FYI, it appears that front page of the BE site is down as of 11/16/11 8:58AM us east coast
I've just started learning about BE and I'd like some guidance on whether it's the solution I'm looking for. I have a couple of asp.net e-commerce stores, and I want them to have blogs as an easy way to add more content (SEO purposes) and to engage
with customers. I want the blog to be part of my existing master page framework and to be able to integrate the store and blog to, for example:
- Have some of the BE widgets (I think that's what they're called in BE) such as tags box or recent comments, appear in the master page of the store even when not on the blog page
- Be able to place items in the shopping cart from a blog post
I opened up BE (web, not source code) in VWDE 2010 and quickly came to see that it is not structured like other sites I have. Reading about a Master Page Error that VWDE displays led to a post mentioning that the BE master pages are created dynamically.
It also appears that a lot of BE is done in xml, which I haven't worked with.
So before I dive deeper into this I'm hoping that someone with the right perspective can guide me as to whether what I want to do is straightforwardly compatible with the BE design, or was it designed to be a stand-alone blog?