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04/04/2016 at 10:14 pm #371664Jess PGuest
I have had a play around with the Connections plugin and there is just one area I need confirmation on:
We have 2 parent categories and underneath these, there are 100s of child categories in each one. We want to be able to have two buttons for the parent categories that then takes you to a new page that lists the name of the child categories. These names would then link through to a page that lists of all organisations assigned to the particular child category.
We are fine with setting up two pages and using [connections category="3"] for the two parent categories. But this would just list all organisations assigned to all child categories.
Is this something that can be done by customising the plugin to output all categories with a link of ‘/?cn-s=&cn-cat=21’ (for example) or is this something that could only be done with a premium template (as they have the search + dropdown)? We will be customising the template display quite a bit as none of the premium templates actually display how we need it to.
Jess04/05/2016 at 10:15 am #371715Steven ZahmKeymaster
If I understand correctly… Yes, you can do this easily with Connections. Here’s a doc page on how to do it with the cMap template but the same method will work with any of the premium templates.
Ohhh, wait, I just reread the second paragraph again.
What you want to do is possible. Here’s how.
First, create the page that will actually display the entries and set that as the directory home page.
Now, you need the Widget Pack extension.
You would add to category list widgets to the Connections Widget Shortcodes and configure each instance to display the Display specific category parent. After you saving the widget configuration you will be give a shortcode that can be used to embed it on a page.
With those shortcodes onhand, now create two pages, one for each shortcode. The shortcodes will render a list of the child categories of the selected parent category. The list will be styled according to the theme styles for unordered lists.
With those two pages created, create your origin page that has the two buttons which link to those two pages created in the previous step.
Hope that helps!
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