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Community Library Website – Part 30, Using a Query String in a URL

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This is the thirtieth in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we introduce how to include taxonomy queries in a URL. We’re going to use the native WordPress functionality to add a custom query inside the URLs for the searchable catalog menus. We show you an example of this type of query string from a previous search that we created for the Adult Non-Fiction category.

Community Library Website – Case Study Part 1 – Site Organization
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 2 – Create Custom Post Types
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 3 – Custom Post Type Configuration
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 4 – Custom Taxonomy Decisions – Theory
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 5 – Custom Taxonomy Decisions – Practical Application
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 6 – Incorporating Existing Data Into the Project
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 7 – Creating Hierarchical Custom Taxonomies
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 8 – Creating Non-Hierarchical Custom Taxonomies
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 9 – Creating Custom Post Meta
Community Library Website Case Study – Part 10a – Restore the Database Using BackupBuddy
Community Library Website Case Study- Part 10 – Creating Custom Post Meta – Continued
Community Library Website – Part 11 – Importing Existing Data to the Website
Community Library Website – Part 12 – Prepare Existing Data for import by the CSV Importer plugin
Community Library Website – Part 13 – Import Existing Data Using the CSV Importer Plugin
Community Library Website – Case Study Part 14 – Date in Permalink Configuration
Community Library Website – Part 15 – Importing Images
Community Library Website – Part 16b – Final Data Import
Community Library Website – Part 17 – Add Thesis Post Meta to Custom Post Type
Community Library Website – Part 18 – Add WordPress 3.0 Menus
Community Library Website – Part 19 – Add Post Meta and Taxonomy Information to the Post Display
Community Library – Part 20 – Add topics and audience to book display
Community Library – Part 21 – Display the Rest of the Post Meta in the Post
Community Library Website – Part 22, Create the Permalink Structure
Community Library – Part 23 – Remove Custom Post Meta from Post Display
Community Library Website – Part 24, Add Taxonomy and Post Meta Data to the Teaser
Community Library Website – Part 25, Add Taxonomy Data to the Teaser
Community Library Website – Part 26, Adjust the Teaser Styling Using Design Options
Community Library Website – Part 27, Styling the Teaser Using CSS
Community Library Website – Part 28 – Fine Tune the Teaser Display
Community Library Website – Part 29, Designing a Custom Catalog Page
Community Library Website – Part 30, Using a Query String in a URL
Community Library Website – Part 31, Adding Custom WordPress Menus
Community Library Website – Part 32, Add Custom Menus to the Catalog Page
Community Library Website – Part 33, Add Another Custom Menu to the Catalog Page
Community Library Website – Part 34, Troubleshooting Custom Menus
Community Library Website – Part 35, Add Styling to WordPress Menus
Community Library Website – Part 36, Add HTML Markup to WordPress Menus
Community Library Website – Part 37, Add WordPress Menus to Archive Pages
Community Library Website – Part 38, Add and Style a List of Tags
Community Library Website – Part 39, Add a Search Box to the Sidebar
Community Library Website – Part 40, Add Links to the Sidebar
Community Library Website – Part 41, Add Taxonomy Drill Down Browsing
Community Library Website – Part 42, Custom Loop to Display Custom Post Types
Community Library Website – Part 43, Simple Custom Query
Community Library Website – Part 44, Custom Taxonomy Query
Community Library Website – Part 45, Add Thesis HTML Structure to Teasers
Community Library Website – Part 46, Display Posts from the Last 60 Days
Community Library Website – Part 47, Custom Loop If Have Posts
Community Library Case Study – Part 48, Increase the Number of Posts that Display on the Custom Catalog
Community Library Website – Part 49 – Naming Conflicts in Custom Taxonomies
Community Library Website – Part 50 – Find and Replace Semi-colons in the Database
Community Library Website – Part 51 – Modify Taxonomy Names Directly in the Database
Community Library Website – Part 52 – Sort Posts by Meta Value
Community Library Website – Part 53 – Show the Term Label Only when a Term Exists
Community Library Website – Part 54 – Sort Archive Posts by Meta Value
Community Library Website – Part 55 – Add Sort Order to Custom Taxonomy

Video Transcript

So the next part of this is actually learning something brand new. And that brand new something we’re going to learn is about how to include taxonomy queries in a URL. Because you might have thought that… and to tell you the truth, I did think this at first as I was looking at this, was that when you would create a page for each one of these things and then put a custom query in for each one of these so that it queried our catalog items and it displayed all books that were in the nonfictional occasion that have the audience of adults. So that’s a complex query. It’s querying… the query identifies 2 taxonomies that have to be included, right? It’s not books and adults but it’s books that are for adults and it includes the custom post type.

And so… however, the good news is that we don’t actually have to do that. The good news is we’re going to be able to rely on WordPress’ native functionality for this putting a custom query inside of our URL. And I have an example here that I created just so that you can see this.

Here is adult nonfiction. This tab shows all books that are nonfiction that have audience of adults. And it doesn’t show anything else but catalog items that are for adults that are in the nonfiction category. Not only that but the holy grail that is pagination, the pagination works so you can scroll down to your 10 items or 20 items or whatever it was and then hit previous entries and scroll down for more or hit next entries. And you can go you know, all the way through these things. And the way we accomplish that is by creating this URL. It’s www.library.byobtutorial.com/ and then we put the query variables in here or the query string in which is ?for query and then audience = adult and location = nonfiction.

And so, if we come back over to the menus for a second, you can see this adult nonfiction, that’s what I put in here. It is www.library.byobtutorial.com?audience=adultandlocation=nonfiction.

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