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[resolved] Making use of this plugin (3 posts)

  1. sherpabizdev
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry for dumb question - how do I actually get featured and teaser items to show up? I have activated the plugin, checked that the Grid Loop info is there under the Genesis menu. Grid Loop is enabled in all locations (ultimately I am just looking for Category pages to have this feature).

    But nothing has changed. Where would I indicate *which* posts I want to have as featured, etc.?

    I am using this in a Buddypress / Multi-site setup (I did not Network activate -- just activated on main site).

    Thanks in advance for direction.

    Andy

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/genesis-grid-loop/

    P.S. - I see now that it IS working. Sorry -- it was just too easy to use! But I thought I'd be able to control which posts were featured. Please advise if this is something that could be done. Thanks in advance.

  2. Bill Erickson
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    The purpose of this plugin (and grid loop in Genesis itself) is to display a certain number of the first posts in a list as large, and the rest small.

    If you want to manually control which posts are featured, that requires a different approach

    1. Add a metabox to the Edit Post screen that adds a "featured post" checkbox.
    2. Add a custom query at the top of your archive pages to display any posts marked as featured.
    3. Modify the main query to exclude any posts marked as featured (so they don't show up twice).

  3. sherpabizdev
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Bill,

    Thanks so much for the thoughtful reply. I effectively did the same thing w/a cocktail of plugins :). Not being comfortable with .php, I used Genesis Simple Sidebars, Simple Hooks, and Featured Widget Amplified along with Dynamic Widgets to accomplish what you describe. Now with a post category called "marketing-featured" I can use the featured widget to display posts from that category. The widget itself only appears at the top of the marketing category archive with the help of dynamic widgets plugin.

    I'll still have a look at your suggestions because it would be more elegant. With my approach, I have to create a unique widget for each post category, create a new category called "featured-[category]" for each main category, and massage the dynamic widgets settings to get the right widget to appear atop the appropriate category archive...

    Thanks again for taking the time!

    Warm regards,

    Andy McClure

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