This plugin shows a list of blocks as a sidebar on all discovery list pages (latest, new, unread, categories but not on the single topic page). The available blocks at this point (Oct. 12 2016) are the following:
- multiple category posts (6 items max per category)
- latest replies (5 items)
- a custom html block
Blocks can be ordered in the plugin settings. Speaking of which, there are these settings under Admin > Settings > Plugins:
sidebar enableenables the display of the sidebar
sidebar block orderis a list of “tags” that can include category slugs,
latest_repliesfor the replies block and
custom_htmlfor the custom HTML content
sidebar custom contentwhere you can enter arbitrary HTML content to show on the sidebar
The plugins works on desktop only, and there are no plans to add it to the mobile view. You can see a real like site with the plugin at peshkupauje.com (an Albanian community blog/forum) where it’s working quite well alongside the Topic List Previews and the Links Category plugins.
I would like to add the following features to the plugin:
- auto-refresh content in sidebar blocks, like in main column
- performance improvements
If anybody has any ideas on how to add the auto-refresh feature, please let me know.
Repository: GitHub - pmusaraj/discourse-sidebar-blocks