Support » Plugin: Strong Testimonials » Categories – defaulting issue and parent/child issue

  • Resolved aajaanron


    Hi Chris. Thank you for your hard work, this plugin is terrific.

    I searched high and low and saw your ‘category’ tickets but I didn’t see these issues, maybe I’m confused.

    I have set specific categories but testimonials are defaulting to include the lowest ID one (even if it is unchecked) + whichever other one that I have selected on the input form. if I select the lowest selection (ID) it only shows that one appropriately, (without duplicating) Is there a ‘default’ setting on the admin side that I have overlooked?.
    **EDIT: I deleted the initial category (ID5) and created it anew (ID23) and now it seems to have self-corrected to applying only the selected category.**

    Secondly, I have parent and child categories i.e. (P)’Corporate Client’ and (C)’CEO’, (C)’Administration’, (C)’Liaison’

    In my experience – with an older theme (2013) and different site – if I simply choose a child it will auto-select the parent as well (as I would like, i.e. ‘Corporate Client, Liaison’)

    Now using twentyseventeen theme and Strong Testimonial, selecting child categories do not auto-select the parent, is there a way to do that?

    Thank you for your time, it is much appreciated.

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  • Thread Starter aajaanron


    Oh, and just an “I really wanna” aka ‘wishlist’ item with categories again: It would be great to be able to add the admin option of excluding specific categories from the ‘input form’ side of the category [selection input in my case]. Without having to create/duplicate a whole new View for grabbing the categories from the ‘non-public’ form.

    i.e. categories are: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 but I want only certain categories available for public input forms – cats: 1,2,3,7,10.

    Selfish perhaps, but I am able then to use cats: 4,5,6,8,9 for different cases but same presentation/display. Saves on CSS classes etc. too 🙂

    Thanks again, Cheers

    Plugin Contributor Chris Dillon


    Thanks Ron, I appreciate that.

    I’m glad you worked out the ID problem. That’s a stumper.

    I don’t understand the context of “auto-select”. Can you provide more details?

    Let’s call the process of choosing a category in the “All Testimonials” list assignment and the choosing of categories in the View editor selection.

    With blog posts, assigning a child category does not assign the parent as well. But the query for the parent category will include descendants.

    Testimonials behave the same way. Selecting a parent will include all children. Selecting ‘Corporate Client’ should include ‘CEO’, ‘Administration’ and ‘Liaison’.

    Not vice versa. Selecting ‘CEO’ will not include testimonials in the parent ‘Corporate Client’ category.

    Why select the child if it also includes the parent? Why not just select the parent? Or am I misunderstanding?

    Plugin Contributor Chris Dillon


    Re excluding categories: I call that public and private categories and it is high on the feature request list.

    Thread Starter aajaanron


    Hi Chris, thanks for you immediate response 🙂

    Regarding the public and private categories, that’s great news, let’s leave that.

    Selection in the View editor is not an issue, I understand choosing the parent includes the children; works great.

    You clarification re: “blog post category assignment” and from taking another look in the WP editor at a testimonial, we’ve proven I was plainly confused; a result of 95% of my WP use being pages with almost no blog posts, therefore very little category awareness. I apologize for that.

    FWIW confusion was added to by the fact that when the child category is chosen, it then displays out-of-rank in the WP editor category assignment box.

    You’ve focused me in on what I’m really looking for, and that is: the display on the testimony as a result of the category selected on the user input form.

    By your description, all is functioning well in the normal scheme of things and I understand now that the process of (user) selecting a child category does not assign the parent. But tenatiously…

    Outside of Admin, I imagined that as a user, selecting the child ‘HR Manager’ in the drop-down on the Input Form would also display the Parent on the testimonial – i.e. (P)Corporate Client, (C)HR Manager, which you can see on my second testimonial (of course I have assigned both of those in the WP editor now). That is not available from the user form drop-down, but of course it would be from check-boxes, but then with all the categories, there is clutter.

    The need for this is that, for example, I have Administrators in two different categories, the clients, and the office I work for.

    I’m know it’s possible, the question is whether there is a simple enough function to add that as either an option to admin, or hardwired from functions php.

    Until then, I can always add the parent text to each option and remove the parent/child structure, a bit more clutter in the list items but doable.

    In any case I appreciate your attention thus far; sorry to have mistakenly put this forward as an issue rather than request.

    Thank you.

    Plugin Contributor Chris Dillon


    No worries.

    In a nutshell, it sounds like you want:

    1. the category selector on the form to look like
    Corporate Client > HR Manager
    instead of native nesting

    Corporate Client
     - HR Manager

    2. the category display to look like
    Corporate Client > HR Manager
    instead of just
    HR Manager
    Corporate Client, HR Manager

    IOW, always prefix the child name with the parent name.

    Thread Starter aajaanron


    Pretty much bang on!

    1. The form is okay as it sits, if it could deliver the result in your final example in #2 – less text less complicated, especially for my ESL students
    2. display on testimonial: Corporate Client, HR Manager
    Plugin Contributor Chris Dillon


    Good, I’ll add it to the list!

    Thread Starter aajaanron


    Thanks very much Chris

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