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Query Loop

  • johnottomagee

    Hello Support !

    I’d like to come back to this topic of mine.
    I had given it the title of “Split-Screen.”

    To avoid confusion I am renaming it “Query Loop.”

    Ying got involved in the Split-Screen discussion.
    And helped me to solve a related problem.
    Thank you, Ying !

    For reasons of clarity I then closed out that topic.
    I am re-opening it, to see if we can get split-screen/query loop to work.

    Please see below my dialogue with David.



    UC has two main pieces:

    The first piece consists of intercultural statements.

    They are pages, not posts.

    Text-only. No images. No videos.

    Currently on UC there are ten topics.
    See them in the drop-down menus.
    In the primary navigation:
    Germany, United States, Contrasts.
    As a guest you have access to Persuasion.

    Ok, that’s the first piece of UC.

    Intercultural statements.
    Pages, not posts.

    Text-only. No images. No videos.

    The second piece consists of examples.

    They are posts, not pages:

    text … videos … i-framely links to articles.

    The examples are grouped by categories and tags.

    I call a group of examples a pattern.

    In how Germans think. In how Americans think.
    I am using a plugin for that.

    Currently, users go from an intercultural statement

    to the examples illustrating that statement b
clicking on the term “Patterns.”

    See at the end of each respective intercultural
the clickable term “Patterns.”

    See five intercultural statements about Germany-Persuasion:

    Ok, so users can read an intercultural statement.

    Text-only. Pages, not posts.

    If they want to see the examples illustrating
statement they click on “Patterns.”

    Once they are in Patterns, users can scroll up and down.

    And via the categories and tags they can move from

    topic to topic, from subtopic to subtopic.

    That is both good and bad.

    Good because they can move around as they wish.

    They can explore.

    Bad because they could distract themselves.

    They could go off topic. They could get lost.

    They could forget their starting point.

    Which was reading a specific intercultural statement.

    It would be great if we could give users the option

    of reading the examples illustrating the respective
    intercultural statement directly on the same screen,
    directly on the same page.

    They would read the intercultural statement on the
left side
    of the screen/page, and read/watch the
content (examples)
    on the right side of the screen/page.
Without leaving the page.

    No chance of distracting themselves, of going off topic,

    of getting lost, of forgetting their starting point.

    See this mock-up:

    On the left is the intercultural statement:
Message vs. Messenger.
    On the right is a video. Bill Clinton. 2012.

    Please note: that video is a place-holder only.
    The user would be able to scroll up and down
    all of the examples grouped to that
intercultural statement:
    Message vs. Messenger.

    Here is what those examples look like under Patterns:

    In other words, I would like to take the stream of
examples (posts)
    which are on the Patterns-page
and display them in a container
    directly to the right
and next to the container which holds
    the intercultural


    David’s Response:

    Hi there,

    if i understand correctly this Page:
    contains 6 intellectual statements.

    Each statement has a link to its post archive,
    which is referred to as a pattern.

    And you want to include the Intellectual Statement
    on the Archive ( Patterns ).

    So it looks like:

    Is that correct ?


    John’s Response:

    That was fast.
Thanks, David.

    Yes, correct.

    “intercultural” not “intellectual”

    I want to include the Archive (Patterns)
in the page
    housing the intercultural
statement, not include the
statement on the Archive.

    The screencast displays it well.


    David’s Response:

    Ok, so this page:

    Will it show all 6 statements ?

    And each one have its own section to show the related posts.

    NOTE: Still not sure if it is possible considering
    the plugins you use for category groups.


    John’s Response:

    So far no more than 5 statements
per each of the 10 topics.

    That, however, will change as I add
topics (Persuasion)
    and subtopics
(Message vs. Messenger).

    You write above:
“And each one have its own section to
    show the related posts.”

    Yes, each subtopic (Message vs. Messenger),
with text on the left
    and its related posts
on the right, will have its own section,

    with sections separated by the thin, gray line.

    See my mock-up:


    David’s Response:

    Ok, so in your example page
in the right hand column,
    you could add a GenerateBlocks Query loop block.

    And set the Query Loop Blocks Paramters -> Add New –> Taxonomy –> Category
    and choose the category terms to filter the list of posts by.


    John’s Response:

    I don’t think I got quite right, David.

    Please see two screenshots:


    David’s Response:

    Delete the current query loop.
    Then add a new Query Loop and choose one of the templates:

    Choose anyone that is NOT the Start Blank


    John’s Response:

    Ok, I tried all three templates
other than Start Blank.

    They list the examples (posts). As excerpts.
    Not as full-body posts.


    What we’re aiming for is that the individual
examples are streamed.

    In other words, the examples are fully open
so that the user
    can scroll up and down without
having to click on a given example
    in order to
open it up.



  • Hi there,

    showing the full post content is not possible with that method at this time.

    if you want to show all of the post content then you would need to use the core WordPress Query Loop block, as that can support the Content Block to show 100% of the post content.

    BUT….. you need to be mindful of performance.
    Each Query Loop requires WP to run a query for each post it shows.
    So for example, if you have 6 statements, and for each statement there are 6 posts.
    That will require WP to run 6 WP Queries, totalling 36 queries.
    And thats a LOT of queries to be running on any page.

  • johnottomagee

    That is very, very helpful information, David.
    It tells me that I should not pursue this.

    Huge thanks. You folks do great work !


  • You’re welcome

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