Building a Minimalistic Blog with MiniBlog and ASP.NET 6.0


In today's digital era, blogging has become a popular way to express ideas, share knowledge, and connect with a wide audience. If you want to create a simple and lightweight blog using ASP.NET 6.0, MiniBlog is an excellent option. MiniBlog is an open-source blog engine built on ASP.NET Core, focusing on simplicity and ease of use. This article will explore how to set up and build a minimalistic blog using MiniBlog and ASP.NET 6.0.


Before diving into MiniBlog, ensure that you have the following prerequisites in place:

  1. .NET 6.0 SDK installed on your machine.
  2. Basic knowledge of ASP.NET Core and C#.

Setting Up MiniBlog

To get started with MiniBlog, follow these steps:

Step 1. Create a New ASP.NET 6.0 Project

Use the 'dotnet new' command to create a new ASP.NET 6.0 project.

dotnet new web -n MyMiniBlog

Step 2. Install MiniBlog Package

Navigate to the project folder.

cd MyMiniBlog

Install the MiniBlog NuGet package.

dotnet add package MiniBlog

Step 3. Configure MiniBlog

Open the 'appsettings.json' file and add the MiniBlog configuration.

"MiniBlog": {

  "DataPath": "App_Data",
  "PostsPerPage": 5,
  "Title": "My MiniBlog"


Step 4. Create the Data Folder

Create a folder named 'App_Data' in the project root to store blog data.

Step 5. Configure Startup.cs

In the 'ConfigureServices' method of 'Startup.cs', add the MiniBlog services:


In the 'Configure' method, add the MiniBlog middleware:


Building the Blog

With MiniBlog set up, let's explore how to create and manage blog content.

Step 1. Create a New Blog Post

Under the 'App_Data' folder, create a new Markdown file with the desired blog post content. MiniBlog uses Markdown for blog posts, allowing you to focus on the content rather than HTML.

Step 2. Publish the Blog Post

Run the application and navigate to 'https://localhost:5001/admin'. You will be prompted to create an admin user. Once logged in, click "Publish" to publish the blog post. MiniBlog automatically generates the necessary HTML from the Markdown content.

Step 3. Customize the Blog

MiniBlog provides various customization options. You can modify the blog's appearance by creating and applying custom CSS styles. You can also explore the MiniBlog documentation to learn about advanced customization options.


MiniBlog is an excellent choice for developers who prefer a minimalistic approach when building a blog using ASP.NET 6.0. With its simplicity, ease of use, and support for Markdown, MiniBlog allows you to focus on creating and publishing engaging content without unnecessary complexities. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can quickly set up and build your minimalistic blog with MiniBlog and ASP.NET 6.0. Happy blogging!