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Community Library Website – Part 40, Add Links to the Sidebar

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This is fortieth in a series of live lessons on using WordPress and Thesis as a Content Management System (CMS). In this lesson we continue working on the sidebar in our new catalog page. We add some links to the sidebar using the Bookmarks Widget. We begin by creating a link category and then create a couple of links for the category and finish by adding them via the Bookmark Widget.

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

That looks a little better. Okay, other ways to search our catalog, browse topics. Now we want to add a link or links.

And so, we go back to Appearance and Widgets and if we add our links… it’s actually bookmarks here. So we should first off, we should start off by making some links. And so, we’re going to create a link category and that’s… this is going to be… let’s see, recommended books or recommendations. Okay and we’ll see the new link category and then we’re going to add some links to it. So we’re going to add a new link and the…let’s see, we have to… what we need is we need an address first for these links to work.

So we’ll go to recent reviews, let’s just… I added a couple of reviews to the site this week because I thought I was going to be talking about how to add those in. But then it all got exciting so… but one of the choices was recent reviews and another one was a different page that you wanted to add. Come on, it’s kind of funny. All of a sudden, it slowed down. Let’s see if we can find it here. Could be a Chrome thing… yeah, it is.

So reviews, now we will… so I just copied that URL and we’ll come back over to add a new link. We’ll put the address in and the name of this is going to be… we’ll just call it recently reviewed and let’s see, check out the catalog items we’ve recently reviewed. And we’re going to place that in recommendations, we’re going to open it up in a new window so target equals blank. You know, I don’t think any of this stuff really matters here so we’re going to go ahead and say add the link and we’re going to do that one more time. Although first I think, we need to add a page. We’re going to add new page and we’re going to say, “Pastor recommends”.

So we’re going to publish that page and then we’re going to view that page, copy the address for that, come back over to dashboard and then add new link. There’s the web address. What did you say his name was? Pastor Jeff? Pastor Ralph, there you go. Pastor Ralph recommends… and let’s see, his favorites or… yeah, I’m just going to say his favorites. It’s probably something else you’d want to say there but… I’m going to put it on recommendations, target equals blank, add the link.

Now we can go back to our widgets dashboard, Appearance and Widgets and we can add this bookmarks widgets. And instead of bookmarks, we’re going to name it recommendations. We are going to pick the category recommendations. I think we’ll leave everything as it is right now and we’ll just go ahead and say save and we’ll take a look at it.

Okay there you go, recommendations. That looks just fine actually.

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