Posts filed under 'Programming'
Update: Check out this post for some extra instructions.
Well I’m wrestling with the new ability of WordPress 2.5 to notify when a fresh version of a plugin is available on the official directory. Up until now I haven’t used the directory but today I tried to get my post plugins up and running over there so that the automated update functionality could be used.
March 23rd, 2008
Finally! I have posted the updated (2.5) versions of my post plugins and they are full of enhancements and even the odd fix… Check them out from the plugins page but please take note:
- They are still beta releases and, given the number of modifications I have made, I am sure I will have a few issues to correct. If you have any problems try reporting them through the in-built bug-reporting tool. Other comments are, of course, welcome on each plugin’s own page.
- The plugin code has been substantially refactored to minimise duplication and, as a result, the four plugins now share a library. Please take care to read the upgrade directions rather than blundering ahead (the way I usually do myself!).
- If you have been using the Plugin Output Cache you will need to update to the latest version.
March 17th, 2008
Version 2.3.7 of the post plugins should be out soon. I’ve been making a bunch of little changes to provide some asked for features. The delay has been in the next version of Similar Posts which has undergone some major revisions including stemming and global word weighting. It also lets you configure the balance of content, title and tags (new) to get the most relevant posts for your particular blog. That’s meant some major architectural changes which I am trying to test before releasing. Also, since tag-based relevance is now included I’ve scrapped the ability to add keywords to a custom field. I have actually never heard of anyone using the feature but I’m bracing myself for a host of users rising up in revolt!
Any feature requests for upcoming versions?
December 13th, 2007
Version 2.3.5 of the plugins is a rebuild to avoid all the admin page code being loaded when not needed. It also allows posts to be matched according to the current post’s tags.
November 3rd, 2007
I have long intended to make my post plugins into widgets but have only just got to it. In fact it turned out to be an easy process.
Version 2.3.4 of the plugins also adds the option to exclude or include the current post from the output.
October 25th, 2007
Just posted a rather simple plugin to highlight the comments made by the author of a post among all the other comments.
I’ve seen lots of ways of doing the job but they all seem to involve hacking the code of your template or of WordPress files. The new plugin does the job automatically — all you have to do is provide a snippet of CSS to apply to the special comments.
October 20th, 2007
Version 2.3.3 beta of my post plugins adds support for WordPress 2.3′s built-in tagging.
You can find recent posts with a particular tag, similar posts that have any of a bunch of tags, random posts sharing all specified tags, or whatever permutation you like.
October 14th, 2007
In updating my post plugins to work with WordPress 2.3 I managed to break various things too. Versions 2.3.2, just posted, fix a bad interaction between tags and categories and correct issues with excluded categories.
I might be able to extend the plugins to do something useful with tags now that I understand them a little better.
October 9th, 2007
Well I hope so…
I did some work on my 5 post plugins, uploaded them to my site (to check they still worked under WP < 2.3), upgraded to WP 2.3, and, fingers crossed, everything seems functional.
I will modify the docs, package the plugins, and post them for download in the next few minutes. Please check them out and give me any feedback.
September 27th, 2007
Version 2.0.0 beta of Similar Posts, Random Posts, Recent Posts, and Recent Comments have just been released. They each have their own page now; they have been tested to work with the upcoming WordPress 2.1 release; and each plugin has its own independent admin options page.
Some functionality has been re-jigged, a lot of new stuff added, and the output is now much more configurable. Check the help page for the full details.
January 13th, 2007