I’ve written a new WordPress plugin specifically designed to let you simply and easily create a series of related posts. You can download Simple Series here.
1. What does “Simple Series” do?
Simple Series uses a WordPress shortcode to associate your posts together. All you have to do is use the same shortcode in all of the posts you want to associate together and the plugin does the rest. It will automatically find all of the posts with the same shortcode, organize them by publication date, and put them together in a professional and easy to read format. If you wish to change the format, you can just add your own custom CSS to your theme.
2. How does “Simple Series” work?
Easy! Just add the shortcode to each of the posts you want to put in the series. Inside the shortcode you will need to specify the title for the series. Like so:
3. What if I add more posts later?
No problem! The “Simple Series” plugin will always update the series lists in each of your posts whenever you publish a new post. The newest post will always be added to the series in chronological order, by publication date. You can see an example of what it looks like here in my own DrawBot series.
4. I have more questions!
Cool! Please leave a comment to this post or send me an e-mail!
Schmarty’s Thingiverse embed plugin is pretty sweet. I believe it has been updated so that calling the relevant shortcode looks much more like a Thingiverse link to a particular thing.
Since I’m in a procrastinating mood, I began to wonder if it would be possible to make this plugin even easier to use. There are probably a lot more efficient ways to do this, but it is easy to turn a list of Thingiverse thing links into a set of Thingiverse Embed shortcodes.
http://www. -> ""
.com/ -> " "
: -> =
\r\n -> ]\r\n[
I suppose all of this over-engineering is really only suited to me and probably would never save more time than it would take to actually just type out the links like any normal person.
Seriously, how much better would Portal have been if they substituted Pie for Cake??? “The pie was a lie” just sounds sooo much better.
In any case, DaveD asked what the heck happened to the pie I promised. Let me explain this with use of a pie chart.
I rather enjoy writing WordPress plugins. It started writing them out of necessity, but I’ve ended up writing several for frivolous reasons and fun. One of my favorites is based upon the hard work of Rasmus. Basically, it turns
“[wordpress_shortcode data=’Totally awesome=99|Merely awesome=1‘]”
Which translates, as the title would suggest, into a 100% chance of awesome.
I dusted off this plugin (probably written about a year ago) because of the numbers associated with the MakerBot poll I recently ran. I find it very helpful to view such data graphically. Hopefully you will too.