django CMS blog assumes a completely setup and working django CMS project. See django CMS installation docs for reference.

Install djangocms-blog:

pip install djangocms-blog

Add djangocms_blog and its dependencies to INSTALLED_APPS:


Then migrate:

$ python migrate

If you want to enable haystack support, in addition to the above:

  • install djangocms-blog with:

    pip install djangocms-blog[search]
  • add aldryn_search to INSTALLED_APPS

  • configure haystack according to aldryn-search docs and haystack docs.

To enable taggit filtering support in the admin install djangocms-blog with:

pip install djangocms-blog[taggit]

Minimal configuration

The following are minimal defaults to get the blog running; they may not be suited for your deployment.

  • Add the following settings to your project:

  • Configure parler according to your languages:

        1: (
            {'code': 'en',},
            {'code': 'it',},
            {'code': 'fr',},
        'default': {
            'fallbacks': ['en', 'it', 'fr'],
    Since parler 1.6 this can be skipped if the language configuration is the same as ``CMS_LANGUAGES``.
  • Add the following to your

    url(r'^taggit_autosuggest/', include('taggit_autosuggest.urls')),
  • To start your blog you need to use AppHooks from django CMS to add the blog to a django CMS page; this step is not required when using Auto setup:

    • Create a new django CMS page
    • Go to Advanced settings and select Blog from the Application selector and create an Application configuration;
    • Eventually customise the Application instance name;
    • Publish the page
    • Restart the project instance to properly load blog urls.


After adding the apphook to the page you cannot change the Instance Namespace field for the defined AppHokConfig; if you want to change it, create a new one with the correct namespace, go in the CMS page Advanced settings and switch to the new Application configuration

  • Add and edit blog by creating them in the admin or using the toolbar, and the use the django CMS frontend editor to edit the blog content:
    • Create a new blog entry in django admin backend or from the toolbar
    • Click on “view on site” button to view the post detail page
    • Edit the post via djangocms frontend by adding / editing plugins
    • Publish the blog post by flagging the “Publish” switch in the blog post admin

External applications configuration

Dependency applications may need configuration to work properly.

Please, refer to each application documentation on details.

Auto setup

djangocms_blog can install and configue itself if it does not find any attached instance of itself. This feature is enable by default and will create:

  • a BlogConfig with default values
  • a Blog CMS page and will attach djangocms_blog instance to it
  • a home page if no home is found.

All the items will be created in every language configured for the website and the pages will be published. If not using aldryn-apphook-reload or django CMS 3.2 auto-reload middleware you are required to reload the project instance after this. This will only work for the current website as detected by Site.objects.get_current().

The auto setup is execute once for each server start but it will skip any action if a BlogConfig instance is found.