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Testimonials - addon?

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Hi all. Just wondering if anyone has added a "Testimonials" page to their website and if so how did they do it? I don't see a testimonials addon and near as I can tell the 2 closest ways to sort of have one in ocPortal would be to utilize the guest book or a comment feedback block (virtually same thing) but to me this doesn't seem quite the same thing. Guestbooks can be used for simple hello type comments not to mention a person may have hand written (or voice or what have you) testimonials that they need to add to their testimonials page.

I suppose I could just do a comcode page (but there is basically no automation in this) or maybe a catalogue (though catalogue formatting might not be best for this) but wondering if anyone else has done this before and come up with an elegant solution for it?

One where new testimonials could be entered by users (like the guest book) as well as incorporating manual admin entered ones all with decent formatting for a testimonials page.

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It's doesn't directly answer your question, but the random_quotes addon is great for randomised testimonials.

Otherwise I would probably just make a Comcode page myself.


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Yeah I was thinking the Quotes addon would be a good option. Might look into that more. Thanks
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Though a bit more on the complex side if you're not into template editing, I think a custom set of catalogue templates for a Testimonials catalogue would work well for displaying testimonials. In the main catalogue index page, the default layouts could be replaced with borderless tables. Each entry in the main index would be a short summary of the testimonial that would contain the user name, maybe an uploaded image of themselves, the date the testimonial was added, and a short one sentence summary they write as a summary to their full testimonial. Clicking the summary from the main catalogue page would take you to the full testimonial entry. The template for the testimonial entry would have that same summarized information as well as a full testimonial that the user could add attachments to if they have audio, video, or image items that should be included with the testimonial, and any other information you might want to gather from a testimonial submission.

You can embed them in other areas of the site with the main_cc_embed block, which allows you to specify a template set so you can customize the look of that as well. Or possibly even write a script to export the testimonial summaries from the catalogue to a text file that can be used by the random_quotes addon.

I'm currently exploring the power of catalogues myself, so my knowledge is still a bit limited. I'm sure you've already seen these tutorials, but I'll post them anyway so others curious about the flexibility of catalogues can see what is possible. I've been referencing the 'Custom template sets' section of the catalogue related ocPortal tutorial here:

ocPortal Tutorial: Custom structured content (via catalogues) - ocPortal.com

As well as the more in-depth tutorial Chris posted in the Community Docs, the second message post on this page:

Content features and usage - ocPortal.com
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Ahh thanks Jason I think I may have missed these tutorials before. Excellent idea and one that approaches my problem much more the way I wanted thanks!
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jason said

I'm currently exploring the power of catalogues myself, so my knowledge is still a bit limited.

Exactly where I'm at myself at the moment, Jason, and thoroughly enjoying discovering how versatile catalogues can be - for me the main limitation on what they could be used for would seem simply to be my own imagination! Your post is a perfect example of the kind of practical-case tutorial needed as stepping-stones for visualizing further tasks they could be customized for - I'm hugely grateful! It'd be so good to have more of the likes of it in the Community CEDI - so, how about it? (Hmm...I'm currently thinking I should put some effort into contributing something of the sort myself, having now created catalogues for organizing and displaying an online documents library, an interactive article-publishing platform, and a collaborative project-management functionality for Super-members (the last-named including a sample project containing tutorials on how to exploit the catalogue's options in creative ways:'(>O_o>...>:)))

There've been no small number of learning-curves personally as regards getting catalogues to work as intended - all to do with my unfamiliarity as a ocP newcomer with the breadth of customization options provided. But I'd hardly imagine long-seasoned users like yourself, Duck, feeling mystified by any of them, and I'd have no hesitation recommending Jason's course as unbeatable.
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jason said

As well as the more in-depth tutorial Chris posted in the Community Docs, the second message post on this page: Content features and usage - ocPortal.com


Golly, I missed that one myself! First class tutorial, Chris - I only wish I'd spotted it before! :$
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I'm working on modifying the Links and FAQ catalogue templates. I probably won't do any in-depth tutorials for them, but I'll post screenshots along with the template files and some documentation in the community docs. At some point I'll probably also do the Contacts and maybe the Products catalogue templates and post those to the community docs too.
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Jason Verhagen said

I'm working on modifying the Links and FAQ catalogue templates. I probably won't do any in-depth tutorials for them, but I'll post screenshots along with the template files and some documentation in the community docs. At some point I'll probably also do the Contacts and maybe the Products catalogue templates and post those to the community docs too.

Great stuff the more information shared the better

Just Jarv
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