Link a page to a sidebar widget

  • Ricardo

    #18906

    I’m questioning myself if it’s really this difficult, or that it just sound like it is 😉

    Summed up: I want a list of posts on a page, connected to a different date then the post date. That different date should be used to show the link in a widget on the correct date.

    Anonymous

    #18907

    Well, in theory, I think you would need to first create a new field for each post so that the “day of release” could be retained. Then, you would need to create a function in a php widget which would only display posts where your custom field matched the current date.

    Just don’t ask me the correct syntax to use 😉

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    Syahir Hakim

    #18908

    You can use the custom fields in the post to give them the release date. Then you can create a custom query in the sidebar using PHP Widget to only show posts whose release date matches the current date.

    And I just realised that is sort of what Josh was saying.

    TobiF

    #18909

    You can manually edit the “publish date” of a post.

    So, why not write special whort “Released today” notes and put them in a special category, and edit their date to be the release date?

    Then your coding for the widget would be simpler: loop through all posts in the relevant category, and show the post if current time – publishing time is less than 24 hours…

    Ricardo

    #18910

    This is really hard to accomplish guys! I think Syahir’s method sounds best because I don’t want to change my publish dates.

    How do you make a custom query that searches the custom fields for the dates that match the current date? sorry I’m asking this much, but I would really like this to work (I’ve been Googling all weekend on this one)

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    Syahir Hakim

    #18911

    You’ll need to use the WP_Query() class for the custom query. http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Custom_Field_Parameters

    Something like this will probably work:

    $args = array(
    'meta_key' => 'release-date',
    'meta_value' => date( 'j F Y' ), // Modify parameter to match your date format
    );
    $posts = new WP_Query( $args );

    Then make sure you run the loop to loop through the posts found (if any).

    Ricardo

    #18912

    I know it’s been a while since I replied on this one, but still working on it. This is what I’ve done:

    I gave a post a custom field called: ‘Release date’ and gave it this value: ’05-12-2011′.

    I added a PHP cod widget with this code:

    <?php
    $args = array(
    'meta_key' => 'release-date',
    'meta_value' => date( 'D M Y' ),
    );
    $posts = new WP_Query( $args );
    ?>

    The box is still not showing anything now, what am I missing? 🙂

    http://www.fastforwardandrewind.com

    Anonymous

    #18913

    Make sure the date format you are using as the value matches the date format in Syahir’s code.

    So, using your date format of 05-12-2011, the code should be this:

    <?php
    $args = array(
    'meta_key' => 'release-date',
    'meta_value' => date( 'd-m-Y' ),
    );
    $posts = new WP_Query( $args );
    ?>

    See this for reference, http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php

    Notice the lower case d and m, and the hyphens. Not sure if that’s the problem, though…

    Ricardo

    #18914

    This information is new to me, I didn’t know this would matter when working with PHP. It still doesn’t work though:/

    Thanks for the info!

    Anonymous

    #18915

    Maybe name your custom field release-date instead of Release date??

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