Creating/Editing/Associating Categories in WS.WebTV
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1. Goto to the Categories page...
2. Once on the Category list...
(A) To create a Category click on "New Category.
(B) To edit an existing Category click the corresponding "pencil" icon.
The creation and edition interfaces are very similar, however, when you are editing a Channel you will see additional options and information.
3. The Properties Tab...
On the Properties tab is where you enter the basic Category information:
• Title: Enter a descriptive Category name, as short as possible.
• Slug: This is for friendly URLs. You can leave this field blank and the system will generate it automatically when saving.
• Parent: If you are creating a Subcategory, select the parent from the drop-down menu.
NOTE: Each Category can have up to 3 Subcategory levels. You can create as many Categories/Subcategories as you want.
• SEO Description: This description will be used for SEO and as excerpt when listing the Category.
• Image: Supply an image (626x115) to use as thumbnail/poster.
Drag and Drop Tip:
If you are using recent versions of Chrome/Safari, Firefox or Opera, you can drag and drop your image file to the image field. • Template: Select one among the avilable templates for the Category (if any). WS.WebTV can handle multiple templates for Categories.
4. The "Text/HTML Content" Tab...
On the Playlist tab is where you enter the desired textual information. As you can see, we have included the popular TinyMCE editor that allows you to apply format to your content, easily.
Advanced HTML usage (General):
Always use absolute URLs for images. Example:
<img src="http://www.webtvsolutions.com/images/my_image.jpg" alt="">
5. The Clips and Channels Tabs...
On these tabs you can associate Clips and Channels to the Category.
NOTE: You can also create these associations from the Clips and Channels (see bellow).
6. Done editing...
Once you are done editing the Category, click the Save button.
7. Deactivating a new Category...
New Categories are active by default. In order to deactivate the Category, return to the Category list and click the "yellow light bulb" icon (it will turn to gray when inactive).
By default, Categories are sorted by Title. Since WS.WebTV 1.7.5, it is possible to change the way the WebTV sorts the Categories by going to Configuration > Settings > General / Categories / Sort Categories by, and select one of the following options:
» Title: Sort Categories by Title (A -> Z).
» ID: Sort Categories by the creation ID (creation order).
» Order+Title*: Sort Categories by an "Order" numeric value, then by the Title.
» Order+ID*: Sort Categories by an "Order" numeric value, then by the ID.
*If this option is selected, a new "Order" field will appear when editing a Category.
Associating a Clip with a Category (from a Clip):
Edit the desired Clip and go to the Categories tab, then, check the appropriate Categories (and Save...).
Associating a Channel with a Category (from a Channel):
Edit the desired Channel and go to the Categories tab, then, check the appropriate Categories (and Save...).
Please, note that Category relationships are automatically inherited by the "parents", that means that when you select a Subcategory, you are automatically creating a relationship with its parent Category (if any).
For greater flexibility, you can opt to select only the desired Subcategory; however, if you want to make an explicit relationship with a "parent" Category, then select it too.
What's the difference? If you only select a Subcategory, and then (at a later time) that Subcategory is reassigned to another parent, then the relationship will be transferred to the new parent; however, when you have selected a Category (parent), even if its Subcategories are reassigned to another parent, the relationship with the parent will be kept.
The Category URL
Just like any other content in the WebTV, each Category has its unique URL. For example, a Category with title "Movies" and ID 1 will have an URL like the following:
The URLs of the Content Lists (of a Category...)
As you have noticed, each Category page displays an overview list with the latest Content associated to it: Clips, Channels/Pages, News, Events and Galleries. When the amount of Content associated to a Category can't be included in the overview list you will see the "More «items» from this Category" text button which will direct the User to the full list of items (with pagination). It is worth noting that each Category item list has its URL too; keep this in mind in case you want to use them on Menus, links, etc.
Examples for the Category with title "Movies" and ID 1:
Category Clip list: http://....../index.php/c/movies-videos-1/1/
Category Channel/Page list: http://....../index.php/c/movies-channels-1/1/
Category News list: http://....../index.php/c/movies-news-1/1/
Category Event list: http://....../index.php/c/movies-events-1/1/
Category Gallery list: http://....../index.php/c/movies-galleries-1/1/
Please note that each list URL ends with "/1/" which is the page number (the page number is always required).