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[resolved] How to impliment into big existing website? (5 posts)

  1. anefarious1
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    This seems like an awesome plugin. I'd love enable it on my site but I'm trying to figure out how to use it without having to manually insert shortcodes into hundreds of posts. I realize that can be done automatically with some other plugins if I add new content to existing posts.

    However, I'd like to target an existing specific line (different within each post) without having to spend hours and hours doing it. Any ideas? Also, if I do go through and manually insert shortcodes and later I decide to remove them... do they also need to be manually removed? Thanks!

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/jquery-collapse-o-matic/

  2. Baden
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    First: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/need-support-read-this-before-you-post?replies=1
    Second: Link Please

    If you want to retroactively add the collapse feature to 100's of posts, best to use the roll-your-own method and build it into your theme. Here are some examples:
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-jquery-collapse-o-matic-roll-your-own-elements-ideas?replies=45

    The problem I see is you say:

    I'd like to target an existing specific line (different within each post) without having to spend hours and hours doing it.

    Is this specific line just part of your content, or is it more specific element, such as an excerpt, title, custom field, etc? Does these specific elements at least have a unique class or id assigned?

  3. anefarious1
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks for your reply. The site is: http://canigivemycat.com

    Within each post is an answer to a question readers are looking for. As an example:

    <h2>Can I Give My Cat Paxil? Answer: By Prescription Only</h2> is found on http://canigivemycat.com/paxil

    So they are all within <h2> tags. I'd like to have the answer part be collapsible.

    Is this possible without fully understanding those roll-your-own methods provided in the link? They seem beyond my capabilities quite frankly. Thanks!

  4. Baden
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 7 months ago #

    The short answer is no.
    Since all of your content is just that, content in the body of your post, there is no way for the system to automatically know that THIS content is the trigger and THAT content is the collapsed target for the trigger.

    In this case, you would have to manually setup the collapse elements like so:

    ...However, more and more veterinarians are now prescribing this drug for treating feline stress.</p>
    [expand tag="h2" title="Can I Give My Cat Paxil? Answer: By Prescription Only"]Yes, you may give your cat Paxil, as long as it is prescribed by the vet. Do not administer the medication yourself without having your pet checked by the doctor....rest of content you want collapsed[/expand]

    Sorry, but I don't see any other way of defining what the trigger and targets are.

    Update:
    Now, since you have to go back and 'touch' every page anyway, what I can recommend you do is the following:

    1. use a plugin like Types to set up custom fields for your post / page / custom post type. One field for Question, one field for Answer.
    2. now, when you go into each of your old posts, you simply copy/paste the question into the question field and the answer in to the answer field.

    There are many benefits to doing this, but if this too is beyond the scope of your current skills... shoot us an email referencing this thread to info [at] twinpictures [dot] de and we will spend a few minutes helping you get started. We just did not want to leave you hanging.

  5. anefarious1
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks for looking at my particular issue. Closed.

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