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  1. IsaacSchlueter
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I already posted about this at http://wordpress.org/support/topic/459#post-226335
    All apologies for the double-entry, but it seems that that thread isn't getting much love, and it doesn't exactly describe what I want, either.

    I'm seriously considering switching over to wp from b2evo. This is a big deal for me, since I've made a ton of hacks and mods for b2evo (and even contributed code to the project.) So, I could perhaps get in trouble for even posting here ;P (Of course, if I cared that much, I wouldn't use my real name.)

    It seems that I can use categories in WP to do *almost* anything that multiple blogs gets me, and the system seems to be a bit more extensible. Also, the next version of b2evo might make all my previous mods incompatible anyhow. (At the very least, it will mean that I'll have to refactor a LOT of the things that I've done.) And the ease of the custom permalink system in WP makes my mouth water. I love it.

    However, there is one feature that b2evo has that is truly useful and is keeping me using it: a true Linkblog. If someone can make a plugin or hack that does this, then you've got me.

    Here's the way it works:
    A Linkblog is a "blog" (or top-level category) that just contains links. All the posts in that category have a URL attached to them. In the sidebar of the blog, you show each post title as a link to the post URL. You also show a link to go to the post permalink, where a reader can leave comments, read what you have to say about the page that you're linking to, etc. Check out http://isaacschlueter.com/links for an example.

    Also, a linkblog is typically sorted by category in the sidebar, not by date (although b2evo makes this highly customizable with just a teensy bit of tweaking.)

    Is there some way to make this happen? Maybe you could load a second blog object (or whatever the equivalent is in WP) and display
    <a href="<?php the_url() ?>"><?php the_title() ?></a><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>">#</a>
    for each post in that particular category?

  2. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Do you mean what we call "asides" ?
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Adding_Asides

  3. IsaacSchlueter
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for responding, podz.

    Not quite. I had actually seen that, and implemented it on my localhost WP blog, but it's not exactly what I'm talking about.

    Asides show up in the main column of your blog. However, they don't show up in the sidebar.

    No, what I'm saying is more like this:
    Take the things that WP calls a "Link". http://codex.wordpress.org/Links_Manager
    Each link in the links manager has a few attributes: an ID, a title, a URI, etc.
    I want those things to be full-fledged blog posts instead.

    Now, if this means that I just don't use the links manager, and instead post blogroll items into a particular category, and through some hackery goodness, pull all the posts from that category into the sidebar, that's fine. Because then I'd be able to comment on my links, and others could comment on them as well. Losing out on OPML or BlogRolling is no biggie for me.

    If you look at the sidebar on my blog, then you'll see what I'm talking about. Each link has a little icon that links to a permalink for that entry, where you can see my comments about the site, when it was added, and leave a comment of your own if you'd like. That's because each link in the blogroll is an actual post, too.

    Does this come down to just requesting multiple blog support in WP? I hope there's another way to do it, because some of the features in WP are pretty sweet, and I'd hate to just be another former-b2evoer who whines about multiple blog support.

  4. Joshua Sigar
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Is it like "snippets" in this site: http://brokenkode.com ?

    If so you just need to do multiple Loops:
    Loop 1 grabs all Posts not in category "Linkblog"
    Loop 2 grabs all Posts in category "Linkblog"

    http://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop#Multiple_Loops_Example_1

  5. Joshua Sigar
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The only thing that's missing is the title pointing to external url. However, you could probably hack up the following plugin to suit your need.
    http://txfx.net/code/wordpress/page-links-to/

  6. IsaacSchlueter
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hooray!!

    Yes, it's EXACTLY like "snippets". In fact, "snippets" could even be just another word for the same thing. I don't like showing the post contents, since that allows me to fit more links there, and the primary purpose of my blog is to function as my location-independent bookmark list.

    It's looking more and more like I'll have to move... :)

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