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Enhanced Blog Edition Update

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About two months ago we released the first version of the Community Kit for SharePoint Enhanced Blog Edition (CKS:EBE). Although this was recommended for evaluation purposes only, it is great to see that several people have successfully managed to create their own themes and are using this on their production blogs.

One of the key features of this release was the ‘modular theme framework’ that makes it easy for people to create custom skins for their blog. The feedback on this has been great – while customising the default blog site template can be a slow and painful process, I have had feedback from several people that the framework has made it quick and easy to implement custom blog skins. Here are some examples of what people are doing:

Zac Smith

Zak Smith Blog Skin

Liam Cleary

Liam Cleary Blog Skin

The Engine Room

The Engine Room Skin

We are currently working on the next release, due out next month, which will include trackback support, bug fixes and other functionality. More information on this will be added to the CKS CodePlex site when it becomes available.

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Written by Ari Bakker

August 26th, 2007 at 11:58 am

6 Responses to 'Enhanced Blog Edition Update'

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  1. Hi Ari. I see you've been getting spammed on here. 😉

    Anyway, only the link to Liam Cleary's site is working. The updated link to the engine room is
    Zac Smith's blog is now located at

    Chris Arella

    20 May 09 at 4:42 pm

  2. HI,
    i tried to install the package in the web application.I am getting erro when i open the blog site.Its throwing

    An error occurred during the processing of /WorkSpace/NewBlogs/themes/default/theme.master. Value cannot be null.
    Parameter name: value

    PLease help me in this regard…


    27 Jan 09 at 9:39 am

  3. Hi,
    CKS:EBE is really a cool tool. But I just want to clear one thing. Various skins that are already integrated with this tool, contains some informations in the header and footer part (e.g. published by and CKS:EBE deatils). Is it possible to customize that? Can I change those informations and put some details about my blog in the header part?

    Sanjay Santra

    9 Dec 08 at 4:12 am

  4. Yes, but has anyone implemented a three column site?


    23 Sep 08 at 5:11 pm

  5. Hi,
    The Archives in my CKS:EBE Blog seems to be not in correct order. It comes randomly although I want it to come in descending order of publish date in my blog, same as for eg. in your blog.
    How do I do that?


    19 Jan 10 at 5:11 pm

  6. Hi Ritzi, I’ve done this by putting an XSL ‘sort’ clause on the list of archive months. Specifically for the Wildlife theme have a look at the ‘MonthCount.xml’ file and add the following line after the ‘<xsl:apply-templates select=”rows/row…”>’ line:

    <xsl:sort select=”PublishedDate” order=”descending”/>

    This should order the months in descending date order. For more info on XSL sort check out

    Ari Bakker

    19 Jan 10 at 6:49 pm

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