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Discussion in 'Mumblr' started by Scale Creative, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. Scale Creative

    Scale Creative Member

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    The Mumblr widget is a much needed and VERY welcome addition to the widget gallery! I think someone in the review section said it best "Early Christmas", so thank you for that. With the addition of the responsive muse release I see it being super powerful. To date, I've been using the BC blog module and Muse with limited success and much frustration.

    The one thing I think many of us (will) need is a way to link directly to a specific blog posts. My clients often require to link to their blog posts from various other social sites, this addition may make Mumblr a force to be reckoned with in the Muse universe.

    I know it's been mentioned in the reviews for Mumblr but I wanted to put it in an actual thread.

    Thanks
     
  2. Alex Wiley

    Alex Wiley Product Specialist / Widget Development Staff Member Advisory Group

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    Hey there @Scale Creative

    Well, we try out best to be the next best Santa in the Muse community... thanks for your kind words! I believe that what you may be referring to there already has a solution that you could implement on your Mumblr widget. It involves setting up a link on the actual post on tumblr which could then either link to the tumblr post or link to a page on your website which goes into further detail about a post.

    Check out this Knowledge Base article here which will instruct you on the best way to do this.

    Thanks for posting!
     
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  3. Steve Harris

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    The question here in my mind is whether he wants to link to a specific post on HIS website vs. the Tumblr site - probably a post within his Muse site (my guess). Maybe I'm reading this wrong...

    Brandon can probably comment on this. I think we've seen a few requests for this, and maybe it's on the list for upgrades. Damn we need those bigger panels so we can fit more options in!
     
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  4. Alex Wiley

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    @Steve Harris

    Yeah, it's a great idea and it's been spoken about by many users so it's clearly a path to aim for! The new panels really will be gift haha...

    With the work around above, the link that you insert on the Tumblr end will then show up in the Mumblr widget as a link, it appears as if the Mumblr widget automatically puts a 'Show More' link in, cool work around for it. The big disadvantage with this work around is that the 'Show More' will then still appear in the original blog post. Therefore the additional functionality would increase this widgets functionality significantly.
     
  5. Scale Creative

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    That is definitely a helpful option!

    Currently I use the BC blog engine, which has been giving me a number of unexpected results and is generally a headache to work with. Using the method Alex mentioned above would be a viable option but if I understand it correctly, would require me to post both on Tumblr (as a preview) and create a page on my site for each post, having the "See more" link in Tumblr linking to the specific post on my website. This would require a little more work but it's an option I could live with.

    What I envision (open to interpretation) is the ability to make a full post in tumblr and have Mumblr display a gallery of previews with "see more". When clicked a page or pop-up is opened with only that post in full form and a unique url is generated. Having the ability to send a direct link to a specific post on the site is my goal.

    I realize that may be asking a lot or may be outside the realm of possibility but I figure it can't hurt to ask.
     
  6. Alex Wiley

    Alex Wiley Product Specialist / Widget Development Staff Member Advisory Group

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    @Scale Creative

    Right okay, that's really a cool idea. So in effect the Mumblr widget would automatically cut off a post and show the 'Show More' button, then when a user clicks on show more a lightbox may appear showing the full post, or take you directly to the full post? I think that's a really cool idea, I haven't thought of it in that way, awesome.

    For the moment the linking way is the best way to do it, but I don't see why we couldn't try and implement this feature! @Kevin DuCommun may be the best guy to look into this one.

    Thanks for your suggestion; keep em' coming!
     
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  7. Scale Creative

    Scale Creative Member

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    Exactly! If there is a way to do this with the ability to have a direct, post specific link, it would be incredible.
     
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  8. MHauben

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    I came here for this exact reason. The idea of the widget is AMAZING - it makes every Muse website worth much more money since we now have a way for a client to blog/update news themselves. But it was said best here:

    That is definitely a helpful option!

    "What I envision (open to interpretation) is the ability to make a full post in tumblr and have Mumblr display a gallery of previews with "see more". When clicked a page or pop-up is opened with only that post in full form and a unique url is generated. Having the ability to send a direct link to a specific post on the site is my goal."

    I made a temp address so you can see what I mean (just scroll down a bit to the My Two Cents section )- http://haubenmediablog.businesscatalyst.com/index.html. I want to show actual previews of the blog articles on my homepage, not the FULL article. There needs to be an option to set a maximum number of characters or something on the panel, and then an option to click to open up the actual tumblr blog. I hope Im making sense :)

    Right now Mumblr is fantastic if we are going to display the blog on it's own page on our site. But if we put it on a page with other content, I doubt any of us are going to want to show entire articles.
     
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  9. Norman Durkee

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    " an option to set a maximum number of characters"
    Yes! This is one feature that I've been hoping to see as I have been implementing the widget in projects, I have even tried to us the " Read More" option on Tumblr while posting to see if that would create a break in the widget post as well, that did not work however it still displayed the entire post lol. Allowing for a maximum character would solve the problem of displaying the entire post/article, which as we all know can be quite long. This Widgets is amazing already as it sits, but the potential for this to become THE blogging solution for Muse is immense. We need those bigger panels lol
     
  10. GeekieGirl

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    Hi . . . . Been using Muse to build sites for some time now and do love it so the Blog feature is really welcomed. Just a quick question I have been experimenting with the new widget and set up account with Tumblr. in Tumblr I can select a 'show more' text feature but when the muse widget imports the blogs it is showing the full length and not compressing the body copy as per my set up in Tumblr? Any thoughts.
    Also was trying to work out how I could link to individual blogs as well and had come to the conclusion that a URL link within the Tumblr blog might be the only way at the moment I think?
    Great little widget but yes as per your other comment above, I could do with lots more features in the widget box.
    Any thoughts welcomed . . . GG :)
     
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  11. MHauben

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    This is exactly the problem. Right now theres no way to NOT show the entire article. Essentially this widget is great but simply using an iframe and embedding the blog directly does the same thing
     
  12. Alex Wiley

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    Thanks for posting that link! I can see what you mean, that is a clear example of a situation where it would be incredibly useful to cut the post off and replace with a 'See More' link; or something of that description.

    Rest assured we are looking into implementing this feature soon. We realise that it is something that our users desperately need from this widget so we plan to give it to you! Just hold on in there whilst we do.

    @MHauben @Norman Durkee
     
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  13. Norman Durkee

    Norman Durkee Well-Known Member Moderator

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  14. MHauben

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    FANTASTIC!! This could be enormous.
     
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  15. Alex Wiley

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    @Norman Durkee & @MHauben ,

    You are both incredibly welcome! See, one of the perks of using the forums.. your voices get heard ;).

    Take care,
    Alex
     
  16. gtdesigns

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    I was just about to post about this issue of the 'Read More' being needed. Thank you for listening to us!
     
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