Excluding Specific Categories

9 posts by 2 authors in: Forums > CMS Builder
Last Post: June 2, 2017   (RSS)

By osga - May 9, 2017

Is there a way to exclude a specific category from the main list/news feed?

we're trying to avoid the doubling of headlines that appear on our homepage...

thanks in advance!

By Deborah - May 11, 2017 - edited: May 14, 2017

Hi, osga.

If the category list options are set up within the News section editor, I use something like the following...

list($newsRecords, $newsMetaData) = getRecords(array(
'tableName' => 'news',
'where'    => ' category NOT LIKE "%YourCategoryName%" ',

Replace YourCategoryName with the name of your desired category.

~ Deborah

By osga - May 15, 2017 - edited: May 15, 2017

thank you for the response... how would we implement this on the page...?

page included...


index_newsfeed.html 2K

By Deborah - May 15, 2017

Osga, I believe the only change you'll need to make is to add the 'where' clause as shown here:

  // load records
  list($articlesRecords, $articlesMetaData) = getRecords(array(
    'tableName'   => 'articles',
    'where'       => ' category NOT LIKE "%YourCategoryName%" ',
    'limit'       => '9',
    'loadUploads' => '0',
    'orderBy'     =>  'date DESC',

You'll need to edit YourCategoryName to match the actual category to be excluded.

~ Deborah

By osga - May 16, 2017

generates this error

"MySQL Error: Unknown column 'category' in 'where clause'"

(new page for code attached....)

By Deborah - May 16, 2017

That code should work if your list of categories is in the same table.

If your list of categories is in a separate table (i.e. Get options from database), try using the record number instead of the label.

For example, if the record number for the external category to exclude is record number 4, then:

    'where'       => 'category NOT LIKE "4" ',

See if that works.

By osga - May 25, 2017

Hi Deborah... we finally got this work with a little playing around, Note the "CategoryNum" as opposed to the suggested "category" in the statement (make a mental note of that)...

now the question is: Do you know the syntax for excluding more than 1 category?

  'where'       => ' categoryNum NOT LIKE "9" ',

thanks for all ur help so far!

By Deborah - June 2, 2017

Osga, try this:

 'where' => ' categoryNum NOT LIKE "9" AND categoryNum NOT LIKE "5"',

~ Deborah

By osga - June 2, 2017

that worked like a charm Deborah, Thank You!