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How to Render Posts into an Accordion with Elementor or Shortcode

Your website includes a large number of tools to group related content into an accordion-style panel - the Post Accordion is just another one of them. The feature is supported by shortcode and an Elementor block, and the style/presentation is managed in Yabber. This FAQ will show you how to use the tool.

An example of the fully rendered output is shown at the bottom of every FAQ article within this FAQ module. We use the feature to group FAQ articles that share the same category into a block of content.

  Returning Article Accordion with Elementor

Given the complexity of shortcode, the Elementor method of returning the accordion to any page is preferred. Search 'BM Posts Accordion' in Elementor, drag and drop the block onto any page, and set the values that'll determine the returned results.

Accordions in Elementor

  Pictured: Given the complexity of shortcode, the Elementor method of returning the accordion to any page is preferred. Search 'BM Posts Accordion' in Elementor, drag and drop the block onto any page, and set the values that'll determine the returned results.

You should select the applicable post categories and/or tags, with tags shown that are associated with the selected post type (Blog, FAQ etc.). The style is created via the Global Accordion Style module. The number of results returned should be defined, and the post order attributes should be set, although you should generally leave them with their default value. The 'Category Tags Relation' is an option that requires care because it can limit your results in unexpected ways. The option provides for two values: 'AND', or 'OR', with the former matching posts that are in the selected category and have the assigned tags, while the 'OR' option will select the articles from the selected categories and those articles matching the post tags.

The result will cache for at least an hour for fast retrieval.

  Returning Article Accordion with Shortcode

Using shortcode to return the accordion is complex and best avoided. We will include a shortcode builder at some point, and when we do you'll find details here. In the meantime, if you're brave enough to use shortcode, the basic syntax is as follows: [bm_category_posts number="10"]. This will return the last ten posts from our blog. The result:

If we wanted to return only the last four posts from our blog from the Lender Data Category that also included a tag of shortcode, the following would be used: [bm_category_posts categories="lender-bank-data" tags="shortcode" number="4"]. The result:

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Now, there's specific FAQ panels for the FAQ module, and there's another shortcode that goes by the name of bm_accordion - both of which are introduced elsewhere for entirely different reasons, but if you get fancy with your bm_category_posts shortcode attributes you may essentially replicate the same result... albeit with a few omitted features. The shortcode necessary to return the five latest FAQ posts from the 'Website' category that include the 'links' or 'related-content' tag is as follows: [bm_category_posts cpt="faq" categories="Website" tags="links,related-content" number="5"]. The result:

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We did say that shortcode introduces complexity, and the available attributes supports that claim. Available attributes are as follows:

Primary Accordion Filtering

  • categories
  • tags

Primary Accordion Panel Style [ Should Still Reference Yabber Profile ]

  • accordion_colour_resting - Defaults to #F1F1F1.
  • accordion_colour_resting_text - Defaults to #FBFBFB.
  • accordion_colour_resting_text_weight - Defaults to normal.
  • accordion_colour_selected - Defaults to #009639.
  • accordion_colour_selected_text - Defaults to #FBFBFB.
  • accordion_colour_selected_text_weight - Defaults to normal.
  • accordion_colour_hover - Defaults to #61CE70.
  • accordion_colour_hover_text - Defaults to #009639.
  • accordion_colour_hover_text_weight - Defaults to normal.

Primary Accordion Style

  • words - Number of words in the accordion panel. Defaults to 55.
  • truncate - Truncated title length in characters. Defaults to 80.
  • font_size - The accordion content font size. Defaults to 0.9.
  • font_size_title - Size of the tile text. Defaults to 1.0.
  • line_height - The line height of the accordion content. Defaults to 1.3.
  • height - The height of the accordion title panel. Defaults to 40.
  • more - The 'Learn More' text. Defaults to 'Learn More'.
  • more_style - The more style CSS if required (advanced - best to ignore).
  • icon - The icon applied before title text. A HTML Entity or Font Awesome slug is accepted.
  • profile - The profile is the style. Defaults to 'default'.

Query Attributes

  • cpt - The Custom Post type if required (cpt="faq").
  • taxonomy - May be required for advanced queries. Best to ignore.
  • field - Deprecated in most cases. The field we search against (now defaults to and is fixed at 'slug').
  • term - A comma-delimited string of category slugs (as shown in the examples).
  • post_status - The Post Status. Either publish, draft, or future.
  • orderby - Order results on post_title, date, etc (full list on WP.org ). Defaults to 'date'.
  • order - The order of results (based on orderby). Either ASC or DESC. Defaults to DESC.
  • number - The number of results to return. Value of '-1' is all results. Defaults to '-1'.

General Container (Style)

  • margin_bottom - Margin above container. Defaults to 30.
  • margin_top - Margin above container. Defaults to 30.
  • cached - Time to cache the results. Defaults to 86400 (one day).

As you can tell, you'd want to be a little nuts to use a static shortcode profile when they're so easily created and managed in Yabber.

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Note

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  General Shortcodes

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  The Result

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Website RBA Graph

  Pictured:

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