General App Featured Items API

The Featured Items API allows you to pull featured item information into other areas of the website.

Learn more about APIs.

By default featured items are returned in the display order that are set within the General Settings for the app.

Minimum Tag

{{ _api.app.featuredItems.template('template-key') }}

Example Tags

Get 5 featured items in random display order

{{ _api.app.featuredItems.template('template-key').limit(5).random() }}

Get 10 featured items in chronological order with the newest featured item first.

{{ _api.app.featuredItems.template('template-key').sortKey('publishedOnTimestamp').sortDirection('desc').limit(10) }}

Get 10 featured items sorted in ascending order (A - Z) by their item names.

{{ _api.app.featuredItems.template('template-key').sort(itemName, 'asc').limit(10) }}

API Tag Parameters

ParameterDescription
allInstances Whether or not to query accross all instances of this app.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Example:
allInstances('yes')
attr List of attribute layout keys and the values that the filter should match.
If multiple values for an attribute need to be matched then you can separate them with a comma.

The first parameter is the attribute layout key.
The subsequent parameters are the value or values to match.

There are a few ways to pass values:

attr('layoutKey', 'value')

attr('layoutKey', 'value', 'value2', 'value3')

attr({'layoutKey': 'value'})

If you're trying to get app items by their ids and the ids are stored in an array then the following is the best way to get them.

attr({'id': myIds|join(',')})

Type: Hash

Examples:
attr('layoutKey', 'value')


Get items that match a list of item ids
attr({'id': myIds|join(',')})
category The numeric id of a single category or a comma separate separated numeric ids of categories to get items for. This will limit the items returned to only the specified categories.

Type: String

Examples:
Single category
category(3)


Multiple categories
category('3, 4, 5') or category(3, 4, 5)
first Limits the items returned to the first item.

It's the same as using limit(1)

Example:
first()
getCategories Whether or not to get the categories that an app item is assigned to.

Typically this is set in conjunction with the getAdditionalData parameter. Typically that parameter also needs to be set to "yes", "1" or "true" in order for category data to also be retrieved.

Type: Boolean

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Example:
getCategories('yes')
getCustomAttributes Whether or not to get any custom attributes for an app item.
It's helpful to set this to "no" for performance reasons if your API is only using core app item data and not any custom attributes.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Examples:
getCustomAttributes('no')


getCustomAttributes('yes')
getTags
tags
Whether or not to get tags that an app item is assigned to.
This is usually "no" by default.

Type: Boolean

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Example:
getTags('yes')
id Limits the results to one or more app items that match the specified id.

You can pass a single app item id, multiple ids separated by a comma, or an array of ids.

.id(3)

.id(3, 4, 6, 10, 33)

.id([3, 4, 6, 10, 33])

Type: String

Accepted Values:
A single id value, multiple id values separated by a comma, or an array of ids.

Examples:
id(3)


id([3, 5, 7])
instanceKey
i
The key for the instance to get results in. If nothing is passed then the current instance will be used if this is called within the same app.

You can alternately use the short form "i" (lowercase I) instead of "instanceKey"

Type: String

Examples:
instanceKey('app-instance-key')


i('app-instance-key')
keys Comma separated list of layout keys that will be used to only return that data.

Type: String

Example:
keys('layoutKey1, layoutKey2')
limit
l
The number of results to return. Defaults to return all matching results (no limit).

You can alternately use the short form "l" instead of "limit"

Type: Integer

Examples:
limit(5)


l(5)
match Whether or not to match all conditions or any of the conditions. Defaults to 'all'.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
'any' or 'all'

Example:
match('any')
random Sets the results to be returned in random order. If sorting is setup that will override this value.

Simply using the parameter turns random ordering on.

By default results are returned in an order based off of the app settings.

Type: String

Example:
random()
randomSelect Whether or not the results will be randomly selected from the database. This is done independantly of the sorting. This makes it possible to randomly select some data and then sort that random data by a specific column.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Example:
randomSelect('yes')
responseFormat Sets how the API response will be returned.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
template - The default value. This tells the system to use a Content Template to build the API response.
ui - This is used if the data from the API call will used in the administration as a UI form component. A Content Template will be used to structure the data correctly to build the form component HTML.

Example:
responseFormat('ui')
slug Limit the returned data to one or more URL slugs.

You can pass a single URL slug for an item, an array or URL slugs, or a comma separated list of URL slugs.

Type: String

Examples:
slug('my-url-slug')


slug('my-url-slug', 'another-url-slug')
sort Sets the layout keys and the direction to sort by. If this is not used then sortDirection and sortKey will be used if they are set.

You can target a value beyond the first level of an array by using the "dot syntax". Example: myDate.timestamp will get the 'timestamp' value within the 'myDate' array.
array('myDate' => array('timestamp' => '1393657200', 'date' => 'March 1, 2014')).

The first parameter is the attribute layout key to sort by.
The second parameter is the direction to sort by.

You can set layout keys to sort by passing the parameter multiple times.
sort('layoutKey', 'asc').sort('anotherKey', 'desc')

Type: String

Accepted Values:
asc - Ascending order (A - Z or 1 - 10)
desc - Descending order (Z - A or 10 - 1)

Examples:
sort('layoutKey', 'asc')


Sort by a value beyond the first level of a multi-dimensional array
sort('myDate.timestamp', 'asc')
sortDirection The direction to sort. Allowed values are "asc" and "desc"

Type: String

Accepted Values:
asc - Ascending order (A - Z or 1 - 10)
desc - Descending order (Z - A or 10 - 1)

Example:
sortDirection('desc')
sortKey A single layout key to sort on. If you need to sort on multiple layout keys use the 'sort' parameter instead.

You can target a value beyond the first level of an array by using the "dot syntax". Example: myDate.timestamp will get the 'timestamp' value within the 'myDate' array.
array('myDate' => array('timestamp' => '1393657200', 'date' => 'March 1, 2014')).

Type: String

Examples:
sortKey('layoutKey')


Sort by a value beyond the first level of a multi-dimensional array
sortKey('myDate.timestamp')
startAt Where to start in the results. Defaults to 0.

Type: Integer

Example:
startAt(2)
tag The numeric id of a single tag or a comma separate separated numeric ids of tag to get items for. This will limit the items returned to only the specified tags.

Type: String

Examples:
tag(3)


Multiple tag ids
tag('4, 5, 10') or tag(5, 2, 23)
template
t
Required if responseFormat is not 'data'. The template key of the template to use.

If this is not passed when it's required then nothing will be returned. In some cases, by not passing this parameter you will get just the raw data back.

You an alternately use the short form "t" instead of "template"

Type: String

Examples:
template('template-key')


t('template-key')
unique Specifies whether or not the result should have unique values. This is really only useful if one layout key is returned for each item.

Type: String

Accepted Values:
'true', 'false', '1', '0', 'yes', 'no'

Example:
unique('yes')