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[resolved] Can't remove box from categories views (11 posts)

  1. lucifer8k
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi I have this problem I hope you can help me

    When I see the cathegory views it has the Biographia box,
    http://www.anime-desu.com/category/anime/ for example.
    I tried to hack the functions.php inserting ('category.php') it didn't work, I think that was because the template doesn't have that file, so I tried with page.php that exist in the template files but didn't work either.

    How I remove the Biographia box from the category view? thx for the help

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-biographia/

  2. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi,

    The TL;DR reply is that at the moment you can't do this. WP Biographia allows you to automagically add the Biography Box to all types of archive page or not at all. The ability to break out which sort of archive page, tag, author, category, etc, will probably be in a future release of the plugin, once I a) work out how to do it reliably and b) have the time to actually do it, test it and release it.

    The longer, and hopefully more helpful reply, is that this is a known shortcoming in WP Biographia. My post Bending WP Biographia To Your Will, sums it up like this ...

    Display Gotcha: If you choose to display the Biography Box on post archives, this will do so for all archive types, be that tag archives, author archives, category archives, date archives or so on. If you want to restrict the display to a particular type of archive, you’ll need to add some conditional tags to your theme’s template files.

    ... this is because WP Biographia currently allows you to automagically add the Biography Box to the front page, individual posts, archive pages, individual pages and RSS feeds by using the corresponding WordPress API functions to work out what sort of page is being asked for (is_front_page, is_archive, etc).

    Filtering out the differing types of archive page needs some more conditional code to be added (is_category for category archive pages, is_tag for tag archive pages and so on) plus making corresponding settings and options for this. All of which is doable, but needs to be written and tested.

    There is a work around to what you're trying to do but it's far from elegant and requires some not insignificant theme template hacking. What you'd need to do is stop WP Biographia for automagically appending the Biography Box to archive pages and then, for each type of archive you want to have the Biography Box displayed on, category archives in your case, ensure that your theme has a category archive template, locate the code where the WordPress Loop is being processed and use the [wp_biographia] short code to insert the Biography Box. How this is done precisely will vary from theme to theme.

    Hope this helps

    -Gary

  3. thirdtimeacharm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sounds good. We also have a need for this feature also....
    Especially when using premium themes, the author display inside js sliders (which pull from categories) etc causes quite a few problems...
    Will keep an eye out for future releases!

  4. thirdtimeacharm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've the below link for hopefully some extra info on how authors are displayed on categroy pages using premium themes.
    http://s1150.photobucket.com/albums/o609/thirdtimeisacharm/?action=view&current=jason-smith.png

    At the moment, we are rewritting the CSS as a short term solution to flow around the image/pic and make is less noticeable...(esp problematic for longer bios). However as per above would probably remove these bios from category pages should such a feature be implemented.

    Perhaps modifying the styles to have text flow around image could be a good interim release? :)

  5. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Just a quick update. I'm starting work on the next version of WP Biographia in the next few days. There's quite a lot on my TODO list for this version, but of interest to this thread is the addition of breaking out "display the Biography Box in Archives" to go down to the next level of archive granularity; author, date, category, tag, and so on. I'm also going to add custom meta boxes to the post and page creation/edit admin screens so that you can request the Biography Box be hidden for a specific post/page at the time of writing/editing, rather than having to glean the Post ID and enter that manually into the plugin's settings.

    But with regards to thirdtimecharm's request to change the CSS for the Biography Box, I'm probably going to hold back on this. WP Biographia is now on it's 3rd major release cycle and there's a lot of people using this (which is immensely gratifying). I don't want to start changing the Biography Box layout to suit what is a fairly specific use case (within JS sliders in a premium theme) without considering the impact on the existing installed user base.

    Having said that, have you looked at a combination of the plugin's existing filters (specifically wp_biographia_biography_box) and/or adding custom CSS to the styling of the Biography Box to suit your needs; my post on Hacking WP Biographia's Appearance With CSS might be of help here?

    Let me know what you think ...

    -Gary

  6. thirdtimeacharm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Gary,

    Wow fast response :)

    Yes your CSS post here:
    http://www.vicchi.org/2012/04/05/hacking-wp-biographias-appearance-with-css/
    Is the method we are using actually....so that has been great :)

    We initially looked inside the Dashboard under 'WP Biographia v3.1.0 - Settings And Options' for a place to 'append' CSS tags as a custom option/parameter - to avoid any upgrade overwrite issues taking place.
    Although above method gives us a decent workaround.

    Perhaps my explanation about the CSS/JS Slider may have been misleading, as was an example of a styling implementation that we were impacted by - not the only environment the issues occurs within.

    The issue is not JS/slider specific, however 2 & 3 column theme specific. Whereby there is a limited amount of horizontal space available for the bio typical on themes will 2 (or more) columns on the front page and category/tag related structures.

    For example, themes such as:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/pure-line
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/greenleaf
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/sunspot
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/themolio

    Using autho bio on their front pages would have CSS related issues.
    In any case just hoping to FYI.

    Great product, well deserved large userbase :)

    - Steve

  7. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ah. OK. I see what you were saying now. As you're probably aware, trying to make a plugin work with every combination of theme/plugin/CSS there is out there is nigh on impossible.

    But I do think you have a valid point about the styling of the Biography Box in cases where screen real estate is limited.

    Here's a thought ... could you possibly put together a piece of sample code and CSS which shows how you think the Biography Box should look in this sort of case? That would give me something concrete to work with and then I could see if I can fit this into the plugin's code, either as an extension of the existing layout or as an alternate layout option?

    Does that make sense?

    -Gary

  8. thirdtimeacharm
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Here's a thought ... could you possibly put together a piece of sample code and CSS which shows how you think the Biography Box should look in this sort of case?

    Happy to. I'll see if I can put something together in the next day or two..... :)

  9. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Happy to. I'll see if I can put something together in the next day or two..... :)

    Great .. the next release of WP Biographia is coming along nicely; the next day or two would work really well to see if this is something I can work into the code base whilst I'm in mid development mode.

    -Gary

  10. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    So WP Biographia v3.2 is pretty much ready to go out of the door. Did you manage to do anything with the mocked up HTML/CSS?

    -Gary

  11. vicchi
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    As WP Biographia v3.2 is now released and allows you to specify which type of archive, including categories, to have the Biography Box displayed on, I'm going to flag this thread as resolved. Let me know if you have any other problems or questions though.

    -Gary

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