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How to list categories by author? (6 posts)

  1. Aylwin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    My site will have multiple authors posting in the same set of categories. What I would like to do is when I show an author's archive, there will be a list of categories in the sidebar for that author. Clicking on a category would then only show the posts of that particular author in that particular category. Obviously, categories where the author hasn't posted anything won't be listed.

    Is this possible? I can't find any switches or options in wp_list_cats or list_cats. Or, is there any plugin that can do this?

  2. schestowitz
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You will have to do some self-tailoring to achieve this. WordPress is unlikely to incorporate such an option because there will be mere demand for it.

    I am not aware of any plug-ins that achieve this. As it's been 18 hours since your original post, I thought it's worth making a followup that's not very productive. Enjoy your holiday.

  3. yurivs
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi
    I am looking for a such plugin either.
    Thank's
    Yuri
    ____
    http://blog.karaloka.net

  4. Aylwin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've found that the Level Ten Blog Matrix plugin can do this: http://www.leveltendesign.com/blog/blogs/wordpress/plugins/blog_matrix

  5. nearlythere
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    wordpress is pretty flexible, actually. if you want to learn more about customizing wordpress and hone your skills, you can also do this without a plugin.

    for example, you can create a custom category template, and give query_posts a variable of an author id, via a URL query string. (nb: you'd have to create a custom template for each new category)

    ohh... you could also create a custom author template, and give query_posts a category to deliver. that would be good too.

    since i have this handy, here's an basic example of how you'd do it with custom category templates.

    1- create a custom category-x.php file in your theme folder. in this case i'm doing the default category-1.php

    this is a basic one that works with WP default theme:

    <?php get_header(); ?>
    <?php
    $thisauthor = $_GET['author'];
    ?>

    <?php query_posts("author=$thisauthor") ?>

    <?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <h3><?php the_title(); ?></h3>
    <?php the_content(); ?>
    <?php endwhile; ?>
    <?php else : ?>
    <p>No posts by that author</p>
    <?php endif; ?>

    <?php get_footer(); ?>

    2- then, create links to this page (URL query string) and send it the variable of the author ID. i use permalinks and make links like this:
    http://sitename.com/category/misc?author=2

    you can make these links using the list authors functionality.

    references in the Codex:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/query_posts

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Category_Templates

    also try... http://codex.wordpress.org/Author_Templates

  6. Aylwin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for the advice! I'll try this out when I have some time. Your sample code will probably give me ideas on other possibilities.

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