Items is a type of content that allows you to create multiple entries that can be grouped, filtered and formatted similarly. It is part of the People, Places and Items plugin.
Parts of an item post
An Item’s tile includes a photo, title, brief description, and summary.
It can link to a post detail page (see below), a different website or nothing at all.
Where it appears
- When inserted on a page using the PPI: Individual element
- When inserted on a page as part of a list using the PPI: List element
Unlike People and Places, the tile does not appear at the top of the Item’s post detail page.
Post detail page
The post detail page, should you create one, is the Item’s page on your site. It can be accessed through the tile or any other links pointing to it.
The image from the tile appears at full size at the top of the page and is followed by any text or images entered using the content editor.
Adding a new item
Create a new item
Go to Dashboard > Items > Add New or, from the black admin bar at the top of any page, click New > Item.
Add a title
Type in a title, or name, for your item.
For consistency, try to make all titles the same letter case: title or sentence.
In the Additional Info box, add a brief description. The brief description displays directly underneath the item title on the tile and acts as a teaser when inserted on a page.
Make your descriptions consistent in content, length and tone.
Linking offsite (optional)
By default, the tile links to a post detail page.
If you would like the tile to link to a different URL, enter that link in the External URL field.
Next in the Additional Information section is a large text box labeled Summary.
It does not appear on the post detail page. So, if you want the same information to show on the post detail page, too, you’ll need to copy and paste it into the content editor (the next large text box with a toolbar above it, toward the bottom of the page).
Add body content
In the Items Categories box on the right side of the screen, check all relevant categories or create new ones as needed.
Categories can be used as filters or to embed a subset of items on a page.
An item’s featured image appears at the top of its post detail page at full size and as a thumbnail on its tile.
To show an image, go to the Featured Image box on the right side of the screen and click Set featured image.
Upload or select an image from the Media Gallery that is at least 760 pixels wide.
Save, preview, publish
- In the Publish box in the top right corner, click the gray Save Draft button to save your work.
- Click the Preview button to see what your Item’s post detail page will look like in a new tab/window; note that you will not see their summary here since that content only appears on the tile.
- Exit out of the preview tab/window.
- If you’re ready for your Item post to be publicly viewable, click the blue Publish button; new changes can be published by clicking Update.
Both tiles below have titles and images, but the first one only has a summary and the second only has a brief description.
Images not required
Items don’t have to have a featured image. If you’re categorizing non-visual content like tutorials or research projects, you may not have or need to include images.
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After you’ve created an Item post, you can add the Item’s tile to a page. Create a few more Items posts, and you’re ready to add a list (or grid) of tiles to a page.