Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:36 PM
I'm posting this question again, because apparently the system thinks my question was answered completely and it wasn't.
We've been working on an online version of our alumni magazine.
We want to have a back issues archive page to list all issues, and also to customize the way individual issues are displayed.
We've been using categories for the issues - Everything that's in a given issue is tagged "Issues" and then given a subcategory too - for example, "Fall 2011"
Here's the main back issue archive:
And here's a sample individual back issue archive page:
Each article in the magazine issue is a post. The issue itself is not a post.
Each article is tagged "Issues" and "Fall 2011" (Or "Spring 2011"... you get the idea.)
The reason I did it this way is so we'd have a hierarchy.
We also may have occasional content that isn't from one of the published issues. So such a post might be tagged "Newsflash" or "Update" or whatever, but it will be outside the Issues "tree". So in theory, we could have an archive page that only covers subcategories of "Issues".
I don't want to replace the normal archives format entirely (I'll want news items that didn't appear in the magazine to be available on our site too!) but I do want an additional archive format that supports what I'm trying to do.
As you can see, I've actually been able to create something of an archive page, but it's only semi-automated - I manually put in the issue date and the cover image, and then use a shortcode that came with a plugin to list the articles in that issue. The plugin works by feeding it a category ID in the shortcode.
I'm sure there's a better (and automated) way to do this. But how? Which of the many php files in the theme should I dare edit?