BT Content Slider
I’m upgrading a site from J1.5.26 to J2.5.6 and needed a replacement for an extension that will not work in 2.5: the Ultimate Content Display extension.
Today I found a free extension from bowthemes.com called BT Content Slider.
With persistence I got it to work but…. there are a few caveats:
I needed to be able to select article to display in a sidebar module — one at a time, fade in effect as they rotate from one to another.
The format for entering items is this: id1, id2, id3 (1,2,3)
where the numbers are the article item ids.
There’s another place to specify article order — and I was having trouble with this — some articles just wouldn’t show up, even though I knew the id was good.
What worked: be sure list is in low to high order by ids AND set order to “random”.
OK. I can live with that.
Another issue came up though with an article that had no associated menu item.
The BT Content slider has a parameter for you to set a menu item “if the article id is not found” — I figured this was a placeholder article to show if the content selection tool had no results. But NO! If an item is found, it will display the page header of the menu item set in this parameter. Odd results — click to see a schedule of an event and get “Ways to Give” as a heading over the schedule content. NOT OK!
So… the MORAL of this story is to use that hidden menu — and be sure all articles exists in at least one menu — even if its only the hidden menu.
May I give a plug for NoNumber.nl‘s wonderful Add to Menu extension. Create your menu item right from the article creation/edit screen!