Featured story/top news items

6 posts by 3 authors in: Forums > CMS Builder
Last Post: September 29, 2015   (RSS)

By rlindauer - September 18, 2015

I'm trying to set up my homepage so it has 3 top stories or news items. The first one has a layout of it's own with a larger photo, then the other two stories appear below it. You can see the layout here:

http://www.polkcountynewspaper.com/new2/index.php

I already added "feature_1, feature_2, feature_3" as a new field in the Section Editor area, but I'm not great at the code and fields. How do I tell it to place feature_1 in the top position (if the box is checked for that story) and then feature_2 goes in the next slot, etc?

I figured it's probably if "feature_1" is checked, then display the story.

If feature_2 is checked, then put that story here... etc. But I don't know how to write that snippet of code.

Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

By Daryl - September 23, 2015

Hi rlindauer,

I figured it's probably if "feature_1" is checked, then display the story.

- Yes, that is one of many ways to do it. You need to loop through the news records until you find the record with featured_* checked, and then display the record. But you'll need to do the loop 2 or 3 times.
For example:

<!--For the 1st featured news-->
<?php
foreach ($newsRecords as $record){
  if (!$record['featured_1']) { continue; } // continue looping if featured_1 is not checked
  ?>
  your html code here + record's contents
  <?php
}
?>

<!--For the next 2 featured news-->
<?php
foreach ($newsRecords as $record){
  if (!$record['featured_2'] AND !$record['featured_3']) { continue; }
  ?>
  your html code here + record's contents
  <?php
}
?>

Hope that helps!

Cheers,

Daryl Maximo
PHP Programmer - interactivetools.com

By Damon - September 25, 2015

Hi,

I took a look at the code and made some changes. Having multiple check-boxes is problematic in that you can check more than one and you can't easily view what article is featured from within the CMS Builder admin.

A better approach is to create a Featured dropdown list with the following options:
feature_1
feature_2
feature_3

Next, add featured to the ListPage Fields in Admin > Section Editors > News. See attached image.

This will show the featured column.

Use this code. Modify as needed:

<!--BEGIN 1st FEATURE STORY-->
<?php foreach ($newsRecords as $record): ?>
<?php if ($record['featured'] != "feature_1") { continue; } // continue looping if featured_1 is not selected ?>
<?php foreach ($record['image'] as $index => $upload): ?>
<?php if ($index >= 1) { continue; } // limit uploads shown ?>
<img src="<?php echo htmlencode($upload['thumbUrlPath']) ?>" width="<?php echo $upload['thumbWidth'] ?>" height="<?php echo $upload['thumbHeight'] ?>" alt="" style="float: left; padding: 20px 10px 20px 0;"/><br/>
<?php endforeach ?>
<strong><?php echo htmlencode($record['title']) ?></strong><br/>
<?php echo date("M jS, Y", strtotime($record['date'])) ?><br/>
<?php echo htmlencode($record['summary']) ?><br/>
<a href="<?php echo $record['_link'] ?>"><?php echo $record['_link'] ?></a><br/>
<?php break; ?>
<?php endforeach ?>
<br clear="left" />
<!--END 1st FEATURE STORY-->


<!--BEGIN 2nd FEATURE STORY-->
<?php foreach ($newsRecords as $record): ?>
<?php if ($record['featured'] != "feature_2") { continue; } // continue looping if featured_2 is not selected ?>
<?php foreach ($record['image'] as $index => $upload): ?>
<?php if ($index >= 1) { continue; } // limit uploads shown ?>
<img src="<?php echo htmlencode($upload['thumbUrlPath']) ?>" width="<?php echo $upload['thumbWidth'] ?>" height="<?php echo $upload['thumbHeight'] ?>" alt="" style="float: left; padding: 20px 10px 20px 0;"/><br/>
<?php endforeach ?>
<strong><?php echo htmlencode($record['title']) ?></strong><br/>
<?php echo date("M jS, Y", strtotime($record['date'])) ?><br/>
<?php echo htmlencode($record['summary']) ?><br/>
<a href="<?php echo $record['_link'] ?>"><?php echo $record['_link'] ?></a><br/>
<?php break; ?>
<?php endforeach ?>
<!--END 2nd FEATURE STORY-->



<!--BEGIN 3rd FEATURE STORY-->
<?php foreach ($newsRecords as $record): ?>
<?php if ($record['featured'] != "feature_3") { continue; } // continue looping if featured_3 is not selected ?>
<?php foreach ($record['image'] as $index => $upload): ?>
<?php if ($index >= 1) { continue; } // limit uploads shown ?>
<img src="<?php echo htmlencode($upload['thumbUrlPath']) ?>" width="<?php echo $upload['thumbWidth'] ?>" height="<?php echo $upload['thumbHeight'] ?>" alt="" style="float: left; padding: 20px 10px 20px 0;"/><br/>
<?php endforeach ?>
<strong><?php echo htmlencode($record['title']) ?></strong><br/>
<?php echo date("M jS, Y", strtotime($record['date'])) ?><br/>
<?php echo htmlencode($record['summary']) ?><br/>
<a href="<?php echo $record['_link'] ?>"><?php echo $record['_link'] ?></a><br/>
<?php break; ?>
<?php endforeach ?>
<!--END 3rd FEATURE STORY-->

Let me know how this works out and if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Damon Edis - interactivetools.com

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By rlindauer - September 25, 2015

We're almost there! Things are working great with a few minor adjustments in the code you sent. Now the only part I can't figure out is why I'm getting the same image for all 3 featured stories. It's the image from "feature 1" all 3 times.

By Damon - September 29, 2015

Hi,

I'm not sure why you are seeing the same image for all three stories.

Can you send in your CMS Builder and FTP details so I can take a closer look?
https://www.interactivetools.com/support/email_support_form.php?priority=regular

Don't post server details here in the forum.

Thanks!

Cheers,
Damon Edis - interactivetools.com

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