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. DrawBot Resources and Links
  2. DrawBot, the Adventure Begins
  3. DrawBot - The Breakdown
  4. DrawBot - Parts Shipped!!!
  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 Delivery, Part III
  11. DrawBot – The Delivery, Part IV
  12. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part III
  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. My first published WordPress plugin! Simple Series!
  16. Now Simple Series will also add the series list to RSS feeds too!
  17. ZOMG! Simple Series is going viral!
  18. DrawBot – The Operation, Part I
  19. DrawBot – The Assembly, Part VIII
  20. DrawBot – The Breakdown, Part II
  21. DrawBot – Printing!
  22. DrawBot – Printing, Part II
  23. DrawBot – Why are you crying?
  24. DrawBot – Calibration
  25. DrawBot – Pen Selection
  26. DrawBot – Onwards and Upwards!
  27. All New Polargraph on the way!!!
  28. Every Body Needs a Skull
  29. I think I know what I want to draw next...
  30. This project is not going to overengineer itself
  31. Overengineered Bolt Endcaps, Case Holder
  32. Sourcing DrawBot Parts
  33. How to add a custom button to the WordPress Visual TinyMCE Editor
  34. A Study of Drawing Robot Pen Holders and Design Considerations
  35. Drawing Robot Pen Holders, Calligraphy Pens, and Thought Experiments
  36. Drawing Robot Penmanship
  37. PlotterBot at Maker Faire Bay Area 2013!
  38. PlotterBot.com - a new site dedicated to drawing robots

  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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