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April's Call Posts


This plugin is useful if you are using lots of posts in a variety of ways on your website, i.e. not just on your homepage and not just separated out by categories. For example, You may have a blog with lots of information on upcoming events and lots of announcements. You have a variety of people who come to your blog looking for different information, and it’s hard for them to filter through everything. You can have a “Cats” page on which you talk about your stance on cats, and use [ahs_callposts] to also call in a list of posts in the “cats” category, perhaps only the most recent 10, perhaps just titles, perhaps displaying just excerpts, perhaps displaying an image for each post. Then have a separate page for the “dogs” category. Etc!


  • Specify category
  • Specify number of posts
  • Specify content style
  • Specify random order
  • Specify multiple columns
  • Create your own template (NEW as of 2.0)
  • … and more
  • Choose global default settings that can be overridden for any individual instance of the shortcode.


  • Documentation Area 1
  • Documentation Area 2
  • Documentation Area 3
  • Global Settings
  • Template Settings


  1. Upload the aprils-call-posts directory to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Study the documentation so you understand the options
  4. Start using the shortcode


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  • Added screenshots.
  • Fixed Readme.txt error.


  • Cleaned up code, updated to be compatible with latest PHP and WordPress.
  • Updated compatibility version.


  • Added option to ignore globally-set custom_field on specific shortcode instances.
  • Updated compatibility version.


  • Updated compatibility version.


  • Replaced a custom expert-generator with WordPress’s built-in one, to solve efficiency issues.


  • Fixed an error where excerpts and content were being manufactured even for templates that don’t include them
  • Updated compatibility version


  • Fixed a small error introduced by 2.0.9


  • Fixed a bug that was doing custom-post-type ordering incorrectly when there were a lot of posts


  • Fixed a bug introduced in 2.0.7 that affected situations where a shortcode was calling a single category (not custom tax)


  • Added ability to specify a different taxonomy than ‘category’ with category_tax


  • Added more tags (div, span, script, iframe) to the list of tags that are not stripped out with CONTENTNOIMG
  • Added category option “byid” which only grabs ids specified. You can also now specify an order of “post__in” which is useful in this case.
  • Updated compatibility and tweaked admin display css.


  • Fixed minor regex error causing wrong image sizes to be pulled.


  • Added option to pull in posts specified by ID.


  • Minor tweaks including adding a donate button.


  • Fixed a problem that converted dollar amounts (e.g. $10) to zero (0).


  • Default order set to DESC instead of ASC
  • Template tag added for ‘full content sans images’
  • Can now add a header to the resulting list that doesn’t show if list is empty


  • NEW!! Added a template-driven system for post display
  • FUN! Re-designed admin page to have tabs
  • Added option to specify a post_type to handle custom post types
  • Removed requirement for specifying a category/type


  • Fixed random ordering


  • Fixed problems with “linktitle”
  • Fixed broken ‘edit’ image if WP not installed in root


  • Fixed title-style list problem some people were having
  • Fixed get_the_excerpt() problem


  • Added proper LI as option for separating title-style list


  • Added option to pull posts in at random instead of just by post_date or custom field
  • Added option to control size of the image, if it’s included
  • Added option to choose ‘read more’ text and pre-‘read more’ text
  • Post titles now linked by default. Added option to un-link them
  • Miscellaneous code cleanup


  • Added shortcode examples to settings page.
  • Added col_item_width, so let you control the width of columns when in two-column mode
  • Moved included styles from stylesheet to settings page, to make them easier to maintain


  • Now can specify whether or not to show the date and if so, what PHP date() format to use.


  • Now can specify multiple categories.


  • Fixed path to icon_edit.gif.
  • Added do_action so that shortcode can be used in widgets


  • No significant changes have been made to the functionality; it’s just being converted to a legit plugin.


  • The first version of this plugin was actually a collection of functions in a single website’s functions.php file.