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Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by GabyZ » Fri May 25, 2007 10:15 pm

Hi, in all articles there are next and prev article buttons, is there any way to have instead the buttons the title of the next and prev article? This would be more user-friendly i think and more SEO.

thanks in advance

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by brian » Fri May 25, 2007 10:54 pm

Sorry I've not seen anything that does that but it sounds a good idea.
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by dilipk » Sun May 27, 2007 4:23 pm

hi i need to change my readmore button in newsflash to othernews?
do u have any idea?
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by GabyZ » Sun May 27, 2007 8:29 pm

Open a new topic, please. You're Off Topic.

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by nibra » Mon May 28, 2007 2:12 am

That's not a big deal.

In components/com_content/content.php replace the code from line 1490 to the end of the if statement in the function showItem()  by the following:

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            // array of content items in same category correctly ordered
            $query = "SELECT a.id, a.title"
            . "\n FROM #__content AS a"
            . "\n WHERE a.catid = " . (int) $row->catid
            . "\n AND a.state = " . (int) $row->state
            . ($access->canEdit ? '' : "\n AND a.access <= " . (int) $gid )
            . $xwhere
            . "\n ORDER BY $orderby"
            ;
            $database->setQuery( $query );
            $list = $database->loadObjectList();

            // this check needed if incorrect Itemid is given resulting in an incorrect result
            if ( !is_array($list) ) {
                $list = array();
            }
            // location of current content item in array list
            $prev    = null;
            $current = array_shift( $list );
            $next    = array_shift( $list );
            while ( $current->id != $uid ) {
                $prev    = $current;
                $current = $next;
                $next    = array_shift( $list );
            }
            $row->prev = '';
            $row->next = '';
            if ( !empty( $prev ) ) {
                $row->prev       = $prev->id;
                $row->prev_title = $prev->title;
            }
            if ( !empty( $next ) ) {
                $row->next       = $next->id;
                $row->next_title = $next->title;
            }
        }

        // page title
Next, replace two lines of the method Navigation() in components/com_content/content.html.php, i.e. line 921

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                            <?php echo _ITEM_PREVIOUS, $row->prev_title; ?></a>


and line 938:

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                            <?php echo $row->next_title, _ITEM_NEXT; ?></a>
Last thing to do is to set the constants _ITEM_PREVIOUS and _ITEM_NEXT in your language file in a way that makes sense. I use

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DEFINE('_ITEM_PREVIOUS','< ');
DEFINE('_ITEM_NEXT',' >');
If you don't want to edit the code yourself, I have added both files as an attachment. Just copy the files over the existing ones. Don't forget to make a backup first!
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by GabyZ » Mon May 28, 2007 7:49 pm

Great! thanks  ;D, i love this forum and support, simply and fast  ;)

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by theLoneDeranger » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:46 pm

Yes, no posts for at least 30 days and I do want to reply. A belated compliment to Nibra ... Simple and elegant, well-documented. Nibra RULES!!

Just a tip for others to even further benefit from Nibra's great logical mind. Instead of "just" showing the Prev/next articles' titles, you may even consider adding (ehm..) author, title_alias, publication/lastmod date or META to either the hyperlink text or (what I did) to the hyperlink alt/title attribute.

For instance, to use title_alias, metakey and metadesc just add them to the query in /components/com_content/content.php like this

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// array of content items in same category correctly ordered
            $query = "SELECT a.id, a.title, a.title_alias, a.metakey, a.metadesc"
A bit down also add them here like this

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            if ( !empty( $prev ) ) {
                $row->prev       = $prev->id;
                $row->prev_title = $prev->title;
                $row->prev_title_alias = $prev->title_alias;
                $row->prev_metakey = $prev->metakey;
                $row->prev_metadesc = $prev->metadesc;
            }
            if ( !empty( $next ) ) {
                $row->next       = $next->id;
                $row->next_title = $next->title;
                $row->next_title_alias = $next->title_alias;
                $row->next_metakey = $next->metakey;
                $row->next_metadesc = $next->metadesc;
Then in the file /components/com_content/content.html.php use them any way you want, such as i.e. put the title_alias in the hyperlinks title tag by doing this

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<th class="pagenav_prev">
	<a title="<?php echo $row->prev_title_alias; ?>" href="<?php echo $row->prev; ?>"><?php echo $row->prev_title; ?><span class="prevnext_small"><?php echo _ITEM_PREVIOUS;?></span></a>
</th>
O, never mind the span class there, that just me. Also sorry I left out the line numbers. My line numbers are completely messed up anyway with all the mods. See Nibra's original post.

Naturally you can use other php to just fill the string, i.e. in pseudo code
HYPERLINK_TITLE_ATT = ''

if title_alias not empty
add title_alias tot the HYPERLINK_TITLE_ATT
/if

if metadesc not empty
strip to set number of characters
add to HYPERLINK_TITLE_ATT
else
  $metaexist = false;
/if

then do your thing with pseudo codesomething

or perhaps even pseudocode
if $metaexist = false && user has edit rights
echo HEY DUDE YOU FORGOT THE METADATA FOR THE (prev\next) ARTICLE something

else
echo something
/if
Last edited by theLoneDeranger on Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation buttons

Post by GabyZ » Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:28 pm

What about the navigation between pages of the same article? I use a mambot (mospaging_scrool) to show pages in an horizontal box wich allows to select pages to load.

It also replaces the prev and next button to navigate between pages ot the same article, do vou think that the anchor text for next and prev links could be change with the next/prev page title?

Here's the code of the mambot.
The part wich interests me is:
  $row->text .= '' . $prev . ' - ' . $next .'';
All the code...
registerFunction( 'onPrepareContent', 'botMosPaging_scroll' );



/**

* Page break mambot

*

* Usage:

* {mospagebreak_scroll}

* {mospagebreak_scroll title=The page title}

* or

* {mospagebreak_scroll heading=The first page}

* or

* {mospagebreak_scroll title=The page title&heading=The first page}

* or

* {mospagebreak_scroll heading=The first page&title=The page title}

*

*/

function botMosPaging_scroll( $published, &$row, &$params, $page=0 ) {

global $mainframe, $Itemid, $database, $_MAMBOTS;



// simple performance check to determine whether bot should process further

if ( strpos( $row->text, 'mospagebreak_scroll' ) === false ) {

return true;

}



// expression to search for

$regex = '/{(mospagebreak_scroll)\s*(.*?)}/i';



// check whether mambot has been unpublished

if (!$published || $params->get( 'intro_only' )|| $params->get( 'popup' )) {

$row->text = preg_replace( $regex, '', $row->text );

return;

}



// find all instances of mambot and put in $matches

$matches = array();

preg_match_all( $regex, $row->text, $matches, PREG_SET_ORDER );



// split the text around the mambot

$text = preg_split( $regex, $row->text );



// count the number of pages

$n = count( $text );



// we have found at least one mambot, therefore at least 2 pages

if ($n > 1) {

// check if param query has previously been processed

if ( !isset($_MAMBOTS->_content_mambot_params['mospaging']) ) {

// load mambot params info

$query = "SELECT params"

. "\n FROM #__mambots"

. "\n WHERE element = 'mospaging_scroll'"

. "\n AND folder = 'content'"

;

$database->setQuery( $query );

$database->loadObject($mambot);



// save query to class variable

$_MAMBOTS->_content_mambot_params['mospaging_scroll'] = $mambot;

}



// pull query data from class variable

$mambot = $_MAMBOTS->_content_mambot_params['mospaging_scroll'];



$botParams = new mosParameters( $mambot->params );



$title = $botParams->def( 'title', 1 );



// adds heading or title to Title

if ( $title ) {

$page_text = $page + 1;

$row->page_title = _PN_PAGE .' '. $page_text;

if ( !$page ) {

// processing for first page

parse_str( html_entity_decode( $matches[0][2] ), $args );



if ( @$args['heading'] ) {

//$row->page_title = $args['heading'];

$row->page_title = '';

} else {

$row->page_title = '';

}

} else if ( $matches[$page-1][2] ) {

parse_str( html_entity_decode( $matches[$page-1][2] ), $args );



if ( @$args['title'] ) {

$row->page_title = ': '. stripslashes( $args['title'] );

}

}

}



// reset the text, we already hold it in the $text array

$row->text = '';



$hasToc = $mainframe->getCfg( 'multipage_toc' );



if ( $hasToc ) {

// display TOC

createTOC_scroll( $row, $matches, $page );

} else {

$row->toc = '';

}



// traditional mos page navigation

require_once( $GLOBALS['mosConfig_absolute_path'] . '/includes/pageNavigation.php' );

$pageNav = new mosPageNav( $n, $page, 1 );



// page counter

$row->text .= '';

$row->text .= $pageNav->writeLeafsCounter();

$row->text .= '';



// page text

$row->text .= $text[$page];



$row->text .= '
';

$row->text .= '';



// adds navigation between pages to bottom of text

if ( $hasToc ) {

createNavigation_scroll( $row, $page, $n );

}



// page links shown at bottom of page if TOC disabled

if (!$hasToc) {

$row->text .= $pageNav->writePagesLinks( 'index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id='. $row->id .'&Itemid='. $Itemid );

}



$row->text .= '
';

}



return true;

}



function createTOC_scroll( &$row, &$matches, &$page ) {

global $Itemid;



$limitstart = mosGetParam( $_REQUEST, 'limitstart');



$nonseflink = 'index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id='. $row->id .'&Itemid='. $Itemid;

$link = 'index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id='. $row->id .'&Itemid='. $Itemid;

$link = sefRelToAbs( $link );



$heading = $row->title;

// allows customization of first page title by checking for `heading` attribute in first bot

if ( @$matches[0][2] ) {

parse_str( html_entity_decode( $matches[0][2] ), $args );



if ( @$args['heading'] ) {

$heading = $args['heading'];

$row->title .= ' - '. $heading;

}

}

// TOC Header

$row->toc = '











'._TOC_JUMPTO.'';



// TOC First Page link

$row->toc .= '

  1. Introduzione';


$i = 2;

$args2 = array();

$limitstart = mosGetParam( $_REQUEST, 'limitstart');



foreach ( $matches as $bot ) {

$link = $nonseflink .'&limit=1&limitstart='. ($i-1);

$link = sefRelToAbs( $link );



    if  ($limitstart==$i-1)

      $selected = "selected";

    else

      $selected = "";



if ( @$bot[2] ) {

parse_str( html_entity_decode( $bot[2] ), $args2 );



if ( @$args2['title'] ) {

$row->toc .= '

' .$i .'. '

. stripslashes( $args2['title'] ).'';

} else {

$row->toc .= '

'

. _PN_PAGE .''. $i

          ;

}

} else {

$row->toc .= '

'

. _PN_PAGE .''. $i;

}

$i++;

}



$row->toc .= '';

}

// pour la navigation de bas de page

function createNavigation_scroll( &$row, $page, $n ) {

global $Itemid;



$link = 'index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id='. $row->id .'&Itemid='. $Itemid;



if ( $page ' ._CMN_NEXT . _CMN_NEXT_ARROW .'';

} else {

$next = _CMN_NEXT;

}



if ( $page > 0 ) {

$link_prev = $link .'&limit=1&limitstart='. ( $page - 1 );

$link_prev = sefRelToAbs( $link_prev );



$prev = ''. _CMN_PREV_ARROW . _CMN_PREV .'';

} else {

$prev = _CMN_PREV;

}



$row->text .= '' . $prev . ' - ' . $next .'';

}

?>

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by seang » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:26 pm

Hi all - as this post is quite old - I'm using Joomla V 1.5.7 and the content.php file only has around 40 lines, not 1400.

Please can someone highlight how to update the prev and next links to state their associated titles dynamically instead.

Many thanks,
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by seang » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:08 pm

Can someone please help?

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by alex_blanc » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:49 pm

Ditto that 'please'.
And, how to change << Prev - Next >> at the bottom of a multi-page article to read << Previous - Next Part of Article>>.
Thanks all.

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by hanen » Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:36 am

Hi
You just go to plugins then Content - Page Navigation and change the setting.
i hope i could help you.

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by ezra222 » Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:58 am

I just applied this mod to a site of mine, works great except there is no space between prev & article title and next & article title.

For example: < PrevArticle Title Article TitleNext >

Any help?

Thanks.

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by lividsnails » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:22 pm

I can't believe this topic is so old and no one has had this problem since. My navigation links only say "Prev" and "Next" and I really need them to include the title of the previous and next article, otherwise they are essentially useless for both users and search engines. I see no options for adding the title in the plugin parameters and I'm not sure how to change the code since the suggestions above were made several years ago and I'm now using Joomla 1.5.14. Does anyone have more recent information on how to achieve this?

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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by brian » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:38 pm

Check the joomla extensions directory as there are solutions available
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Re: Next and Prev article title, instead of only navigation butt

Post by lividsnails » Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:59 pm

Ok thanks! The one plugin is in Chinese so i couldn't figure that one out but the PageNav one works great (except yeah there's no space between the article title and the "prev"/"next" but as they say good enough for government work! lol)


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