Advanced Post List

Description

Advanced Post Lists (APL) sets itself apart from being “Just Another Post List Plugin” by giving admins the most amount of control when displaying Recent Posts, Related Posts, Future Posts, or a list of posts in general. However, there is a learning curve.

You must know:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • (Optional)
    • JavaScript
    • PHP

In many ways, APL is designed to act much like The Loop which is most notable in Themes, but APL takes that concept and turns it into an Admin tool that can easily be changed, moved, or added/removed. This eliminates much of the backend work, and prevents being limited to what is hardcoded into a theme.

APL accomplishes 3 main types of tasks. Filter, Design, and Placement.

Filter

  • Custom Post Type and Taxonomy Support – Displays Posts/Pages from custom post types, taxonomies, and terms. This includes other plugins, but may not be compatibly supported.
  • Enhanced/Diverse Queries – Capable of diverse filter configuration when displaying posts. This feature allows…
    • Different Post Types -> Taxonomies query configurations.
    • Multiple Page Parents from multiple Post Types.
  • Dynamic Filters (Terms & Page Parents) – Grabs values to filter by that is based on the current page being viewed. Ex. Displaying Related Posts in a Header, Footer, Sidebar, etc..
  • Show Content from Published, Private, Future, etc. – Display content on the frontend so users don’t have to navigate to the admin side. Allowing private landing pages to be created. Note: Further development may be required.

Design

  • Internal Shortcodes – Primarily used to add various data from a given Post/Page, but the capabilities is rather extensive, and being able to extend to custom PHP functions the options are practically limitless. See documentation for a full list & details.
  • Custom Formats to Loop ( The Loop ) – Themes follow this concept, but APL turns that concept into a tool. The “List Content” loop, as well as the before & after, is where most of the work is done with preset HTML, CSS, JS, & PHP designs. It is also optional to set an Empty Message (No Posts Found) to display.

Placement

  • Post List Shortcode – User friendly method of adding Preset Post Lists to a section of a page.
  • Sidebar Widget – Easier to use. However, adding post list shortcodes to the text sidebar also produces the same results.
  • PHP Hardcode – For more extensive design work. There is a public function for displaying Preset Post Lists where WordPress support and functions for admins aren’t fully present.

This is an evolved version of Kalins Post List. Most of the credit for the idea behind APL goes to that plugin. As you may have noticed, APL is still in the development stages of its target version (1.0.0).

APL’s Documentation is located on GitHub Wiki (WIP). Which is also open for others to contribute.

Questions/Bug Report submit thread / ticket at WordPress or GitHub Issue / Tickets.

Screenshots

  • A few samples of the plugin.
  • Insert saved presets via shortcodes to display it on a page/post.
  • A basic view of the Admin UI.
  • General options and support.

Installation

  1. Upload zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings->Advanced Post List to access the settings.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload zip to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings->Advanced Post List to access the settings.
Where is the settings page?

Inside your admin dashboard under Settings->Admin Post List.

How do I display the post list that I created?

You need to locate and copy the shortcode which is in the Advance Post List – Settings page on the saved preset table. Then create a page/post and paste the shortcode on your page/post (e.g. [post_list name=’some-preset-name’])

Reviews

Awesome plugin for developres!

Finally, found an awesome tool for making content list.
If you are a developer and you seek for highly customizable tool for making any content list (no matter what kind of list — list, carousel, post-grid, etc.),
this plugin is made for you!

And, while other plugins can’t be customized until you buy a ‘PRO’ version, this plugin offers flexible functionality for free.

The only minus is that you need HTML, CSS(, JS, PHP) knowledge to make it work the way you want to. But again, this plugin is made for developers, and if you are a developer, this minus is negligible.

good plugin, in the beginning somehow difficult

Except of the images that don’t work and my first missunderstanding about the “do-it-yourself” html Syntax.
This plugin seems to be very powerfull. Up to now i had not the chance to explore all of them. And for some features i will may need further assistance we will see.

Great tool for filtering and displaying

This plugin helped create a site featuring running news items. We could display just posts within preset tags and categories and date, etc. Also the plugin was fairly easy to customize with css to modify the look.

There was a learning curve, about what I would have expected. I don’t have anything negative to report, just a thank you to the dedicated co-author who kept the plugin going.

Finally a good powerful list plugin.

This plugin gives you 100% control over the list building process, with access to the entire array of post/page properties, including metas. Simply perfect (although the GUI could be improved).

This plugin is pure awesomeness!

It makes it easy to build custom designed post lists and grids in no time. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be maintained anymore, as the last update was more than two years ago… I wish the developer would make a pro version and give it a little love. I would definitely pay for a maintained version of Advanced Post List – it’s simply too good to be abandoned lile this.

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Contributors & Developers

“Advanced Post List” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Advanced Post List” has been translated into English (Canada). Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

0.3.7

  • Fixed warning with load_plugin_textdomain.

0.3.6

  • Added load_plugin_textdomain and .pot files.

0.3.5

  • Fixed [post_excerpt] breaking last word.
  • Fixed [post_excerpt length=””] not trimming if post excerpt is found.
  • Fixed [php_function] Undefined Constant with KALIN_ALLOW_PHP when APL_ALLOW_PHP is defined.
  • Added [post_title length=””] attribute.

0.3.4

  • Fixed [final_end] not updating output string.

0.3.3

  • Fixed [final_end] missing a param.
  • Fixed Undefined index: post__not_in.
  • Added initial Localization to prep support for multiple languages.

0.3.2

  • Changed Internal Shortcodes to a Class Object as a Shortcode API.
  • Changed support to Internal Shortcode to allow Attributes to be added in any order.
  • Added attributes aliases user_name & user_description for the Labels attribute in [post_author].
  • Removed attribute labels that no longer exist in WP for the Labels attribute in [post_author].
  • Added custom max size support for the Size attribute in [post_thumb].
  • Fixed extract to correctly grab img tags for the Extract attribute in [post_thumb].
  • Fixed encoding when creating an excerpt from post/page content in [post_excerpt].
  • Added [post_type] shortcode, and label attribute.
  • Added error check in [item_number].
  • Added check if other plugin is active in [post_pdf].
  • Added APL_ALLOW_PHP constant as a required varible for [php_function].
  • Removed APLCallback Class Object file.
  • Changed Dialog location for Internal Shortcode to a seperate file.
  • Added more encapsulation to initializing other class files.

0.3.1

  • Added Assets.
  • Added Icon to Assets.
  • Changed Screenshots directory to Assets folder.
  • Updated jQuery MultiSelect UI Widget files version 1.14 to 1.16.
  • Fixed [post_terms] grabbing a wrong param.

0.3.0

  • Fixed error ‘Un-Defined Variables and Non-Objects’ with Excluding Duplicates.
  • Fixed List Amount ‘-1’ Returning Nothing.
  • Fixed Any/All Selection not properly querying Terms within the Taxonomy.
  • Changed Admin Header Links in APL Admin Settings Page.
  • Updated GPLv2 Information.

0.3.b9

  • Added ‘[post_terms]’ Internal Shortcode function to add Custom Taxonomy Terms.
  • Fixed MultiSelect Button Width using default width.
  • Updated Google APIs jQuery UI CSS version 1.8.21 to 1.11.4 to match WP 4.5.3 jQuery UI JS version.
  • Updated jQuery MultiSelect UI Widget files version 1.12 to 1.14.

0.3.b8

  • Added Widget support.
  • Added param label to author shortcode.
  • Added param size to post_thumb.
  • Fixed warning errors with WP’s debug config enabled.
  • Fixed Taxonomy Tabs not showing category/tag text.
  • Fixed AJAX Save Preset Button not updating text.
  • Fixed Save Preset Button enlarging each click.
  • Fixed Admin Preview not showing.
  • Fixed (preview) post list dynamics on admin side.
  • Fixed Delete Database Upon Deactivation no saving to APL database.
  • Fixed jQuery UI CSS file not loading with https sites.
  • Changed APLQuery class to reduce memory load, and remove nested code.

0.3.b7

  • Fixed Admin UI Multiselect jQuery plugin not closing.
  • Fixed Multiselect not updating values.
  • Changed Admin Header Links in the Settings page.
  • Changed Screenshots.

0.3.b6

  • Added Label Elements to Admin Option Settings.
  • Added Info Dialogs to the General Options Section.
  • Added Updater Class Object.
  • Added Backwards Compatibility to APLPresetDbObj & APLPresetObj Class.
  • Added More Security to the Backup Feature.
  • Added Version Variable to Export Output File.
  • Added an Overwrite Confirmation Before Finalizing the Import Operation.
  • Fixed ‘Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded’.
  • Fixed Issue with jQuery UI ‘Current Page’ Parent Selector.
  • Fixed/Changed Import/Export Layout & Elements.
  • Fixed Backup (Export/Download/Import) Feature.
  • Fixed JSON Converter to Display PHP Errors Instead of Breaking.
  • Fixed Import to Update Preset(s) being imported.
  • Changed jQuery UI Dialog Messages to use a Dynamic JS Function.
  • Changed APLCore Constructor/Init & Import Upgrading Process.
  • Changed APLPresetDbObj Constructor to Optionally Create an Empty Class.
  • Changed Back-up Procedures to Use Both a Handler and a Final Function.
  • Changed Import File Uploads from Single to Multiple Files.

0.3.b5

  • Added ‘Any/All’ term setting to taxonomies.
  • Added User/Visitor Permissions.
  • Added Author filter.
  • Added Ignore Sticky Posts filter.
  • Added Exclude Posts filter.
  • Added Exclude Duplicate Posts from Current Page setting.
  • Added an Exit Message.
  • Added database upgrade for 0.3.beta5.
  • Added additional support to scripts.
  • Added empty index.php files to all folders.
  • Fixed Post Status grabbing private content.
  • Fixed duplicate posts bug.
  • Changed ‘Post Status’ filter to carry multiple values.
  • Changed Admin Dialogs.
  • Changed jQuery register script location.

0.3.b4

  • Fixed dynamics with post lists with ‘Include Terms’ within taxonomy and ‘Current Page’ post parent.
  • Fixed excluding current page.
  • Fixed always deleting database upon deactivation.
  • Changed ‘get’ functions for post_types, taxonomies, and terms.
  • Changed primary author.
  • Changed Plugin Page URL on admin page.

0.3.b3

  • Fixed some ‘scrict’ errors that were being tossed.
  • Fixed the Activation, Deactivation, and Delete/Uninstall action hooks.

0.3.b2

  • Fixed issue with script interference.
  • Fixed installing/restoring default preset settings.

0.3.b1

  • Added Custom Post Type and Taxonomy support.
  • Added JQuery UI features.
  • Added “Post Status” setting for presets.
  • Added APLQuery class to shadow WP_Query.
  • Added a plugin database update for the change preset settings.
  • Changed “Post Parent” to carry multiple parent pages instead of just one.
  • Changed script and style handling to use wp_enqueue.
  • Changed from get_posts() to APLQuery (WP_Query) class.
  • Changed APLPresetObj class.
  • Changed import file to accommodate for new preset settings.

0.3.a1

  • Initial v0.3 Release

0.2.0

  • Added a ‘General Settings’ section for core settings.
  • Added Import/Export feature.
  • Added a preset download feature.
  • Added admin.css to separate styles from admin.php file.
  • Added a new default css style button.
  • Fixed database version checking.
  • Fixed PHP hardcode string that was displayed to the admin.
  • Fixed ‘Exclude Current’.
  • Fixed Before, Content, and After TextArea to expand correctly.
  • Changed ‘Upon plugin deactivation clean up all database entries’ to a yes/no ratio.

0.1.1

  • Fixed including required files.

0.1.0

  • Basic clean up and reorganizing.
  • Added phpdocumentation to created files.

0.1.b1

  • ‘Post Parent’ combo box was corrected to now display only pages
  • ‘Orderby’ combo box was corrected to pass values that WordPress allows with WP Query
  • Edited some of the front end designs to make it current with the plugin
  • Post data is now being correctly pulled within APL_run
  • A clean up was done on 0.1.a1

0.1.a1

  • -Very first working version-
  • Fixed ‘Require all categories’.
  • Upgraded core functions.