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DnP AJAX Custom News Link - Offer the best news to your forum visitors
Mod Version: 1.3, by silveryhat (Member) silveryhat is offline
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vB Version: 3.8.x Rating: (11 votes - 4.64 average) Installs: 88
Released: 06 Oct 2009 Last Update: 25 Dec 2009 Downloads: 537
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What was the last time you were so excited to write an awesome topic for your forum then hopelessly watched it faded away and nobody cares? How about having some great threads, unique information that's only available on your forum, and you want all visitors instantly pay attention to them ? Think you would make announcements everywhere about those topics, then expect someone to click on the links? Maybe that isn't so good and professional at all. Even worse, you have to bump your own thread to get others attention. DnP Custom News may have a solution for you.

What does this little MOD do ?


As the matter of fact, topics in forum are displayed by some formatted orders. Either it is arranged by newest first, oldest first, or last replies, etc...at some point these topics will not be visible in the view of members anymore. Especially, for new visitors to your forum since they have no clue whether yours is a good forum or just a random half-dead community with nothing interesting. How could you show them how great your forum is, what information it has and what kind of fun can be found there? What you need is a manual list that looks automatic, absolutely informative and interactive, totally content-rich to the guests and even search engines. DnP Custom News Link allows you to place your best topics and urls into an article block that appears on your forum home index and makes it looks like a section of online newspaper homepage. This way, it is almost guaranteed you will freshen up your forum look and feel, attract more members to articles or threads that give best of your forum! Even better, DnP Custom News Link supports AJAX for instant page change without refreshing the whole forum index page.

Screenshots of different configurations




Demo

Right on the forum homepage of DnP Network™

Feature Summary
+ Multipaging support.
+ Lightweight AJAX / SEO Friendly pages and links.
+ Three types of news : Image, Video, Article.
+ Option to track views.
+ Consume single query for fastest load.
+ Topic Thumbnail.
+ Topic Description. BBcode supported.
+ All settings and News manager under AdminCP.
+ Links are SEO.
+ Different style is not yet implemented in this version.
+ Able to act as a vB Advanced CMPS Module
Installation for normal forum without vB Advanced CMPS :
  1. Upload all files and folders from the package to your forum_root folder, except product-dnp-custom-news-install.xml.
  2. Use Product Manager to install product-dnp-custom-news-install.xml
  3. Open your FORUMHOME template (or any templates that are used together for forum home index) , then place

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to anywhere you would want DnP Custom News block to appear.



Installation for vB Advanced CMPS :


Example of how DnP News block blends in along with other columns on a vBA CMPS page
  1. Upload all files and folders from the package to your forum_root , then upload dnp_news.php one more time into forum_root/modules folder, except product-dnp-custom-news-install.xml.
  2. Use Product Manager to install product-dnp-custom-news-install.xml
  3. Go to Style Manager » Add New Template of your currently in-use style. Input

    Title : dnp_vba_news_output
    Template content : $dnp_news_output

  4. Go to vBa CMPS » Add Module » PHP File Module. Input the following information :

    Module Title
    : DnP vBa CMPS Custom News Link
    Active : Yes
    File to Include : dnp_news.php
    Module Parent : None
    Templates Used : dnp_vba_news_output
    Use Module Wrapper Template : No
    Leave everything else by default.
  5. Save and load module to your CMPS page. Go to Plugin Manager and disable DnP Custom News : global_start
Management :
Now you can go to AdminCP to post some news link or configure the Dnp Custom News block



Enjoy and have fun, if you like this little MOD give it a mark and rating.
Feedbacks are very welcome in order to improve the MOD functions and features.

[Original Source : http://www.silveryhat.com/delynie/f139/dnp-ajax-custom-news-link-modification-7086.html]

Update :
Upload all files and folders in the package to your forum_root folder (or forum_root/modules if used vBa CMPS). Use Product Manager to install product-dnp-custom-news-install.xml to upgrade your current version.

History Log :
v1.3
  1. Fix a minor bug
  2. Add support for vB Advanced CMPS
v1.2
  1. Cache Template fix. Performance optimized
  2. Add List Order (Newest first, Oldest first, Views, Random).
v1.1
  1. Improve AJAX Compability.
  2. Add Collapsible feature.
  3. New option to hide description and thumbnail for small news.
v1.0
  1. Initial Release.

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Old 06 Oct 2009, 20:05
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Any comment or suggestion would be welcome
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Old 07 Oct 2009, 03:42
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+ Links are SEO.
vBSEO compatible or does the mod have its own?
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very cool, will be watching this one
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Old 07 Oct 2009, 08:17
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Very good!!
Would it be possible to decide which Link is a "Big News" Link?
Anyway, very cool!
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This looks... kinda awesome. But I get the feeling it would make the top of your forum very busy, with less room to notice the forums itself. Is it possible to somehow choose how big this box is, so it takes less room?

Also, how easy or hard is it to add links and images the way you did? Is inline editing perhaps going to be added later on?

Thanks in advance, it looks like a really nice mod.
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Old 07 Oct 2009, 10:53
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tagged and watching!! thanks!
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great mod !! thx
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Nice easy install and working well!
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Old 07 Oct 2009, 21:47
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Thanks everyone for the positive feedback.

Regards some of the questions you guys have :

Originally Posted by DefenceTalk View Post
vBSEO compatible or does the mod have its own?
AJAX links to switch page are SEO friendly.

Originally Posted by derandechser View Post
Very good!!
Would it be possible to decide which Link is a "Big News" Link?
Anyway, very cool!
Greets,
Peter
Big News block contains the latest links, you can only set more than 1 link for big news but not define a specific one to be in it, for the current version.

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This looks... kinda awesome. But I get the feeling it would make the top of your forum very busy, with less room to notice the forums itself. Is it possible to somehow choose how big this box is, so it takes less room?

Also, how easy or hard is it to add links and images the way you did? Is inline editing perhaps going to be added later on?

Thanks in advance, it looks like a really nice mod.
You can customize how many links to show per page, how many big news, how many per row,etc... , all can be done via AdminCP

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I do not like the MOST current setup.. I do like the layout of the other latest news blocks.. I would just like those two only to be displayed without the most current block, so the text is not centered, only justified.
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Old 08 Oct 2009, 03:46
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This looks great. I plan to use it immediately.

A possible addition would be to add tabbed features that can act as categories for the news.

Example:

Tab 1 (Sports) | Tab 2 (Lifestyle) | Tab 3 (Career)

And clicking each tab brings up different "featured" manually chosen threads.

EDIT: Also, where can I find the templates so that I might edit the look of the block? All I can see is dnp_news.

EDIT #2: Or do I need to edit the php file for customization?

EDIT #3: Specifically, I want to have 3 "BIG NEWS" aligned horizontally rather than vertically, and then have the small news come under the big news.

EDIT #3: Also better if we can define which big news are showed - sort of like a "Featured" section.


Also - a bug - the ajax page control doesn't seem to be loading properly. It loads the entire dnp_news.php file for me which means that the forums disappear.
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Originally Posted by concepts View Post
I do not like the MOST current setup.. I do like the layout of the other latest news blocks.. I would just like those two only to be displayed without the most current block, so the text is not centered, only justified.
I'm not sure I got the picture of what you mean, do you have a screenshot or drawing of how it should look like in your opinion?

Originally Posted by Cedric_FP View Post
This looks great. I plan to use it immediately.

A possible addition would be to add tabbed features that can act as categories for the news.

Example:

Tab 1 (Sports) | Tab 2 (Lifestyle) | Tab 3 (Career)

And clicking each tab brings up different "featured" manually chosen threads.

EDIT: Also, where can I find the templates so that I might edit the look of the block? All I can see is dnp_news.

EDIT #2: Or do I need to edit the php file for customization?

EDIT #3: Specifically, I want to have 3 "BIG NEWS" aligned horizontally rather than vertically, and then have the small news come under the big news.

EDIT #3: Also better if we can define which big news are showed - sort of like a "Featured" section.


Also - a bug - the ajax page control doesn't seem to be loading properly. It loads the entire dnp_news.php file for me which means that the forums disappear.
Yes I have thought of category when I first code it, but it comes to be too unecessary so I dropped it. The reason is, if there is category for news link, members will be confused where they can actually find the topic and also, it brings more work to the admin if he has to create all the categories in this MOD corresponding to those current ones on the forum.
dnp_news is the cached main template, child templates are built-in until later, when I can add more style and layout for the MOD like your good idea in #3.

# 3 If we are to decide which link to be in the big news, we have to define different big news for every page the news block spans, and I don't think everyone would like to do that.

About the bug of ajax loading, verify all files have been uploaded and your server is ajax compatible because the ajax engine is pulled from DnP Instant! Musicbox and it's known bug-free.
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