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Need Your Help - Any Off-the-Shelf Blog Solutions for a RoR WebApp You'd Recommend?

Hi All - I have a ecomm web app and we want to get up a blog as soon as possible. Does anyone have any recommendations to share, along with notable limitations if any? Ideally a solution with strong social integration features. Thanks so much!

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Cynthia Schames
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Cynthia Schames Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO, AbbeyPost
Definitely Wordpress. There are thousands of themes and plugins so even a nontechnical user can easily customize.
Jesal Gadhia
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Jesal Gadhia Entrepreneur
Full-Stack Developer
For RoR checkout:

locomotivecms.com
refinerycms.com
radiantcms.org
Braulio Carreno
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Braulio Carreno Entrepreneur
Software Engineer at ActBlue Technical Services
The answer depends if you have a Rails developer:

Shopify is a SaaS solution for e-commerce, you can build your online store without a developer. The software that implements Shopify is open source: Spree. Which is an option if you have a Rails developer.

The fastest way to start a blog is wordpress.com. Again, you can do this without a developer. The wordpress software is also open source, but it's written in PHP. There aren't ready-to-use solutions to build a blog in Rails.

However, this shouldn't be a problem: you can create an hybrid store and if you link your 2 sites properly, your customers won't notice they're touching 2 different platforms. The data from a wordpress.com blog can be easily exported in the future.


Dru Nelson
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Dru Nelson Entrepreneur
Advisor & Founder at BrightRoll
Hi Marlina - I second (third) wordpress. The community support for everything you will need is excellent. You can run both on the same domain and even have them on separate machines. Your users will not see the difference.
Michael Richards
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Michael Richards Entrepreneur
GoMotive CEO (mobile client retention system) & PRR Chief Operating Officer
I've heard very good things about vBulletin as it is highly flexible with lots of features. We will be integrating it sometime soon. Let me know what you learn. Thx. Sent from my iPhone Michael Richards [removed to protect privacy]
Vijay Goel, MD
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Vijay Goel, MD Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founder Chefalytics, Co-owner Bite Catering Couture, Independent consultant (ex-McKinsey)
With RoR not hard to roll your own if you already have users and everything else set up. Just create a model with the right form fields, although things like RSS would take a little bit of work. If you want something that's out of the box that's more of a CMS but you'll need to integrate, you can try any of these http://www.exist.com/blog/five-popular-ruby-rails-based-cms#.UbUO2UCPN58
Joanan Hernandez
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Joanan Hernandez Entrepreneur
CEO & Founder at Mollejuo
Marlina,

If still after all the suggestions you're not convince, I'll pitch in:

Wordpress

Is it clear? :-)

Cheers!
Stephen Peters
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Stephen Peters Entrepreneur
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http://wordpress.com/ You can be up and running today on their free or paid service. You can also host your own wordpress installation. I do a lot of wordpress setups for people. It's remarkable what you can do in wordpress with relatively little time and money. - Steve
Ken Woodruff
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Ken Woodruff Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Architect
I see no good reason to integrate a blog with you main RoR app these days, and plenty of reasons not to. Wordpress is an excellent choice, simply host it at a custom sub-domain, e.g. If your main site is www.example.com put it at blog.example.com. While there are many great Wordpress themes I'd stick to a basic one--by keeping the blog layout simple it should be straightforward to include enough of your main site's branding (logos, colors, fonts) to make it feel like a coherent whole. Save your Design Fu for the main site. One big advantage of hosting your blog elsewhere than your app: it will stay up during any app outages so you can use it to communicate with users. --Ken Sent from my iPad
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Jason Woodlee Entrepreneur • Advisor
Sr. Director Cloud Products at Datapipe
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