Organize Series WordPress Plugin

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421 thoughts on “Organize Series WordPress Plugin”

  1. Hey there. I went back and forth on this, but in the end, your plugin did everything I want and I won’t trade it back, no matter what. I’m doing a redesign on a major archive (yes, using WP!) and the ability to connect posts in a series is just invaluable. But in designing the add-new-post page for authors (most of whom are relatively non-savvy), I realized that I’ve already got about six series listed, and by the time I’m done, it’ll likely be nearer to sixty or seventy series… and that’s a LOT to have as radio buttons just above the “publish this” box, on the right.

    I fiddled with the actual entry box out of curiosity (only way I learn, sadly), replacing radio with select/option. The final result looked like what I’d need — a select box with the first option blank (unless already selected), the second option to be the clear/remove, and then the list of all series. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t pull up a post’s saved series info, nor would it save any new selections. So while I know intellectually it’s not a difficult procedure, skill-wise it’s giving me lots of trouble, and then I realized maybe I’m not the only person who may potentially have a massive string of series and would find a full-on radio-button list to be a real screen-space eater.

    If you’re not too busy (ahem, given we all are), any suggestions on how to convert from radio box to drop-down box? Is there somewhere else in the code I should look to make sure the info is pulled up, displayed, saved properly given the change in format? Or perhaps a suggested line of code that I could use to replace the existing code? I’m fairly conversant in PHP, HTML, etc, but I tend to stumble over unfamiliar functions when I’m not entirely certain what’s being called where and/or why, so I prefer to be conservative in any tweaks… and obviously being conservative, this time, got me nowhere!

    Any help, ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This plugin has saved me literally HOURS of trying to do similar on my own, from scratch — and the problem of “oh noes there’s like EIGHTY eating up my sidebar!” is the only remaining issue.

    Thanks in advance, and again thank you for all the hard work you put into this plugin. It’s awesome!

    1. Glad to see you find such value in Organize Series. IF my memory serves me correctly I think the radio button area should become scrollable after the series gets too long. That may have been an older version however.

      As for working on the drop down select box – sorry, I don’t have time to volunteer work on that right now. It’s a great idea however!

      I would suggest you post your request in the Organize Series Support Forums, I’ve been noticing that there are some great users who have been helping each other out there. Hopefully someone will see your request for help and give you a hand.

  2. Becomes scrollable, hunh? Would that shift be listed in the same area as the radio button, or is it pulling from elsewhere? Given some basic clue, I can go hunting (and report back as to whether or not it was kept, if you like.)

    No problem on no time, I know how it is. I’ll check in with the forums after I find the draft-changes I used (since they didn’t work, took them out and replaced with original, natch) and see if anyone can help me troubleshoot.

    Thanks again!

  3. Hi,
    is it possible to create user-specific series? Like “user-x collection”?
    Thanks!

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  5. Hi,
    when i activate this plugin and browse my site, it gets error when i click page 2 from navigation.

    say you display yoursite.com/page1 and when you want to browse yoursite.com/page2 it says page not found.
    i deactivated plugin and it is ok now.

    anyone else faced the same problem ?
    how can we fix this ?
    btw, thanks for this great plugin!

  6. Hi,

    Your plugin is really great. Thx !

    Here are a couple of features it could be nice to implement if you get a chance to work on :
    – Add a template to get the Creation Date & Time of the series
    – Add a template to get the Last Modification Date & Time of the series
    – And finally a bit more difficult one : add the possibility to designate an author of the series

    Again thx you for your work.

    Cheers for FR.

    – Benjamin

  7. Hi Darren,

    I asked this question in another comment-stream, but is there a possibility to style series based on the categories the posts are in? Or to give a category to the series and style that?
    Also, a ‘Print Series’ option would be nice.

    http://unfoldingneurons.com/2008/series-options-page-series-table-of-contents-template#comment-4575

    I’ve been working around it by giving an entire page a class, but that’s not the cleanest way (makes for large css files).

    Thanks for your hard work so far. THis is about the only series-plugin that’s come close to our needs, and about the only one left…

    Thanks again,
    SkyHi

    1. Re: styling – Two ways:
      One: Use the in_category() function (built-in with WordPress) in a conditional script to execute styles based on certain categories and then assign your posts you want styled that way to the category.
      Two (even better): Use the in_series() function (built-in with OrgSeries) in a conditional script to style all the posts in a particular series a certain way without having to add the posts to another category. Using in_series() works similar to in_category().

      See the doc on in_category() at WordPress.org for more info.

  8. Hi

    with the release of version 2.8 WP has now a new taxonomies system in its core … I played a bit with this feature throught this plugin but I’m not very satisfied, while your plugin seems to be very interesting

    My question is: is your plugin ready for the new WP 2.8 or is it “obsolete” becouse use redundant functions (or also mysql entries) … if so do you plan to update it?

    Tanks a lot

    1. Organize Series works fine with WordPress 2.8 (with some quirks to look at…see the support forums for more info). However, with the new taxonomies options included in WP2.8 there is some redundant coding in OrgSeries (I think…I haven’t looked closely yet). I am planning on giving a pass over the code and doing an update to make it cleaner (and hopefully more efficient) but there is no ETA on that. Developing is a hobby for me – not a job (but I MIGHT consider custom work with OrgSeries if the price is right…. 😉 )

  9. Same question – is your “Series” plugin 2.8 compatible?

    just installed 2.8 and I’m having problems but don’t know if this is the problem. IT’s the only plugin I haven’t deavctivated yet. Kind of afraid to take the chance on re-doing all of the series

  10. Hi,

    Just to let you know that I spent the last few days to work on your plugin. My purpose was simple : translate it in french for my projects. So I have tracked all the strings inside various PHP files and enclose them with __() or _e() functions. I also add a small function to load strings from the correct .mo file (in OrgSeries.php). Finally all functions are now aware of the L10N domain. I has allowed me to do the FR translation with POEdit. You’ll find it the new “lang” folder (along with the .pot file).

    If interested, you can download the modified version of your plugin here : http://www.benjaminlupu.net/misc/2009-06-14/organize-series.zip.

    I have respected your code and done no other modifications.

    Please find screenshot of the french version here : http://picasaweb.google.fr/benjamin.lupu/OrganizeSeries?authkey=Gv1sRgCKHTws6JqcGS9gE&feat=directlink

    Regards.

    – Benjamin

    1. Wow! That’s awesome Benjamin! I’ve wanted to localize Organize Series for the next release and you’ve done all the hard work for me 🙂 I’ll see that it your work gets included in the next release and you get credited!

  11. Wow, this plugin solves so many problems for me! The TOC alone is a wonderful thing.

    I am trying to create a fiction community website using WP. Much of our writing is related to each other’s (we write in ‘universes” and so I’d like to present groups of series nested within an overall category (the ‘universe’) in the widget.

    And many of the serieses follow an order, like book series do. I would like to be able to assign an order to the series for presentation.

    has any of this been tackled?

    1. Do you mean order the display of all the series that have been written? I seem to remember reading someone who found a way to do this in the Support Forums but I can’t remember where. Don’t have time to look it up right now but feel free to do a search there to see if you can find it 😉

  12. My next question; many of myseries have long, fanciful names, and i would like to replace them with the slug in the edit.php display

    What do i change to accomplish that?

  13. Darren, thanks for this fantastic plugin. Many developers give up on their projects after some time, but you are one of those few who keep on going. I become more and more dependent on your plugin, don’t want to think what will happen if you stop one day.

    6 months ago i wrote to you about some problems with this plugin, but i moved to a different server and everything runs smoothly now. No issues with WP 2.8.2.

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Although I am still developing Organize Series I don’t work on it as often as I’d like to because of time constraints. Still, it’s a pleasure to know others are finding it as useful as I am.

      I’m in the midst of working on the next update for Organize Series that I hope to have out before the end of August. As always though, no promises!

  14. It's Labor Day and while I was tweaking one of my sites and noticed I could update Organize Series to version 2.1. I have one question: Why are we working on the last holiday of the summer? 😀

  15. This was working fine in 2.7.1, once i upgraded to wp 2.8.4, edit.php has stopped working. I followed the instructions as mentioned for upgrading, but no use. Pls help me resolve the issue.

    1. Raju, I don't deal with support requests here (too hard for other users to find answers for the same problem they are having). It sounds similar to a problem recorded here. If you post your situation there that would be helpful. To date, I'm unable to reproduce these symptoms myself. You'll see my comments in that thread

  16. This plugin is great but at the moment it is causing my edit posts page in the WP admin to go blank. It may be conflicting with another plugin I have turned on but thought you should know.

    1. You're not the first to report this problem (see here) but unfortunately I am unable to reproduce this on any of the three blogs I have OrgSeries installed on. It sounds to me like a conflict with another plugin but until I know what that plugin is, there is nothing I can do…

      1. FYI, I found that this plugin is conflict with Ozh's Admin Drop Down Menu plugin. With both of these plugins activated, the Edit Post page (edit.php) comes up blank. Disable Organize Series plugin and Ozh's plugin works fine. Hope that helps.

        1. Hi Evan,
          I installed Ozh's Admin Drop Down Menu plugin and I wasn't able to reproduce the blank Edit Post page (edit.php) problem. With the admin drop down (3.3.3) and Organize Series (2.1.1) enabled everything worked as expected.

  17. This plugin is great. but is it possible to add feature so that author can manage there own series? This will be very useful for any multi author site.

  18. Hi,

    I am the assistant Pastor for a Assemblies of God church in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I have my own Christian resource blog, and some times I publish sermon and Bible study series.

    Earlier I had connect each series manually which was a headache. Now thanks to your plugin everything is automatic.

    I have linked back to this site from my blog roll page too (Categorized under ‘My favorite WordPress plugins).

    You can click here for visual of your plugin at work in my site.

    http://virtualpreacher.org/second-coming-part-i-a-contemporary-look-at-the-coming-of-christ/

    Thanks a lot for the hard work…

  19. Darren- just a note of thanks for your hard work on OS. My blog would simply not work without it, as I do most all of my work in a series format. I especially love the TOC you have enabled for posts. Since the very nature of a series affords that some people may be lost without clear references to earlier posts, this is a beautifully thought out addition.

    Great work, and a great contribution to the blog community!

    1. Thanks for posting your kind comments here Jeff. To be frank – I love being able to give back to the WordPress community this way! I only wish I had more free time to do more 🙂

    1. When you save as draft you will get that BUT when the post is published it should correctly update the total posts. What version Organize Series are you using – this bug was supposed to be fixed.

      1. I'm on 2.12 — I've been scared to update! Guess I'll have to bite the bullet… just don't have time for any trouble at the moment.

        Thanks-

        jk

  20. I have just installed and activated your Organize Series plugin. It looks very promising. However, I have a problem. Upon activation of your core plugin (not the additional publisher plugin), I find that I can no longer access my post edit page (the page which lists all of the available posts that can be edited).

    The page tries to load. In fact, viewing the source of the page, it appears that the entire page has loaded. However, on my screen all I get is a white page with nothing on it.

    I viewed the source in Safari. No browser will effectively load the page. IE 7.0 gives the following error: IE cannot open the internet site http://MotorOilBible.com/blog/wp-admin/edit.php operation aborted. In firefox, same as Safari, white page but source appears to be completely loaded.
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  21. Hi Darren,

    I submitted the following on Ozh’s website:
    [start]
    Bug Report:

    Ozh’ Admin Drop Down Menu: Version 3.3.5

    /wordpress/wp-admin/edit.php doesn’t seem to use the css when your plugin is activated. With the plugin deactivated, the page looks like all the other admin pages. It is the only page I’ve run into where this occurs, and it was doing this before your last update/upgrade.

    It does it on all of the sub pages of edit.php:
    All
    Published
    Drafts
    Private

    Screenshot http://www.realliberalchristianchurch.org/images/BugReport11242009.jpg

    Browser: Opera (latest version)
    I didn’t check it with any other browser but will if you need that help. I have IE, Foxfire, Chrome, and Safari loaded.

    OS: Windows XP (latest version; all updated)

    WordPress is Version 2.8.6
    [end]

    I soon discovered that your plugins conflict. I see that someone else has pointed this out and you, Darren, tried it yourself.

    I hope my report gives you enough info. to fix this issue. I really like both plugins very much.

    Thank you for your hard work.

    Peace,

    Tom

    P.S. If you need me to try anything, just email me.

  22. Hi Darren,

    I just submitted the following comment over on Ozh’s site:
    http://planetozh.com/blog/?page_id=450&cp=124#comment-97369

    Hi Ozh,

    I submitted the bug report to Darren over at http://unfoldingneurons.com/neurotic-plugins/organize-series-wordpress-plugin#comment-7751

    He replied: “Thanks for also submitting a report on this Tom. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to try to discover how to fix this conflict.”

    If you know what his plugin is doing and how to correct it while not breaking it, perhaps you could cooperate with him. Both of you seem to know a great deal about WordPress and plugins. I should think you could put your heads together.

    I really like both plugins very much. I have to tweak his via css upon each update, but it’s worth it to me.

    Peace,

    Tom

    Maybe you could contact him first.

    Thanks,

    Tom

    1. This is an issue also reported here -> http://unfoldingneurons.com/forums/topic/conflict… – if you are using that plugin that is why it is happening. Since I do some javascript injecting to make Organize Series work with the "Quick Edit" feature of the edit.php page I'm assuming there is a conflict with some Javascript that Ozh uses with his Admin Dropdown plugin. I haven't had the time to look into it further.

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