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Place Login FAQs

I have a “Page not found” message when I use the link to the default pages.

Go to the Settings of the plugin, you can change the parent page under login links and Save it. If it still doesn’t work, you can go to Setting/Permalinks and click Save Changes.

Can I use the WordPress login page instead of the plugin default pages?

Yes, you have to enter the urls in the register and lost password fields under “Login links” section. These are the links for the following options:
– Registration: [blog site address]/wp-login.php?action=register
– Lost Password: [blog site address]/wp-login.php?action=lostpassword

How can I use the WordPress profile page?

You can add the link code in the links fields under “Logged in links” section. This is how the link code should be written:

<a href="[blog site address]/wp-admin/profile.php">Profile</a>

How can I change the theme for the login button and login modal form?

Open the functions.php file located in your WordPress theme and add this code:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'login_theme', 9);

function login_theme(){
    wp_enqueue_style( 'jquery-ui', '[url address of the jquery theme]', false );
}

Note: The url address of the jquery theme can be located in your wordpress theme or hosted in Google. For example: I want to use the UI lightness jquery theme hosted in Google. So, I will replace [url address of the jquery theme] with https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8.21/themes/ui-lightness/jquery-ui.css in the code above.

Is it compatible with WordPress multisite?

Yes, this plugin has been tested in Wordpres multisite. Also, it checks that only users assigned to the current site can have access to it.

Note: This plugin doesn’t validate the user email during the registration in Worpress multisite as well as regular WordPress.

Where are the options of my user account? I can see only my user name and the avatar.

Your user account options are shown when you move the pointer over the user name. A drop-down menu will appear below the user name with a list of link options.

Can I have the sidebar in the plugin default pages when I use twenty ten theme?

Yes, you have to copy the template directory of this plugin in your WordPress theme directory. After that, you can modify the template as you want but you shouldn’t delete the function that calls the form.

Place Login User Guide

This user guide has been designed to help you use this plugin at its maximum potential by describing in detail the installation, setting and usage procedure.

Installation

Automatic installation:

  1. Go to the Dashboard and click Plugins > Add New.
  2. Enter Place Login under search textbox.
  3. Click Install Now to install this plugin.
  4. Confirm the popup window to install the plugin.
  5. Click Proceed to continue with the installation.
  6. Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Manual installation:

  1. Download the files for this plugin.
  2. Upload the files to the wp-content/plugins directory.
  3. Go to the Dashboard and find this plugin in the list.
  4. Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Setting Options

Go to the dashboard and click Place Login under Settings menu. Then, you will see the Place Login Options page. This page is divided in 4 sections: Usage, Redirect, Login links and Logged in links.
Usage
This section describes the two ways to use the plugin. Either you can use the template tag or you can put the widget in your sidebar.
Redirect
This section contains 2 options: after login and after logout.
After login: This option is used to enter the URL to be used after the user has been logged in.
After logout: This option is used to enter the URL to be used after the user has been logged out.

Note: When after login and after logout fields are left in blank, the plugin uses the current page.

Login links
This section contains 3 options: parent page, register and lost password.
Parent page: This option is a drop down menu that contains the list of all your blog pages sort alphabetically in ascending order. By default, the first page in the list is selected. This option is used to create the default login pages (registration, lost password and profile) as its children. For example: You have three pages: About, Contact and Sample Page. About is the page selected by default. If you leave the default, the default login pages will be created using these urls:
– Registration page: [blog site address]/about/registration/

– Lost Password page: [blog site address]/about/lostpwd/

– Profile page: [blog site address]/about/profile/

Register: This option allows you to enter the URL of the registration page if you don’t want to use the default registration page.
Lost password: This option allows you to enter the URL of the lost password page if you don’t want to use the default lost password page.

Note: When register and lost password fields are left in blank, the plugin uses its default pages for these actions.

Logged in links
This section contains 1 option: links.
Links: This option allows you to enter the list of links displayed once the user has logged in. The links have to be entered one link per line and the logout link will always be shown.

Tip: Add |true after a link to only show it to admin users or alternatively use a |user_capability and the link will only be shown to users with that capability (see Roles and Capabilities).
You can type %USERNAME% and %%USERID%% which will be replaced by the user’s info. Also, You can type %PROFILE% to get the link for the user profile. Default:
Dashboard

Usage

There are two ways to use this plugin:

  1. Template tag: Add the following code in your template file:
    <?php if ( function_exists( 'plogin_form' ) ) plogin_form(); ?>
  2. Widget: Add the Place Login widget available in Appearance > Widget into one of your sidebars.

To change the styling and template form, these are the steps to follow:
Styling
The styling of the login button and modal form can be changed by opening the functions.php file located in your WordPress theme and add this code:

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'login_theme', 9);

function login_theme(){
    wp_enqueue_style( 'jquery-ui', '[url address of the jquery theme]', false );
}

Note: Replace [url address of the jquery theme] with the location of a jquery theme that you want to use.

Template form
The template forms for the plugin default pages are located in the template directory of this plugin. If you want to modify the design of those templates, copy the template directory in your WordPress theme directory.

Language

This plugin is translated in two languages:

You can support this plugin by translating into another language that it is not listed above. You can contact me, so that I can bundle it into this plugin. The latest POT file can be found at http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/place-login/trunk/languages/place-login.pot

Column Posts FAQs

Is there a way to change the maximum number of columns?

No at this moment. The maximum number of column is three and it is predefined.

If I remove the reserved word for category title (%%title%%), can I still get the title?

No, you have to leave this predefine word in order to get the category title; otherwise, the category title won’t be displayed. Also, you can add words before or after the reserved word for category title (%%title%%).

How can I specify the categories that I want to display?

You have to enter the category id into include category textbox. You can also enter the categories that you want to exclude into exclude category textbox.

Why custom radio button is disabled?

Custom option is disabled when there are no categories typed in include category textbox. Once you enter some text, you will see the custom option enabled.

Can I have different font-family for the category title and the excerpt?

No, the font-family is the same for the whole output plugin.

If I don’t know the hex color value, is there a color picker?

Yes, the color picker is next to the textbox for entering the color. When you click on the square, the color picker tool will appear below the textbox. This color picker works the same as the one in photoshop.

I would like to know how to limit the amount of excerpt data I am displaying: like number of words or number of characters, etc. Sometimes is too much of it and I do not want to fill up the page with big paragraphs of information. Is this possible?

Yes, you can limit the amount of excerpt words by adding these lines in your functions.php file located in your theme directory:

function custom_excerpt_length( $length ) {
    return 25;
}
add_filter( 'excerpt_length', 'custom_excerpt_length', 999 );

In the example above, I limited the excerpt to 25 words but you can put any number that you want.

Does shortcode support parameters?

The version 1.3 of this plugin supports two parameters: include category and exclude category.
Example:
[columnpost cat_inc=”1,8″ cat_exc=”4″] // lists categories 1 and 8 and exclude category 4
[columnpost cat_inc=”1,8″] // lists categories 1 and 8 and uses the exclude category if it is specified in the settings
[columnpost cat_exc=”4″] // excludes category 4 and uses the include category if it is specified in the settings

Column Posts User Guide

To start using Column Posts plugin, it is necessary to know the essential process to install, configure and use this plugin. So, this guide will explain you in details these processes.

Installation

Automatic installation:

  1. Go to the Dashboard and click Plugins > Add New.
  2. Enter Column Posts under search textbox.
  3. Click Install Now to install this plugin.
  4. Confirm the popup window to install the plugin.
  5. Click Proceed to continue with the installation.
  6. Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Manual installation:

  1. Download the files for this plugin.
  2. Upload the files to the wp-content/plugins directory.
  3. Go to the Dashboard and find this plugin in the list.
  4. Click Activate Plugin to activate it.

Configuration

Go to the dashboard and click Column Posts under Settings menu. Then, you will see the Column Posts Options page. This page is divided in 5 sections: Usage, Columns, Categories, Posts and Styling.
Usage section
This section explains you how to use the plugin.
Columns
This section contains 2 options: classified by and number of columns.
Classified by: This option allows you to specify how the columns will be grouped.
Number of columns: This option allows you to choose the number of columns to display. The values allowed are between 1 to 3.
Categories
This section contains 4 options: category title, include category, exclude category and order categories by.
Category title: This option allows you to redefine the category title. To use the category title and another word, you have to use %%title%% and the word to add. The word to add can go before or after the reserved word for category title. For example: You have two categories: Tutorial and Document. You want to show at the end of each category the word lists. So the result will be: Tutorial lists and Document lists. To get this result, you have to enter %%title%% lists.
Include category: This option allows you to specify only the category to be displayed. To enter several categories, they must be separated by commas.
Exclude category: This option allows you to exclude the categories that you don’t want to be displayed. To enter several categories, they must be separated by commas.

Tip: To get the category ID, go to Categories under Posts section of the Dashboard. Simply put your mouse cursor on the “edit” link related to the category you want to know the ID and look on your browser’s status bar. Look for the number next to tag_ID.

Order categories by: This option allows you to choose the order of the categories to be listed in the output plugin. There are three options: id, name or custom (listed in include category).

Note: Custom option is only enabled when there are categories entered in the include category textbox. If you entered categories that doesn’t exist, you won’t see anything in the output plugin.

Posts
This section contains 7 options: number of posts, headline length, hide sticky posts, show excerpt, show thumbnail, thumbnail size and show only posts with thumbnails.
Number of posts: This option allows you to specify the number of posts to be displayed.
Headline length: This option allows you to indicate the number of headline characters to be shown.
Hide sticky posts: This option allows you to hide sticky posts if you check the box; otherwise, if you leave the box unchecked, the sticky posts will be shown.

Tip: To make the post sticky, go to All Post under Posts section of the Dashboard. From the list, select the post and click on Edit. Go the Publish section and next to Visibility, click on edit. Then, check the “Stick this post to the front page” option there and click save.

Show excerpt: This option allows you to show the excerpt under the post title if you check the box; otherwise, if you leave the box unchecked, only the category title will be displayed.
Show thumbnail: This option allows you to show the post thumbnail if you check the box; otherwise, the category title and the excerpt (if the show excerpt box is checked) will be displayed.

Tip: To set a post thumbnail, go to All Post under Posts section of the Dashboard. From the list, select the post and click on Edit. Go the Featured Image section and click on “Set featured image” link. Add a new image or select an image from your media library as same as inserting images in your posts or pages; but instead of clicking the button “Insert into post”, use the “Use as featured image” link next to it.

Thumbnail size: This option allows you to indicate the thumbnail size to be displayed. By default, the thumbnail width size is 60 and the height will be adjusted proportionally to the width.
Show only posts with thumbnails: This option allows you to show only posts with thumbnails if the box is checked; otherwise, if you leave the box unchecked, it will display post with or without thumbnails.
Styling
This section contains 7 options: category font color, headline font color, font family, excerpt font color, excerpt font size, thumbnail border and list style.
Category font color: This option allows you to specify the font color of the category title.
Headline font color: This option allows you to specify the font color of the post title.
Font family: This option allows you to specify the font family for the output plugin.
Excerpt font color: This option allows you to specify the font color of the excerpt.

Tip: To set a font color value, click the square next to the font color textbox. It will show you the color palette. If you don’t specify any color, the color theme will be used.

Excerpt font size: This option allows you to specify the font size of the excerpt.
Thumbnail border: This option allows you to show a thumbnail border if the box is checked; otherwise, if you leave the box unchecked, no border will be shown.
List style: This option allows you to show a bullet next to each post title if the box is checked; otherwise, if you leave the box unchecked, no bullet will be shown.

Usage

There are two ways to use this plugin:

  1. Template tag: Add the following code in your template file:
    <?php do_action('columnpost'); ?>
  2. Shortocode: [columnpost]
  3. Widget: Add the Column Posts widget available in Appearance > Widget into one of your sidebars.

Language

This plugin is translated in one language:

You can support this plugin by translating into another language that it is not listed above. You can contact me, so that I can bundle it into this plugin. The latest POT file can be found at http://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/column-posts/trunk/languages/column-posts.pot

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