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WP SIMILE Timeline

Integrates the SIMILE Timeline into WordPress and provides an option interface for the various timeline settings.

0.4.9 (26/09/2014)

  • WordPress 4.0 compatibility
  • Fixed start and end dates for posts
  • Fixed faulty SQL queries
  • Various bugfixes (10/01/2013)

  • Fixed wpdb::prepare() calls with second parameter (21/03/2012)

  • Fix for custom taxonomies with empty query_var
  • Fixes 'insufficient permissions error' when deleting hotzones
  • Fix for direct link of posts when image attachments are shown in timeline
  • Event dates enabled for custom post types with category or post_tag support (12/12/2011)

  • Fixes issue with uncontrollable redirect to history.html?0
  • Support for WordPress tags and custom taxonomies
  • Support for custom post types that use standard taxonomies (categories and tags)
  • WordPress 3.3 compatibility (WordPress 2.x not supported anymore) (21/07/2010)

  • Changed the date formatting for info bubbles according to WordPress date/time option
  • New option to show/hide the event date inside the popup bubble
  • Correctly parsing RSS links with SimplePie (fixes XML parsing errors)
  • Fixed issues with hotzones and decorators not saving at all on certain installations
  • Plugin activation hook is now correctly executed (21/06/2010)

  • Fixed initialization issues with WP 3.0 (Status code 404 on external scripts) (16/06/2010)

  • Fixed initialization issues when prototype.js is used (empty timeline frame)

0.4.8 (13/06/2010)

  • Fixed missing argument error in template function
  • Timeline is correctly inserted at the position of the shortcode
  • Timeline start and stop boundaries can be defined
  • Added contextual documentation links (WordPress help tab)
  • Added Belorussian language files (thanks to Marcis G.)
  • Various fixes for WordPress 3.0 compatibility

0.4.7 (18/12/2009)

  • Implemented contextual help links (inside the small help tab in the admin interface). The documentation will move to the Google group soon.
  • Renamed custom stylesheet template timeline.css to /data/custom.css
  • Fully switched admin page implementation to PHP classes
  • Updated Italian locale
  • Updated screenshots
  • Fixed bug when creating link categories
  • JavaScript bugfixes for UI tabs
  • Admin CSS, JavaScript fixes
  • WordPress 2.9 ready (05/12/2009)

  • Fixed output post content in popup bubbles (Formatting and more tag are preseved)
  • Added confirmation dialog on hotzone and decorator deletion (Admin page) (25/11/2009)

  • Admin page bugfixes
  • Reverted to default styling of event icons (removes grey border)
  • Solved issues with PHP 4 compatibility (24/11/2009)

  • Added support for customizable Hotzones and Highlight Decorators
  • New option to use image attachments from posts to display in the timeline (Compact Painter)
  • Uses new API version from SIMILE servers
  • Updated interface options in the design tab
  • Fixed saving bug of active categories (again)
  • Fixed color picker position on options page
  • Implemented security measures for query strings in frontend files (js,xml)
  • Fixed bug when adding categories after plugin initialization (23/10/2009)

  • Fixed two misspelled language namespace identifiers on options page
  • Updated i18n: Fully translated in Italian (23/10/2009)

  • Markup fixes on admin options page (plus new color picker)
  • Compatible up to WordPress 2.8.5 (20/10/2009)

  • Fixes major bug when saving category settings on timeline options page (due to a deprecated action hook).
  • Updated i18n: Fully translated in German

0.4.6 (08/09/2009)

  • WordPress 2.8.4 compatibility
  • Markup and stability fixes on option pages. Fixes Setting-get-erased-bug (thanks to Shane and Erin)
  • Fixed Jump to link location-bug (thanks to rudevich)
  • JavaScript fixes on option pages (jQuery tabs) (02/04/2009)

  • Fixed collision with JavaScript (jQuery UI Tabs) when inserting media in posts. (22/03/2009)

  • Fixed: Database-options were initialized with empty values (21/03/2009)

  • IMPORTANT: The plugin drops compatibility with WP 2.3 due to the usage of WP 2.5 specific post interface methods as well as jQuery UI tabs.
  • IMPORTANT: The custom field options timeline_icon, timeline_image and timeline_link were renamed! See the online-documentation for new syntax!
  • Implemented new date options for imprecise events (latestStart and earliestEnd) in post panel
  • Tab-enhanced admin interface using WordPress built-in jQuery UI Tabs (renders plugin only compatible with WP 2.5+)
  • Implemented uninstall method to remove plugin-related database entries (also helpful for troubleshooting)
  • Removed redundant color settings in JavaScript files (all done with CSS now)
  • Fixed: Only active categories with at least one post were listed on the options page
  • Fixed: IE JavaScript error in onload.js ('Event' is undefined) by simply removing that statement (11/03/2009)

  • Updated SIMILE API URL to new location
  • Generic fixes for changes in the new SIMILE API
  • Timeline-themes are handled completely via CSS (An integrated dynamic theme processes the option settings).
  • Updated Italian locale files (thanks to Gianni Diurno)
  • Fixed directory names in FAQ

0.4.5 (01/03/2009)

  • Implemented new shortcode and function parameter scriptfile to load custom JS init file from the data folder.
  • Added reset option for start and end date option in post interface.
  • Simplified JavaScript initialization (thanks to Pete Myers).
  • Added new option for the timeline start focus.
  • Added new option to change click event for timeline entries.

0.4.4 (14/01/2009)

  • Included ADOdb Date Time Library to make dates before 1970 possible (replaced mysql2date() with adodb_date2()).
  • Added version check on option-page entry to prevent update and initialisation problems

0.4.3 (07/01/2009)

  • New post option to define event start date (in addition to the end date) to visualize durations
  • Fixed date formatting in XML file (thanks to Ben ter Stal)
  • Fixed IE XML parsing errors

0.4.2 (04/01/2009)

  • Extended shortcode and template functions with optional parameters for categories
  • Removed duplicate closing brace in timeline.xml
  • Fixed link to options page inside plugin description

0.4.1 (30/12/2008)

  • Fixed whitespace error in XML data when using timeline_icon or timeline_image

0.4.0 (02/11/2008)

  • Fixed PHP error on plugin activation.
  • Included Italian locale files (contributed by Gianni Diurno)

0.3.9a (20/10/2008)

  • Link categories can also be selected for the timeline: If a link holds an RSS-link, the specific feed is parsed and read into the timeline. Specify a link image to style your feed entries in the timeline (e.g a favicon of the feed service).
  • Refactored acquisition of categories with WP core functions (taxonomy.php)

0.3.8a (17/10/2008)

  • Fixed blank admin menu page on some installations. Now uses the correct API hook admin_menu.
  • Fixed inital installation of database table for MySQL4 and default configuration options.

0.3.7a (15/10/2008)

  • Added optional custom field timeline_link to define a custom link for the title inside the timeline bubble.
  • Set showposts to maximum. All entries from the selected categories are shown.
  • Fixed XML output of the content using WordPress core sanitization functions from wp-includes/formatting. Styled content is possible now.
  • Introduced localized option page for en_US and de_DE. Contributors are welcome!

0.3.6a (14/10/2008)

  • Added options for timeline resolution (year, month, week, day, hour) and its interval width in pixels. This replaces the vague resolution selection from previous versions and allows better customisation.
  • Fixed markup and CSS for end date in the post write panel.

0.3.5a (12/10/2008)

  • Fixed broken option page form action

0.3.4a (11/10/2008)

  • Fixed add_option_page file parameter. Got invalid link options page on some installations
  • Fixed register_activation_hook for installing Timeline category table
  • Fixed plugin folder references due to new foldername by WP plugin directory
  • Replaced key-comment with shortcode [similetimeline]


  • WP 2.6 compatibility
  • Added date string to javascript file call to prevent caching issues
  • Updated backend GUI with new WordPress CSS classes
  • Fixed the loop in the xml file. The content now shows up in the info bubbles.
  • Added Ootion to display future posts


  • WP 2.3 compatibility. post2cat queries replaced with inner joins on the taxonomy tables (see http://wordpress.org/support/topic/137793)
  • Added database table stl_timeline_terms for category options to database (outsourcing from core tables)


  • Fixed option "Show Labels" - nothing was saved because of a typo in the name attribute


  • Colors can be defined for categories and the Timeline design
  • Future Posts that are published will be displayed by the timeline
  • Loading notification for larger timelines now works
  • WordPress MU compatibility
  • Introduced CSS file to style timeline size, border and info bubbles


  • Posts can now have an end-date to visualize durations
  • Titles are linked to full entries
  • Multiple categories can be "timelined"


  • (17/10/2006) r69: The Timeline JavaScript is now loaded only on the page where a timeline is found. This reduces server load at the Simile labs ;)
  • (16/10/2006) r66: Fixed a JavaScript error on pages where no timeline is included. The script now degrades gracefully.
  • (15/10/2006) r60: Initial release

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.0.8
Last Updated: 2014-9-26
Active Installs: 700+


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