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Currently Reading Book
Nice and Simple, But Could Be Improved (4 posts)

  1. justbishop
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I love how simple it is. No annoying CSS to override to make it fit nicely into my theme, but I do wish it linked the cover image to the Amazon page instead. I wouldn't mind if there was a field that allowed me to manually input a URL to link everything up to, while still using the ISBN to grab the cover image from Google. As it is now I had to code an HTML link to Amazon into the custom message area.

    I would also like to see the ability to display more than one book at a time to be displayed (with more good CSS allowing me the option of displaying 2-3 cover images side by side).

  2. justbishop
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I went ahead and hacked the plugin code, replacing the code linking the cover image to Google with the code that echos the custom message field, then I put ONLY the book's Amazon link in the custom message area. Voila, book cover links to the Amazon page. I also added a title tag to the img code that outputs the book title, which is just good practice ;)

    Here's my new code in currently-reading-book/currently-reading-book.php (the first lines are unchanged, so you can search for the portion that needs replacing using that. It's toward the beginning of the file):

    // Output this anywhere in the blog
    	function currently_reading_book() {
    		$crb_settings = get_option('currently_reading_book_settings');
    		if($crb_settings['visibility_settings']['show_preview']) {
    			<a href="<?php echo stripslashes($crb_settings['book_custom_msg']); ?>" <?php if($crb_settings['preview_new_window']) { ?> target="_blank" <?php } ?>>
    	        <img src="<?php echo $crb_settings['book_cover'] ?>" title="<?php echo stripslashes($crb_settings['book_title']); ?>"/></a>
  3. Boštjan Cigan
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm in the process of revamping the plugin as a whole. But my regular job constraints kind of limit me in doing that :)

    What is planned for 2.0:

    • complete HTML output customization,
    • maybe linking to amazons API as well,
    • a bookshelf mode (multiple books at the same time, and a "book" page that lists all of your read books)

    Hope the review changes then :)

    Stay tuned and thanks for the valid input :)

  4. justbishop
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the reply :)

    I actually liked this plugin over another I tried because I didn't have to mess with the Amazon app/API thing where I had to enter a secret key to set it up and all that jazz, so I like the idea of keeping it simple. I don't think most people would mind manually entering the Amazon URL for each book.

    Love the idea of a bookshelf mode, as long as there isn't a bunch of design involved. no clever bookshelf background graphic or anything, please. Ideally, it'd be styled pretty much how I currently have it on my own site, but with the option to show 2 books side by side (or one after another, as the user would like to set it up for their layout): http://www.ashleyheckman.com/me/

    One of the better aspects of this plugin, IMO was the minimal CSS I had to add to center everything and simplify/style the text output. Please don't make that more complex than needed in future releases ;)

  5. Boštjan Cigan
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    No fear of adding custom CSS or anything. When developing my plugins I always leave it to the end users to decide how their output looks like. That is how my other plugins work (for instance the Twitget plugin - http://s.wordpress.org/plugins/twitget/screenshot-4.png?r=769039) users can customize how their output to their needs or just use the default one (that doesn't output any custom CSS mumbo jumbo at all).


  6. justbishop
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wish more plugin authors did the same!

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