Last Year I wrote about the fact that it is a Great Option the use a WordPress Blog in a subdirectory of your Joomla installation the Improve the Search Engine Visibility of your Website.
Before that I looked at the WP-JD Component to Integrate a WordPress Blog inside Joomla itself.. which was not really that great, because of the Instability of the Component, on my site at least.
At Joomla.org it seems to work fine.. up to a point.
But know there is a (Please be aware of this if you want to try it) Beta MojoBlog RC 1.5 that is build upon the work that was done by Marko Schmuck for the JD-WP Component.
And I must say, I was impressed, first by the easy installation and the Back-end of the Component which give me an instant WordPress feeling and let me work on posting directly.
Almost all features work as expected!
Showing the Blog Items
Creating a Menu item for the Component gives you acces to the Front end.
This was the part that worried me the most, how would it look in the Joomla Template?
With JD-WP you could not integrate the layout of your site that easily, there where always some, not so nice looking features.
But you also want to show your most Recent Posts, You Blog Categories and If there are any, the Most Recent Comments..
Yes that can also be done, because Zerolight gives you some MojoBlog – Joomla WordPress Stuff .
Basically he takes apart the old WP-JD Sidebar and puts every function into a separate module.
Which is great then you can just use the parts you want, so great work on hos part as well.
Does it Work and what needs to be done
Yes, it works, and does a good job as well.
You can have your Multiple Categories per post, Track-back, Comments (even Askimet works) and Full RSS feeds via Feedburner if you want to.
There needs be some work done, like the terrible task of SEF URLs for the Posts, but more importantly the Title of the post in the HTML Title tag of the Joomla Page..
Possibly the use of Metatags Descriptions and Keywords as part of the search Engine Optimization.
But those items will be addressed at a later date I guess.
For know, it is already a great tool to use if you want the best Features of a WordPress Blog into your Joomla site!
Want to see some MojoBlog Examples?
Joomlify and my current live Blog on Hummerbie Search Engine Optimization (Great template integration without touching a thing..)
P.s. If I could only get my Forum registration activation email… but he, the site is also in Beta, but I am sure it will be fixed!