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Better RSS Widget

Replacement for the built in RSS widget that adds an optional link target, shortcode, and page conditionals.

2.7.1 - January 11th, 2015

  • Emergency release to fix missing widgets.

2.7.0 - January 10th, 2016

  • Tested and made enhancements to work with the latest version of WordPress (4.4.1)
  • Added option to change the HTML tags used for the list.
  • Fixed link to support to use the WordPress support area.
  • Removed the "Display this widget on" feature. Please use JetPack's Widget Visibility feature for this.

2.6.1 - December 28th, 2012

  • Quick fix to properly display the list of contributors.

2.6 - December 28th, 2012

  • Updated links in preparation for new features.
  • Fixed errors in language file so all text can be translated.
  • Added the ability to include a short description before the list.

2.5 - March 1st, 2011

  • Changed the language on the widget form to make the page selection more clear.
  • Defaulted all display settings to checked for easier installs.
  • Fixed a bug that did not keep all settings set when saving widget settings.

2.4 - February 27th, 2011

  • Changed the plugin options to use an object for cleaner code.
  • Turned on the RSS Cache by default. Can be turned off in settings.
  • Added default options in settings to the shortcode display - now follows your settings.
  • Fixed an error where the link target setting was not used in the shortcode.
  • Shortcode now uses the cache if it is enable in the plugin settings.
  • Added an option on the administration tab to search for instances of shortcode in all post types.
  • Added language translations for Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

2.3 - February 24th, 2011

  • Changed some code to work with the newly released WordPress 3.1 version.
  • Removed some error code during the plugin activation sequence.
  • Fixed a couple errors in the langauge settings.
  • Fixed the reset and save settings tabs so they do not conflict with other plugins.

2.2 - February 15th, 2011

  • Fixed an issue where the link target setting was not working.
  • Fixed an issue on the widget form that prevented some settings from being unset.
  • Fixed an issue where the feed title was not used with the form title was left blank.

2.1 - February 11th, 2011

  • Cleaned up code to remove extra stuff and reduce load.
  • Updated the settings screen to use my standard tabs.
  • Fixed a bug that would not allow you to set the target of links to none.
  • Fixed a bug that would force default settings over widget settings.
  • Added an option to link the RSS Icon to either the RSS URL or the URL entered for the title of the widget.
  • Added an option to not link the title of the widget.
  • Adjusted the widget form to reduce the height.

2.0 - July 22nd, 2010

  • Fixed a bug that caused IE8 to display all text after a feed as a link.
  • Fixed broken links on the settings page.
  • Fixed a few text entries to allow full language translation.

1.9 - June 3rd, 2010

  • Added the ability to set the number of words for item descriptions.
  • Added option to set the link URL for the feed title.
  • Added option in sidebar widget to hide the feed icon.

1.8.1 - May 11th, 2010

  • Fixing a bug created by adding the features in 1.8.

1.8 - May 11th, 2010

  • Added option for shortcode to use title or tags in the feed URL.

1.7 - May 11th, 2010

  • Fixed some code issues that were causing problems in 2.9.2.
  • Added fields to make it easier to translate the plugin.

1.6 - December 18th, 2009

  • Fixed a bug where the widget defaults were overridding the instance settings.

1.5 - December 18th, 2009

  • Added two new global options, excerpt length and exerpt prefix.
  • I really SHOULD look at all the suggestions when doing upgrades. :)

1.4 - December 17th, 2009

  • Added option to add a nofollow tag to all links.
  • Converted the options to save in one record instead of multiple records.
  • Code cleanup and optimization.

1.3 - December 17th, 2009

  • Removed a line of debug code that displayed with the shortcode.

1.2 - December 17th, 2009

  • Removed code that caused the plugin to cause fatal errors on PHP4 servers.

1.1 - December 17th, 2009

  • Fixed a bug so the plugin works in WordPress MU.
  • Added an option to the shortcode to display only the content, or the title if the content is blank.

1.0 - December 11th, 2009

  • Added conditionals to the widget to limit display to certain page types.

0.9 - November 21st, 2009

  • Added a shortcode to allow embedding RSS feeds into posts and pages.

0.8.5 - October 27th, 2009

  • Removed some debugging code left during the 0.8 upgrade.

0.8 - October 26th, 2009

  • Added option to disable the feed cache (enabled by default).
  • Change the default cache duration from 12 hours, set by WordPress, to 1 hour.
  • Added option to set the cache duration globally and per widget.
  • Added option to display the time for items.
  • Fixed a bug where the default settings were not being used in the widget form.

0.7 - October 24th, 2009

  • Fixed an error that prevent the widget form appearing on servers running PHP4.
  • Cleaned up the code and fixed a security issue.
  • Added a screenshot of the new screen.

0.6 - October 16th, 2009

  • Fixed a bug that caused a problem on older versions of RSS feeds.

0.5 - October 14th, 2009

  • First release

Requires: 2.5 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.4.5
Last Updated: 9 months ago
Active Installs: 8,000+


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