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Multiple Content Blocks

  1. Jack
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    Somewhere the idea of more than one content block was discarded as being theme territory. I disagree about this, so I want to give it another try ;)

    Example: I want to split the content of my posts in two parts/columns. On the left my own content, on the right some image, map or text-information from another source. I don't want to use a custom field for this because it is actual content. I also don't want to use the part after 'read more' because that's meant for something else. I can seperate the content manually by using divs or spans inside the main content area, but that's not really userfriendly. And last but not least, I don't want to loose this extra information inside a post at a later time because some plugin dies.

    There is an excellent plugin with the same name as this topic title that does what I mean: Multiple Content Blocks. But like I said, it's a plugin and information would dissappear whenever this plugin would cease to function. I really think something like this should be part of the WP Core functionality. Even 'simple' blog software like Zenpage within Zenphoto has this kind of functionality built-in.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  2. Mark
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    I feel you haven't made clear why this should be in the core. From http://wordpress.org/extend/:

    WordPress is infinitely extensible. One of the core philosophies of WordPress is to keep the core code as light and fast as possible but to provide a rich framework for the huge community to expand what WordPress can do, limited only by their imagination.

    The point being that your imagination may not square with others' imagination of what WP should be able to do. As a matter of fact, having developed over 30 WordPress sites for widely diverging clients and goals, I am fairly certain that only a small minority would actually use this possibility. For the great majority, it would be added complexity. The bulk of WP users uses only one main content field and that's all they need; widgets can do the rest (not for your purpose, I know).

    I like WP lean as it is. I think the core philosophy is a sound one. And if there already is a plugin doing what you want you're fine - just fork it if it stops working and make (or have someone make) your own version. Yes that might mean you needing expert help at some point. But I don't see why that expert help should be outsourced to the WordPress core code, especially not if it actually is about stuff that complicates the simple, straightforward interface it has now.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  3. Jack
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    I know what you mean and I agree about that WP should be as small and light weight as possible. But consider the hypothetical user that would like to have the regular content, with next to it some information in an different language, another piece of content for a map, and next to that a video with some explanation. That user is not me ;), although I'm would like to use that extra content for a map, but if only two out of four would be needed, how convenient would it be if that information can be added by a user in the same place as the rest. No need for widgets or custom fields or whatever. Just a few content blocks that can be named and styles independently.

    The plugins I mentioned do just that, only not (yet) from within the loop. Personally I think it would be great to have this added to the core so it could function just like the custom field: add extra custom field > add extra content field. And the code could be simply the_content(2) or something like that :)

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  4. ooeygui
    Member

    I'm a little confused about what you're wanting... but yeah, if there's already a plugin that works then use it. If you're worried about the plugin losing support, thats just part of the risk you take by choosing open-source.

    It sounds like you're wanting some basic CMS functionality that will allow you to change content all over the page based on which page a user is on, rather than just inside the loop. (ie: The "about" page might have a contact info in the sidebar and the "home" page might have a list of featured products)

    You might also want to try this... :)
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/reusables/

    It will allow you to assign blocks of content to a sidebar based on which page/post you're on. Sounds like exactly what you're wanting to do. It's not two content blocks on the edit screen but the basic concept is the same, and Reusables is much more flexible and user-friendly. It will allow you as many or as few content blocks, anywhere on the page that you want, enjoy!

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  5. Jack
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    I'm sorry. It seems I'm not making myself clear enough on what I want. Perhaps it's my english :(. Anyway, just one last shot at what I would like, as I already tried to explain in my previous reply:

    Here is a visual representation of what I mean. Perhaps that says more than words :)

    Extra Content Blocks

    You can add extra blocks if needed, and leave them empty if a post doesn't need the extra information. Personally I think this is a very usefull addition for WordPress as a CMS system.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  6. Justin Tadlock
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    I haven't seen any reason for this to be in core. It's a custom use scenario and would be better handled by a plugin.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  7. Andy Macaulay-Brook
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    There are a few plugins that handle this need already.

    Posted: 4 years ago #
  8. onetrev
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    I have to agree with Moxie that this is a very important component, especially as WP moves more into the realm of a very solid CMS. If it is not in the core it needs to be a very strongly supported plugin.

    Multiple Content Blocks is the only thing that comes close but it is not regularly updated anymore and could use some enhancements.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  9. goldsztajn
    Member

    Agree with moxie, more and more this kind of functionality is needed.

    BTW Multiple Content Blocks was updated (v1.5) on 20 Oct 2010 (two weeks ago).

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  10. mrmist
    Moderator

    Plugin land. And the relevant plugin has even been linked to.

    Posted: 3 years ago #

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