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Would it work to create this kind of article? (13 posts)

  1. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,
    I'm trying to find a plug in which would easily let me create articles like this, with multiple pages (posts I guess in reality) with a main image, article text body and thumbnail carousel below.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/best-first-class-airlines-2010-12#-10-thai-airways-1

    Would this plug in let me do this? I've read through everything and am not sure. If not, any other suggestions on what to use?

    I will be creating hundreds of articles with this format so need it to be easy to use.

    Thanks in advance.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/promotion-slider/

  2. Micah Wood
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The promotion slider has a thumbnail navigation and allows you to customize the content within it. Right now, I would say that what you want to do (or at least a version of it) can be done using the slider, but there are a couple of things that might be a bit shoddy until the next release.

    Currently the thumbnail navigation has some limitations and doesn't have a sliding option. Also, if you are linking to anything besides the source post, you would have to manually put in the links you want.

    Structurally, you could create several posts and just paste the shortcode for the same slider at the top of each to keep a consistent feel.

  3. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply.
    If I take the slider out of the equation for the moment, I'm looking at tons of plugins and getting lost just trying to figure out how to include simple page navigation from post to post like the nav in the sample link I posted above.

    It would be great to have a "multi page article builder" like that link has but I'm not finding anything.

    Any other suggestions for at least getting the look and feel of going from page or post to page or post in a multi page content scenario like the sample link?

    Thanks again

  4. Micah Wood
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    It looks like the site you referenced is using AJAX to load the content based off of the hashtag in the URL. I am going to be setting up my slider to use the hashtag to load specific slides, but not specific pages.

    I can't say that there are any really easy solutions for what you are looking to do. You will probably have to find something that gets you close to what you want or bite the bullet and pay someone to code it up.

    Creating a custom navigation for paged content in WordPress probably isn't that hard, but then adding an image navigation will require some method for assigning images. You can't rely on featured images because those are on a per post basis. You would have to come up with some solution for image assignment for that to work well.

  5. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Rats, this seems like it would be something a lot of people would want to be able to do, you know? Break an article up. I see a lot of people doing it with something like Multi Page Toolkit but it still isn't what I want. Darn it.

    Any suggestions just for simple navigation from post to post or page to page which is page/post aware of the page/post you're on?
    Any suggestions for the best way to get close to it?

    I feel like you could do another version of Promotion called "Article Builder" which would be a huge hit ;-) There are tons of people trying to do the same thing I'm trying to with really inelegant out of the box solutions.

  6. Micah Wood
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The best solution for paged navigation of individual posts is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/.

    If you are wanting to go the multiple linked posts route, I would try out http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/series/

    Both of these are written by reputable plugin authors, although the series plugin hasn't been updated in a while.

  7. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ok thanks, I'll check those out.
    Being new to WP, I get lost in what would be the best way to accomplish this. I thought your Promotion plug in looked pretty close.
    Given that I want to try to create that "ten page article with navigation" theory, forget the thumbnail carousel for now, what do you think the best approach is? Ten separate posts? One main page introducing it then ten child pages?

    I really appreciate your guidance...it's daunting when it's not a fairly obvious path and I've been working on this for two days now! :-)

  8. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    What about something like this?
    http://www.ambrosite.com/plugins/next-previous-post-link-plus-for-wordpress

    Series worries me that it says its not compatible beyond earlier versions.

  9. Micah Wood
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    The plugin you found looks like a great solution, but it won't help you if you are trying to keep certain posts together. Let's say you start writing two series of posts and post once a week for each. The plugin you found would actually take you from series 1 post 1 to series 2 post 1, etc. You want something that will only link the series.

    The plugin you found does support post thumbnails, but not for paged posts, which is what you would want to use to get the correct navigation order out of this plugin.

    There are also some great related posts plugins that work off of tags. If you only assign a single tag to all the posts in a series, they would naturally be grouped together. Something like http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/efficient-related-posts/ would be great for this.

    The WP Page Navi plugin (as well as the one you found) can improve the paging of your posts page and any paged posts you may have. Just FYI, here is how you create paged posts in WordPress: http://codex.wordpress.org/Styling_Page-Links

  10. anandsrinivasan
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Woodent,

    I guess one way a plugin could help achieve this need would be by customizing the excerpt option on WP (the <!--more-> tag). The plugin could separate every 'more' tag in a post to display in a new page with the URL modified to include a #page1, #page2 kind of suffix.

    What do you think?

  11. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I ended up abandoning posts. I had the Ambrosite Next/Previous Post plug in working well, but then when I installed the Page version of that plug in, I couldn't get it working right and got to response from the developer for support. So, I decided not to use posts at all, and instead just use pages. I'm using two different plug ins and playing around with them...Multi Page Toolkit and Easy Paginator ($17). Multi page took kit uses the Nextpage thing to break up a long page into sub pages. Easy paginator turns it into a slideshow, which looks really nice, but as of yet you can't click on the individual screens, which they are changing now and hopefully in a few weeks will have an upgraded version where the slides are individually listed sort of as if they were pages, and clickable/linkable which is what I need them to be. But I like the way it looks and functions. It's an easy tag you add, like Next page, but EAP Divider.

    I couldn't get Wp Navi to work with Graphene even though it's built into it as a friendly plug in. In a week have gotten no answers on the Graphene forum about why it might not be working. So gave up on that too.

    I've found the pagination issue to be a huge pain in the butt. Not sure why it has to be so complicated to do something so basic or so hard to find the right solutions and implement them.

    What I'm trying to do is clearly common...write a multi page article, break it into linkable/clickable chunks. In a perfect world I'd have a few different templates to make it easy. I am using "Article Templates" plugin but the author has been unable to update it for some time so you have to fuss with it a little to get it to work. I"d like one that was a visual drag and drop chunks, sort of like widgets, where you could easily see an article template visually and easily call photos/write the text chunks. I mean if my articles will always take one of three formats, I'd like it to be easy to write them, not mucking around copying and pasting in the html view of the editor. I'd like a visually pleasing/easy drag and drop article builder/template thing, with the output looking like the nice Easy Paginator look and feel but clickable screens (which they are working on, the clickable part).

    If anyone knows of a good article builder/template thing where the pagination makes sense as a multi page article please let me know :-)

    And thanks for the ideas above, I'll check them out.

  12. anandsrinivasan
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    After researching thoroughly through the internet [and encountering your posts across many forums along the way ;-)], I guess there is no simple way that exists today.

    The problem with posting the different slides on different pages is that if you are looking for users to comment, these comments will be scattered across the different pages. It's really not a viable solution.

    I am looking at developers who can custom build it. As mentioned above, the logic as I see fit is to make use of the 'Read More' tag that is provided by WP. The different slides should be separated by the <!--more-> tag and the different slides should share the same URL with a different reference parameter. That is, they should have URLs like example.com/article#slide1, example.com/article#slide2,etc.

    That way, the plugin should also be theme-agnostic as well. Will post here if I manage to get it done.

  13. raindance
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wow thanks for looking into it.
    So far I've just been focused on the pagination of how to tie them together in a nice user friendly/visually nice way.

    So far these are my two winners:
    Multi Page Toolkit version:
    http://juicytravels.com/the-ten-best-first-class-airlines-today/

    Easy Pagination version:
    http://juicytravels.com/the-ten-best-first-class-airlines-now/

    (but this isn't going to work for me until they get the individual screens more like pages and clickable/linkable which they are working on)

    I really liked the Ambrosite post previoius/next when it was on the posts because you have a lot of control over what gets tied together and I like the way the links look and can be placed. But I can't post an example to how I had it because I de-activated it and deleted those posts in favor of the above two options.

    Now if only there were a good "article builder" kind of plug in to make it easy and visually pleasant to build the actual articles. I know a lot of people are wishing for a nice package that does all of this in one solution.

    Thanks again...
    Laura

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