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List of Widget Framework locations

Discussion in 'Showcase Support' started by cdub, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. cdub

    cdub Member AMS Premium CAS Premium EMS Early Adopter IMS Premium LD Premium RMS Premium SC Premium UBS Premium

    If I want to have a certain widget on the sidebar of the showcase home page... what location do I put?

    forum_list is for the main forum page... what are the showcase ones to put?
  2. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    TITLE: List of Widget Framework locations
    This is something that you need to ask the developer of that addon. xfrocks has put a lot of time and effort explaining in detail how to use his addon and it is applicable to ALL addons eg, the step for addon a widget to the RM sidebar is the same for Showcase or any other addon.

    There are three types of positions for the [bd] Widget Framework:

    Obviously, this one won't work for you, because you only want it on the Showcase Home. IT does come in handy from time to time tho.

    Several Showcase license holders use this option. You have to use the actual template names eg nflj_showcase_index, nflj_showcase_category. There is MORE to it than just typing in a template name however... you HAVE to understand how the [bd] widget framework works, what it takes over, what it's going to do to the 3rd party addon sidebar etc. This is information that you get from xfrocks (or by reading his thread about his addon). He 's documented the crap out of this stuff.

    This is my personal favorite and what I ALWAYS recommend people to use. I explained this in detail to you via conversation, so I am not going to explain it in detail again.
    You can use EXISTING HOOKS (hooks that core XF has placed in various templates) OR you can use CUSTOM HOOKS (hooks that YOU add to a specific template(s)).
    The method I recommend to anyone that asks is to use custom hooks. All a hook is, is a tiny bit of xen syntax that you can place in ANY template at ANY location in that template.
    This is what a custom hook looks like..
    <xen:hook name="alfa1_test" />
    You place this hook into ANY template eg, nflj_showcase_index_sidebar

    and then this is what you enter into the WIDGET to get it to display where ever you placed that hook.
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    Using Custom Hooks is BY FAR the BEST way to do this. Its extremely POWERFUL, cause you are the only controlling it by adding your OWN hooks to the exact location(s) that you want. And the best part... Its beyond EASY! It is by far the most easy customization that you can do. It literally takes less than a minute to add a custom hook to a template, create the widget, use the custom hook for the position and save.
    cdub likes this.
  3. cdub

    cdub Member AMS Premium CAS Premium EMS Early Adopter IMS Premium LD Premium RMS Premium SC Premium UBS Premium

    Okay I'll look into doing custom hooks. :) Thanks again for all your help.
  4. Bob

    Bob Developer Staff Member

    It really is super easy. Finding the "right' spot in complex templates is sometimes a tad bit challenging when you are first learning, but once you understand the layout of a template, you'll have no problems :)
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