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More than one
07-19-2009, 01:06 AM (This post was last modified: 07-19-2009 01:08 AM by andreao.)
Post: #1
More than one
Is it possible to embed more than one instance of Featurific? Such as in another location to show a different category in the sidebar?

Also I'm getting error messages on the home page. Take a peek at http://www.andreabiz.com.

Warning: file_get_contents(file:///C:/DOCUME~1/Andrea/LOCALS~1/Temp/moz-screenshot-4.jpg) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/andreao/public_html/andreabiz/wp-content/plugins/featurific-for-wordpress/featurific.php on line 1978

Warning: file_get_contents(file:///C:/DOCUME~1/Andrea/LOCALS~1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.jpg) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/andreao/public_html/andreabiz/wp-content/plugins/featurific-for-wordpress/featurific.php on line 1978

Warning: file_get_contents(file:///C:/DOCUME~1/ANO/LOCALS~1/Temp/moz-screenshot-57.jpg) [function.file-get-contents]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/andreao/public_html/andreabiz/wp-content/plugins/featurific-for-wordpress/featurific.php on line 1978

Thanks,
Andrea
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07-24-2009, 04:50 AM
Post: #2
RE: More than one
Hi Andrea,

It is possible to embed more than one instance of the Featurific SWF. However, the Featurific for Wordpress *plugin* can only embed one instance per installation. To embed more than one slideshow, there are some workarounds with a some manual effort. Let me know if you'd like me to talk you through some of the steps.

As for the error messages you're getting, it seems that Featurific for Wordpress can't find some of the images that you've referenced in your posts. It's likely that Wordpress itself is encountering these errors (and just not reporting them) while Featurific is actually reporting them. I recommend checking the posts that are being displayed in Featurific to make sure you're not referencing any non-existent images.

Happy blogging! Smile
-Rich
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08-03-2009, 09:57 AM
Post: #3
RE: More than one
I would be interested in your guidance here, too. The featurific presentation is terrific. It would be super to include more than one instance of the thing in the same Wordpress installation -- let's say, showing posts from another category.

Possible?
08-03-2009, 11:46 AM
Post: #4
Video RE: More than one
(08-03-2009 09:57 AM)Guest Wrote:  I would be interested in your guidance here, too. The featurific presentation is terrific. It would be super to include more than one instance of the thing in the same Wordpress installation -- let's say, showing posts from another category.

Possible?

+1 from me! I love this plugin and would like to use it on a WP installation which makes use of multiple page and post templates. Would be great to be able to configure Featurific to display different categories of posts on each template.

Happy to modify PHP... any pointers would be appreciated.
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08-04-2009, 07:25 AM
Post: #5
RE: More than one
Hi all,

Good to know there's a desire for new features here - it means the community is successfully using Featurific to get things done!

'Multiple slideshows' functionality is a feature that we'll definitely be adding to the software in the future. However, in the meantime, there is a manual, and somewhat messy, solution.

This manual solution stems from the fact that Featurific itself (e.g. the .SWF player) supports multiple slideshows - it's the Featurific for Wordpress plugin that can't (yet) handle multiple slideshows.

Given this fact, to get multiple slideshows working, start by configuring Featurific for one of the slideshows that you'd like to have. Once you've got everything configured, access the data.xml file generated by Featurific for Wordpress (find the path by inspecting Featurific's source) directly with your web browser. Save this file somewhere on your host, as well as the embedding code for use in the next step.

Now, take the embedding code (the JS/HTML, *not* the original PHP), and paste it where you'd like it in your templates/pages. Point the JS (the 'xml_location' variable) at the location of your saved data.xml. (Note that if you're using multiple instances of Featurific on the same page, you may have to use different CSS div id's (and have SWF Object write to the correct div) to avoid any id collisions.)

For every instance of Featurific you desire, repeat these steps. Essentially, what you're doing is getting Featurific for Wordpress to generate the first version of the data.xml file, and then using the Featurific SWF directly.

Of course, if you use this approach, you'll have to make manual updates to the data.xml files, which admittedly might not work well for some of you.

Hope this helps! Once again, we'll be coming out with multiple slideshows support, but probably not for another one or two months. (there's lots of work to be done! Smile )

Have a great day,
-Rich

P.S. If you're comfortable in PHP and aren't worried about hacking things up, I suppose you could create a second Featurific instance by duplicating the featurific-for-wordpress directory, renaming it to 'featurific-for-wordpress-2', and changing every occurrence of the string 'featurific' in the PHP files with 'featurific2'. For a third instance, you could use 'featurific3', and so on. Of course, this effectively duplicates the plugin for each 'instance', but it's another possible workaround.
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08-07-2009, 11:18 AM
Post: #6
RE: More than one
Thanks for the guidance, Rinogo. This works great -- and permits an easy deployment of multiple instances of Featurific in the same Wordpress installation.

They do not update with new posts, of course. Any idea how to make these extra instances dynamic? Is the only way to duplicate the entire directory, as you suggest above?

Thanks for a great plugin, by the way. Very well done.
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08-13-2009, 05:26 AM
Post: #7
RE: More than one
Hi Chas!

I'm glad you're happy with the plugin! We've worked hard to make something that we think is useful to the community.

Duplicating the entire directory as described above is the best way I can think of to easily have multiple dynamic instances of Featurific. I haven't tried it yet, but it should theoretically work, and if you don't run into any snags, the whole process of duplication (e.g. changing every 'featurific' to 'featurific2' could probably be completed in under 30 min.)

Thanks again for your feedback, and happy blogging! Smile
-Rich
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