A nifty little WordPress plugin…

The idea for this little plugin has been rattling around in my head for a little while now.  It clocks in at less than 60 lines of code, including comments, and makes it easy to create a “series” for posts.

As I’ve been blogging about my (mis)adventures in building a DrawBot, I’ve been updating each post to contain a link back to all of the prior posts in the series.  However, if someone were to find one of the first posts – they wouldn’t see a link to a later post.  That is, unless I update all the posts.  That’s not really much of an option, since I’ve racked up 23 posts in less than 19 days. 12

This plugin is actually super simple.  Here’s what it does:

  1. Add a “post meta” tag for the current post with the same key as whatever you want to name the post series
  2. Query the database for all posts with the same post meta key as the one for the current post
  3. Output an ordered chronological list of all posts in with the same post meta key as the one for the current post

The simplicity of this plugin are actually some of it’s strongest features.  Unlike a lot of other series plugins out there, it doesn’t create any unnecessary tables in your WordPress database.  There are no settings to mess with, no CSS to fiddle with, no ugly standard formatting to overcome.

The only downside I can perceive is that if you delete the shortcode from a plugin, it will still leave the post-meta attached to the post and the post will still appear in the series.  If you leave the shortcode in and don’t specify a series title, it will delete the post-meta.  I suppose I could include a little button in the interface to delete the post from the series, but really, it’s just not going to be used that often.

Anyhow, this is something that I’ve wanted to have for a long time – I just hadn’t gotten around to building it yet.

”Posts
  1. Wanna make a DrawBot?
  2. DrawBot Resources and Links
  3. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  4. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  5. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  6. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  7. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  8. DrawBot - The Plan!
  9. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  10. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part III
  11. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  12. DrawBot – The Software, Part I (and an existential conversation)
  13. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  14. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  16. A nifty little WordPress plugin...
  17. My first published WordPress plugin! Simple Series!
  18. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  19. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  20. DrawBot – The Silver Lining of Failure
  21. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part VI
  22. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part V
  23. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VI
  24. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  25. DrawBot – Printing!
  26. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  27. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  28. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  29. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  30. WordPress Plugin: Easy CC License
  31. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  32. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  33. Speedier DrawBot Drawings
  34. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  35. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  36. The Eagle Has Landed
  37. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  38. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  39. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  40. Skipping! How could I forget the skipping?!

  1. I’ve got a lot to say. []
  2. And, actually, that’s just 23 posts on this one topic.  I’ve probably blogged an equal amount over on the MakerBot blog, with a few totally random additional posts here. []

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