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Bloglist example

A very simple blog list

This extension is enabled by default on Wikia.

The bloglist feature allows you to embed a list of blogs within a normal article.

Step-by-Step

  • Decide which page you'd like to display the list of blogs on, and open that page for editing.
  • Switch to source mode and enter the following code on the page: <bloglist></bloglist>
  • Save the page and enjoy your new bloglist - it will display all of the recent blog posts on the wikia, and look something like the image to the right.

Customizing

There are a number of parameters you can define to change the content of your blog list so it works for different content pages. Though this may seem complex at first, you can specify as many or as few parameters as you wish, as each parameter has a default setting.

Here's an example of customization:

<bloglist count=3 summary=true summarylength=250 type=plain title="Sample code" timestamp=true order=date>
<category>News</category>
<category>Opinion</category>
<author>User1</author>
<author>User2</author>
<author>User3</author>
</bloglist>

Categories and authors

Note how the category and author sections are written differently to other inputs - this is because they can take multiple inputs. Using author and category together gives you any posts by the selected authors from the selected categories.

List of parameters

author
This specifies which authors posts are collated from.
It is an "or" selector - i.e. give it several authors, and it will collate posts from each author together. If unspecified, it defaults to all authors.
To use it type:
<author>Author1</author>
<author>Author2</author>
<author>Author3</author>
category
This specifies which categories posts are pulled from.
It is an "or" selector - i.e. give it several categories, and it will collate posts from each category together. If unspecified, it defaults to show all categorized and uncategorized posts.
To use it type:
<category>Category1</category>
<category>Category2</category>
<category>Category3</category>
count
This specifies the number of posts to query.
Takes a number input. If unspecified, it defaults to 5.
For example: <bloglist count=3>
displaycount
This specifies the number of posts to display. Normally this shouldn't be used, unless there is some reason you want to query the database for more results than are actually shown on the page.
Takes a number input. If unspecified, it defaults to 5.
For example: <bloglist displaycount=3>
summary
This specifies whether a section of the blog post is shown on the listing. Please note it is not intended to show full blog posts - it shows only sections, stripped of formatting.
Inputs are true or false, defaulting to false. If true, it shows first 200 characters of the blog post.
For example: <bloglist summary=true>
summarylength
This allows you to specify length of the text quoted in characters, if summary=true.
For example: <bloglist summary=true summarylength=300>
type
Choose the general output style.
Inputs are either box or plain. If unspecified, it defaults to box. Box will include the "Create Blog Post" button at the top of the list and the "See More >" link at the bottom by default.
box - places the listing in a pre-stylized box.
plain - is just the list without any styling.
For example: <bloglist type=plain>
title
This specifies the title when posts are shown with type=box. If it uses multiple words, the text must be written in quote marks.
For example: <bloglist title="Evil draws close">
order
This specifies how the post are sorted.
Inputs are date, author, or comments. If unspecified, it defaults to date.
For example: <bloglist order=author>
ordertype
This specifies what direction to sort in.
Inputs are desc (meaning "descending") or asc (meaning "ascending"). If unspecified, it defaults to descending order.
For example: <bloglist ordertype=desc>
create_timestamp
Allows for only showing posts that have been created more recently than a specified date.
Input is a timestamp of the form YYYYMMDDHHMMSS (year, month, day, hours, minutes, seconds)
For example: <bloglist create_timestamp=20140101000000>
timestamp
Allows for only showing posts that have been edited more recently than a specified date.
Input is a timestamp of the form YYYYMMDDHHMMSS (year, month, day, hours, minutes, seconds)
For example: <bloglist timestamp=20140101000000>
seemore
This specifies the URL that the "See More >" link should go to.
For example: <bloglist seemore="http://lyrics.wikia.com">

Other notes

  • If no valid posts are found, the following message will be displayed: "No posts found. Write one!"

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