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[resolved] Suggestion: Category mapping table. (3 posts)

  1. billc108
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I'd like to add something to your list of nice-to-have features: A category mapping table.

    The calendars I'm sharing feeds with have similar - but not equivalent - category names. I'd like to be able to set things up so that events flowing in get auto mapped to the categories in *my* calendar of my choosing. For instance:

    My calendar has categories:

    Strawbale
    Workshops
    Timber Framing

    Another calendar that feeds us has categories:

    Straw Bale
    Workshops & Courses
    Timberframing

    Obvious to the eye that they're pretty darn close, but of course to our computers they're not the same. What's happening now is that the incoming feeds are creating new categories that didn't previously exist. If a visitor goes to an event that is in a category from the first list, clicks on on the category link there, he or she won't see any of the events on the (nearly the same) topic on the fed-in list.

    What I'd rather have happen is that their "Straw Bale" gets changed to "Strawbale" as it feeds in, without my having to manually reset them every time. It'll help keep down the category clutter too.

    Ideally in the admin panel we'd be able to see them grouped by incoming feed.

    It would also help to have the ability to feed many different incoming categories to a single category on the target site, for instance:

    plaster
    earthen plaster >>>> all feed to "Plastering"
    Lime plasters
    stucco

    and vice versa, if the feed is less specific to be able to add more than one category on the target site:

    Workshops & Courses >>>> maps to both "Workshops" and "Courses"

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/events-manager-ess/

  2. essfeed
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 6 months ago #

    Hi Bill,

    The "categories" side will be a next big part of development for the ESS plugin.
    The mapping table you are talking about can be a bit confusing. It is a good idea, we will think about a way of connecting events between them.

    We are now more thinking about placing a list of predefined event's categories on the event editing page. (e.g.: sports, education, business, theatre, ...) coming from the mains events listing websites (eventbrite, meetup...) additionally to your own categories.

    so you can group and connect your events by global names and so can do search engines with your events !

  3. billc108
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    That's great for mainstream events like sports and concerts.

    We do niche markets though. The kinds of events we promote are not likely to make it on anyone's predefined list.

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