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[resolved] main site loop, displaying sub site posts (4 posts)

  1. schneidley
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have a set of three sites on a wordpress network for my research group at my university. they are configured as follows:

    • example.com -> main site, set up as a cms. really does almost everything. all of the informational pages one would expect to see in a website are here. i am using the posts feature to house descriptions and links to documents.
    • example.com/directory -> i built a custom theme to display posts as a contact directory (i'm pretty proud, but this site is mostly irrelevant to the issue at hand)
    • example.com/news -> this site is a pure blog. the idea is to give each member of the group a "contributor" login, so they can post updates about their work as "news". i made it a separate site for a few reasons, but it is tied in so a visitor can't really tell it is a different site (i hope this makes sense).

    now for what i would like to accomplish: on the homepage of the main example.com site, i would like to place a widget that displays a teaser or the beginning of the most recent post on the example.com/news site, and display it the same as normal posts within the theme. i'm thinking a loop is the way to go here, but i have no idea how to call posts from a child site. on top of it all, i cannot directly access my MySQL DB to see how the posts in wp 3.0 are structured, because of IT's permission setup.
    while i'm at it, i think it might be nice to also display on the homepage some of the most recently uploaded images or something of the sort. is any of this possible? also, i am trying to keep my plugin use to a minimum and keep the plugins simple to improve performance, but will use one if it is the only way.

    i think the place i need the most help is getting the information into the query function. i'm totally stuck. thanks for any help.

  2. Go to your main site and look at the widgets.
    Find the RSS widget.
    Put in the feed for the News site.

  3. schneidley
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Oh, DUH (facepalm)! I think I've been staring at code for too long... Time for a break! I was WAY over-thinking it. not sure how long it would have taken me to come up with such a simple solution... Yours works great for my needs, thanks a million!

  4. the only thing I'll note is I wouldn't do this for a larger site or a number of sites.

    For just one, pulling the feed is fine. For a number of sites on the network, there are other ways. But I'll leave that for other threads.

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