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Does anyone know if this plug-in exists? (8 posts)

  1. lowray
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Howdy everyone! A client has asked me to put the ability for her to put "recommedations" on her web site. Basically, she wants to be able to recommend anything to everyone - go see this movie, eat this recipe, watch this TV show. I tried searching for something like this, but I'm sure you can imagine the results for "wordpress plugin recommendations" - it just didn't work.

    Hopefully someone knows something :)

    Thanks all!

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm not sure why you'd need a plugin to do this? I mean, when I want to recommend something, I just do it in a post.... I guess.... you could look at the "currently reading"/"currently listening" sort of plugins....

  3. jackosh
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    something like i have in my sidebar? under recommended, or cool stuff?

  4. LostInNetwork
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Create a "recommended" category, with subcategories and place the recommended items there as posts. There's also a "rate post" plugin that allows one to assign stars to posts...

  5. lowray
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Vkaryl:
    I agree completely, but can't seem to convince my client that.

    Jackosh:
    This is actually very close to what I need - how'd you do it?

    LostInNetwork:
    Another good idea, but as with Vkaryl's suggestions I'm having a tough time getting it past the client.

    Thanks everyone!!

  6. lowray: The question is a bit vague. What do they want it to actually display in the sidebar? Links to other sites? Descriptions? The reason you're probably having trouble finding it is that plugins tend to be described by what they do.

    I'd say to just make a Links category of "Recommendations" and then let the client add links through the links manager. You can use the wp_get_links() or get_links_list() or even get_links() functions to display that list of links in the sidebar. They can then have links, names, descriptions, etc. No plugins needed.

    Of course, if they want something more specific, then a plugin may be called for, but it mainly depends on what they want it to look like, not what they want to use it for.

  7. lowray
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Good point Otto42 and I think the client will end up needing to use the links feature.

    Basically she has a family site and would like to recommend ~anything~ to the family member's who read the site. So it could be a movie that has a description and a link or just a local resturant with no link.

    But, your last sentence just hit it for me - I think I'm going to research customizing the links code a bit and see what she things.

    Thanks everyone!

  8. jackosh
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Easy... I create link categories too organize the links into the two categories. For the recommended category, I set the options to show images, and not show the title or description.

    For the cool stuff category, I set it to show title and description. I set the recommended category to show three links at a time, and the cool stuff category to show 5.

    In the sidebar, I use this code:

    <?php wp_get_linksbyname('Cool Stuff'); ?>
    <?php wp_get_linksbyname('Recommended'); ?>

    To get them to appear correctly, I just adjust the styles.

    Good luck!

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