Microkids Related Posts version 3.0

Related contentHooray! I have finally found the time to add some long awaited new features to my related posts plugin. I have listened carefully to your feedback and I know lots of you will be very happy with this great set  of improvements.

Upgrade the plugin through your WordPress admin or download it here.

Added support for WP 3.0 custom post types

You can now add custom post types as related posts next to regular posts and pages. Through the settings page you can choose whether you want to display related posts as one complete list or multiple seperated lists by post type.

Added language support

The plugin is now setup for translation. Besides default English I have already added the language files for Dutch. Please consider translating the plugin into your language and send me the language files.

Control the order of the related posts

You can now order the related posts by date or title, or display them in a random order. In the future I would like to add the ability to manually order posts, but there are some interesting issues concerned with that. For now, I know lots of you are very happy with this feature.

Support non Western Latin characters

All you Chinese and Russian WordPress users out there can now also fully use all the features of this plugin! This was difficult for me to fully test, so please let me know if it works.

Donate

If you appreciate the new features of this release, please consider a donation for my work!

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Comments (22)

  • Mike

    September 6, 2010 (9:14 am)

    Great! Just installed the new version and it looks impressive!

  • Grady

    September 6, 2010 (6:56 pm)

    Just installed. If I set the option for: Would you like to display different post types as seperate lists or combine them into one related posts list? to “combine to a single list” it pushes my sidebar widgets to the bottom of the page. If I set it to “separate lists” everything seems to work ok. Can I do something to use combine & not mess up widgets? Thanks.

  • Grady

    September 6, 2010 (8:08 pm)

    Something else. Now on my static pages, lists are no longer working either in my original content or the related posts area:

    http://www.3smanagement.com/projects/yountville-community-center-library/

    The project summary & services provided areas of this page are supposed to have lists (as well as the related posts)

    Any thoughts or help are appreciated.

  • Microkid

    September 6, 2010 (10:26 pm)

    @Grady How did you implement the related posts in your theme?

  • Grady

    September 6, 2010 (10:34 pm)

    Here are my settings from your screen. Note that the last setting is set to separate lists because if I combine them I get the issue of pushing my widgets to the bottom of the page (I like it separate anyway thought):

    Display related posts automatically underneath the post content?

    Yes

    Should related posts be reciprocal? If so, the link will appear on both pages. If not, it will only appear on the post/page where it was selected.

    Yes, include the link on both pages

    What title should be displayed?

    Related %posttype%

    Using HTML header element:

    h2

    What should be displayed when there are no related posts?

    Nothing

    In what order would you like to display the related posts?

    By date, new to old

    Which post types can have related items?

    Posts

    Pages

    Would you like to display different post types as seperate lists or combine them into one related posts list?

    Display as seperate lists

  • Grady

    September 6, 2010 (10:53 pm)

    One more bit of info… I have wptouch installed and the unordered list bullets work on that theme.

  • Microkid

    September 7, 2010 (12:28 am)

    Well, your 1998 like “Protected Content” alert (dude, really?) makes it quite difficult to see what’s going on, but it seems like the lists are broken by some stylesheet that’s being loaded by another plugin.

    The seperated lists settings has no influence on the widget so I’m sure something else is going on there as well.

  • Grady

    September 7, 2010 (12:35 am)

    Ha, 1998… Actually I’ve been using wordpress for all of 2 weeks now. You reminded me to get rid of that plugin (some friend recommended). Anyway, stumbling through this. You should be able to right click now and any more info you need I will gladly supply. Will definitely send some euros your way also :)

  • Grady

    September 7, 2010 (2:29 am)

    Both problems solved. WP Minify was the conflict. By adding the 2 following files to the exclusions in the WP Minify settings both problems were solved :)

    microkids-related-posts.js
    microkids-related-posts.css

  • Jim

    September 8, 2010 (10:27 pm)

    I just upgraded the plugin and it appears to be causing a conflict with the Thesis theme. Not sure what is happening but it was pushing the sidebars down under the content only on pages and posts. Home page looked fine.

    Searching the Thesis support forums, I see that I’m not the only one who ran into this problem.

    Love the plugin. Hope it works again in the future.

  • Grady

    September 8, 2010 (10:30 pm)

    Jim, that’s what was happening to me. Do you have WP Minify installed? See my post (2 up from here).

  • Microkid

    September 8, 2010 (11:01 pm)

    Hi Jim,

    I’ll look into the issues with the Thesis theme. Is there anywhere you can point me to check it out? Somewhere where I can actually see the HTML?

  • Jim

    September 9, 2010 (1:47 am)

    No Grady, I don’t have WP Minify installed. Don’t know if it’s another plugin conflict.

    Microkid, I’m running thesis on http://www.thebuckeyeblog.com and also http://www.quickeasyblog.com.

    Without looking, I’m not sure which version is running on either. I know that neither of them are the latest.

    http://www.thebuckeyeblog.com was the one where I ran into problems. The plugin is not active at the moment.

    I recently installed the latest version of Thesis (1.8) for a client at http://www.waterfrontlaw.com. It’s pretty much a basic install without any modifications and very few plugins.

    As for seeing the code, I’m assuming you can do that with firebug or view the source right?

    Thanks for checking it out.

    Jim

  • Microkid

    September 9, 2010 (8:53 am)

    Ah, I’ve solved the issue. There was an HTML bug that occurred when a post had no related posts and the “Display this text” option was turned on.

    Please install the new version and let me know if it works now.

  • Jim

    September 9, 2010 (1:40 pm)

    That did it. It’s working now. I’ll also post a comment in the Thesis forum that it’s fixed.

    Thanks.

  • Mike

    September 10, 2010 (6:33 am)

    After installing the latest Related Posts update, pages no longer appear in the list of choices. There are pages available that should be included, but none show up. I also noticed that even if there are posts to chose from, the tab number remains on 0. I checked the settings page and everything is set to include pages. Any ideas on what might be causing these issues? Any assistance would be appreciated! We’re currently using WP V3.0.

    Thanks!

  • Mike

    September 10, 2010 (3:51 pm)

    Never mind! I had to pull my head out and…duh…I see! I was so used to the way the old version worked, I didn’t catch on to entering the search term in both tabs to get results. In a way.. I think I liked the old way better, but I’m sure I’ll see the benefits of the new system as I continue to use it. Needless to say, compared to other related post plugins, this is a great plugin!

    Thanks Microkid!

  • Jason

    September 25, 2010 (8:40 am)

    I am using the plugin with the Headway theme. Is there a way to show the posts in the stream using a hook?

  • Jason

    September 25, 2010 (8:50 am)

    Maybe I need to be more clear. The posts only show in single post view, they do not show in the feed for posts on the home page. Is this normal?

  • Ryan

    October 26, 2010 (5:31 pm)

    I would like to adjust the size of the thumbnails, I have played with the custom width and height in the main php file but nothing changes, any ideas?

  • Justin P

    January 6, 2011 (1:09 am)

    ***Widget Class***

    This is a very useful plugin.

    However, for some reason, you have made the class of the widget title fixed ( h3 class=”widget-title” ) instead of the more usual $before_title $after_title dynamic widget settings from the theme. This creates problems with continuity of theme styles in the sidebar.

    Also, the widget doesn’t create the title attribute in the links of the listed posts, which is a problem for accessibility.

    I wonder if you can correct this.

    Many thanks!

  • Jubiki

    June 4, 2011 (11:30 pm)

    Hello,

    I downloaded a subheading plugin for my blog, but I can’t get the related posts plugin to display a subheading. Could you help me???

    here’s the plugin I downloaded:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/subheading/

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