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Advent Calendar

Description

This plugin easily outputs an advent calendar for your chosen year (e.g. 2013).
In the current version one entry consits of a title and a featured image, that’s all!

Therefore the plugin provides the following functionality:

  • A custom post type called “Advent calendar entry”
  • A bulk creation utility to create 24 Advent calendar entries with one click. Each one is automatically scheduled
    for 1. – 24.12.
  • A shortcode which outputs an Advent calendar overview. You can use it with [advent-calendar year=”xxxx”], i.e
    for 2013 it would be [advent-calendar year=”2013″]
  • As long as an Advent calendar entry is not published the entry will not be clickable in the Advent calendar overview.
    After automatically publishing (make sure your WordPress virtual cron is running probapbly) the entry will be clickable
    and viewable.

Fits perfect for any website to release exclusive picture content on the 24 days before christmas.

Screenshots

  • This shows the overview of the Advent calendar output. In this specific demo the first Advent calendar entry is already published and therefore linked it has a preview of the featured image and a link to the single view.

Installation

  • Install the plugin.
  • Activate the plugin.
  • Use the bulk creation tool to create the Advent calendar entries.
  • Set a featured image for each Advent calendar entry.
  • Use the shortcode “[advent-calendar]” to output the Advent calendar overview.

FAQ

Defaults
  • Yeb, you are right, by default the Advent calender post type only provides a “title” and a “featured image”. If you
    want to extend it, read further 😉
Advent Calender Post Type Customization
  • Advent calender post type customization via the provided “pvb_acal_cpt_params” hook. The following example will extend
    the advent calender post type with the common post WordPress content / editor box. Youh can use the hook in your themes
    “functions.php” or in a plugin like

    function acal_change_post_type_params( $custom_post_type_params ) {
    $custom_post_type_params[‘supports’] = array(
    ‘title’,
    ‘editor’,
    ‘thumbnail’
    );
    return $custom_post_type_params;
    }
    add_filter( ‘pvb_acal_cpt_params’, ‘acal_change_post_type_params’ );

Single Advent Calender Template / View Customization
  • If you want to use a custom template for a single advent calender entry (the “detail view”) copy
    “wp-content/plugins/advent-calendar/public/views/single-advent-calendar-entry-custom.php” to your theme folder, i.e.
    “wp-content/themes/YOUR-THEME/single-advent-calendar-entry-custom.php”.

Contributors & Developers

“Advent Calendar” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

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Interested in development?

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Changelog

1.0.3

  • Provide “pvb_acal_cpt_params” hook to enable flexible “3rd party” customization of the advent calendar post type. For
    example: Now it is easy to add the normal “content” section (editor) to an advent calender entry
  • Provide further customization possibilities by loading a custom single advent calender entry template if present,
    the plugin checks for ‘single-advent-calendar-entry-custom.php’ in the folder of your active theme under
    wp-content/themes.

1.0.2

  • Increase overall theme compatibility: Remove specific twentythirteen functions in “public/views/single-advent-calendar-entry.php”.
  • Improve installation instructions.

1.0.1

  • Fixed misspelled “calender” to “calendar” everywhere.
  • Improve text in README.

1.0.0

  • Initial release.