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 - The Hacks
  10. DrawBot - Giant Unicorn?
  11. DrawBot - The Delivery?
  12. DrawBot - The Delivery, Part II
  13. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part I
  14. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  15. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part II
  16. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  17. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part IV
  18. A nifty little WordPress plugin...
  19. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part V
  20. i find i want to add more posts in some random series, just so i can use my new plugin
  21. Simple Series WordPress Plugin
  22. My first published WordPress plugin! Simple Series!
  23. This is a test of the Simple Series post system... This is only a test
  24. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  25. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  26. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  27. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  28. DrawBot – Printing!
  29. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  30. DrawBot – Calibration
  31. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  32. WordPress plugin - OCD Plugin Stats
  33. Restarting a Stalled DrawBot Drawing
  34. TSP FTW!
  35. Two new DrawBot links! And an update!
  36. Maze Code + Polargraph?
  37. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  38. Overengineered Spools
  39. Overengineered Stepper Motor Mounts, Filament Guides
  40. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  41. Simple Series WordPress Plugin Update
  42. OCD Plugin Stats and the WordPress.org Statistics API
  43. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor

  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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