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Cricket Moods

Cricket Moods is a flexible "mood tag" WordPress plugin. It allows an author to add one or more "moods" to every post.


By default, Cricket Moods will automatically print each post's moods just above each post's content. You may also have it automatically print the mood just below the post content by changing the appropriate option in the Cricket Moods options panel.

Using the "Moods" panel under "Manage" in the WordPress administrative area, you can add, modify, and delete moods as you see fit. Leaving the "Mood Name" blank will cause Cricket Moods not to display any text with that mood's image for a purely pictorial representation of your mood. Conversely, you can leave the "Image File" blank and no smilie or other image will be shown with that mood. Deleting a mood will also remove any references to that mood from your blog posts.


If you want your moods to be displayed somewhere other than directly above or below the content, you must place cm_the_moods() somewhere inside The Loop and disable AutoPrint in the Cricket Moods options. When called with no parameters, cm_the_moods() only prints the mood image followed by the mood name, an ampersand, and any more moods followed by ampersands. For example, on a post with the moods "Happy" and "Bored" it will print:

  <img src="/wp-images/smilies/icon_happy.gif" alt="Happy emoticon" /> Happy
      &amp; <img src="/wp-images/smilies/icon_neutral.gif" alt="Bored emoticon" />

If there are no moods for the current post, it will print nothing.

cm_the_moods() can take three parameters:

    <?php cm_the_moods('separator', 'before', 'after'); ?>
  • separator (string) Text to place in between multiple moods. Default is ' &amp; '.
  • before (string) Text to place before the first mood. Default is nothing.
  • after (string) Text to place after the last mood. Default is nothing.

A good way to implement this would be:

    <?php cm_the_moods(' and ', '<p>My mood is: ', '.</p>'); ?>


You can also use cm_has_moods() to determine if the current post or a specific post has moods associated with it. It will return true or false accordingly.

cm_has_moods() can take one parameter:

    <?php cm_has_moods(post_id); ?>
  • post_id (integer) The ID of the post you are inquiring about. Default is the ID of the current post.

    cm_has_moods() must be used inside The Loop if post_id is not provided.

Known Issues

  • Things get a little fuzzy when you change the author of an existing post with mood tags. If the two authors do not have the exact same mood list, the associated moods may seem to unexpectedly change or not show at all. It is recommended that you disassociate all the moods from a post before changing the post's author.
  • Editing the post of another user will cause that user's moods to be displayed, not yours. This is an unavoidable feature.


Cricket Moods: A flexible mood tag plugin for the WordPress publishing platform. Copyright (c) 2008 Keith Constable

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

Requires: 2.6 or higher
Compatible up to: 2.7
Last Updated: 8 years ago
Active Installs: 100+


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