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Is it possible to auto-refresh a text widget ?


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Old Sep 24, 2012, 12:59 AM
Paul33
 
38 posts · May 2009
I can't get an answer to this one elsewhere so here goes !

I run a sports blog on game nights that needs to have a simple widget or plug-in that carries the game score and which updates without visitors/fans having to continually hit F5/Refresh in case the score has changed (that screws the site up big time !). A simple text widget would do.

There is other content on the page - eg: a chat room - so I don't want the whole page to refresh - only the score.

It sounds simple but I just can't find a way to do it and would love some ideas !
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 06:02 AM
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The only way I can think it might work would be to have a jscript that did it
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 04:25 PM
Paul33
 
38 posts · May 2009
I'm looking at using the header image as my scoreboard by uploading an image that I update with the score.

I'm thinking if I place only one image in the theme's images/header directory (with the scoreboard on) and select the option to rotate every 15 seconds with javascript then each time I upload a revised scoreboard image, it will pick that up on refresh.

Will that work - I can't see why it wouldn't ?

Last edited by Paul33; Sep 24, 2012 at 05:44 PM.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 06:16 PM
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Readers browsers will cache the first image it loads. I dont think it will work, they will only see original image loaded when they first viewed that page.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 06:50 PM
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it should be easy to test, let us know if it works.
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Old Sep 24, 2012, 09:11 PM
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10,174 posts · Jul 2009
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A quick search on wordpress.org found this plugin.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 02:17 AM
Paul33
 
38 posts · May 2009
Jam was right - the browser just ignores the updated file even if I upload it with a different name.

Is there no code I can add within the header section to make it refresh somehow ?
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 07:27 AM
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10,174 posts · Jul 2009
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The plugin I sent a link to does a live update. The only downside I see is that you would see all the scores like a Twitter feed with the latest score at the top. Someone who is logged into the site can update the score from the front end and it will automatically update.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 09:58 AM
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38 posts · May 2009
I think the plug-in is fine as you can limit the displayed messages to just one (the latest) thus making it look like it is updating.

However, cosmetically the header idea looks great if I could make it work but unless somebody knows how to force an auto refresh or somehow to ignore the cache then I'm stuck. I'm positive there is a bit of code that will do this but I'm just not clever enough to know what it is !
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 10:05 AM
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10,174 posts · Jul 2009
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You could put the plugin into the header by adding a new widget area per the the header config box. The info on adding a new widget area is in that section of the theme options. Then you could increase the font size of the score with CSS.
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Old Sep 25, 2012, 10:13 AM
Paul33
 
38 posts · May 2009
Mmmmm ..... never thought of that !

Will try that out - many thanks !

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