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module (Author)

This module component fetches data relating to Author items.

{% component type: "module", source: "Author", layout: "List" %}

Parameters and Options

Parameter
Values
Required
Description
type
module (default)
module_of_member

This is the name of the entity that needs to be used for the component retrieving function.

module is the standard retrieving function to retrieve all items.

module_of_member retrieves only those items 'Added by' the currently logged in user (identified by the CreatedByMemberId property in the module items Liquid data).

The 'Added by' System Property will only be available where the modules settings have 'Allow Add New Items' turned on under the 'Site User Permissions'.

source
Author (default)
The entity/alias name or ID that the data is to be sourced from.
layout
List (default)
<Your Layout name>

The layout name you want to use for rendering the component. The layout name is referenced from the available Layouts of the source specified.

While this parameter is required to render your Layout markup, if the parameter is blank, has an incorrectly referenced Layout, or is removed altogether then the component will still output the modules item data to a Liquid collection which can be accessed via the collectionVariable parameter.

filterBy
id
parentid
name
weighting
url
urlslug
releasedate
expirydate
LastUpdatedDate
Author
ItemCategories
ItemTags
<CustomPropertyName>
...and any other top level properties available for the module

The name of the property to filter by. If empty or not present, no filtering will be used.

Remove spaces from custom property names here.

filterValue
<your value>

Your specific value to filter by, eg: name, id, number, date, etc.
Liquid variables can be used here also. If present but no value set, no items will be returned.
sortBy
id
parentid
name
weighting
url
urlslug
releasedate
expirydate
LastUpdatedDate
Author
ItemCategories
ItemTags
<CustomPropertyName>
...and any other top level properties available for the module

The name of the property to sort by. If empty or not present, alpha/numeric sorting will be used.

Remove spaces from custom property names here.

sortOrder
ASC (default)
DESC

ASC sorts the items in ascending order while DESC sorts in descending order (based on alpha/numeric or date sorting).
If empty or not present, alpha/numeric sorting will be used.
ignoreWeighting
false (default)
true

Enables/disables sorting items first by their weighting values. When false items will sort by their weighting values first, followed by any sortBy properties (or the default alpha/numeric sorting if sortBy is empty or not present). If true item weightings will be ignored and sorting will only be applied via sortBy or default sorting.
random
false (default)
true

Displays the available items in a random order.

If used in conjunction with sortBy, that sorting criteria will be applied to the randomly retrieved results. So, if retrieving all, or most, of the items they will not appear to be random since they will then be sorted back into a logical order. To overcome this, set the sortBy parameter to 'enabled' (or another unused property) as this will not provide any viable sorting criteria* and the items will not be sorted from their initial random order.
* Unless there are weighted items, which will always override the random option.

limit
10 (default)
<number>

The maximum number of items returned. If displayPagination is enabled this determines the maximum number of items per page.
enablePagination
true (default)
false

Enables/disables pagination for the component.

This is useful for avoiding pagniation affects for a specific component when multiple components of the same module are output on the same page and do use pagination.

displayPagination
false (default)
true

Displays pagination if there are more items available than the limit set.
emptyMessage
<Your custom message>

Custom content that is rendered if no items are returned by the Component. The default is no content.
Liquid variables are supported here, although Liquid logic tags and HTML are not.

If using Liquid variables with filters added, be sure to change any double quotes to single quotes. For eg:
emptyMessage: “{{ myVariable | prepend: 'Error: ' }}”

To use HTML in your empty message, first capture it using a Liquid capture, then insert the capture variable into the emptyMessage parameter.

object
item (default)
collection

Determines the method for Liquid rendering.
item returns each item iteratively, one after another, for output (generally, output to a container element with no need for looping through the data).
collection returns all items as one collection for output (your container element and looping logic would be handled in the Components Layout).
collectionVariable
<yourLiquidVariableName>

Assigns the data to a Liquid collection enabling further access to the data on the Page or Template using Liquid.

Your collectionVariable value must only contain English letters, numbers or underscores. Spaces or special characters are not supported.

isSearchResult
false (default)
true

Allows search parameters in the URL to override the components output. Therefore, this parameter can be used to output module specific search results from a submitted search form.

Likewise, Tag, Category, and Archive components can be used in conjunction with this parameter for filtering the module's output.

URL search parameters will override any corresponding parameters in the component. If no search parameters are present in the URL, isSearchResult will be ignored.

Any value other than true, (including an empty value), will disable the search functionality and the component will output its regular data.

searchScope
eg:
{'prop_ParentId':'1234', 'prop_ReleaseDate_Min':'2018-07-01', 'prop_ReleaseDate_Max':'2018-07-31', 'prop_KeyWords':'Your Keywords', 'prop_ItemTags':['tag1','tag2'], 'page':'2'}

Allows a search on the module without search parameters needed in the URL. Instead, search parameters are added to the value of this parameter. Therefore, this parameter can be used to output module specific search results from hard-coded (or Liquid) values without the use of a search form.

Added search parameters will override any corresponding parameters otherwise configured on the component. If no search parameters are present, searchScope will be ignored.

This value supports Liquid and can therefore be constructed with Liquid data/variables.

<customParameter>
<your custom value>

You can add your own additional parameters (name/value pairs) to the Component tag. These will be passed to the Components Layout (and the collectionVariable if used) for use via Liquid.

Your <customParameter> name must only contain English letters, numbers or underscores. Spaces or special characters are not supported.

You can use HTML as the value here, just be sure to change any double quotes in your HTML to single quotes.

Liquid Output

The below example has 2 sample items but is otherwise the default structure you will get from this Component.

{
  "Pagination": {
  "CurrentPage": 1,
  "ItemsPerPage": 10,
  "NumberOfPages": 1,
  "TotalItemsCount": 2
},
  "Items": [
  {
    "Id": 2274,
    "Url": "/_author/demo-author-one",
    "ParentId": 1753,
    "LastUpdatedDate": "2019-01-30T06:19:38",
    "Name": "DEMO Author One",
    "UrlSlug": "demo-author-one",
    "Enabled": true,
    "ReleaseDate": "2018-11-25T18:00:00",
    "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-10T18:00:00",
    "Weighting": 0,
    "Description": "<p>HTML Content</p>",
    "ItemTags": null,
    "Author_Name": null,
    "Author_Url": null,
    "Author": "",
    "SEOTitle": "",
    "MetaTitle": "",
    "MetaDescription": "",
    "ShowPageForSearchEngine": false,
    "CanonicalLink": "",
    "EnableAMP": false,
    "AMPContent": "",
    "CodeEditor": true,
    "ExternalId": 0,
    "SocialMetaTags": "",
    "OpenGraphProperties": "",
    "DisableForSiteSearch": false,
    "SeoPriority": "",
    "CreatedByMemberId": 0,
    "ItemCategories": null,
    "ItemCategoryIdList": null,
    "SKUCode": "",
    "SiteSearchKeywords": "",
    "Image": null,
    "Website": "",
    "Module_ID": 1748,
    "Module_Alias": "ItemAuthor"
  },
  {
    "Id": 2326,
    "Url": "/_author/demo-author-two",
    "ParentId": 1753,
    "LastUpdatedDate": "2019-04-17T22:41:48",
    "Name": "DEMO Author Two",
    "UrlSlug": "demo-author-two",
    "Enabled": true,
    "ReleaseDate": "2018-11-25T00:00:00",
    "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-10T00:00:00",
    "Weighting": 0,
    "Description": "<p>Author Content</p>",
    "ItemTags": null,
    "Author_Name": null,
    "Author_Url": null,
    "Author": "",
    "SEOTitle": "",
    "MetaTitle": "",
    "MetaDescription": "",
    "ShowPageForSearchEngine": false,
    "CanonicalLink": "",
    "EnableAMP": false,
    "AMPContent": "",
    "CodeEditor": true,
    "ExternalId": 0,
    "SocialMetaTags": "",
    "OpenGraphProperties": {
      "title": null,
      "type": null,
      "url": null,
      "locale": null,
      "image": null
    },
    "DisableForSiteSearch": false,
    "SeoPriority": "",
    "CreatedByMemberId": 0,
    "ItemCategories": null,
    "ItemCategoryIdList": null,
    "SKUCode": "",
    "SiteSearchKeywords": "",
    "Image": null,
    "Website": "",
    "Module_ID": 1748,
    "Module_Alias": "ItemAuthor"
  }
],
  "Params": {
  "source": "Author",
  "layout": "",
  "type": "module",
  "collectionVariable": "allAuthors",
  "searchScope": "{\"prop_ModuleId\":\"1748\",\"prop_KeyWords\":\"demo\"}"
},
  "Parent": {
  "Id": 2148,
  "Url": "/component-types/module-author",
  "ParentId": 2127,
  "LastUpdatedDate": "2020-10-27T05:36:20",
  "Name": "module (Author)",
  "UrlSlug": "module-author",
  "Enabled": true,
  "ReleaseDate": "2018-09-04T00:00:00",
  "ExpiryDate": "2099-12-09T00:00:00",
  "Weighting": 920,
  "Description": "<p>This module component fetches data relating to Author items.</p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"section_parameters\" %}\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"json\", source_type:\"string\", source:\"{{tabularData}}\", layout:\"/snippets/tabularJSON.layout\" %}\r\n</section>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"section_output\" %}\r\n\r\n{% component source: \"Author\", layout: "", type: \"module\", collectionVariable: \"allAuthors\", searchScope: '{\"prop_ModuleId\":\"1748\",\"prop_KeyWords\":\"demo\"}' %}\r\n<p>The below example has 2 sample <code>items</code> but is otherwise the default structure you will get from this Component.</p>\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{allAuthors}}\", lang: \"json\" %}\r\n</section>\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"section_accessing_data\" %}\r\n\r\n<p>This data is accessible in two main ways:</p>\r\n\r\n<p>1. Using Liquid in the specified Layout via the <code>this</code> object.</p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n<p>2. Directly on the Page or Template via a Liquid Collection if <code>collectionVariable</code> was added to the Component tag.</p>\r\n\r\n<p>An example using <code>collectionVariable</code> with value \"allAuthors\" to list all \"Author items\" across the site:</p>\r\n<p class=\"notice-note\">Here we suppress any Layout from rendering by setting <code>layout: \"\"</code> as an empty attribute.</p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n<p><em>Looping through the collection to render all the item names in a list, giving us:</em></p>\r\n\r\n<ul>\r\n    \r\n        <li>DEMO Author One</li>\r\n    \r\n        <li>DEMO Author Two</li>\r\n    \r\n</ul>\r\n<br>\r\n<p><em>The code:</em></p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n<p><em>Accessing a specific item within the collection. In this case the second item (zero based index), which in our example would render the value <code>DEMO Author Two</code></em></p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n\r\n<section id=\"secListFiltered\">\r\n    <h3>List a Specific Author</h3>\r\n<p>If you want to only list a single specific Author you could filter the items usign the Author's ID or perhaps even their name.</p>\r\n<p>To do this we add the <code>filterBy</code> and <code>filterValue</code> attributes to the Component tag using the specific Author's ID (or their name) to get just that item. For example:</p>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n\r\n<p class=\"notice-tip\">You can use the Component Manager to correctly configure the Component tag and ID/Name value. Alternatively, to obtain the Author's ID manually from the admin, go to the Authors list view (where you can see all of the Author items) and click into the desired Author item. Now, note the number in the browser address bar shown after the <code>/item/</code> text.</p>\r\n</section>\r\n\r\n<section id=\"secListAuthorOfItem\">\r\n<h3>List the Author of a Page or Item</h3>\r\n<p>If you want list the Author assigned to the currently viewed page or module item, again you could filter the items usign the Author's ID, but dynamically sourced from the page or item's Liquid data. For example, on a page or in a module items detail layout:</p>\r\n\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"code_block_processor\", data: \"{{data}}\", lang: \"liquid\" %}\r\n</section>\r\n</section>\r\n\r\n{% component type: \"snippet\", alias: \"section_counter\" %}\r\n</section>",
  "ItemTags": [
  "Authors"
],
  "Author_Name": "",
  "Author_Url": "",
  "Author": "",
  "SEOTitle": "",
  "MetaTitle": "",
  "MetaDescription": "",
  "ShowPageForSearchEngine": true,
  "CanonicalLink": "",
  "EnableAMP": false,
  "AMPContent": "",
  "CodeEditor": true,
  "ExternalId": 0,
  "SocialMetaTags": "",
  "OpenGraphProperties": "",
  "DisableForSiteSearch": false,
  "SeoPriority": "",
  "CreatedByMemberId": 0,
  "ItemCategories": "",
  "ItemCategoryIdList": "",
  "SKUCode": "",
  "SiteSearchKeywords": "",
  "Active": true,
  "IgnoreUpdates": false,
  "UpdateNotes": "",
  "UpdatesLog": "<ul><li>27-Oct-2020 | 5.6.0 | Added 'ignoreWeighting' parameter</li><li>'module_of_member' parameter details added.</li></ul>",
  "ExternalResources": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle_Name": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle_Url": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle2_Name": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle2_Url": "",
  "AdditionalRelatedArticle2": "",
  "Authors": "2418",
  "Module_ID": 1870,
  "Module_Alias": "DocumentationPost",
  "ParentName": "Liquid Components",
  "ParentUrl": "/component-types",
  "TemplateName": "Docs Template",
  "IsHome": false
}
}

Accessing the Data

This data is accessible in two main ways:

1. Using Liquid in the specified Layout via the this object.

{{this['name']}}

2. Directly on the Page or Template via a Liquid Collection if collectionVariable was added to the Component tag.

An example using collectionVariable with value "allAuthors" to list all "Author items" across the site:

Here we suppress any Layout from rendering by setting layout: "" as an empty attribute.

{% component type: "module", source: "Author", layout: "", collectionVariable: "allAuthors" %}

Looping through the collection to render all the item names in a list, giving us:

  • DEMO Author One
  • DEMO Author Two

The code:

<ul>
    {% for i in allAuthors.items %}
        <li>{{i['name']}}</li>
    {% endfor %}
</ul>

Accessing a specific item within the collection. In this case the second item (zero based index), which in our example would render the value DEMO Author Two

{{allAuthors.items[1]['name']}}

List a Specific Author

If you want to only list a single specific Author you could filter the items usign the Author's ID or perhaps even their name.

To do this we add the filterBy and filterValue attributes to the Component tag using the specific Author's ID (or their name) to get just that item. For example:

{% component type: "module", source: "Author", layout: "List", filterBy: "id", filterValue: "2274" %}
or
{% component type: "module", source: "Author", layout: "List", filterBy: "name", filterValue: "DEMO Author One" %}

You can use the Component Manager to correctly configure the Component tag and ID/Name value. Alternatively, to obtain the Author's ID manually from the admin, go to the Authors list view (where you can see all of the Author items) and click into the desired Author item. Now, note the number in the browser address bar shown after the /item/ text.

List the Author of a Page or Item

If you want list the Author assigned to the currently viewed page or module item, again you could filter the items usign the Author's ID, but dynamically sourced from the page or item's Liquid data. For example, on a page or in a module items detail layout:

{% component type: "module", source: "Author", layout: "List", filterBy: "id", filterValue: "{{this.author}}" %}

Counter

Along with the data output above, there is also a special liquid tag available {{counter}} which increments for each item. This tag is only available within Layouts when object: "item" is used in the Component tag.



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