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. DrawBots for the slow learner
  5. DrawBot - Parts Ordered!!!
  6. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  7. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  8. DrawBot - What would you draw?
  9. DrawBot - The Plan!
  10. DrawBot - The Hacks
  11. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  12. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  14. DrawBot – Design Considerations
  15. DrawBot – The Face Palm
  16. A nifty little WordPress plugin...
  17. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  18. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  19. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  20. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  21. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  22. DrawBot – Printing!
  23. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  24. DrawBot – Calibration
  25. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  26. DrawBot – Drawing Success(ish)!!!
  27. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  28. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  29. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  30. The biggest inkjet printer ever
  31. Every Body Needs a Skull
  32. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  33. Overengineered Spools
  34. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  35. Building an Arduino Drawing Robot - On The Cheap
  36. Unidentified Foam Object
  37. How to add a custom button to the WordPress editor
  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. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  41. Ideal Qualities in a Drawing Robot Pen Holder
  42. Enough talk! Finally a pen holder!
  43. DrawBot Pen Holder Post Mortem
  44. To Maker Faire!!!

  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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