Previous and next in category

I’m not sure how generally useful this is, but if you need it, it may be close to what you need. PreviousNextInCategory is a plugin that adds two container tags, <MTEntryPreviousInCategory> and <MTEntryNextInCategory> that work just like the <MTEntryPrevious> and <MTEntryNext> tags, except that they give you the previous and next entries that are in the same category as the primary category of the current entry.

Which is where things can get a little weird: if you have a previous entry that has the primary category Food, but the secondary category Sex, then as you browse backward through Sex entries, when you hit that Food entry (because it’s also Sex), you’ll suddenly switch over to browsing Food instead of Sex. So it’s probably most useful for something like the original problem, where you only have a few distinct categories, or for people like me who rarely remember to add more than one category.

In any case, I’ll probably leave it doubled up with the by-date links on my archives until I get tired of seeing it. One other thing it might be good for, displayed the way I have it: it encourages you to write about a variety of things, since it looks rather stupid when the previous and next entries by category are also the previous and next entries by date, giving you two lines of the exact same links.


Comment by jespes #
2005-03-13 11:56:34

This is a terrific idea, thank you.

Unfortunately… I can’t get it to work. Both MTEntryPreviousInCategory and MTEntryNextInCategory call the current page. (EG if I’m viewing page ”archive-page-15,” both codes simply call that page over and over, instead of going to 14 or 16.)

I’ve backed all the way out and tested in the original, unmodified ”individual archive template” that comes with MT. The two codes do the same thing for me there.

Have you ever heard of this problem? I’m using MT 3.15.

Many thanks, best regards,

Comment by Mushlette #
2005-03-31 09:54:17


Now I’m off to find a donut.

Comment by Joseph #
2005-04-17 18:26:06

THANKS! This was a great help. . .

Comment by Chris #
2005-06-16 19:57:56

Your plugin works great! however, I am trying to use it in an another way. What I want is to have two individual templates, the original individual template will have a button on it, and will go though the whole blog by entry. Then I want to create another individual archive template, and name it ”Individual Category template”. When a person clicks on a category, they will get to another individual template.

Here is an example on what I am trying to do

How can I make your plugin go though all the 000***cat.php pages?

Thanks in advance

Comment by rmcmahon #
2005-07-08 04:43:11

Wow, I’ve been looking for something like this for a while. It worked great with my older (2.63) version of Movable Type. Thanks!

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Comment by Jordan Breckenridge #
2005-11-12 00:43:59

Phil –

Great plugin. I’ve seen it used on several sites and it looks exactly what I’m looking for.

Unfortunately, when I use it on my individual archive page, the ”next” link takes me forward to what seems like an arbitrary entry within the category. The previous/next of a given entry are the same arbitrary entries each time the blog is rebuilt. If I go to the entries that are being ”skipped”, the previous/next on those pages has a similar weird behavior also going to other entries within the category.

The only thing that I think is somewhat unique is the fact that I am using subcategories (assigned as the primary category). Would that make a difference? I’m using MT 3.17 – any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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