Post View Lookup Canvas

Discover the many uses of this Blog template canvas option!

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Written by Kylie Stull
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The most popular use of the Post View Lookup Canvas is the Featured/Recent Post option, but that is not all this tool can do! Learn more on customizing your blog using Post View Lookup below. This allows a canvas in your blog template pages to pull in your most recent posts, most popular, or the latest posts from a specific category.

Post View Lookup Canvases now support Custom Post types, click here to learn more. This can only be done with an Advanced Blog Subscription.

Create a Recent Posts Section

Leave the category and tag names blank to pull in the most recent posts.

Create a Featured Posts Section

You can feature content from any tag or category you’d like in Wordpress. Just be sure you’ve created that tag or category in WP and then add it here in Showit.

Note: You can either choose a tag OR a category. Filling in both fields will not work.

Set Up Featured Category

Insert the desired category slug, found in Wordpress into the category slug option.

Set Up a Tag Section

The same process is done for pulling posts into the canvas based on the tag.

Inputting the desired tag slug here.

Order Options

There are a handful of options that you can choose from when sorting your posts in a Post View Lookup Canvas. Here are some of the most popular.

Comment Count

Create a canvas of your hottest content by editing the order of the canvas to pull posts with the most comments first! You can pull from all posts, or include a category slug to pull the posts from a specific category with the most comments! Set Order By to Comment Count.

Modified Date

Prefer recently edited posts to appear first in this canvas? Set Order By to Modified Date.

Displaying Custom Post Type Posts

Posts View Lookup canvases can be used to display posts from a custom post type.

Custom post types are an advanced feature of Wordpress. Using this setting requires a precursory knowledge of custom post types in Wordpress and is beyond the scope of our general support so you may need the assistance of a designer if using custom post types is desired.

Note: Custom Post Types are only available on an Advanced Blog plan.

Using a custom post type allows you to separate content from your general post list. A great example of this would be a custom post type of "podcast". Learn about using custom post types with Showit here.

Custom post types must be setup prior to implementing into a Posts View Lookup canvas. Then you can setup your canvas in Showit as shown in the below example of displays posts from a "podcast" post type.

Configure Posts View Lookup for Custom Post Types

  1. Set your canvas type to Wordpress > Posts View Lookup

  2. Create your layout with the number of posts you wish to display at one time.

  3. Adjust Post Type to Custom

  4. Enter your custom Post Type Slug into the field (this is the slug that Wordpress uses for the custom post type)

  5. Layout your custom posts and separate them into Canvas Views

Filtering posts by a Custom Taxonomy

In addition to support for filtering by standard Category and Tax options, you can also filter the Custom Post Types by a Custom Taxonomy.

  1. Add a Filter by clicking the +Filter option within the Posts View Lookup settings.

  2. Select Filter By: Custom Taxonomy

  3. Enter the Taxonomy Slug set in Wordpress for the taxonomy

  4. Choose if you would prefer to Include or Exclude the terms you are setting.

  5. Enter the Term Slug(s) you would like to filter for. Separate values with a comma.

Note: Showit supports custom taxonomies within post filtering for Posts View Lookup.

⚠️ Showit does not currently support the display of custom taxonomies within post templates.

Example of Posts View Lookup Section

Once you have these settings in place and content in your new custom post type your content will filter into the canvas like so!

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