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NEVISTAS News

Displays news items from selectable Nevistas News RSS feeds, inline, as a widget or in a theme. Multiple feeds allowed. Caching.

Nevistas has a number of RSS feeds with current news available, on a number of topics including airline industry news, cruise industry news, hotel industry news, gaming industry news, otel industry news, restaurant industry news, travel industry news, travel comsumer news and yoga news.

This widget allows the WP admin to select which feed, how many items to show from that feed and optionally set a widget title. If no title is selected, the name of the feed is used. The feed is fetched for every view, so users are guaranteed up to date information. No local storage of feed is done. Clicking on a news item will of course take you straight to the relevant article on the relevant Nevistas web site.

This plugin works both as a widget, as inline content replacement and can be called from themes. Any number of inline replacements or theme calls allowed, but only one widget instance is supported in this release.

IMPORTANT - in order to call content you need to first setup feeds in the Settings -> Nevistas News administration area.

Leave the Key field blank, and select your default feed from the Feed pulldown menu and click save.

WIDGET For widget use, simply use the widget as any other after selecting which feed it should display.

For INLINE CONTENT replacement, insert the one or more of the following strings in your content and they will be replaced by the relevant news feed. For theme use, add the do_action function call described below.

  1. <!--nevistas_news--> for the default feed
  2. <!--nevistas_news#feedname-->

Shortcodes can be used if you have WordPress 2.5 or above, in which case these replacement methods are also available.

  1. [nevistas_news] for the default feed
  2. [nevistas_news name="feedname"]

PLUGIN Calling the plugin from a theme is done with the WP do_action() system. This will degrade gracefully and not produce errors or output if plugin is disabled or removed.

  1. <?php do_action('nevistas_news'); ?> for the default feed
  2. <?php do_action('nevistas_news', 'feedname'); ?>

Enable plugin, go to the Nevistas News page under Dashboard->Settings and read the initial information. Then go to the Nevistas News page under Dashboard->Manage and configure one or more feeds. Then use a widget or insert relevant strings in your content or theme.

Additional information:

The available options are as follows.

Name: Optional feed name, that can be used in the widget or the inline replacement string to reference a specific feed. Any feed without a name is considered "default" and will be used if the replacement strings do not reference a specific feed. If there are more than one feed with the same name, a random of these is picked every time it is used. This also applies to the default feed(s).

Title: Optional, which when set will be used in the widget title or as a header above the news items when inline. If the title is empty, then a default title of "Nevistas News : <region> : <feed type>" is used.

Feed: A dropdown list of the current feeds provided by Nevistas. This list is hard coded into the plugin, presumably Nevistas does not change the list too often.

News item length: Short or long. The short version is really just the news item title as a one liner but probably the one most WP admins will use. The long version is the title followed by a 3-4 line teaser. For the short version, the long text is available as a mouse rollover/tooltip.

Max items to show: As the title says, if the feed has sufficient entries to fulfil the request.

Cache time: The feeds are now fetched using WordPress builtin MagpieRSS system, which allows for caching of feeds a specific number of seconds. Cached feeds are stored in the backend database.

If you want to change the look&feel, the inline table is wrapped in a div with the id "nevistas_news-inline" and the widget is wrapped in an li with id "nevistas_news". Let me know if you need more to properly skin it.

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Requires: 2.3.3 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.9.2
Last Updated: 2010-6-7
Downloads: 1,195

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