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« on: June 24, 2013, 10:16 »
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Can anybody point me in the right direction?

I have trouble finding where to customize the settings (size, amount of data, font attributes etc.) of ...

- Featured Images Slider (Large) widget (size and speed)
- Tag Cloud Image Categories widget (font attributes)
- Tag Cloud Most Used Keywords widget (limiting the amount of keywords)

Support is much appreciated.


travelwitness

« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2013, 10:27 »
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Wordpress plugins and widgets add functionality to the theme, sliders custom fonts etc.

This is good place to start...

http://www.microstockgroup.com/symbiostock-technical-support/plugin-list-no-discussion-just-list/

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2013, 10:30 »
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Thank you but I know what they do. I want to know how to customize them in size and appearance.


« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2013, 11:33 »
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I think you will be the first person to try and edit those to that extent

« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2013, 11:41 »
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Ah o.k.
I thought since Leo has probably written the Symbiostock widgets someone could easily point out where to customize them. But it looks like I have to dig it up myself.

« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2013, 13:09 »
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To keep this up to date, maybe it will help somebody else.

One problem has been solved.

The Tag Cloud Widget can be customized within /wp-includes/category-template.php

Code: [Select]
function wp_tag_cloud( $args = '' ) {
$defaults = array(
'smallest' => 8, 'largest' => 22, 'unit' => 'pt', 'number' => 45,

This is where you can customize minimum and maximum font size and the amount of data (tags) pulled.

« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2013, 18:39 »
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Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2013, 18:42 »
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This normally shows up on the single image page to display similar images to the one that has been selected. It works by a complex analysis and comparison of keywords - hence it needs one to start with

Steve

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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2013, 18:45 »
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I'm hoping the 'premium' version Leo is putting together will add all that sort of functionality right into the widget backend, so the admin can choose it all from a few dropdown menu's when implementing the widgets.

This is the sort of stuff the high end Themeforest themes thrive on, the ability for basic users to adjust nearly every conceivable element of the theme without touching any code. Eg: footer text colour in a different field to normal page text colour and so on. Making every element unique and easily editable will bring in a whole lot of newbies to wordpress & symbio once they realise they can edit it all via some tick boxes and drop downs.

« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2013, 18:48 »
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This normally shows up on the single image page to display similar images to the one that has been selected. It works by a complex analysis and comparison of keywords - hence it needs one to start with

Steve

O.K., that's what I thought. But is there anything else to set up to make it work? Because it doesn't work on my site.

Like I said, I have it placed on the single detail image page. The image is there but no similar images are shown.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2013, 19:35 »
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It was installed by default on the single image pages I thought. Although it is a while since I worked on that

Steve

« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 03:47 »
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If you are modifying code in WP core (wp-includes, wp-admin) your changes will be overwritten when you update wordpress.  It would be better to put something in your child theme functions.php file.  This seems like a useful post:  http://designpx.com/tutorials/customize-tag-cloud-widget

The following is from the above site and seems to do exactly what you want.  I have not tested this, but you should be able to paste it into your functions.php file.  The symbiostock child theme comes with a functions.php file that already has the necessary "<?php" line at the top.  You should be able to just paste the code below in the middle of the file and change the values to what you want.

Code: [Select]
function custom_tag_cloud_widget($args) {
$args['largest'] = 18; //largest tag
$args['smallest'] = 10; //smallest tag
$args['unit'] = 'px'; //tag font unit
return $args;
}
add_filter( 'widget_tag_cloud_args', 'custom_tag_cloud_widget' );

I put it in my functions.php code (Appearance->Editor, select Theme Functions (functions.php)) and it changed things appropriately.

Hope this helps!

« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013, 07:33 »
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If you are modifying code in WP core (wp-includes, wp-admin) your changes will be overwritten when you update wordpress.  It would be better to put something in your child theme functions.php file.  This seems like a useful post:  http://designpx.com/tutorials/customize-tag-cloud-widget

The following is from the above site and seems to do exactly what you want.  I have not tested this, but you should be able to paste it into your functions.php file.  The symbiostock child theme comes with a functions.php file that already has the necessary "<?php" line at the top.  You should be able to just paste the code below in the middle of the file and change the values to what you want.

Code: [Select]
function custom_tag_cloud_widget($args) {
$args['largest'] = 18; //largest tag
$args['smallest'] = 10; //smallest tag
$args['unit'] = 'px'; //tag font unit
return $args;
}
add_filter( 'widget_tag_cloud_args', 'custom_tag_cloud_widget' );

I put it in my functions.php code (Appearance->Editor, select Theme Functions (functions.php)) and it changed things appropriately.

Hope this helps!


Excellent! Thanks. I'm very new to WP but learning every day.

« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2013, 07:46 »
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Honestly, I don't have the time to dig and figure out all this stuff again and again and follow 20 threads.  I'd probably pay a little for someone to spend the time to make a child-child theme that looks cool and has options that I don't have to spend three hours to figure out.

« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2013, 07:53 »
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Honestly, I don't have the time to dig and figure out all this stuff again and again and follow 20 threads.  I'd probably pay a little for someone to spend the time to make a child-child theme that looks cool and has options that I don't have to spend three hours to figure out.

I agree with you, IF you know what you want and can make a list of the features you need when you start. But this way you'll depend on a third party for a long time. If you learn it once then it'll take you only seconds to customize it in the future.
BTW, I like your photography work.

« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2013, 07:55 »
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Thanks!  I spent the time when putting my blog up, and forgot most of it.  I got stuck on ktools because I spent too much time trying to customize it, and upgrades were a PITA.  I try to spend my time wisely.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2013, 08:02 »
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Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

I'd forgotten this, but when this feature first came out, you had to run a process each time you added a bunch of images to the site (run the "related images" process?). That went away and found all the images with closely matching keywords.

Has that function now been added in automatically - I couldn't see it in the Symbio options section of Admin?

Steve

« Reply #17 on: June 25, 2013, 11:42 »
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Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

I'd forgotten this, but when this feature first came out, you had to run a process each time you added a bunch of images to the site (run the "related images" process?). That went away and found all the images with closely matching keywords.

Has that function now been added in automatically - I couldn't see it in the Symbio options section of Admin?

Steve

I think you need to have the "Related Posts by Taxonomy" plugin activated?

« Reply #18 on: June 25, 2013, 12:48 »
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Quote
Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

I'd forgotten this, but when this feature first came out, you had to run a process each time you added a bunch of images to the site (run the "related images" process?). That went away and found all the images with closely matching keywords.

Has that function now been added in automatically - I couldn't see it in the Symbio options section of Admin?

Steve

I think you need to have the "Related Posts by Taxonomy" plugin activated?


Yes.

« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2013, 14:48 »
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Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

I'd forgotten this, but when this feature first came out, you had to run a process each time you added a bunch of images to the site (run the "related images" process?). That went away and found all the images with closely matching keywords.

Has that function now been added in automatically - I couldn't see it in the Symbio options section of Admin?

Steve

I think you need to have the "Related Posts by Taxonomy" plugin activated?

Is that an optional plugin? I can't find it in the available/inactive widgets area.

« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2013, 14:56 »
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You do not need related posts taxonomy widgit to get related images.  I think it is for blog posts rather than images?  Mine show up and I do not have it activated

I seem to remember reading that the related images is updated once every 24 hours since the button disappeared, but mine seem to work as soon as I publish them so not sure

« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2013, 17:32 »
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Quote
Can anybody tell me how the Symbiostock Similar Images widget works?

I've placed it on the bottom of image pages but no similar images are shown (only the headline Similar Images).

I'd forgotten this, but when this feature first came out, you had to run a process each time you added a bunch of images to the site (run the "related images" process?). That went away and found all the images with closely matching keywords.

Has that function now been added in automatically - I couldn't see it in the Symbio options section of Admin?

Steve

I think you need to have the "Related Posts by Taxonomy" plugin activated?

Is that an optional plugin? I can't find it in the available/inactive widgets area.

If you are on the latest version, it should be auto installed. And I had the opposite experience as Tinny. After I upgraded, I noticed it in my plug-ins. I deactivated it because I had not heard anyone talk about it. As soon as I did, my Similar Images disappeared. That's why I say it needs to be activated.

It should be in your list of plug-ins and also there is a widget. I have not used the widget, so not sure how that works.

« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2013, 19:02 »
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Thanks a lot, Cathy. That worked.

I've found the plugin and simply activated it. Now the "Similar Images" widget actually shows similar images. Made my day.  :D

« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2013, 20:58 »
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Thanks a lot, Cathy. That worked.

I've found the plugin and simply activated it. Now the "Similar Images" widget actually shows similar images. Made my day.  :D

Cool!

« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2013, 08:20 »
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Next customizing questions.

1. The Featured Images Slider (Preview Size) shows this dark caption bar with low opacity under the image. I couldn't find where to change either color or opacity (or the background image) of the caption bar background. This very dark background doesn't look good with my design.

2. That Symbiostock search bar is very long and it actually breaks the mobile designs (on ipad mini and on iphone). Couldn't find where to adjust the length of the search input field.

Your help will be very much appreciated.


 

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