I just finished version 1.6.1 of the plugin.? There’s nothing big in this version – just a minor bug fix and some added files to make it compatible with the new WordPress plugins page.? I want to thank Jim for his communication with me that alerted me to a potential problem with my plugin resulting in this bug fix.
You can find out more and download the Organize Series WordPress Plugin on this page.
I’ve just pushed live the new version of my Organize Series Plugin for WordPress.? I was going to hold off doing a new release until I got some more features added I had in mind but the bug fix that is in this publish couldn’t wait.? So without further ado here’s the scoop on what this version includes:
- BUG FIX: Blank screen/errors in the options panel when plugin installed in WordPress versions below 2.1.
- NEW FEATURE: You can now set how posts will be displayed on the series ?table of contents? page (i.e. ascending or descending, ordered by date, author, title etc.) This can be selected via the new options panel on the plugin options page. (NOTE: This appears to only work with WP 2.1+ for now – I?m still investigating if it works with other versions)
- NEW TEMPLATE TAG: ?is_series()? This tag will check for if the displayed category archive page is a series category. Returns true if it is, false if it isn?t.
As always, for the download and installation/upgrade and usage instructions, check out the plugin page.
Thanks to Thomas Sutton, I became aware of a bug in the plugin that caused the post content for all posts to disappear when the auto-tag toggle for the series-meta was disabled. I’ve updated the .zip file for the download – which you can get quickly here. The only file that needs to be replaced is orgSeries.php.
Or if you are comfortable editing .php files do the following in the orgSeries.php file:
$content = wp_seriesmeta_write($postID) . $content;
which is at about line 375 (to 378)
ADD (at line 379 right before the
That’s it! I really apologize for that bug. It is something I should have noticed earlier. Thanks Thomas for pointing it out!
I just can’t get away from working on this plugin – I find it too useful for the various websites I write and I keep tweaking it to make it easier for me to write posts that are a part of a series and display the information that I want to display. The problem is, I’m spending so much time on developing this plugin that I have little time to actually write articles 😆 !
Anyway, this release of the Organize Series WordPress Plugin is chock full of great enhancements and minor bug fixes including the following:
- Added a function/tag for counting the number of posts in a series. (tag returns a value). See usage instructions below for manually placing this tag (it is automatically included in the auto-tag insertion for series meta information)
- Added a function for writing series meta information (?This entry is part x of x in the series, ?The name of my series?) to the posts that belong to a series. This is automatically added by default to your blog but it can be disabled for manual insertion via the new option on the options page for the plugin. See usage instructions below for manually placing the series meta tag.
- Added options for the html tags surrounding the series meta and for the post description word. Added to the options page for the plugin.
- Redid the layout of the admin options page for the plugin so it?s organized a bit better and a ?little? bit more prettier. I recognize that more work still needs to be done of course .
- Added to the admin options page for the plugin a feed from this blog that displays posts related to the Organize Series WordPress Plugin so that users can see at a glance if there are any updates available.
- Fixed the requirement for posts that are part of a series to have the parent series category selected.
There are some other goodies I’ve added as well for those of you who want more control over how your series info is displayed on your blog/website. Head on over to the plugin page to see all the details and download the new version!
I’d already noticed a few bugs here and there after my initial release of the plugin and so I decided to give it another once over and fix them. This is a minor release so there are no new features added but there is one rather important bug fixed that caused the list of posts to not display in the series list box on a post page. I also made a change to the default .css file that affected the way a category icon displayed in the series list box when it’s width was set to wider than the box. Before the change the category icon would appear across the borders of the box. Now the box expands to accomodate the width of the category icon.
Small things but important nevertheless! Is anybody using this plugin yet? It’d be nice to know how people are finding it and what features/things they’d like added (or taken away) to make it better!
click here to go to the plugin page
One of the key components (in my eyes) that adds some “eye candy” to the organize series plugin is the “category icons” plugin by Ivan Georgiev – but I’ve notice that his website has been inaccessible for a few days now (test it by clicking on one of the links to him in this post!). So I’ve decided to make my copy of his plugin available so those who want to use it, can. As soon as I discover his website is back up I’ll take down my link so that he can get the traffic. If you want to download the category icons plugin to complement my organize series plugin head on over to the plugin page here and look for the “Category Icons Update” heading.
By the way: Ivan, if you happen to come across this post – leave a comment to let me know if what I’m doing is okay 🙂
Well, since releasing this plugin I’ve had 82 downloads – which is great news! The bad news is I should have done a closer check to the plugin before releasing. I forgot to update the link for the plugin in the orgSeries.php – it pointed to the wrong page (…/orgSeries rather than …/organize-series-wordpress-plugin). Nothing major except that when people click on the resulting link in their wordpress plugins page they’ll get a page not found. Thanks to Drew Vogel for catching that and letting me know. His observation led me to a closer looks of the orgSeries-options.php as well where I discovered that the link for “documents” in the options panel of the plugin also pointed to the wrong page.
I’ve fixed both incorrect links and updated the install file so if you downloaded the plugin and those links direct you to a “page-not-found” you can simply re-download the plugin and overwrite the files existing in your copy of the orgSeries plugin with the new files and that’ll take care of the problem. Sorry for that folks!
As a sidenote I’ve added this plugin to subversion over at dev.wp-plugins.org for those of you who know what that is. If there are any developers interested in helping me with this plugin please contact me.
Finally, I’ve managed to assemble a release-worthy version of some code I’ve been using for a while on my sermons site. When I was developing the site for hosting all the various messages I preach at my church I looked unsuccessfully for a plug-in that I could use that would help in the organization and presentation of sermon series.
Finally, I decided to take the plunge and write up some code myself. Please understand, I’m very limited in my skills at programming in PHP/MySql so what may take some a few hours ends up taking me a few weeks! Nevertheless with much persistence I came up with something that has served me well at unshamedsermons.com.
Then came the new design for my church website and my interest in starting to write “series” articles here at this blog and I started looking at packaging the crude code I was using for my sermons into a generic, yet more robust plugin that can be dropped into a fresh wordpress install and make available a way to present special series articles on one’s blog.
The end result is this first release (in other words I’m planning on continuing to develop this plugin) of the Organize Series plugin (I know, creative name isn’t it?). I decided to release it to the wild (i.e. public) as a way of giving back to a wordpress community that has helped me so much (albeit without probably knowing it that much!). Anyway, head on over to the Organize Series Plugin page to read more about it and download it!
P.S. I’m fairly certain that no hamsters were harmed in the creation of this plugin (although a few hair roots were demolished).