to setup an account and all data is saved on their site) or, through the use of the template tags and your host installation, can be incorporated in your site. My Blog page is an example of the latter.
The benefits of hosting your own WordPress Blog are numerous, including having access to the admin site anywhere (add, edit, and manage entries and comments) and comments are welcome without the need of a 3rd party.
Basically, once you go through the tutorial, you have one page in RapidWeaver and a WordPress data base (mySQL). The data base handles transparently all the entries and comments, while the RW page handles the display of the data.
Roger’s tutorial is very complete and rewarding. There are other features, such as Recent entries, which can be added on. If you are looking to add some of these features, look through the Template Tag page for those currently available.
I will be putting together a tutorial and RapidWeaver snippet for some of these, with the Recent Posts being the first. Check back soon!