Creating a Customized Dynamic “Post”
I need to create an illusory “post” to visitors that presents content customized to the user. I’m sure there’s a way to do it, but it is impossible to find an answer in this forum, as the lowest number of hits I’ve had to any of my searches has been about 3,000 (or 0). This is a typical issue with most forum support systems.
This would be a “sticky” post that appears at the top of the roll for any visitor. It would use their cookie to determine the content, which may be a number of things, such as thumbnails from image galleries, “hot” links, filtered posts, etc.
The main thing is that it would be dynamically created for the unique visitor, based upon their cookie. It would not be in the database. I would do things like have a TTL for the content, so the visitor doesn’t lose it if they do a page refresh, etc.
Now, using filters, I can create the content, no problem. What I want to figure out, is there an approved way of generating the “post” itself, and is there a way to ensure that it is always at the top? I’m sure that there’s got to be a way. I know how to do it by going in and hacking, but I won’t do that. I want to use the plugins and templates the proper way.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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