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My personal blog (

I decided to make my personal blog open source, so you can base your own blog on this project.

For obvious reasons I omitted the appsettings.json file, but I included a template appsettings.github.json, nothing fancy, just two connection strings. You can also copy the appsettings.json template below.

Get started

Create the databases

First step is to create two databases, one for Identity and one for the blog data.

Change your connection strings

Nex thing is to change the connection strings in appsettings.json.

  "ConnectionStrings": {
    "Identity": "Server=***;Database=***;Initial Catalog=***;User ID=***;Password=***;Persist Security Info=True;",
    "Blog": "Server=***;Database=***;Initial Catalog=***;User ID=***;Password=***;Persist Security Info=True;"
Apply migrations

Then apply the migrations:

PM> Update-Database -context ApplicationDbContext

PM> Update-Database -context BlogDbContext

Add a user

To add a user go to /account. Once you added the first user don't forget to set the [Authorize] attribute on Controllers\AccountController.cs Index()and Controllers\api\AccountController.cs AddBlogUserAsyncActionResult()!

// Controllers\AccountController.cs

public IActionResult Index()
    return this.View();

// Controllers\api\AccountController.cs

public async Task<IActionResult> AddBlogUserAsyncActionResult([FromBody] ApplicationUserWithPassword user)
    var result = await this._applicationUserManager.CreateUserAsync(Guid.NewGuid(), user.UserName, user.Password, user.EmailAddress, user.FirstName, user.LastName, user.IsAdmin);

    return !result.Succeeded ? this.StatusCode((int)HttpStatusCode.BadRequest, result.Errors.Select(e => e.Description.ToLowerInvariant())) : this.Ok(new { message = "the user was addded." });