I was hoping someone could help me. I'm not looking for the "perfect soluion", but I'm stuck in a rut, and i think a second (or third, or fourth LOL) brain might be able to give me a fresh perspective.
I've been looking for a theme (or code, or hack) for the last 2.5 years, and have been unsuccessful in finding what I need. I've managed to "hack" stuff myself, but what I've done has turned out to be cumbersome. I'm thinking I'll need to write my own plugin for what I need to pull off.
The question, for me, however, is that what I've done is the rut I'm stuck in. I KNOW there's a better way to pull off what I need - so I was hoping if I asked you all about this, you might give me some ideas or direction in which way to go.
Basically, I need to either create a theme, or some functions, or write a plugin that will do the following:
1. Allow me to FULLY customize the order in which posts appear. I have 30 authors, and I need the posts they add to appear in order *by their position*. Not desc/asc or alphabetically or whatnot, but by a specific set of parameters that I designate.
2. Use date-based archives BUT the month needs to run from the 19th to the 20th of the prior 2 months - not from the 1st to the 30th/31st. i.e. The "May 2010" archive link needs to pull posts from dates between March 20th, 2010 - April 19th, 2010.
These are my two big requirements. The rest, I've been able to handle (like multiple authors on a post; and since the positions never change, but the people who *fill* them do making the old archives still show the old author's info) but I'm having a time pulling off the two items listed above.
Does anyone know of any unusual WP functions that might pull this off? Or even some PHP stuff that you could point me to? I'd really appreciate any input/ideas you all might have on this.