EasyIndex

Description

It’s EASY to create an index on your WordPress blog with EasyIndex. It works right out of the box.

Most other index solutions require you to laboriously select and add each category or tag you want to index , or even look up category and post IDs.
With EasyIndex, you just select the things you want to index from a list and the plugin can create an index almost instantly.

With other index solutions, you are stuck with just one format – EasyIndex has 9 index styles (26 in the Plus version) that you can easily customize with different fonts, colors, text styles and HTML tags.

You can easily add indexes to your menu, and if you want, EasyIndex will automatically make submenu items as required.

And according to our Beta Testers, the link to a relevant help page that’s next to every field on the setup screen really made using EasyIndex a breeze.

As well as generating indexes, EasyIndex Plus creates customizable sidebar photo galleries – which you can also embed in posts using a shortcode.

Want a gallery of your latest posts but only include posts from selected categories? EasyIndex Plus can do that with just a few clicks.

Would you like to make a Pinterest style gallery from your posts? If you’ve got EasyIndex Plus and a spare 30 seconds, you’re done!

Screenshots

  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample index
  • Sample gallery
  • Sample text index
  • Sample text index
  • Sample text index
  • Simple style selection
  • Index options
  • Easy to select what it is you want to index

Installation

Using the WordPress Dashboard

  1. Login in to admin on your blog
  2. Go to Plugins
  3. Select Add New
  4. Search for EasyIndex
  5. Select Install
  6. Select Install Now
  7. Once the plugin has been uploaded, select Activate Plugin

Manual

  1. Download and unzip the plugin into a local folder
  2. Upload the entire EasyIndex directory to the wp-content/plugins directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress

FAQ

How does EasyIndex work?

EasyIndex reads all the posts in a selected taxonomy (i.e. categories, tags or other any other grouping your theme or plugins may have defined)
and filters them by terms you select. It automatically scans each post for a suitable image to make a thumbnail from and then displays all the thumbnails grouped by terms, or in an ungrouped gallery

What does EasyIndex do that WordPress can’t?

EasyIndex makes it really easy to select exactly what it is you want to index (you don’t have to know post or category IDs) and then lets you format your index just the way you want it.

Can I use EasyIndex “out of the box”?

Absolutely!

You can create an index in just a few minutes with minimal setup. All you need to do is click “Add new” index, select what it is you want to index, and hit “Publish”. Job done!

There’s all sorts of goodies that you can adjust later, but you can create a serviceable index right out of the box.

How can I customize EasyIndex?

There are 4 levels of customization in EasyIndex.

First you can decide the style of index you want. EasyIndex has 9 styles you can choose from – EasyIndex Plus has 26 styles, including Pinterest style galleries.

Second, although EasyIndex comes standard with default formatting that will work “out of the box”, you can easily change things like HTML tags, fonts and colors used for headings and text.

Third, you can add your own custom CSS if you want extra control.

Finally, Live Formatting in EasyIndex Plus lets you change almost every CSS style on every index element and you can see the effect of your changes as you make them

Is it supported?

We have a support site where you can read the documentation, view instructional videos and post support tickets.

For EasyIndex Plus users, we’ll do our best to answer every support ticket within 24 hours (it may take a little longer on weekends and holidays).

We’ll try to get to support tickets from users of the free plugin within a week.

Reviews

Looks nice, but it’s more complicated than it needs to be.

I started using EasyIndex when Visual Recipe Index stopped working. EasyIndex, once set up, looks really nice. But I do have some problems with the way the indexing works, particularly with slugs.

Ideally, I would select the category I wanted indexed. That category would then show up in my menu and, when clicked, would show all of the posts within it. Instead, you click the category on the menu and you then have to click the category thumbnail, and THEN it will show you the posts. You can create a custom link in the menu to bypass this, but you still wind up with a slug that looks like this: “website.com/index/photography/photography.” Which is entirely unnecessary.

Also, if you don’t want your menu items changing, you can’t even use the index the way it’s made. You have to change everything to a custom link, which is a pain. If you don’t, you risk your site menu items changing to whatever page you’re on…which breaks the alignment of the menu and keeps readers from having full access to your entire site.

What I would love is for this plugin to just let you create a shortcode that you could insert into a page or post, which is what VRI used to do. That way, you can EASILY customize the way you want your site to be indexed. As is, this plugin is more complicated than it really needs to be and doesn’t give me as much control as I would like.

Ultimately, I can get it to do what I need it to do, just in a very roundabout way.

No Support!!!!

It is easy to install and looks good. But not all my categories would work–the index image would show up but would not link to the posts under that category. Half my categories will not link; comes up with an error message. It’s been a month and still no answer. Even emailed again and said I am interested in buying premium version if you can help me fix this problem. Still no answer. Boo!

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Contributors & Developers

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

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Changelog

1.1.1663

  • Update: Tested with WP 4.7
  • Update: Added an option to allow duplicates on “Sample of posts” and Text indexes
  • Update: Resolved a clash with the GK Widget Rules plugin (Plus version)
  • Update: Allow more than 3 levels of hierachy on taxonomies
  • Update: Added an option to re-count taxonomy terms
  • Fix: Fix settings link on Help page
  • Fix: Fixed issues with special characters in widget name and “More” text (Plus version)
  • Fix: Minor display issue on taxonomy term names in index edit

1.0 Build 1637

  • Update: Cleaned up UI CSS
  • Update: More explicit UI CSS
  • Update: Added PHP memory limit option for thumbnail creation
  • Update: Added new gallery style (Plus)
  • Update: Added capability to adjust title height on basic formatting
  • Update: Suppress errors from the GD library
  • Fix: Hardcoded table prefix in Widget.php (Plus)

1.0 Build 1605

  • Fix: Fix thumbnail generate in Plus version

1.0 Build 1602

  • Fix: Fix thumbnail generate in Plus version

1.0 Build 1600

  • Fix: Fix warning in customiseTitle()

1.0 Build 1599

  • Fix: Force thumb regenerate when source image changes
  • Fix: Fix index links for some permalink settings
  • Fix: Fix index links for non root WordPress installs
  • Update: Added debug logging

1.0 Build 1574

  • Update: Include extra screenshot in readme.txt (Free version)
  • Update: Prevent an image being shown twice on an index
  • Update: Made the instructions for thumbnail preselection clearer
  • Minor fix: Remove references to license key in settings save (Free version)

1.0 Build 1570

  • Update: Minor changes for wordpress.org compliance

1.0 Build 1569

First release