Message Flow

Description

Message Flow provides you with a shortcode you can use on your posts and pages to display your posts in a JavaScript widget powered by ContentFlow.

It even supports podcast integration with PowerPress and external podcast feeds.

Usage

Show the ten latest posts:
[message_flow]

Show the ten latest podcast episodes:
[message_flow podcasts_only=”true”]

Show the five latest posts from category number 11:
[message_flow numberposts=”5″ category=”11″]

Show the three latest posts from an external feed:
[message_flow numberposts=”3″ feed=”http://example.com/feed.rss”]

Disable excerpts:
[message_flow show_excerpt=”false”]

Default parameters:
[message_flow numberposts=”10″ category=”” podcasts_only=”FALSE” download_link_rel=”” permalink_link_rel=”” show_excerpt=”TRUE” excerpt_length=”10″ readmore_text=”Continue reading…” order=”DESC”]

Defining the thumbnails (Album Art)

The thumbnails used in the widget are taken from the posts’ featured images. In the event that a podcast does not have a featured image available, Message Flow will check the following locations for a suitable fallback image:

  1. A URL to the fallback image in the shortcode: [message_flow fallback_image="http://example.com/default_image.png"]
  2. If you’re using the PowerPress podcasting plugin, the default image will be taken from the iTunes image. PowerPress users can configure this in the “iTunes Feed Settings” section of PowerPress’ configuration. (/wp-admin/admin.php?page=powerpress/powerpressadmin_basic.php)
  3. In your theme’s directory. Just make sure it’s 165 pixels square and named “unknown-album_165.png”

Screenshots

  • Simply add the shortcode to your post or page
  • The Message Flow widget will be placed wherever you put the shortcode

Changelog

1.1.8

  • Released on 06/14/2016
  • Tested for WordPress 4.5+
  • Added shortcode option message_flow.
  • Shortcode option message-flow still supported, but keep in mind message_flow is preferred. Shortcodes with dashes also match shortcodes before the slash, e.g. message is also a shortcode when dash is present. Underscore does not have this problem.

1.1.7

  • Added excerpt_length and readmore_text parameters to shortcode

1.1.6

  • Fixed undefined variable warning when WP_DEBUG is enabled

1.1.5

  • Automatically truncate long posts so widget doesn’t become too large
  • Added “show_excerpt” parameter
  • Fixed “Invalid argument supplied” warning

1.1.4

  • Added support for regular posts that lack an associated podcast episode
  • Added “podcasts_only” parameter: [message_flow podcasts_only="true"]

1.1.3

  • Fixed bug where post content would be inaccurate for some episodes within widget

1.1.2

  • Fixed WP_DEBUG errors that appear when site has no podcast episodes

1.1.1

  • Fixed WP_DEBUG errors
  • Added screenshots
  • Added more usage examples

1.1

  • First public release

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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