Support » Plugin: FAQ Concertina » How to make FAQ-Concertina support existing categories and/or tags

  • Resolved Jeff Cohan

    (@jdcohan)



    Is there a way – via some hook, perhaps – to configure the plugin to support existing standard taxonomies (categories and tags)?

    Or would the only method be to hack your code? (Which, for obvious reasons, I don’t want to do.)

    BTW, this might be an option to include in a future release. It seems to me that this is kind of a natural way to go. Just sayin’…

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  • Plugin Author Michael Burridge

    (@mburridge)

    Hi Jeff

    Thanks for your comments. I deliberately wrote FAQ Concertina to use custom taxonomies, rather than the categories and tags associated with other posts. It just seems to me to make for a cleaner and better organised WordPress setup if custom post types are associated with custom taxonomies, thereby leaving the standard taxonomies to be used for standard posts.

    You don’t actually state your reasons for wanting to do it the way you mention. Convince me that it might be better to use standard taxonomies and I’ll consider the possibility.

    regards
    Michael

    Plugin Author Michael Burridge

    (@mburridge)

    No response after three weeks so marking as resolved.

    For some reason, I didn’t see a notification of your response from 3 weeks ago. Sorry.

    You don’t actually state your reasons for wanting to do it the way you mention. Convince me that it might be better to use standard taxonomies and I’ll consider the possibility.

    The site on which I’m testing out your plugin is a good case in point.

    The site is for a fellow who provides three main categories of services:

    • keynote speaking
    • training
    • consulting

    Topics he addresses for his clients include sales, sales management, leadership, and corporate culture.

    There is a series of pages for each service category.

    Blog articles are assigned, where appropriate, to service categories (blog categories) and topics (blog tags).

    Many of the FAQs we are creating for his site tend to correspond to his service categories.

    On respective static pages for his service areas, and in the sidebars of blog articles, we plan to display corresponding FAQs.

    So it just seems natural that FAQ categories would at least overlatp with blog categories.

    Does that help?

    Jeff Cohan

    Oh, and by the way, I did not say it would be better to use standard taxonomies.

    I’m just talking about making it so that the plugin can be configured to also support the standard WordPress taxonomies.

    Plugin Author Michael Burridge

    (@mburridge)

    Hi Jeff

    Thanks for your thoughts on this matter. I’ve played around with your suggestion and my feeling is that the added complexity could potentially confuse some users. My philosophy with the plugin, and indeed with web development generally, is to try to keep things simple.

    There are many other FAQ plugins available, both free and paid, so you should be able to find one that has the functionality that you want.

    That said, if in all other respects you are happy with FAQ Concertina and wish to keep using it then you could add the following line just below line 74 of ‘faq-concertina.php’

    'taxonomies' => array( 'category', 'faqconc_cat' )

    However, you will need to remember to re-add it after each update.

    Hope this helps and isn’t too unsatisfactory.

    regards
    Michael

    Thank you.

    (I suppose there is no WordPress filter that would allow me to accomplish the same end without having to modify the plugin code.)

    Jeff

    Plugin Author Michael Burridge

    (@mburridge)

    Hi Jeff

    Not that I know of sadly. If you don’t want to modify the code I suppose you could always duplicate the categories if there are not too many of them.

    My only other suggestion is to fork the plugin, since it’s GPLed.

    Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    regards
    Michael

    You’ve been very responsive and helpful, Michael. And I like the plugin a lot. I especially like its simplicity and light weight. My question/suggestion about taxonomy support shouldn’t be construed as a criticism of the plugin.

    Best,
    Jeff

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