Installing ScriptTechs Random Blogs Widget for SocialEngine

Note that the only place to get our #SocialEngine plugin,
Groups by Category, is at the SocialEngine Marketplace. It is a free download. If you find it anyplace else, that would be an illegal copy and could contain back doors and malware. Why get an illegal copy when you can get the original free?

Our basic installation instructions should get you started. After you have the plugin installed, here's how to configure it to show:

  • Navigate to Appearance > Layout Editor
  • You'll need to manually place it on the pages you want it. Our demo has it on the member home page.
  • On the right, under Available Blocks, scroll down to the ScriptTechs Random Blogs widget.
  • Drag it to the left and place it under or above all of the green blocks that are already there.
    ScriptTechs Random Blogs Block

  • Click "Edit" and set the settings as you want them. Note that if you change anything, you need to make sure you set the blog text length and don't leave it blank.(See below for details on how to get the blog category ID number if you don't know how)
    Settings for Random Blogs Block

  • “Save Changes” when done in the popup edit screen.

  • “Save Changes” again at the Layout Editor screen or your new settings won’t take effect.
  • If you want to translate the phrases "Posted" or "By" you'll need to edit the phrases for Posted %1$s and By: %1$s .
    Search for Posted %1$s and By: %1$s to find each phrase.

  • Check front end and it will show where you placed it.
    The screenshot below shows the block with all categories.
    Random Blogs block

** How to Find the Blog Category
There are two ways to find the Category number. One is to go to the front end Blogs and select the category to view in the search drop down on the right. Once it opens to show those Blogs, the URL will contain the category number.
Blog Category in URL

The second way to find it is to go to your Admin panel and under Plugins > Blogs > Categories, hover the mouse over the "Edit" button for the category you want to find the ID number for. It will show in the lower left in the URL popup.
Blog Category in URL popup

Remember the category ID number and enter it in the Random Blogs widget. If you want to change back to showing all blog categories, just delete the entry you made for that setting and leave it blank.

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