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Google News Just Better

A customizable list of Google News given: language & country code, keyword(s) or topic, cache recreation frequency, number of items to display. It


  • Changes: Attempt to fix a problem which makes the download happening continuously.


  • Changes: readme.txt file changed solely to inform about the retirement of this plugin in favour of RSS just better which does the same functionalities and more.


  • New feature: the user is able to set the cache refresh time both in the widget form and the shortcode

  • Change: Copyright set to 2012

  • Change: Replaced old email address (mywizardwebs@) with new (stefonthenet@)

  • Change: Added the plugin version number in the "Powered from" line at the botton

  • Change: Renamed plugin from Google News Widget/Shortcode to Google News Just Better

  • Change: Author URI, Plugin URI added to readme.txt file

  • Change: formatting topic and keyword(s) (now on the same line)

  • Change: "sport" (as default keyword removed from keyword(s) textbox in widget form

  • Change: List of Google News location set to 12 Nov 2011 (last time check)

  • Change: Topic Science/Technology has been split into Science and Technology (2 topics) by Google itself.

  • Change: Improved description of sample shortcode

  • Fixed bug: Boolean variables were not properly tested and caused some inconsistent views when used as a shortcode


  • New feature: forced feed cache to refresh every 30 minutes instead of the default 12 hours

  • New feature: made it (hopefully) compatible with XHTML1.0 by writing all tags and attributed in small letters

  • Changed feature: fetch_feed function is called to catch the feed instead of simplexml_load_file. Some users were unable to use this last PHP 5 function on their own webserver. (http://php.net/manual/en/function.simplexml-load-file.php)

  • Fixed bug: incorrect links to feed URLs in shortcodes were generated


  • New feature: Made titles linkable for shortcodes too

  • Change feature: Added a feed small icon linking to its feed URL (instead of linking to the title directly)

  • HTML tags are now stripped from the description to make the mouseover experience more meaningful

  • Fixed a bug which prevented the title to be linkable


  • Fixed a bug (introduced in 0.8) which showed the widget title twice

  • Amended the 0.7 changelog/Upgrade notice as a few changes were forgotten


(never released. used to test the bug-fix)

  • Fixed a bug which prevented non-standard chars to be displayed properly


  • New feature: added selection of local news (working for Usa and Canada English only)

  • New feature: Made the widget title linkable to the feed URL

  • Added proper error messages for: empty, non-existing URLs and invalid/misformatted feeds content

  • Added defaults for target and list (widget fields)

  • Added instruction to hide Warnings from the xmlsimple_load_file function

  • Fixed a bug which prevented proper display of description/summary with tags

  • Made it fully compatible with RSS standards where link and title might be omitted

  • Used the native PHP class simpleXML instead of the WordPress feed parser (Magpie)


  • added show/not excerpt and how many chars of it to the widget form/shortcode

  • fixed view of certain foreign countires in the widget's "Localization" drop down menu

  • updated readme.txt, fixed formatting


  • added show/not publication time to the widget form/shortcode

  • added show/not plugin's author to the widget form/shortcode

  • updated readme.txt and fixed links and some formatting


(never released. used to test the bug-fix)

  • fixed a which prevented working in admin for certain wp installations

  • added show/not publication date to the widget form/shortcode


  • fixed Plugin Home directory in the plugin file header (google-news-widget.php)


  • added topic, list and target to the widget form/shortcode

  • fixed a bug which prevented to show news, if no search-word was defined

  • enabled a shortcode version (to add news to posts/pages)

  • updated readme.txt file

  • updated description in the php file (made consistent with readme.txt)

  • introduced donation page


  • First release of google-news-widget

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 5 years ago
Active Installs: 2,000+


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