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Advanced Blog is/was a Drupal module designed to build community engagement on Drupal community sites and expand on the features provided by the core blog module. It also acts as a replacement for the following modules:

  • Blogger
  • Blog Informations
  • Blog Add-ons

Advanced Blog integrates and expands on the features of the above modules in order to provide better navigation of site blogs, allow more options for community blogs, and display blogs in a unique fashion. As such, it is not compatible with any of the above modules.

Oddly enough, a few thousand people ended up using this little Franken-module, but it was never truly finished. It wasn't long after its initial release that the project wrapped up, and I never ended up needing for the next few projects. You know how it is. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and unlike my work in Ubercart at the time, community blogging never came up on the list. By the time it did, I had already found other solutions.

So, what now? Well, if you're still using Drupal 6 then Advanced Blog will still work for you.

You may want to consider what you can do with a few other contrib modules though. Advanced Blog was/is good at what it does, but if you're using it then chances are you're building a community platform of some kind. Using Content Profile and Views you can achieve the same effect and much more. Content profile fills the gap in user/blog information (like the blog description), and Views can handle all of the displays and navigation.

If you're on Drupal 7, then hands-down the best solution is using profile fields (that's in core now) and Views. You can still use the blog module if you like, but it's really not needed. In fact, I almost always suggest not using it, since things are much more flexible without it (albeit a little more setup on your part). With Views 3 in D7 you can embed views, attach views, refer to views, put views in other views... You get the idea. You're also now able to use all sorts of contextual arguments, sorting, etc.

Of course, in D8 you probably won't even be using the blog module. They took it out of core which tells me that a lot of people are doing the same thing I am in terms of not using it on their Drupal 7 sites. With all of the contextual options, there's really no need for adding the bloat of another module.

So, alas, farewell my dear Advanced Blog module. You'll always hold a special place in my heart.

If you find yourself needing community blogging built into your site, go ahead and shoot us a message.