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PostMash Custom – custom post order

Description

Posts are usually listed in reverse chronological order as they are often used for posting regular time-orientated content.

PostMash Custom lets you customise the order your posts are listed in using a simple Ajax drag-and-drop administrative interface, both regular posts and custom post types, with filtering for both standard taxonomy and custom taxonomies. Plus it gives quick access to toggle posts between draft and published states. Particularly useful if you’re using WordPress as a CMS.

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Credits

This version: Torstein Opperud, http:/opperud.com

The original postMash plugin and author: http://joelstarnes.co.uk/postMash/,
postMash (filtered): http://postmashfiltered.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/post-mash-filtered/

Localization

Currently only available in english.

Screenshots

  • From the filtering screen.
  • Change order by dragging posts up/down.

Installation

Upload to wp-content/plugins/ and activate.

To make use of this chosen order you will need to modify your template code:
Open wp-content/themes/your-theme-name/index.php and find the beginning of ‘the loop’. Which will start: if(have_posts()). Then add the following code directly before this:

<?php  
    $wp_query->set('orderby', 'menu_order');  
    $wp_query->set('order', 'ASC');  
    $wp_query->get_posts();  
?>

This just tells WP to get the posts ordered according to their ‘menu_order’ position. Therefore you can get the posts ordered anytime you use a function such as get_posts simply by giving it the required arguments:

<?php get_posts('orderby=menu_order&order=ASC'); ?>

Checkout the get_posts() function in the wordpress codex for more info.
Note that it says menu_order is only useful for pages, posts have a menu_order position too, it just isn’t used. postMash provides you with an interface so that you can use it.

Instructions for Twenty Ten

Things may seem a bit different in Twenty Ten, since the loop has been moved from the individual templatefiles into loop.php, but actually it still works almost exactly the same. Below is the entire code you need for Twenty Tens index.php:

<?php
/**
 * The main template file.
 *
 * This is the most generic template file in a WordPress theme
 * and one of the two required files for a theme (the other being style.css).
 * It is used to display a page when nothing more specific matches a query.
 * E.g., it puts together the home page when no home.php file exists.
 * Learn more: https://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
 *
 * @package WordPress
 * @subpackage Twenty_Ten
 * @since Twenty Ten 1.0
 */

get_header(); ?>

        <div id="container">
            <div id="content" role="main">
<?php  
    $wp_query->set('orderby', 'menu_order');  
    $wp_query->set('order', 'ASC');  
    $wp_query->get_posts();  
?>
            <?php
            /* Run the loop to output the posts.
             * If you want to overload this in a child theme then include a file
             * called loop-index.php and that will be used instead.
             */
             get_template_part( 'loop', 'index' );
            ?>
            </div><!-- #content -->
        </div><!-- #container -->

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

NEXT POST AND PREVIOUS POST LINKS

ALSO You can now use the ‘Next Post’ and ‘Previous Post’ calls in your template file ‘single.php’, as usual, but rather than calling items by date, it will call items using the same order as set in postMash, using the following modified commands in place of the regular tags

ORIGINAL TAGS

    next_post_link(); 
    previous_post_link();

MODIFIED TAGS

    next_post_link_menu(); 
    previous_post_link_menu();

(Please note that, by default, ‘In Same Category’ is set to TRUE. You will need to edit this if you wish to disable it. All other variables passed to the function should work as normal)

OPTIONAL ADMIN INSTALLATION

If you wish to view the posts in the WordPress admin ‘Edit Posts’ panel in the same order as you have set them postMash (rather than the default ‘Date Published’ or ‘Date Modified’), you can modify wp-admin/includes/post.php, on line 784 as follows;

ORIGINAL

    if ( isset($q['post_status']) && 'pending' === $q['post_status'] ) {
        $order = 'ASC';
        $orderby = 'modified';
    } elseif ( isset($q['post_status']) && 'draft' === $q['post_status'] ) {
        $order = 'DESC';
        $orderby = 'modified';
    } else {
        $order = 'DESC';
        $orderby = 'date';
    }


MODIFIED

    if ( isset($q['post_status']) && 'pending' === $q['post_status'] ) {
        $order = 'ASC';
        $orderby = 'menu_order';
    } elseif ( isset($q['post_status']) && 'draft' === $q['post_status'] ) {
        $order = 'ASC';
        $orderby = 'menu_order';
    } else {
        $order = 'ASC';
        $orderby = 'menu_order';
    }

FAQ

None of it’s working

The most likely cause is that you have another plugin which has included an incompatible javascript library onto the postMash admin page.

Try opening up your WP admin and browse to your postMash page, then take a look at the page source. Check if the prototype or scriptaculous scripts are included in the header. If so then the next step is to track down the offending plugin, which you can do by disabling each of your plugins in turn and checking when the scripts are no longer included.

Do I need any special code in my template

Yes, by default posts are shown in reverse chronological order, to show the posts in the order you set in postMash you will need to use different code to display your posts. Look in the install section for an example.

Which browsers are supported

Any good up-to-date browser should work fine. Tested in Firefox, IE7, Safari and Opera.

Contributors & Developers

“PostMash Custom – custom post order” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Changelog

1.0

  • Initial Release

1.0.1

  • Fixed “not permission”-errors when filtering, added screenshots, fixed some typos & such.

1.0.2

  • corrected some info