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I'm trying to figure out the best way to format my books page with the Author Pro plugin.
I'd like the page to look similar to how it's set up via the plugin. However, I want all the series listed on one page & grouped together under a series header. So, something like this:
Name of Series #1
Book1 book2 book3
Name of Series #2
I need to either:
1. Find a way to include series headings on the page (the tabs are nice and clean, but I want all the books in one place so readers can easily see the entire backlist).
2. Stop the plugin from automatically overwriting my "books" page, so I can format the page as necessary (I'm thinking a mix of text and widgets placed in the entry content, and those widget boxes using the "featured book" widget.
The first would be my preferred solution, but I suspect it would require a lot of work. The second seems more doable. The quickie option would be to create a different books page and redirect to that one, but when I create a new page I'm stuck with a sidebar.
I hope I'm just missing something obvious. Thanks for the help.
Okay, I figured out a working solution. It's not sophisticated, and I'm sure someone out there would find a cleaner way to do this, but it seems to get the job done. I'll include it here, in case someone else wants to try it.
First, I used a redirection plugin to redirect the books page (the one the Author Pro plugin auto-populates with all the books in the library) to a new page. I'm sure someone knows how to override that plugin setting so it doesn't automatically claim the /books page, but I'm not that person.
Then, I created new widgets via Genesis Extender. I believe there are plugins that do this, as well. I placed the widgets in columns on the new page, then used the layout option to remove the sidebar (so easy, I'm embarrassed I forgot I could do that). I used CSS to style the margins on the new widgets so there was space between them when viewed on mobiles. And that's it. Now, I can add as many books as I want to that page, and organize them however I want, in as many columns as I need. And I get to keep the pretty Author Pro widget style.
I really hope someone with more experience than me doesn't show up to explain why this solution is flawed, because right now it looks good and I'm feeling quite pleased with the solution.
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