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Community Library Website – Part 41, Add Taxonomy Drill Down Browsing

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This is forty first 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 the drill down search with the Taxonomy Drill Down Plugin. This allows us to add a Browse by Categories where you can choose a variety of categories such as Media Type or Locations.

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

And so then the final thing I wanted to add was my drill down search and what we’re going to do is…that’s a plugin. And so, we’re going to find the taxonomy drill down plugin and that is going to be under Plugins, add new and then the search is going to be taxonomy drill down, that’s 2 words. Search the plugins. You can see I actually already have it installed but this is the one to install, version 1.4 by these guys, written by Sribu who is a very well-known WordPress contributor. And then we’re going to come back to our plugins and we’re going to activate that plugin unless I already have it activated. Oh, I do have taxonomy drill down activated so we’ll just come back over to widgets. Widgets and we will add taxonomy drill down and let’s see, we’ll call it category drill down or browse categories. We’ll do it mode as a list and so we’re not categories or post tags or format but we will use… well, we could just use locations and audience but we could use media type and topic… not topic. That’s too big. Audience and we won’t use authors either.

So media type which is that one, locations and audience. If we save that, now they come back up the top. And if we come over here and refresh this, now you see browse by categories and if you… oh, I see. This is actually the whole thing, right. So media type, you could say, “Okay, I want to look at the…” So what happened is this just took me to all audio books and I could just look at children’s audiobooks which is now these 4 here or I could take children off and we could see all the audiobooks. Or I could turn on family and see the few family audiobooks. Audiobooks only exist in the location audiobooks so if I turn off audiobooks and reset it actually, is what I have to do. Then you could, instead of audiobooks, you could say book and now this is going to show you every book. And instead of every book, what we’ll look at is children’s easy books. Well, let’s look at fiction. So now we have all fiction books and fiction books only in the location fiction. And actually, they only have adult also. So you know, maybe you don’t need all 3 of these things. But nevertheless, now you have a way of browsing through topics alphabetically or having a drill down system of picking something from one category then another category and then another category. Or using recommendations or searching for a book.

So if you search for a book on Augustine, let’s see what comes up. So the only book that’s in my database that has any reference to Augustine is the 131 Christians Everyone Ought To Know. But that works, that’s pretty good. And if we wanted to, we could also put those menus on the search result too. So that’s something else to think about.

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