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[resolved] CataBlog Feature Request (38 posts)

  1. macguru2000
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    Posted 4 years ago #

    Please post your requests and desires for future CataBlog features here. This is meant only for these requests, their are other CataBlog topics & discussions if you do not have a feature request. Please look through them first. Thanks

    - Zach

  2. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Great plugin depsite my little image import issues.
    What would be great is to be able to insert shortcodes of other plugins in the description (see my remark about audio player).

    And be able to sort the order on alphabetic (title, tag and/or product code).

    Thank you macguru for your work and user support !

  3. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    Thanks for all your help today. I'd like to make a request if possible ('cause I'm demanding like that! ;-P )

    ...the option of having multiple PayPal accounts for more than one seller on a website.

    Thanks,
    Adelle

  4. giuma
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach...

    Congratulations to the plugin (lovely simple and effective)

    but unfortunately I can not get the lightbox effect on the thumbnails of the catalog created!

    Using the wordpress version 3.0.1 and the plugin version 0.9.5

    If you are interested this is the link http://www.mauriziosalvi.com/wordpress/?page_id=435

    Thank you so much...

  5. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    kristel_ttm,

    The new version of CataBlog, 0.9.6.1, has a new feature that lets you run your description text through all the current WordPress filters, effectively letting you insert shortcodes into your catalog item descriptions. Please be careful with this feature though, as it has some potential for problems, especially with larger more complex plugins. Also, never ever put the [catablog] shortcode into your description unless you want to cause a never ending loop that could break your blog. Good luck ;)

    - Zach

  6. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you very much Zach,

    That is a great new feature. I did not have time to test it yet but will asap.

  7. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    I'm back! Catablog has been working perfectly - and it's so simple & easy to use especially since you introduced tick boxes for the tags!

    I've had a request from some of the other sellers on the Picture House Antiques website. Would it be possible to have multiple images of the same item - sort of the way you can on eBay listings?

    Thanks again,
    Adelle

  8. base007
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Lovely plugin! Rated it 5 star already.

    Ok, here's my feature request:
    When adding an item, it would be nice to have the tinymce interface.

    Thanks.

  9. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Little feature request: Be able to have a hover state on the paypal button :)

    Thank you !

  10. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    It is very possible to make a hover state for the buy now button using the store tab in CataBlog Options. SImple modify your template so you give the final input tag a class, then go into your styles.css file and add the class and :hover pseudo class to the file. Something as easy as adding .catablog-buynow to the button template in CataBlog options and then .catablog-buynow:hover { color:red; } should work. If you want to make the graphic change I would recommend rethinking how the button works, perhaps CSS backgronud-image would be more appropriate for the button styling, then you can swap the image or change its position on hover. Good luck

    - Zach

  11. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You mean catablog.css (plugin editor) or my styles.css (child theme) ?
    Tried the last one but I do not see any styling change. But I am a noob in styling.

  12. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well actually I mean a few things, I guess the best way to do it would be lay it out in step. Sorry I didn't convey it thoroughly in the last post.

    1. Go to the CataBlog Options Panel and switch to the Store tab. You must have something in the template section there if you are seeing "buy now" buttons. If you look at the HTML in that template it is basically a form.

    2 Change the last tag, an image type input, <input type="image"... />. You would probably want to switch that input tag to a submit button with a CSS class, perhaps .catablog-buynow.

    3. In any CSS file loaded by your template, perhaps style.css, you should set style code that sets a width, height and background image on the class from the last step, .catablog-buynow. Look into styling form elements online.

    4. Make sure to also set a CSS hover pseudo class for the submit button from the earlier steps, .catablog-buynow:hover.

    You might need to do some independent research but it is very possible to give a form element a class and control it with CSS on standard, active, hover and focus states. Good luck and let me know if you figure it out.

    By the way, you should never edit the catablog.css file within the plugin directory. You can make your own catablog.css file in the template directory which will get loaded and let you set CataBlog settings if you do not want to put your catalog style code into the theme's styles.css file. In the next version the catablog.css stylesheet will only be loaded when catalogs are found on the current page.

    - Zach

  13. kristel_ttm
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks. Works like a charm !

  14. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Multiple Image Support has landed, check out the new beta and this article for more information.

  15. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    You're a STAR! I'll download the beta update later on today and feed back!

  16. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    How do I 'manually update' the default template? Do I need to add the %SUB-IMAGES% / class="catablog-image catablog-subimage" to the default template? If so, whereabouts?

  17. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    hi hisforhome,

    To 'manually update' the template all you need to do is reload the default template from the drop down menu in the template tab of the admin options panel and save.

    Quite a mouth full...

    First you should login to your WordPress Admin section and go to the CataBlog Options Panel. Now switch to the template tab and choose default from the drop down menu. Click "load template" next to the drop down menu and then click save at the bottom of the options panel.

    Keep in mind the implementation is still pretty basic and I would recommend overriding and making your own CSS classes if need be. The %SUB-IMAGES% token may be added anywhere you like in your own templates as well, I would recommend wrapping them in a tag like <div class="my-catalogs-subimages" /> or similar.

  18. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    I've added the extra code to the default template but when I go to add extra images to a listing I don't see an option to add more than one image. What am I doing wrong?

    All the best,
    Adelle

  19. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi hisforhome,

    First make sure you are using version 1.1.5 of CataBlog by going to the About CataBlog Admin Panel and verify the version. If you are not using 1.1.5 you may download it from the other version section and manually install it with FTP, sorry there is no automatic update to 1.1.5 because it is not considered a stable release. If you read the 1.1.5 Release Post I describe how to add sub images. There is a mini form underneath the edit catalog item form. It is not well labeled but it is underneath the save changes button on the edit catalog item form. Select an image and then click the submit button. A very small icon of the image should appear underneath the main image after the image uploads and the page refreshes. Good luck and let me know if that works for you.

  20. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach

    I've now updated to version 1.1.5 but my template has now gone crazy. I've reverted to the code that was there before I added the %SUB-IMAGES% etc but it's still not back to normal.

    The images are now giant and pixilated, the lighbox doesn't work, it just opens the image in a new page, and there's no 2nd image. (I've added a second view to the Vintage Post Office Savings poster).

    http://picturehouseantiques.co.uk/picture-house-antiques-dealers/h-is-for-home/h-is-for-home-items-currently-for-sale/

  21. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi hisforhome,

    I would double check your thumbnail size in the options, as it seems that CataBlog is setting your thumbnails to 200 pixels, unless that value is hard coded into your template. Oh wait, I am noticing that .catablog-image class now has a width of 100% by default, which means if it isn't surrounded by an element that is the correct thumbnail width it will be to big. I would suggest you try loading the default template in version 1.1.5 and seeing if that fixes your problems. The default template is different in version 1.1.5 then 1.1 and perhaps this difference is what is causing you problems. Keep in mind multiple image support is still a work in progress so things are a bit hairy right now. Thanks for your questions and have a great night.

  22. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach

    I've got the template back to normal. However, when I add an additional image and click 'submit' I get the message:

    Internal Server Error
    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

    Am I making an error with my div wrapper?

    Thanks,
    Adelle

  23. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    hisforhome,

    The div wrapper in your template should not make a difference when it comes to uploading images to your server. Perhaps these questions will help us solve the problem, still I believe you are already doing these.

    Can you verify for me that you are trying to add sub images through the "Sub Images Controls" form under the edit catalog item form?

    Also can you verify for me that you are only trying to add sub images to previously saved catalog items? Currently, you must save the catalog item first, then reopen it to add sub images.

    Without more information about the error I am unsure I can help anymore. You may try turning on WP_DEBUG in your wp-config.php file and seeing if a more verbose error message is given. A few more questions...

    Is the error message on a blank white page (500 error) or is it styled and looking like a WordPress message?

    What format are the images you are trying to add as sub images, can you try jpeg format if you haven't already?

    Are there any special characters in the catalog item's title? If so can you try removing them before uploading a sub image.

    Try clicking the "Remove All Sub Images Now" button to initialize the item's sub images and then add a new sub image?

    Good luck, I really appreciate your help with testing and troubleshooting the new multiple image feature. Testers are an invaluable part of software development, and since I don't make any money with CataBlog, I can't warrant hiring a tester. I appreciate your time and effort. Thanks,

    -Zach

  24. hisforhome
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Zach,

    Yes, I'm trying to add sub images using the "sub image controls" and yes, I'm adding additional images to an already existing listing.

    The error message is a blank white page, not coming from WordPress.

    The image is in jpeg format - there was an underscore in the title but I've since removed it and tried again but still get the error message.

    Thanks for all your time & help - I'm really grateful - CataBlog's a great plugin!

    Adelle

  25. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    hisforhome,

    CataBlog 1.1.7 Beta is here and I think it will solve the white screen on sub image upload issue. It was a stupid error on my part but I think you will find this version might actually suits your live site's needs.

    I want to apologize about changing the underlying CSS code that made you need the wrapping >div /<. In the new version the CSS code has been reverted and the default template has also been reverted. But there is a new subimage template that you may load and use as a starting point. Good luck and let me know if you hit any bumps along the way.

    - Zach

  26. papafrankc
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Zach,

    On my wish list I think it would be nice to be able to have a creation date for each catalog entry. And to be able to sort by date and to maybe group them into different months. On my website with over 700 woodworking patterns, a new one is being created almost every day. It would be nice to be able to pick the most recent ones, say over the last 30 days and to display only those patterns on a specific page. Right now we do it manually by adding the most recent pattern to the page and removing the oldest one. But it's a manual process and it would be nice to automate it.

    And while I'm wishing....it would be nice to be able to search all pattern names for a particular word. e.g. out of 700 patterns there may be 30 or so that have the word 'dog' in the image description. Right now I have an "Animal" category but it contains all kinds of animal patterns. If I only want to see the dog patterns, it would be nice to be able to search using only the word 'dog'.

    I will understand if my requests might not be appropriate for a lot of folks.

    Thanks
    Frank

  27. christogeretz
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I would also like to request some way to create a page with the categories listed and then the catablog shortcode inserted...

    With categories named "a", "b", "c", etc. this seems to work:

    <h1 id="a"></h1>
    [catablog category='a']
    <h1 id="b"></h1>
    [catablog category='b']
    <h1 id="c"></h1>
    [catablog category='c']

    I wonder if there's a better way, though!

  28. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    christogeretz,

    I would love to have more conversations about listing multiple categories with their titles, would you please create a new thread with this question and any new thoughts you have. I wonder if a "render category title" parameter could be inserted into the shortcode...

  29. macguru2000
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Please, please, please do not post your bug reports, questions or errors here anymore. I think that we should fully maximize the WordPress forums, and everyone who has a bug to report needs to post it in a new, unique thread to that question. Thanks and have a wonderful day.

  30. dallion82
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I don't know if anyone has requested this already, but a super time-saving feature would be if you could edit the image order numbers directly from the Library list, rather than going to each image page individually. ie: if the order numbers were an editable field on the Library page.

    A similar feature would be if Catablog automatically ordered images based on their upload order/image name.

    pic01.jpg -----> order #1
    pic02.jpg -----> order #2
    pic03.jpg -----> order #3
    etc...

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