Support » Plugin: Name Directory » Add tooltips

  • Hi,
    This a simple proposal for your plugin. I added a shortcode to look into the database to display the description of an entry in the page using the glossary. I think it is a very useful feature. Here the code snippet used.

    I have integrated as an helper in the code for the next version of my (very) new plugin (Slithy Web) if your plugin is active but it is a hack…

    Here the code I used to achieve it (the page reference shows the running code for “SEO”), feel free to reuse:

        public function tooltip_shortcode($atts, $contents = null, $tag=''){
                        'name' => null,
                        'text' => null,
                        'dir' => null), $atts));
            if( $name ){
                global $wpdb;
                // We rely on the "Name Directory" plugin if exists
                $directory = intval($dir);
                $query = "SELECT description FROM {$wpdb->prefix}name_directory_name WHERE name = %s";
                if($directory > 0){
                    $query .= " AND directory = $directory";
                $final_query = $wpdb->prepare($query, $name);
                $definition = $wpdb->get_var($final_query);
                    $text = $definition;
                        // If we have found something and no contents provided, 
                        // use the name as the text.
                        $contents = $name;
            return '<span class="tooltip">' . esc_attr($contents)
                        . '<span class="tooltiptext">' . esc_attr($text)
                        . '</span></span>';

    The CSS code has been taken from

    Feel free to contact me for further details and congratulations for your work.

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Plugin Author jeroenpeters1986


    Hi @wrey75,

    thank you for using my plugin and sharing this code! Also thank you for your compliments. It’s great to see how people use the plugin.

    So if I understand correctly: you can use the shortcode for a word/name, which is being looked up in the database (eventually with a directory id) and (if found) the word is being displayed with the description as a tooltip?
    Seems very cool!

    I also see you can use it for your own (fallback) text in the tooltip.

    Very nice that you want to share this with me! I will think on how I can integrate it (I think it will be “just” an extra shortcode) and write documentation about it in the FAQ.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this!

    Kind regards,

    Jeroen Peters

    Thread Starter wrey75



    Exactly. The code I copied is a simplified version because the version I implemented can also use tooltips not in the glossary and I have a better fallback if the definition is not found. See the code here:

    The “contents” text provided can replace the “name” term if you use a plural noon: I use the [tooltip name=”rush”]rushes[/tooltip] of my camera.

    I was wondering to find a plugin like Name Directory. The only missing feature I needed was very easy to implement because your code is simple to understand.

    Best regards,
    William Rey

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