How to Use the Side Bar “Search” and “Filter”

We receive a lot of questions about how to search TOR Decorating for particular items. Luckily, between the side bar Search and Filter, you can actually find most of what you are looking for. I made some major changes to the categories to make it easier for me to find them while I’m drafting posts. You have to drill down a bit more to find what you are looking for, but it should be easier to tell which categories are for strongholds (Strongholds) and which ones are for the visual database items (Database).

If you have questions about how to use Search or the Filter, please take a look at this guide and then play around with them a bit. If you still have questions, please feel free to Contact me or type in the comments. Also, if you have suggestions for other categories, let me know.

NOTE: I often add new theme categories long after I post a decoration and don’t always get a chance to go back and tag every post with the new categories. If you know of a post that should be tagged with a specific category, please let me know so I can update it.

Search

WordPress has a built-in search function. You can find this at the top of the side bar. All you need to do is type in what you want to find and hit “Enter” on your keyboard. Unlike Google, it’s pretty particular about spelling, so if you spell something incorrectly, it won’t return any results.

Search

Explanation of the Category System

Every post on TOR Decorating is tagged with WordPress “Categories” that allow me to sort the post into specific groups. You can see this information at the top of any post directly under the title, between the Post Author and Number of Comments. I leave this information on each post because some people find it helpful, but it is primarily there to help sort posts.

Post Meta

Tagging each post with these categories is useful in two ways.

  1. It allows me to create groups of posts anywhere on the site that update automatically when I tag a post with the same “Categories.” This is done through a specialized plugin. You can see examples of this on the Front Page under “Latest Strongholds,” on any post under “Similar,” and on most pages located on the main menu. Plugin
  2. It allows you to filter the posts so you can search for particular items. This is another specialized plugin where you can check off multiple categories to help narrow down your search. You do have to open the widget up by clicking on it because with so many categories listed, it is quite long.

Filter

How to Use the Filter

Click on the Filter button to open the Filter menu. Whenever there is a down arrow, you can expand the menu for more choices. You can choose multiple categories from different sections (except Stronghold, see below), but be judicious in the number of options you choose. Too many filters may not return any items.

Choosing one of these options will either return too many posts or will not return any. It’s best to open each section to provide more choices to choose from. The exception to this is the “Stronghold” category. This is a good choice when you want to see the latest strongholds. This will return every stronghold submitted to the site in the reverse order it was posted (latest on top).

Filter

Acquired (Source)

This section provides options for choosing how a decoration is acquired, or the source. NOTE: When you have the ability to expand the menu, it is almost always better to choose something under the header because I don’t always tag every post with the header options.

Acquired

Decorations

This section lists the same categories of decorations found on the in-game Strongholds editor.

Decorations

Hooks

This section lists the same hooks information found on the in-game Strongholds editor.

Hooks

Themes

This section is something I added to each post to group decorations into specific themes you might want to use for your Stronghold.

Themes

Strongholds

This section covers the strongholds users submit to the site. Attempting to mix and match options from the other sections with this section will not return any results. You can choose “Strongholds” to return all strongholds submitted to the site in reverse order of when they were submitted (newest first).

Strongholds

If you are still unclear about how to search for something, please let me know in the comments or via the Contact form. Also, I appreciate any constructive feedback you might have about this guide or the category system.

  • Sisqi

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I was struggling with this. Somehow my mind doesn’t work well with search functions ;).

    • Exiled Messenger

      Thank you. I wrote one for TOR Fashion too, but things are a little wonky over there with a corrupted table in the database. I’m still trying to get that table turned off so I can repair it.
      http://tor-fashion.com/how-to-use-the-side-bar-filter/

      • Sisqi

        Ah, so not my browser then. Good to know.

        • Exiled Messenger

          Nope, but it is fixed now.

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