How the Adobe Evangelists Super Blog was Implemented

Last week, we launched the Adobe Evangelists Super Blog (details here).  Several people have asked me how the Evangelists Super Blog was implemented.  Here’s the scoop:

  • I installed WordPress
  • I installed the Mortar theme from WooThemes (same theme I used for my blog).  I added some php code to add the evangelists pictures based on the post author and made many CSS changes and PHP tweaks to get everything looking nice.
  • I installed and configured the FeedWordPress plugin – a great plugin this handles the syndication of the multiple RSS feeds. It copies the content of each new article it finds into the super blog every 2 hours.  It also creates user records for each author, tags, etc.  Although the content is copied (so it can be searched), when the user clicks on an article, they are taken to the original source article on the author’s blog.
  • Installed and configured the WP Super Cache plugin – this is a must-have for any WordPress blog.  I wrote about this earlier.

That’s basically it.  Total time invested was about 6 hours, most of which was spent customizing the CSS and PHP.

I have to admit, I’ve become a big fan of WordPress lately.  It’s primarily because of the amazing developer community that builds great plugins and themes.  Sure I could have built all of this in ColdFusion, PHP, or whatever, but I didn’t have the time nor energy for that!


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