Series is a plugin created to allow users to easily link posts together by using a WordPress taxonomy (like tags or categories) called “series”. It can be particularly useful if you write several posts spanning the same topic and want them tied together in some way that tags or categories doesn’t cover.
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- Why was this plugin created?
Originally, it was a bit of a proof-of-concept of how plugins could create custom taxonomies based off a couple of highly-popular WordPress tutorials I wrote (Custom taxonomies in WordPress 2.8 and Using custom taxonomies to create a movie database).
However, it was also a plugin I wanted for my personal blog. I’d been using custom fields for years to handle series, but it was always kind of a crude method of doing so. When WordPress created the Taxonomy API, I knew it was time to build something simple and usable for handling series on my site.
- What does this plugin do, exactly?
It creates a new taxonomy called “series” for use on your site. It gives you template tags, shortcodes, and widgets to allow you to more easily tie posts together in a series.
Basically, you get a new meta box on the edit post screen titled “Series” that works just like regular tags. You can input a series name to add a post to a series. You also get a “Series” screen under the “Posts” menu in the WordPress admin.
- What widgets are available to use?
- Series: List Posts – This widget allows you to list posts from any series you’ve created.
- Series: List Related – This widget displays posts within the current post’s series. So, it only shows up under two conditions: 1) you’re viewing a single post and 2) the current post is within a series.
- Are there other functions to use in my theme?
All standard WordPress functions for taxonomies work. The name of the taxonomy is
series. So, if you want to do anything custom, WordPress already has the functions you need. I’m not going to list them all here. That’d be just like rewriting a large portion of the WordPress Codex, which is already available to you.
If you’re looking for a specific template tag, start with the category template tags. Most of them allow you to use custom taxonomies.
- Can you show me some examples?
Okay. I’ll show a few, but you’ve probably seen them before if you’ve done anything with tags or categories.
- Displaying a “tag” cloud
- ‘series’ ) ); ?>
- Displaying the current post’s series
- Displaying a “category” list of series
‘series’, ‘title_li’ => false ) ); ?>
- Can I create custom templates for series?
Certainly. You can create templates for series archives. Just copy your theme’s
index.phptemplate. Then, rename it to
taxonomy-series.phpand make custom modifications from there.
If you want a template for a specific series, name the template
- Can you add feature X?
I’ll consider it. Let me know what features you’d like to see added to the plugin. Just keep in mind that I want this plugin to stay relatively lightweight. Any features added should be useful for most of the plugin’s users.
- This is way too complicated for me!
Please let me know how I could make things simpler for you in a future version of the plugin.
Also, keep in mind that there are other series plugins out there. This particular plugin might not be the best fit for you. However, I’m more than willing to listen to feedback on making things easier.
Does what it needs to do and still works fine, even though not updated for a long time. Somewhere in the support forum of one of his plugins, Justin said he would only update a plugin when necessary (read: when it doesn't work after a WP core upgrade or a vulnerability has been discovered). Although that is fine, since there is already too much change for the sake of change, it might be a good idea to do a WP-compatibility bump now and than. If it weren't for Justin's reputation, I would never consider using a plugin that hasn't received updates for over two years.
This an A+ job.
I do not know Justin Tadlock personally but he is probably the best maker of plugins in the world. This is another hole-in-one from the Tiger Woods of plugins:
- - it works just like it says on the box
- - it's elegant and has no annoying promotional or other types of notifications
Please see the
changelog.md file included with the plugin. Or, you can view the online change log.