Load dynamic content into your layouts and create site-wide templates for categories and posts using the YOOtheme Pro page builder.
YOOtheme Pro allows you to load content, which is managed in WordPress, from the database into your layouts. This can be the post's title or featured image. Whenever that content changes, it will be automatically updated across your entire website. This is not limited to post fields. Any content from WordPress can be loaded into your layouts.
All builder elements are able to load dynamic content. First, you need to select a content source which defines fields available for mapping. It can be selected in the Advanced tab of an element under Dynamic Content.
For elements which have multiple content items, for example the Grid or the Slideshow element, the Dynamic Content option can be found in the Advanced tab of each item and not of the element itself. This way each item can have a different content source.
The options under Dynamic Content are grouped depending on where the source comes from.
|Page||Content sources which are provided by the page you are browsing. On a single post page, it's the post itself, and on the category page, it's the category itself and its posts.|
|Custom||Content sources which are custom queried. They are independent of the current page. For example, you can load the latest posts or all blog categories into a page.|
|External||External sources which are custom queried. They are independent of the current page. For example, you can load images from a specific folder into a page.|
|Site||A content source with general fields of your site.|
In general, a content source can be a Page, Posts, Categories, Tags, Users or Files as well as any custom post type or taxonomy. YOOtheme Pro also differentiates between a source which contains a single item or multiple items. In addition, a source can have related content sources, for example the post author or tags. Let's go into details.
Depending on the page you are browsing WordPress provides different content sources. These sources are used when creating templates for those pages. For example, the template for the single post page will render different post content depending on which singe post you are browsing.
Here is an overview of all supported pages and their content sources.
|Single Page||The Page itself|
|Single Post||The Post itself|
|Posts Archive||All Posts|
|Category Archive||The Category itself and all its Posts|
|Tag Archive||The Tag itself and all its Posts|
Pages with a Posts source are usually divided into separate pages. The number of posts displayed per page can be set under Blog pages show at most in the Reading Settings in WordPress.
Note that Posts is a multiple items source, while all other page sources only contain a single item.
Custom sources allow you to load custom queried content which is not automatically available on the page you are browsing. For example, you can load the latest posts or all blog categories into a page. Unlike page sources, custom sources are not divided into separate paginated pages.
Following custom sources are available.
|Custom Page||Single||Manually select a page or load a page by setting the offset.|
|Custom Pages||Multiple||Load all pages.|
|Custom Post||Single||Manually select a post or use filter options to specify which post should be loaded dynamically. Only post from the selected terms is loaded. Posts from child terms are not included. Use the shift or ctrl/cmd key to select multiple terms.|
|Custom Posts||Multiple||Posts are only loaded from the selected terms. Posts from child terms are not included. Use the shift or ctrl/cmd key to select multiple terms. If no term is selected, all posts will be loaded.|
|Custom Category||Single||Manually select a category.|
|Custom Categories||Multiple||Categories are only loaded from the selected parent category.|
External sources allow you to load custom queried content which is not available in the WordPress database, but comes from the file system. For example, you can load all images from a specific folder. Just like custom sources, external sources are not divided into separate paginated pages.
Following external sources are available.
|File||Single||Manually select a file or a folder or load a file by choosing a path glob pattern and setting the offset. For example, specify the file format using
|Files||Multiple||Load all files from a selected folder or set a path glob pattern to filter files. For example, specify the file format using
Most builder elements can only render a single item. Multiple items elements, on the other hand, for example the Grid or the Slideshow element, have the ability to render multiple content items. The content item of the element will render as many items as available in the content source.
If you select a content source which has multiple items, there are two options available to define which items are rendered.
|Start||Set the starting point. If the value is
|Quantity||Limit the number of items. If the value is left empty, all items will be loaded. This option is disabled for elements which can only render a single item.|
The combination of the Start and Quantity options allows you to split content source items into different visual layout parts. For example, you can show a number of posts in a hero slideshow followed by a grid showing the rest of the posts.
Note When templating an index or a category page, the Quantity option should only be used when splitting content sources. This is because the number of posts on those pages is already defined in WordPress.
Custom sources have additional options to order their items. Mind that the item order of page sources are defined by WordPress. Depending on whether the custom source is a post or a category, there are different order options available.
|Id||Order by the id.|
|Date||Order by published date.|
|Modified||Order by modified date.|
|Hits||Order by hits.|
|Author||Order by author.|
|Custom Fields||Order by any custom field.|
Set the order direction of the items.
|Descending||Start with the last item.|
|Ascending||Start with the first item.|
A source can have related content sources, for example the post has a related author and tags. Fields of all related content sources which contain a single item, like the author, are available for mapping together with the fields of the chosen content source. On the other hand, related content sources with multiple items, like post tags, have to be selected under the Multiple Items Source option.
Following related content sources are available for a post.
|Author||Single||The post author|
|Categories||Multiple||The categories the post belongs to|
|Tags||Multiple||The tags the post belongs to|
Following related content sources are available for a category.
|Parent Category||Single||The parent category of the category|
|Child Categories||Multiple||The child categories of the category|
|Parent Category: Child Categories||Multiple||The child categories of the parent category|
Once a content source is selected, its fields are available for mapping. To map a content field to an element's field, open the Content tab of an element. Each element field shows a Dynamic button on the right which opens a dropdown with a list of all available content fields.
Select the content field to map it to the element's field. For example, you can map the post’s title and featured image to the title and image fields of the Panel element. Use the search to easily find the needed field.
Instead of the former field, the dynamic field is shown with its name and source.
The following actions are available.
|Dynamic Button||Open a dropdown with all content fields available for mapping.|
|Edit Icon||Open the available field options.|
|Delete Icon||Remove the field mapping. The former field is shown again.|
YOOtheme Pro can load fields from a Page, Post, Category, Tag, User, Attachment as well as any custom post type and taxonomy. Custom fields from third-party plugins are available for mapping as well. While most fields like title, date or an image simply render their content, some fields are pseudo-fields, which means there is no actual field to fill out. Their content is provided by WordPress or depends on different fields.
|Teaser||Render the intro text if the more tag is present, otherwise the whole post content. There is an option to prefer the excerpt over the intro text.|
|Meta||Render the date, author and comment count fields as well as a term list of categories or tags in a formatted string. Author, comment count and terms are automatically linked to their pages.|
|Categories||Render a comma-separated list of all categories which are automatically linked to their category page.|
|Tags||Render a comma-separated list of all tags which are automatically linked to their tag page.|
|Link||Render the link to the item's page.|
Important Mind that the Content and Teaser fields should only be mapped on templates and not on individual page layouts. This is because these fields are used to store the actual page content and the builder layout itself.
There are several options available to manipulate the content of a field. Some field types have additional options.
Note The order in which the options are applied is: Date Format → Content Length → Search and Replace → Before and After
All fields have options to add text before and after their content.
|Before||Add text before the field value. For example, if it's an email address, for example
|After||Add text after the field value. For example, if it's a pricing number, for example
Note Text in the Before and After fields can be translated by using the WPML String Translation plugin.
All fields have options to perform a search and replace on their content. This is very powerful and allows advanced manipulation of the field content.
|Search||Select a predefined search pattern or enter a custom string or regular expression to search for. The regular expression has to be enclosed between slashes. For example
|Replace||Enter the replacement string which may contain references. If left empty, the search matches will be removed.|
The predefined URL Protocol pattern (
/https?:\/\//) will remove the HTTP/HTTPS protocol from an URL, if the replacement string is left empty. For example
https://yootheme.com will convert to
yootheme.com. This pattern allows you to link to an external page and display a shortened URL with just one custom field.
Learn more about search and replace in the PHP preg_replace function documentation and about regular expressions in the MDN Regular expressions documentation. The best place to test regular expressions is Regex101.
Text fields have an additional option to limit the content length.
|Content Length||Limit the content length to a number of characters. All HTML elements will be stripped.|
Date fields have an additional option to format the date.
|Date Format||Select a predefined date format or enter a custom format, for example
Learn more about it in the PHP Date function documentation.
The content field has an additional option to render the content without the intro text if the more tag is present.
|Intro Text||Show or hide the intro text.|
The teaser field has an additional option to show the excerpt text instead of the intro text.
|Excerpt||Prefer excerpt over intro text.|
Meta fields have additional options to display their content.
|Format||Display the meta text in a sentence or a horizontal list.|
|Separator||Set a separator between fields if the format is a list.|
|Link Style||Set the link style.|
|Display||Show or hide fields in the meta text. Additionally, you can choose from which taxonomy the term list is shown.|
|Date Format||Select a predefined date format or enter a custom format, for example
Categories and tags fields have additional options to display their content.
|Separator||Set a separator between categories or tags.|
|Link||Show or hide linking categories or tags.|
|Link Style||Set the link style.|
YOOtheme Pro supports custom fields created with the Advanced Custom Fields or the Toolset plugin. It can load custom fields from a Page, Post, Category, Tag and User as well as any custom post type and taxonomy.
Custom fields which contain a single item are available for mapping together with the default content fields and are grouped under the field group name.
On the other hand, custom fields with multiple items have to be selected under the Multiple Items Source option. They are grouped under the field group name.
To add custom fields with Advanced Custom Fields, create a new field group. Set a rule under Location to determine which content type will use the custom fields. YOOtheme Pro only supports rules for Post Type (Post) , User Form (User) or Taxonomy (Forms). Add a custom field by clicking Add Field. Learn more in the ACF documentation.
Following custom fields are supported.
|Text Area||Single||Textarea field||View|
|Number||Single||Input number field||–|
|Range||Single||Input range field||View|
|Password||Single||Password input field||–|
|Image||Single||Media picker field providing
|File||Single||Media picker field providing
|Wysiwyg Editor||Single||WYSIWYG editor field||View|
|oEmbed||Single||Input field which generates markup to embed content||View|
|Gallery||Multiple||Media picker field providing all Attachment fields||View|
|Select||Single/Multiple||Select field providing
|Checkbox||Multiple||Checkbox field providing
|Radio Button||Single||Radio field providing
|Button Group||Single||Button group field providing
|True / False||Single||Checkbox field providing a boolean||View|
|Link||Single||Link picker field providing
|Post Object||Single/Multiple||Select field providing all Post fields||View|
|Page Link||Single/Multiple||Page link picker field||View|
|Relationship||Multiple||Advanced post picker field providing all Post fields||View|
|Taxonomy||Multiple||Checkbox field providing all Taxonomy fields||View|
|User||Single/Multiple||Select field providing all User fields||View|
|Google Map||Single||Location picker field providing all Google Maps fields||View|
|Date Picker||Single||Date picker field||View|
|Date Time Picker||Single||Date and time picker field||View|
|Time Picker||Single||Time picker field||View|
|Color Picker||Single||Color picker field||View|
|Repeater||Multiple||Repeat a customizable set of fields||View|
Important The Post Object and Relationship fields are only available for mapping if one post type is selected in the Filter by Post Type option.
Note The Gallery and Repeater fields are only available in the Advanced Custom Fields Pro plugin. The Flexible Content field is not supported.
Some fields, like the Repeater field, have an option to allow users to select one or multiple items. Depending on the option, the field will be available for mapping together with the default content fields or has to be selected under the Multiple Items Source option.
Following custom fields are supported.
|Audio||Single/Multiple||Media picker field|
|Colorpicker||Single/Multiple||Color picker field|
|Date||Single/Multiple||Date picker field|
|Single/Multiple||Link picker field|
|Embedded Media||Single/Multiple||Input field which generates markup to embed content|
|File||Single/Multiple||Media picker field|
|Image||Single/Multiple||Media picker field|
|Multiple Lines||Single/Multiple||Input field with multiple lines|
|Single Line||Single/Multiple||Input field with a single line|
|Url||Single/Multiple||Link picker field|
|Video||Single/Multiple||Media picker field|
|Wysiwyg||Single||WYSIWYG editor field|
|Post Reference||Single||Advanced post picker field providing all Post fields|
Some fields, like the Image field, have an option to allow users to select one or multiple items. Depending on the option, the field will be available for mapping together with the default content fields or has to be selected under the Multiple Items Source option.
Toolset allows you to connect posts to other post types using One-to-one, One-to-many and Many-to-many relationships. This way you can create additional related sources and map their fields into your layouts. Learn more on how to create relationships in the Toolset documentation.
By default WordPress comes with a few different post types, for example pages and posts. Posts have their own taxonomies, namely categories and tags. To better group and manage your content in the WordPress administration, you can register new custom post types with their own taxonomies. For example, if your website does movie reviews, you can create a custom post type called Movie.
YOOtheme Pro fully supports registered custom post types and taxonomies. This means you can use the YOOtheme Pro page builder to create individual layouts for a custom post type or to create templates for their index, archive and single post pages and map their fields and custom fields into your builder layouts. Custom post types and their taxonomies are available as page and custom sources and can be used in the same way like the WordPress default post types.
Important When using the register_post_type() function the REST API base slug
rest_base has to be set to the plural version of the post type key. For example, if the post type key is
movies as REST API base slug. The same applies when using the register_taxonomy() function. For example, if the taxonomy name is
movie_categories as REST API base slug.
We recommend the following WordPress plugins to use with YOOtheme Pro when working with custom post types and taxonomies.
|Custom Post Type UI||Easily register and manage custom post types and taxonomies.||View|
|Toolset||Easily register and manage custom post types and taxonomies.||View|
|Powerful Posts Per Page (PPPP)||Change posts per page by custom post type or taxonomy.||View|
With the Custom Post Type UI plugin you can easily register and manage custom post types and taxonomies. Open CPT UI in the WordPress administration menu, click Add/Edit Post Types and add a new post type by entering a Post Type Slug, for example
movie, as well as Plural Label and Singular Label.
Important Set the REST API base slug to the plural version of the post type slug. For example, if the post type slug is
movies as REST API base slug.
If the custom post type requires an index page for all its posts, set the Has Archive option to
TRUE. It will allow you to apply templates to the Post Type Archive page of your custom post type.
To create a new taxonomy, click Add/Edit Taxonomies and add a new taxonomy by entering a Taxonomy Slug, for example
categories, Plural Label and Singular Label. Then attach your taxonomy to your created custom post type.
Important Set the REST API base slug to the plural version of the taxonomy slug. For example, if the taxonomy slug is
movie_categories as REST API base slug.
If the taxonomy requires parent-child relationships, set the Hierarchical option to
TRUE. Mind that all taxonomies are available as content sources in YOOtheme Pro but only hierarchical taxonomies are available as custom sources.
By default, the number of posts displayed per page can be set under Blog pages show at most in the Reading Settings in WordPress. This option applies to all post types including custom post types.
With the Powerful Posts Per Page (PPPP) plugin you can change the number of posts per page for each of your custom post types or taxonomies. After the plugin is installed and activated, you can set these numbers in the Reading settings too.
There are cases in which content sources or mapped fields are invalid. For example, templates loaded from the layout library can use content sources or fields which don't exist in the current WordPress site. Or content sources or fields could also be deleted or renamed in WordPress but still be used in the layout.
Here is a list of all cases when a content source or a field is invalid.
Invalid content sources and fields are highlighted red. To quickly find those cases, the dynamic content status icon is also highlighted red in the YOOtheme builder.
Use conditional logic to display an element depending on a field of a chosen content source. Once a content source is selected, its fields are available under Dynamic Condition. Pick a field to which the condition should apply.
Set a condition, and the element will only be displayed if the condition is met. Some conditions require a value for comparison.
|Is empty||The content of the field is empty|
|Is not empty||The content of the field is not empty|
|Is equal to||The content of the field is equal to the entered value|
|Is not equal to||The content of the field is not equal to the entered value|
|Contains||The content of the field contains the entered value|
|Does not contain||The content of the field does not contain the entered value|
|Less than||The content of the field is less than the entered value|
|Greater than||The content of the field is greater than the entered value|
Learn more about the conditions in the PHP Comparison Operators documentation. Note that the string comparisons are case-sensitive.
YOOtheme Pro has additional support for the following plugins which add more functionalities to your website.
With the Category Order and Taxonomy Terms Order plugin you can order categories and all custom taxonomies terms using drag and drop. In YOOtheme Pro the Term Order is available when setting the order for custom sources.
With the WordPress Popular Posts plugin you can order posts, pages and custom post types by the number of views or comments. This allows you to display your most popular posts.
To allow custom post types also to be ordered by popular posts, click the settings icon in the upper left. Add the name of your custom post type in singular, for example, if your custom post type is Movies, add
Popular posts, pages and custom post types will be available as custom sources.
These popular custom sources have the same settings as the default custom sources but with different options to order their items.
|Order||Order posts by comments, total views or average daily views.|
|Time Range||Set the time range for sorting to last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days or all-time.|