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Post by steveharman » Mon May 07, 2012 12:11 am

Sorry, site URL is:

www.lovelyleds.co.uk

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Post by steveharman » Wed May 09, 2012 12:27 am

Support for this extension has been SUPERB! And on top of that it's a great product too. ;-)

Couple of quick queries though:

1) Where can we change the title of "Blog Categories" to something else?
2) Where can we switch off the showing of article images?

Basically I'd like a simple box on my pages which has a title, say "Information" and below that links to my articles. That would be fine using Blog Categories module as it produces a simple text list, only I don't want the title "Blog Categories". So I tried with the "Article Box" module where I could easily change the title because it takes the category names.... only each article has an image alongside it which I don't want.

Once again - great support and an excellent module.

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Post by fanha99 » Wed May 09, 2012 10:15 am

hi Steve,

the useful of that 2 module is not the same.

blog category will show all the categories.
articles box will show the articles which is belong to 1 category or the latest.

Q1/ edit inside the file: catalog/language/[your language]/module/news_categories.php

Q2/ for remove the image, I am going to make an option for that, but will take few days or weeks.
in case you are in rush, you can take a look at this link:
http://forum.opencart.com/viewtopic.php ... 40#p278369

or you can set the image size of the module to 1x1 :)

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Post by steveharman » Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 pm

Thanks for the reply & suggestions. Good news about the future option to turn off images.

WIll there also be an option for turning off 'Read n times | 0 Comments' text on article pages? I don't permit comments on my articles (so showing how many comments is irrelevant) and I don't want to display the number of times an item has been read.

Regarding the 1 pixel image size to 'remove' images from category / article listings - I'm afraid this doesn't really have the desired effect.

I've configured every image setting I could find inside the module to 1 x 1 pixels and also uploaded a 1 pixel image to use as the Article Image - however the category list still seems to reserve a large area for the image and thus indents the article title that follows it by a large amount of white space.

Please see attached image where I've combined screenshots of the module Settings and my web page showing category / article list. The 'About Us' category still has the default News icons alongside articles, the 'LED Lighting' category has the 1 pixel image configured for its articles.

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Post by fanha99 » Wed May 09, 2012 9:12 pm

oh, I forgot you are using the shoppica theme. :(

please confirm these info, then I will help to make special patch for you

- don't show image in the article box module.
+ for the left, right position?
+ for the top, bottom position?
- don't show image in the main contain of articles page (news/all, news/cotegory, news/search)
- don't show image in the main contain of article page (news/news)

- don't read times and comment counts in the article box module.
+ for the left, right position?
+ for the top, bottom position?
- don't show times and comment counts in the main contain of articles page? (news/all, news/cotegory, news/search)
- don't show times and comment counts in the main contain of article page? (news/news)

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Post by steveharman » Fri May 11, 2012 10:18 pm

Hi,

Thanks for getting back to me. Yes, Shoppica theme here. ;-)

It would be great to have the option of disabling image thumbnails everywhere. Everyone's use of your excellent module will be different, but for me and possibly others the thumbnail image(s) simply aren't required throughout the site.

Similarly we use your module to create 'static' CMS web pages and have no need whatsoever for displaying the read-count or anything about Comments, anywhere. The module has the option to disable leaving of comments but '0 Comments' is still displayed on every article page regardless.

Incidentally I did manage to improve things a little with the 'upload a 1 pixel image to remove the images' idea. I changed every image size value I could find in News > Settings to 1 pixel x 1 pixel and this made no difference - a large area of space was still blanked out ahead of each article.

But. There are of course separate image size options on a per article basis in News > Articles > [choose an article]. Once I'd specified a 1 pixel x 1 pixel size for the image thumbnail in each article the module gave me back much more space in front of article names listed in say the Article Box module. Not ideal as the article titles are still indented way too much, but it's better.

Once again thanks for an excellent module & great support.

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Post by fanha99 » Fri May 11, 2012 10:53 pm

hi,

how to say, I'm in rush project now :(
I will not have free time until next Thursday.

if you are not rush, could you pls wait for few days?
really really sorry :(

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Post by steveharman » Fri May 11, 2012 11:00 pm

That's perfectly OK, no problem at all. Thanks again.

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Post by steveharman » Mon May 14, 2012 11:50 pm

Just one other quick query please: When creating articles there's a box for 'Intro text'. I don't need any intro text on my article(s) but the plugin forces me to have at least 3 characters.

Guess I could just pad each one out with spaces (which the module accepts), but is forcing introduction text really necessary?

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Post by steveharman » Tue May 22, 2012 11:55 pm

Hi,

Is there any update on this please?

Also there's an updated version of Shoppica ('Shoppica 2') which comes with the standard Shoppica download. As a result your patch for Shoppica no longer installs, probably due to path name changes.

Hellllllp! ;-)

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Post by fanha99 » Wed May 23, 2012 12:08 am

there is the new version of the extension, with many option to enable or disable for.... default theme.

I'm luckily that don't have time to make that features for shoppica 1.0.12.

but now is crazing with the shoppica 2.

with the new version of the extension, without the patch, it can work with the shoppica2. but there is not shoppica style and a little broken of the layout. and no top menu for the news category and blog.

Do you think I can ask the developer of that theme for the support fee? ;-)

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Post by MissLiss » Wed May 23, 2012 2:09 pm

Hello!

How do I get the new version?
Also I would like to be able to put the articles/pages in a top menu that is seperate from the shop menu. I will be using vqmod to add the changes so that it won't interfere with updates etc but what short code do I use for menu items?
(*not* using shoppica)

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Post by MissLiss » Wed May 23, 2012 8:04 pm

OK, So I have downloaded the new version. In settings there are the checkboxes to remove the image and the comments and read times which are already unchecked.
However, this doesn't seem to change what appears on the page?
Intro text is still there, read x times and comments is still there.
The image error has gone though, so that one must have worked!

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Post by fanha99 » Wed May 23, 2012 10:28 pm

hi MissLiss,

you are right :)

and the change log:

[changelog]
<2.1.2 - 2.1.3> (2012/05/21)
- fixed: category design layout bug
- don't need to use intro
- option to display or not the image (in the news/all, news/category, news/search page)
- option to display or not read times (in the news/all, news/category, news/search page)
- option to display or not comments count (in the news/all, news/category, news/search page)

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Post by MissLiss » Thu May 24, 2012 7:10 pm

Hi,
How do I get it to not show read times or comment count on the actual article?

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Post by fanha99 » Thu May 24, 2012 7:34 pm

open the file:
catalog\view\theme\default\template\news\news.tpl
search the line below: (will be locate at line 24)

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<?php echo $text_read; ?> <b><?php echo $count_read; ?></b> <?php echo $text_times; ?>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<b><?php echo $comment_total; ?></b> <?php echo $text_comments; ?>
delete that line.

maybe you will need to delete these character at the line 23 too:

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&nbsp;|&nbsp;
remember to backup the file before you make change.

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Post by MissLiss » Thu May 24, 2012 8:58 pm

Thanks! awesome :)

My next question or maybe feature request is, it is great that we can link other articles to an article, how can i link or associate a product?

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