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.
- Go to the Dashboard and click Plugins > Add New.
- Enter Column Posts under search textbox.
- Click Install Now to install this plugin.
- Confirm the popup window to install the plugin.
- Click Proceed to continue with the installation.
- Click Activate Plugin to activate it.
- Download the files for this plugin.
- Upload the files to the wp-content/plugins directory.
- Go to the Dashboard and find this plugin in the list.
- Click Activate Plugin to activate it.
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.
This section explains you how to use the plugin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two ways to use this plugin:
- Template tag: Add the following code in your template file:
<?php do_action('columnpost'); ?>
- Shortocode: [columnpost]
- Widget: Add the Column Posts widget available in Appearance > Widget into one of your sidebars.
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