A blog extension for Spree Commerce. (requires spree_essentials)

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A complete blogging solution for Spree Commerce with multiple-blogs, archives, categories, tags, disqus comments and related products.

This extension relies on spree_essentials for it's editor, uploads admin and tab in the admin.


If you don't already have an existing Spree site, click here then come back later… You can also read the Spree docs here

Otherwise, follow these steps to get up and running with spree_essential_blog:

First, add spree_essential_blog to your Gemfile… it hasn't been released to Rubygems yet so we'll grab it from git.

# Spree 1.1.x
gem 'spree_essential_blog', :git => 'git://github.com/citrus/spree_essential_blog.git', :branch => 'master'
# Spree 1.0.x
gem 'spree_essential_blog', :git => 'git://github.com/citrus/spree_essential_blog.git', :branch => '1.0.x'
# Spree 0.70.x
gem 'spree_essential_blog', '~> 0.1.0'
# Spree 0.60.x
gem 'spree_essential_blog', :git => 'git://github.com/citrus/spree_essential_blog.git', :branch => '0.60.x'

Run the generators to create the migration files.

rails g spree_essentials:install
rails g spree_essentials:blog

Now migrate your database…

rake db:migrate

Boot your server and checkout the admin!

rails s

Sample Posts

If you'd like some sample posts, just use the rake command from your project:

rake db:sample:blog

Note: if you receive identify: command not found errors please ensure ImageMagick is installed.


Clone this repo to where you develop, bundle up, then run dummier to get the show started:

git clone git://github.com/citrus/spree_essential_blog.git
cd spree_essential_blog
bundle install
bundle exec dummier

This will generate a fresh rails app in test/dummy, install spree & spree_essential_blog, then migrate the test database. Sweet.

Now run the tests with:



You can easily use the test/dummy app as a demo of spree_essential_blog. Just cd to where you develop and run:

git clone git://github.com/citrus/spree_essential_blog.git
cd spree_essential_blog
cp test/dummy_hooks/after_migrate.rb.sample test/dummy_hooks/after_migrate.rb
bundle install
bundle exec dummier
cd test/dummy
bundle exec rails s

Setup is complete. Open localhost:3000/blog in your browser to see your posts.

Change Log

0.1.0 - 2011/12/15

  • Release v0.1.0


  • Remove spork dev dependency


  • Add Spree 0.70.x compatibility



  • Added Disqus for comments
  • Re-namespaced from Admin::Blog to Blog::Admin
  • Added more tests for categories


  • Pulled GH1 (Thanks @detierno!)
  • Switched to dummier for demo & testing
  • Improved testing
  • Improved documentation

2011/4/13 - 2011/5/27

  • Initial development


If you'd like to help out feel free to fork and send me pull requests!


Copyright (c) 2011 Spencer Steffen & Citrus, released under the New BSD License All rights reserved.

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