Support » Plugin: Media Library Assistant » linking to post_parent urls

  • Resolved richkait


    MLA is such a great plugin! It’s a huge improvement for managing all the PDF publications our work website has – as you can imagine, it was a bit of a nightmare before this plugin.

    The problem I’m having is I’d like to create a PDF gallery that pulls PDFs from multiple parent pages and links to the parent page url instead of the file or attachment url. Hopefully that explanation makes some sense.

    Here’s an example of what I’m trying to do:

    Each of the first 3 “Resources” have their own page with a description about that publication & the PDF file link. I am trying to replicate this “Resource” list function with MLA.

    Another example is Oxfam’s publications’ webpage – it works in a similar way (even though their website is Plone and not WP):

    Thanks so much for your help!

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  • Plugin Author David Lingren


    I’m glad to hear you’re finding MLA useful; thanks. This is a great question, and I can give you some ideas on how to do it with [mla_gallery].

    First, you want a gallery that “pulls PDFs from multiple parent pages”. The Xerces Society site you give as an example doesn’t exactly do that. The list has a thumbnail image, a description and a link to the parent page. The parent page has a “Download a copy for free (pdf)” link to the PDF. To do something similar:

    • Create the parent page(s)
    • Upload the thumbnail image and pdf; attach them to the parent page
    • Create a custom field, e.g., “Page Summary” for each thumbnail image. Enter the description you want to show in the gallery
    • Assign tag, category, attachment_tag or attachment_category terms (e.g., “Parks and Golf Courses”) to the thumbnail images, etc.

    Now you can create an [mla_gallery attachment_tag="Parks and Golf Courses" post_parent=any] shortcode to pull the thumbnail images you want. The post_parent=any parameter will filter out any images that aren’t attached to some page or post.

    To get a gallery listing that looks like the Xerces Society example, start from the “Table-based Template Example” in the Settings/Media Library Assistant page Documentation tab.

    In the “Item” markup, you’ll want to replace the [+link+] substitution parameter with something like <a href='[+parent+]' title='[+title+]'>[+thumbnail_content+]</a>. Change to your own URL, of course. The ?page_id=[+parent+] argument links to the parent page.

    You’ll also want to replace the second table cell with something like [+custom:Page Summary+] to get the description you created in the custom field for each thumbnail image.

    Finally, add the mla_style=table and mla_markup=table parameters to your [mla_gallery] shortcode to apply the custom template to your gallery.

    You may need to adjust the above approach based on your application, but I hope that gets you started. If you have any problems or questions, let me know. When you’ve got it up and running, post a link to the site so we can see the results.

    Thanks again for a stimulating question, and for using the plugin.

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