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Frontpage Manager

Description

Frontpage Manager allows you to customize how the posts appear on your frontpage in several different ways.

  • you can have the posts drawn from all categories or a subset of your choosing
  • you can choose how many posts should display (this is distinct from WordPress’ built-in Reading Settings which applies to all blog pages)
  • you can have each post limited in length by number of characters, words, or paragraphs
  • you can choose which HTML tags should be stripped from posts
  • you can specify a read more link, etc. if you like
  • you can hide the category in the page title, if you wish

The plugin will attempt to make sure that any tags that are interrupted by the post-limiting feature are matched so as not to cause formatting issues.

Compatibility

I have tested this plugin from WordPress 2.8.

Download

Version 1.3

Screenshots

  • See screenshot-1.png for a view of the Settings.

Installation

  • Install directly from WordPress (go to Plugins -> Add New)
    OR
  • Install manually
  1. Unzip the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/frontpage-manager/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Set your preferred settings through the Frontpage Manager section under WordPress’ Settings menu

FAQ

Does this plugin also apply if you have a static page set as your frontpage rather than latest posts?

Yes. There are settings in the back end such that you can apply all options to your main posts page even if you have a static page as the front page, and you can also apply the word/character/paragraph limitation to the page that is your static front page.

How can I style how the read more link looks?

The link is contained within a div that has been given the class ‘fpm_readon’. Simply add .fpm_readon{} to your theme’s style.css and put whatever CSS styling you want in it.

Contributors & Developers

“Frontpage Manager” 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

0.9 beta — December 2 2009

  • Plugin launched

0.91 beta — December 4 2009

  • Removed default from ‘Read more linktext’ so you don’t have to have any if you don’t want
  • Allowed option ‘all’ for ‘Tags to strip’ for those who wish to get rid of all HTML markup
  • Fixed small bug where ‘Tags to strip’ field was disappearing inappropriately

1.0 December 7 2009

  • Implemented selection of multiple categories from which posts will be displayed
  • Made it so ‘Read more linktext’ and ‘Text ending’ are not displayed when post is too short to require limiting

1.1 May 14 2010

  • Fixed the PHP error that showed up when no category was selected, and put in a warning
  • Made it so you can apply the word/character/paragraph limitation to a static front page
  • Made it so you can apply both post category/number limitation and word/character/paragraph limitation to main posts page, when it isn’t the front page (i.e. you have a static front page)
  • Made it so that the post category is not displayed in the title of the homepage

1.2 June 6 2010

  • Bug fix: Made the hide category in page title a togglable option in the backend since it doesn’t always seem to work 😛 This is just a quick workaround until I have the time to devote to figuring out why my method of hiding the category in page title, doesn’t always work (sigh!)

1.3 February 25 2011

  • Bug fix: The existing method of limiting by category was not working with WordPress 3.1 so I added in another method that should.
  • Bug fix: Made a small change having to do with hiding the category in the page title.