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1. Posted by Sandalsand (Respected Member 45 posts) 5y

The home page has buttons on the top right corner linking to a) Home page, b) Table of contents and c) Subscribe
I would like to see two new buttons:

- Direct link to My Trips (map page is hard to find)
- Direct link to My Profile (info about the author is somewhat hidden now)

On the My Trips page, returning to a blog entry or opening a corresponding blog entry is not easy. An embedded window is opened on the map page, but not a link to the blog entry itself.

What can be done?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

There should be a link inside the embedded windows back to a blog post, but that relies on the dates being mapped correctly in both the blog post and the trip map. That should work as far as I'm aware! That will also add a link to the relevant stop at the top of your blog entry, for example on this blog entry of mine there is a link at the top to see the relevant trip. Clicking on that you'll see the link to the relevant blog entry in the window there too.

There's a links section of the blog where you can add whatever links you want. It shows up a bit further down the page than those three main links, but might do what you are after. Under the Manage tab in your blog management area there's a dropdown which brings up, amongst others, the LINKS option. Click on that and you can add whatever links you like. Although it adds these in a bit of a different spot, if you really want them to show elsewhere, let me know and we can probably hack the template a little for you to show them where you want them (I've done something similar with my template as you can see there's a 4th link there).

3. Posted by Sandalsand (Respected Member 45 posts) 5y

I may be blind but I can't seem to find a button taking me to the blog entry from the map, it only shows the blog entry as an embedded window inside the map. The mapping of dates works fine otherwise both to and from the map and blog.

The Links-option was OK, but not perfect. I will later try to modify the template a bit to suit my wishes. Pity that for instance Blogger is a much more flexible tool in that respect.

By the way, I tried to paste a map HTML link inside a blog entry, but only text came out. I even pasted the link inside the code codes with same result. What did I do wrong?

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 5y

Hmm, I'm not sure if we're on the same page regarding this blog entry link. Here is a photo showing the link on the right in the info window. Or do you mean that when you click on that link it doesn't actually take you to the blog, but opens up that pop up with the blog inside it? That is weird... didn't use to be like this.

There has been requests before for a way to add multiple links to those main three at the top, so it probably will be done at some stage. In the meantime, let me know if you'd like some help with changing the template. Greg uses images with his links on his blog to highlight those a little, if that helps.

The last point is both embarrassing and intentional. You can't use the embed code that our mapping feature spits out to actually embed our own maps (yes, I know...). It's because we don't allow any javascript to be automatically entered into the blog entries. However you obviously CAN add maps in your blog entries. Just click on the little map icon when writing your entry (between 'video' and 'quotes' icons) and it works just like embedding pictures/video. You can choose the 'Select map view' button if you only want to highlight a specific stop on one trip in a post (zoomed in for example), or just embed the whole trip with the Embed button.

Hope that helps!

ps. alltid hyggelig med flere nordmenn på Travellerspoint (er nederlandsk selv, men bosatt i Oslo 8 år nå) :)

5. Posted by Sandalsand (Respected Member 45 posts) 5y

Right! I mean the pop up. Strange solution, or lack of it...

Map in blog entries: Thanks for the tip!
Template: I'll do some thinking and return later. Thank you.

PS: Ikke få nederlendere i Norge nei. :)

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 5y

Actually, that popup has always been like that (at least since the new mapping system came online).

The reason is that it can be quite disruptive for someone to all of a sudden find themselves on an entirely new page an then having trouble going back to the map easily. Of course, it all depends on what the particular user is trying to do. If they want to get a good overview of a trip and just bounce through the different spots, then I think opening in a popup is best. If the are using it as a way to find a specific blog post, then a link to the blog would indeed be more sensible.

Maybe there needs to be a link in the popup to open the blog entry in its own page?


7. Posted by Sandalsand (Respected Member 45 posts) 5y

Yes please! Milk AND honey...