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01/22/2014 at 1:51 pm #277834Jeannie BParticipant
I purchased the ‘extension pro pack’ recently for a site i’m working on.
Is there a way to have on the homepage sidebar a randomly loading per homepage visit one business listing appear with logo, address, phone, web address?
Before i bought it i ‘thought’ that is what site shot was but when i just looked at it closer now after installing, i realized this was not the case.
I don’t regret buying it of course i think it will have it’s application in a future website, i just wondered if you could offer any advice or assistance with my goal.
let me know if you have any questions.
thanks!01/23/2014 at 3:25 pm #278012Steven ZahmKeymaster
@ Jeannie B
There is not something I have readily available to do this, but I have a suggestion.
You could use the Tile template to do this using this shortcode in a text widget:
[connections template='tile' limit=1 order_by='id|RANDOM']
You need to do this for the shortcode to work in the text widget.
Hope that helps!
Oh, you don’t really need to use the Tile template, but I think that would provide the best fit.01/27/2014 at 1:59 pm #278307Jeannie BGuest
Thank you Mark, I can see how this could work after reviewing your documentation for order by etc, but when I implemented it, I got a template not found message (because I don’t have the tile template) just the basic ones that come with connections. So I decided to take one of those templates, modify it, then upload it to the ‘connections_template’ folder for custom themes, but now I’m still getting a theme not found message. my theme doesn’t come up in the ‘templates’ link in my admin. what am I missing?01/27/2014 at 2:05 pm #278308Jeannie BGuestThis reply has been marked as private.01/28/2014 at 10:08 am #278415Steven ZahmKeymaster
connections_templatesfolder only exists to support “legacy templates”. Template are now actual plugins. So if you’re taking one of the core templates and modifying it, you will need to convert it to a plugin. This is not that difficult. Mostly you just need to add the plugin header text and change the action so the template will be registered on the
plugins_loadedhook. The next version of Connections 0.8. You can see how this is done here. I’ve already added this to the core templates so can be dragged to the
pluginsfolder and activated. This will allow any changes made to the core template to be update safe.
Hope that helps.
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