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Page Layout

Page Layout allows to define a page layout using widgets.

WARNING: USE ONLY WITH JAVASCRIPT! The backend of this plugin works only with browser with javascript enabled

This plugin allows to dynamically activate the widgets system on a WordPress page, creating complex layouts.

You can define new layout via the function register_layout() in the function.php file of your theme. The plugin define two sample defaults layouts that you can see in Screenshots section.

e.g.

<?php
// <your_theme>/function.php
if ( function_exists('register_layout') ){
    register_layout(array(
        'name' => 'Name of Layout',
        'zones' => array( 'name of zone one', 'name of zone two', 'name of zone three' [, ...] ),
        'thumbnail' => 'thumbnail-of-layout.jpg', // with extension (jpg/gif/png)
        'template' => 'name-of-php-template-file' // without extension
    ));
}
?>

The code of the new template plans to use a new property of the global object $post: $post-> layout

e.g.

<?php 
$zones = $post->layout['zones'];
foreach ($zones as $zone){
    dynamic_sidebar($zones[0])
}
?>
  • The php template file should be placed in the folder layouts of your theme folder (/wp-content/themes/<your_theme>/layouts/<name-of-php-template-file>.php) or in the plugin folder (/wp-content/plugins/page-layout/layouts/<name-of-php-template-file>.php) if you want the layout to be independent from the theme.

  • The thumbnail should be placed in the child folder of layouts: layouts/thumb/<thumbnail-of-layout.jpg>.

  • If you want to include also a related css file separate from the theme installed you can create it in /wp-content/plugins/page-layout/css/page-layout-general.css or for each php template /wp-content/plugins/page-layout/css/page-layout-<name-of-php-template-file>.css.

  • The plugin include a simple widget to display the content of current page

Requires: 2.9.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.0 beta
Last Updated: 2010-5-25
Downloads: 6,190

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