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A Few Suggestions (6 posts)

  1. mrwweb
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'd been waiting to try this plugin for a while and finally got the chance. A few things caught me off guard and so I thought I'd just pass on what I had expected to happen:

    • I was surprised that the date of posts was a link. I ended up using CSS to try to hide that fact, but that's far from optimal.
    • The <div> containing excerpt is displayed even when "Do not show any text" selected. It's unnecessary markup and could get in the way of wanting to do certain types of styling.
    • I understand the rationale for not showing categories with 0 posts in the "Category" drop down, but it meant I had to publish a fake post to select it while setting up a widget.

    Overall, it's a nice plugin though. Thanks.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/posts-in-sidebar/

  2. aldolat
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for your report: I really appreciate this. :)
    Your suggestions will be implemented in the next release.

    Anyway, could you tell me more about the last note? Why the widget panel should show the categories with 0 posts?

  3. mrwweb
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Glad you find it useful. Here's the use case that led me to the suggestions.

    1. I make sites for other people. They are often in charge of content. In this case, we're adding a widget on a new front page that will contain "Policy Updates."
    2. We're handling those policy updates as posts in a "Policy Update" category. We want to display the three most recent updates on the home page with the Posts in Sidebar widget.
    3. In building the home page, I want the client to be able to sit down and instantly have everything work. I wanted to send them instructions saying "Add a post and assign it to the 'Policy Updates' category."
    4. To do that, I planned on making the Policy Updates category and then setting up the widget. This is where I had to go through the extra step of creating a fake post in the policy update category, setting up the widget, and then deleting the fake post so they wouldn't get confused (That's roughly ~10 extra clicks depending on how you count them). If they had an active blog, I couldn't have even done that on the live site.

    Does that make sense?

  4. aldolat
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    All the patches have been applied.
    In a few days I'll commit the changes.

    Thanks again.

  5. mrwweb
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Glad you thought they were worthwhile :)

    If anything looks weird when I update, I'll get right back to you.

  6. aldolat
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    The plugin has been updated to 1.3 version.

    Please, report any bug you may encounter.

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