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  • Because it was co-authored by the Bangor Daily News… I’d suspect it’s in use there. See: http://publisherblog.automattic.com/2011/06/20/bangor-daily-news-a-complete-publishing-system-on-wordpress/

    Cheers,
    Art

    Thanks for the reference artc1209. I’ve read it but still don’t understand how to use the plugin. As I recently wrote the author “I have installed your zoninator plugin but cannot see its value, usefulness, or how it works at all. Take your installation instruction #3 which reads, “Go to Dashboard > Zones to create and manage zones.” Well, I go to my Dashboard and see there is nothing called “Zones” anywhere. No listing called Zones, no menu item called Zones, nothing! So, of course there is no obvious way to “create” or “manage” zones. I’m using WordPress 3.1.4 and the Atahualpa 3.6.7 theme. Are zones meant to be a way to order the layout of your posts? If so, how do they do that? Or are they just another way to segregate types of posts, like categories (and if so why not just use categories?).
    I really wish plugin authors would spend a bit more time explaining the use and value of their code then thy tend to do around here.

    Well, it’s certainly poorly documented. ;- )

    I haven’t played with it enough to figure out exactly what it does either, but I’m guessing that a Zone is a type of meta data that shows or hides content — like a paper newspaper’s zone editions only go into specific geographic regions.

    I’m guessing this is similar, but probably not firmly geographic, unless they’re using zoning to create hyperlocal sites within a larger site.

    I suspect it’s usefulness is only visible from the back end, not user-facing….

    What I have found is that, when editing an old post, or creating a new one, whatever “zones” you have set up are listed as categories. You can pick among them by checking them off. So they’re really just another way of classifying things.

    The plugin allows you to order content within a specific zone rather than displaying posts reverse-chronologically. It’s not plug-and-play — it requires template modification.

    Once the plugin is installed, you can access the zones at /wp-admin/index.php?page=zoninator. You can search for posts and drag and drop them to order them.

    Once you create the zones and add posts, you’ll have to modify your template. We have a template for the homepage that looks something like this:

    $posts = $zoninator->get_zone_posts( $zone_id, array( 'numberposts' => 15, 'post_type' => 'any' ), false );
    foreach( $posts as $post ) {
        //display post
    }
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