azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Widget Announcements

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one written for ClassicPress; Widget Announcements.

Functionality

Announce holidays, events, achievements and notable historical figures in a widget.

Announcements can be made:

  • One off
  • Monthly
  • Annually
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Monthly on the nth day (e.g. 2nd Wednesday of every month)
  • Annually on the nth day of the month (e.g. 4th Thursday of November every year)

Announcements are created as a custom post type and can have details, an image, additional text after the image and can be assigned to multiple categories. A widget can be deployed to a sidebar or other widget area and include the announcements from a category.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Snippets

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one I’ve developed to make life easier by allowing the creation of snippets of HTML or other code or CSS; Snippets.

Functionality

Allows snippets of HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS to be created; an alternative to using a functions.php file.

Snippets can be used to create re-usable HTML or JavaScript snippets or to create PHP to add_actions or add_filters without needing to add them to the functions.php file or create a plugin.

The following types of snippet can be created:

  • HTML – can be loaded using the shortcode.
  • Internal CSS – automatically added as internal stylesheet.
  • CSS Stylesheet – automatically loaded.
  • Internal JavaScript – automatically added as internal JavaScript.
  • JavaScript File – automatically loaded.
  • PHP – can be loaded using the shortcode.
  • PHP File – automatically loaded.

Shortcode usage is either [snippet id=1013] (where the supplied id value is a snippet post_id) or [snippet slug=’hello-world’].

All snippets are loaded only on the site front end; this protects the admin dashboard from white screen errors caused by badly formed PHP.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Taxonomy Order

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one I’ve developed to use on two of my other sies; Taxonomy Order.

Functionality

Set display order of the category and tag taxonomies of posts.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Gallery From Folder

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one I’ve developed to use on two of my other sies; Gallery From Folder.

Functionality

Gallery From Folder is a simple plugin which will read a folder and display a gallery of all thumbnails with links to the original full-size image.

The [gallery-from-folder] shortcode can be provided with either an alt_id parameter referning a specific name, or a post_id for a ClassicPress post.

An example of the shortcode is [gallery-from-folder alt_id=”sample-gallery”]

Demo

An examples of this plugin in action can be found on coppr|Distilleries To Visit.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Nearby

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one I’ve developed to use on two of my other sies; Nearby.

Functionality

Nearby creates a table of nearby locations (pages) based on GPS co-ordinates; it integrates with Flags from azurecurve, to display a flag next to the location, and Toggle Show/Hide from azurecurve.

Apply the [nearby] shortcode to a page with co-ordinates and nearby locations (pages with co-ordinates), and based on the settings, nearby locations will be displayed in a table showing the distance.

Demo

Examples of this plugin in action can be found on coppr|Distilleries To Visit and DarkNexus|Tourist Attractions.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

ClassicPress Development with GitHub: Creating release zips

GitHubWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with GitHub.

In the last post of this series, when discussing creating a release, I mentioned that you should upload a zip file containing the release code.

While users can download the source code directly, this will leave -master on the folder name. By creating a release zip, you can avoid this.

I have developed quite a few plugins for ClassicPress and have instances where I make changes to several plugins for release at the same time. To make this easier, I have a Windows batch command which will call 7-zip to compress all folders, in the same folder as the batch file, as zip files:

for /d %%X in (*) do "c:\Program Files\7-Zip\7z.exe" a -xr!.git\ -xr!*~ "%%X.zip" "%%X\"

I didn’t create this command line statement all on my own, but think I might have added the argument to exclude files with a .git suffix. Unfortunately, I started using it a few months ago and do not remember from where the original script came.

ClassicPress Development with GitHub: Create Release

GitHubWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with GitHub.

When developing with GitHub, you can make a release; this is a way of grouping together all of the changes since the last release to make it easy to download that particular code set. One point to note, is that while GitHub will automatically create a zip of the source code, this isn’t suitable to use for a ClassicPress release as it will include -master in the contained directory name. However, you can upload a zip file containing the code in the correct folder.

To create a new release, load the repository page on GitHub and click the releases button (red ringed):

Repository page

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azurecurve ClassicPress Plugin: Get GitHub File

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is a brand new one written for ClassicPress; Get Github File.

Functionality

Gets the content of a file from a GitHub repository and outputs using a shortcode.

Settings allow default options, such as author, folder, filename to be specified. Additional options to allow the removal or conversion of WordPress headers in readme.txt files.

Available shortcode parameters:

  • account – account on GitHub
  • branch – branch to get file from
  • folder – folder containing the file
  • file – file to get from GitHub repository
  • repository – name of GitHub repository
  • startfrom – text in file to start outputting from (e.g. # Description)
  • htmlastext – 1 to output HTMl as text and 0 to output as HTML
  • shortcodesastext – 1 to output shortcodes as text and 0 to output as shortcode
  • wordpresstitles – remove/ignore/convert

All parameters except repository can be defined as defaults in settings.

Output is in markdown, but use of a plugin such as Markdown by azurecurve can convert this markdown to HTML markup.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit: Revert Last Commit

TortoiseGitWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit which is a sub-series of the ClassicPress Development with GitHub series.

When you have changes committed to GitHub, you need to make a release of your plugin. Making a release has two main benefits:

  1. It labels the files in the repository with a tag making it easy to download a particular version of the plugin.
  2. You can upload a zip file containing the plugin folder giving a zip file which users can download and upload to their ClassicPress site.

To create a release, open the GitHub repository page and click the releases link at the top (ringed in red):

Github repository

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ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit: Commit

TortoiseGitWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit which is a sub-series of the ClassicPress Development with GitHub series.

Once the repository has been cloned and changes made, you need to submit the changes back to the repository to keep control of changes. This is referred to as a “commit”. To commit your change, right-click the folder (or file) to commit and select Git Commit -> “master” on the context menu:

Git Commit

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