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 - The Breakdown
  5. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  6. DrawBot - The Plan!
  7. DrawBot - The Hacks
  8. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  9. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  10. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  11. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  12. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  13. A nifty little WordPress plugin...
  14. i find i want to add more posts in some random series, just so i can use my new plugin
  15. Simple Series WordPress Plugin
  16. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  17. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  18. Anti-Virals
  19. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  20. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  21. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  22. DrawBot – Printing!
  23. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  24. DrawBot – Calibration
  25. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  26. DrawBot – Another Successful(ish) Drawing!, and an Update
  27. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  28. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  29. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  30. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  31. DrawBot Aesthetic Re-Design Ideas
  32. The Eagle Has Landed
  33. Every Body Needs a Skull
  34. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  35. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  36. Overengineered Spools
  37. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  38. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  39. DrawBot, now ACTUALLY wall mounted!
  40. OCD Plugin Stats and the WordPress.org Statistics API
  41. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  42. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  43. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  44. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  45. Drawing Robot Penmanship

  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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