Elementor Dynamic Tags
Elementor is a powerful WordPress plugin for building web pages without code, and with its Theme Builder you can even build entire websites without code. The Theme Builder is powerful because it allows you to create templates that will be filled dynamically with content, such as a blog post page template to be used for each blog post page.
This means when you create a theme template you can’t set the content explicitly, because you want to show the content of each blog post with one single template. Elementor provides several widgets to access the post’s content, including the Post Title, Post Meta, and Post Content widgets.
These are great, but what if you want to use a different widget, such as a widget from a third-party pack you like? This is where Dynamic Tags come in. Dynamic Tags allow you to display dynamic content using any widget. Any field that has the Dynamic Tags icon next to it can be filled in with such a Dynamic Tag.
Elementor provides many Dynamic Tags out of the box, including Post Title, Post Custom Field, and Site Title. The built in tags can get you a long way, but sometimes you need more control over what content to display. Thankfully, the Dynamic Tags api allows developers to write their own Dynamic Tags. With this api, a developer can add a Dynamic Tag that outputs exactly the content they want.
We found that often we just wanted to call a simple function, usually a function built into WordPress, but we still had to add all the boilerplate code for the Dynamic Tag just to call the function. To ease this, we created a Dynamic Tag called Custom Callback.
The tag has a single setting, a text field which allows you to type in the name of the function you want to call. It can be a WordPress function, or a custom function you add to functions.php. This way you only need the one Dynamic Tag, and then you can just use existing functions or write functions yourself.
The Custom Callback tag is available in the Solid Dynamics plugin, so you can try it out yourself. We have found it to be a good tool to streamline work between our design and tech teams, and we hope you enjoy it too.
Dynamic Content is one of the key features offered by Elementor Pro. Dynamic Content functionality plays an important role when you are creating a theme or a template in WordPress.
AnyWhere Elementor Pro also supports the Dynamic Content functionality just like Elementor Pro. There are many AE widgets to display Dynamic Content from, default Posts, Taxonomy, ACF, Pods, and other Custom Fields.
However, many times you want to use the dynamic data in the native Elementor widgets. Elementor Pro has the feature to display dynamic data in all supported widgets. The dynamic content feature of Elementor Pro works well with Anywhere Elementor Pro but with some limitations.
When creating an AE – Template, the Elementor Pro’s dynamic content feature does not work well in the Elementor editor. However, it works well on the front end. However, this may cause difficulty in designing the layouts properly as you would be designing the widget with no proper content to display. Another problem that may arise is that you will need Elementor Pro to use this dynamic content feature.
So, in the latest version of AnyWhere Elementor Pro V 2.17, we have tried to overcome these shortcomings. Therefore from now onwards, when selecting the Dynamic Tags in the dynamic content section, you will get some new tags prefixed with AE. These tags work well with the native Elementor’s dynamic options and even work well while working with the AE – Templates in the Elementor editor.
And the best part is, you can also use these AE Dynamic Tags even if you don’t have Elementor Pro installed.
Now let us see how we can implement this functionality in AE – Template.
Adding Dynamic Content In AE Template
Create an AE Template where you want to add the dynamic data. Use the Elementor’s native widgets, and then look for the Dynamic Tag icon; and once you click on it, a drop-down list is displayed, then use the tags prefixed with AE. You will see a live preview of your design, which you can easily style.
For now, we have implemented the dynamic tags functionality for Post Information and ACF Field data, and soon in the upcoming releases, we will be rolling out more options to add dynamic data.
JetEngine: Dynamic Tags and Dynamic Settings Overview
From this tutorial, you will learn what a dynamic tag is, how to display dynamic content with its help, and which features the Dynamic Settings section can offer.
If you use Elementor often, you probably have already noticed that lots of widgets have a little “Dynamic Tags” button with a cylinder-shaped icon. Besides that, some of JetPlugins have a Dynamic Settings section in the menu. This tutorial reveals what those features are for and how you can use them to show the dynamic content on your site’s pages.
What a Dynamic Tag is?
A Dynamic Tag is a special source of content. Instead of typing the text in or uploading media right to the widget, you can pull it dynamically from another source with the help of a dynamic tag. It could be either the info about the post’s author, site name and post excerpt or data from the custom meta fields. This option becomes available if you have Elementor Pro or installed one of JetPlugins that provides dynamic content, like JetEngine or JetBooking.
How to use Dynamic Tags?
1 Step— Choose the Dynamic Tag type
For example, let’s take a look at the basic Image Elementor widget. When you drop it to the page, you are offered to choose the picture for display on the left-side menu. “Dynamic Tags” is in the right bottom corner of the Choose Image field. Click on it and you will see the list of all tag types that can be used with this widget.
2 Step— Specify the source
After you choose the type of the Dynamic Tag, you have to specify the meta field from which to pull the data. To do it, click on the field to open the drop-down menu. Despite this tutorial using the Images widget as an example, the steps are all the same for all Dynamic Tags fields.
When you open the Field drop-down menu, you will see the list of all meta fields of demanded type with the data that has a suitable format. Besides that, there will be some additional features like the Fallback (that is the data that will be shown if something is wrong with the main info).
For all user tags, like User Image or User Field, there will be a Context feature. It allows you to define the user more specifically:
- Current User (global) – that is the user for whom the page was created;
- Current User (for current scope) – that is the user which is currently proceeded. For example, there is a listing of users that shows the posts written by the user after clicking on it. In this case, if you choose the Current User (for current scope) it will display the meta field value of the user you have just clicked on, not the logged-in user;
- Queried User – this is the currently logged-in user or the user mentioned in the URL (the ID of the user is in the URL);
- Current Post Author – it will show the meta field value of the user that is the author of the currently opened post;
- Current CCT Author – shows the data in the meta field of the user that is the author of the currently opened CCT item.
Choose the necessary meta field, define the additional settings, and voila! Your basic Image widget pulls the content dynamically from the chosen source.
Dynamic Tags full list
Let’s take a look at all the dynamic tags that can appear in the list for different widgets with different plugins and modules activated.
JetEngine tags for Image widget
These tags will appear for the Image widget by default if you have the JetEngine plugin installed and activated.
- Custom Image – the image from the meta fields added to the Custom Post Type;
- Term Image – the picture from the meta field you created for the Custom Taxonomy;
- Image from options – the image from the meta field, which you have chosen to use like an Options Page;
- User Image – the photo from the meta field added to the User Profile.
JetEngine tags for Fields
This list of tags is shown for widgets that display text information or links (like Text Editor, Button, or Heading).
- Custom Field – the data from one of the meta fields added to the Custom Post Type;
- Term Field – the value of the meta field you created for the Custom Taxonomy;
- Option – the data you put into a particular Options Page;
- User Field – the data from the meta field you added to the User Profile.
JetEngine tags that appear after Module activation
Here are the tags that will appear in the list when you activate the corresponding module. To do that, open your WP dashboard and go to JetEngine > JetEngine Dashboard > Modules.
REST API Module
After the activation of this module, the REST API Image, and REST API Field dynamic tags will appear in the tags list. Those tags display the information from the meta fields located on another website yet received via REST API functionality. In the case of images, only the image’s ID can be displayed this way so far.
Custom Content Type Module
Adds the Custom Content Type Image and Custom Content Type Field tags to the list. When chosen, these dynamic tags display the value of the meta field that you created for the Custom Content Type.
After enabling this module, you will see the Data Stores: Post Count and Data Stores: Store Count tags in the list. They allow you to add a counter of likes and a counter of items in the store to the page. You can find the detailed guide on those two tags’ usage by following the link.
Also, there will appear a Data Stores: Get Store tag. You can find it in the Query settings section of widgets that display posts (Listing Grid, for example). It allows the widget to show items from the store and thus include or exclude them from the list. For example, this way you can choose not to show the items the user added to the favorites in the general grid.
When the Profile Builder module is active, it adds a Profile Page URL tag that is available only in those features that are supposed to add a URL (for example, a link to the Heading). This tag creates a link to one of the profile pages.
Let’s go through the settings:
- Profile Page. In this drop-down menu, you will see all the pages created in Profile Builder and will be able to choose one of them;
- Context. Here you can specify the page:
- Queried User – the page of the logged-in user or user mentioned in the URL;
- Current Post Author – the profile page of the author of the post;
- Current CCT Item author – the profile page of the current CCT item author;
- Add Query Argument. If this toggle is enabled, you get a chance to build a URL of the profile page.
After the Map Listing module activation, you will see the Open Map Listing Popup tag in the list. This tag is available for features that add a URL to the page (like the Link feature of the Heading widget) and opens a Map Listing pop-up. Be aware that this tag won’t work on the pages that don’t have the Map Listing widget on them.
In the Specific post ID bar, you can add the ID of the post in the Map Listing you would like to open. You can also define the Trigger –whether the pop-up will appear when the user hovers over the link or clicks on it.
This tag is available right after JetEngine plugin activation. However, it can be used only in JetEngine widgets like Listing Grid or Dynamic Link and features that allow dynamic tags usage (for example, in the Posts Query settings section).
This tag makes it easier to use macro codes. You don’t need to type them in, just choose the necessary option in the Macros list.
Dynamic Function tag
It will appear in the tags list after the JetEngine plugin activation but it has a little more complex settings, so it will be described in a separate paragraph.
This tag performs calculations with the field values. The type of calculation is defined by the Function. Let’s go through the settings:
- Function. In this drop-down menu, you can choose the calculations to be performed with the field’s value:
- Summed value – counts the sum of values;
- Average value – counts the average value of the ones placed in the field;
- Count – this function counts the number of posts/terms/users having the mentioned field filled with data;
- Maximum/Minimum value – it checks the values in the field and displays the maximal/minimal one.
- Data Source. Here you can choose where to take the data from – Post, Term, or User meta fields. If you have chosen the Post Meta option, you will be additionally asked to specify the Data Context:
- All posts – data will be taken from all posts;
- Posts from current term – you can set the term in Taxonomy drop-down, and the data will be taken only from the posts of that taxonomy;
- Posts by current user – the values will be taken from the posts of the current user;
- Posts by queried user – you can specify the user in the Set user ID/login/email bar, so the values of that user’s post will be calculated;
- Field Name. You have to put the name of the field into this bar. The values of that field will be used in calculations;
- Decimal Point. Available for all functions except the “Count”. It allows you to set how the decimal point will look like;
- Thousands separator. Available for all functions except the “Count”. It allows you to set how the thousands separator will look like;
- Decimals Count. Available for all functions except the “Count”. Here you can set how many numbers after the decimal point will be shown.
The JetAppointments Booking: add booking to Google calendar tag appears after activation of the JetAppointment plugin. It allows you to create the link that will add the appointments to the Google calendar. The usage of this tag is described in the tutorial that reveals how to add the appointment to the Google calendar.
The JetBooking plugin adds a JetBooking: Price per day/night tag to the list. It helps you to display prices per day/night dynamically. A detailed description of all the tag’s settings can be found in our JetBooking price displaying tutorial.
When you install and activate the JetReviews plugin, it adds two dynamic tags to the list – Average Rating and Reviews Info. They allow you to add an average rating number and the reviews counter to the rating element. You can find a detailed guide to those tags’ usage in this JetReviews rating tutorial.
How to use the Dynamic Settings section?
The Dynamic Settings section is added to all JetPlugins’ widgets where the data from Dynamic Repeater can be used. To learn more about the Dynamic Repeater functionalities, go through this tutorial.
For example, let’s take a look at the Slider widget from JetElements. The appearance of the Dynamic Settings section will be almost similar for different widgets. Unfold it and turn on the Enable dynamic data toggle.
Afterward, you have to place the name of the repeater field to the Repeater field name text area. All the other fields you can see in this section represent the fields of the widget that can be filled with the data, placed to the corresponding repeater meta fields. You just have to put the names of those meta fields to the related bars.
When you are done with that, the widget will show the content pulled from the repeater you previously created.
That’s all about Dynamic tags and Dynamic Settings. Now you can use them to display dynamic data on the pages of your website. Enjoy!
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