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Way to extend editorial calendar? (2 posts)

  1. angelamaria
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Is there a way to easily extend the editorial calendar, build in additional functionality/settings? I've been using it a while and it is fabulous for most of my needs, but I've been thinking of a couple features to make it fit my blogging process that may be too specific to me, but ones that I would be interested in working out by building on the plugin myself--but naturally I'm not too keen on straight hacking the plugin especially since it will make maintenance (plugin updates) difficult.

    The most important feature I'm thinking of (maybe it's even planned in some future release? *crosses fingers*) is a "slush pile" column in the calendar, where unscheduled posts (maybe some elementary sorting here?) are listed, and can be dragged and dropped to any of the date cells to schedule, or dragged/dropped TO the slush pile column to un-schedule. The reason for this is because my process is to use the plugin to also list out blog post ideas (from plain idea to full-length drafts) and repeatedly moving this huge list across weeks (according to my blogging schedule, which is per category) is tedious.

    I don't know if this feature is interesting enough to warrant coding it into the plugin, hence a "plugin for a plugin" might be the way to go about it, if such is possible. Is it?

  2. Zack Grossbart
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you so much for your interest in extending the calendar. The "slush pile" feature request is one we've heard a few times. We've been thinking about creating a multi-author version of the calendar which would include a slush pile and a few other features. We're still working on the design.

    Another issue with this feature is that I haven't found a good way to support posts without a date in WordPress. It requires that all posts have dates. Some posts are marked as "publish now", but they still have a date internally. This makes showing posts without a date in the calendar and having them still work in the normal WordPress edit screens very difficult.

    We don't have explicit extension points in the code, but we've tried to make it very easy to work with. We do a simple version of extending the code so we can run our unit tests.

    You could take a look at the source code and see what you think. I would be happy to answer questions or give you a quick tour.

    Before you look at the code you should read Creating a JQuery Powered Posts Calendar for WordPress. It talks about the fundamentals of how the calendar works.

    Good luck,
    Zack

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