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Better Admin Pointers

Allows creation and placement of Admin Pointers (those little blue help boxes) on any page or post, including custom post types.

This plugin will allow creation of admin pointers on any screen in the WordPress admin area. It creates a custom post type called Pointers to store information. You need to add the following info to make it work:

  1. Title - the part in the blue title bar
  2. Main content area
  3. Pointer id - A unique id so that it can be tracked in the WP DB as dismissed
  4. Screen - What page/screen it should appear on
  5. Target - CSS id or class we want the pointer to attach to on the screen above
  6. Position Edge - Which edge should be adjacent to the target? (left, right, top, or bottom)
  7. Position Align - How should the pointer be aligned on this edge, relative to the target? (top, bottom, left, right, or middle)

EXAMPLE: Let's say I want to add a pointer on the edit plugin page that tells a user to notice which plugin they are editing. I would use:

  1. "Which Plugin am I Editing?"
  2. "This is the file you are editing, duh"
  3. "ss_editplugs"
  4. "plugin-editor"
  5. ".fileedit-sub"
  6. "top"
  7. "right"

OPTIONAL: If your pointer is slightly misaligned, no worries. You can use the last 2 fields (Nudge Horizontal and Vertical) to reposition.

NOTE: I also have a plugin that does help tabs, if you are interested in that one you can find it here: http://wordpress.org/plugins/better-admin-help-tabs/

This plugin leverages the great work done by others here:

For configuring metaboxes on the custom post type: https://github.com/WebDevStudios/Custom-Metaboxes-and-Fields-for-WordPress

For base class and code to allow pointers to display properly: https://gist.github.com/brasofilo/6947539

Requires: 3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.9.1
Last Updated: 2014-6-4
Downloads: 235


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