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Category Posts Widget

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Adds a widget that shows the most recent posts from a single category.

Contributors: Mrinal, Mark, Daniel

Donate link: http://mkrdip.me/donate

License: GPLv2 or later

License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-2.0.html

Description

Category Posts Widget is a light widget designed to do one thing and do it well: display the most recent posts from a certain category.

Term and Category based Posts Widget

A premium version of this free widget here and available on tiptoppress.com created for big Wordpress sites. We've also started creating free widget Add-ons for the Premium Widget here: Widget extensions.

Premium features

  • "Post List Alterations"
  • Masonry (Responsive grid layouts)
  • Grid and Column full page layouts
  • Slider (Vertical and horizontal)
  • More complex ways to filter (all, any, exclude, also childes, AND or just OR rule)
  • Categories, Custom Post Types, Taxonomies, Events, Products, ...
  • Full background post images
  • Mouse hover effects for post thumbnail
  • Extensions
  • E-Mail support
  • All free features
  • Free trail on localhost
  • More examples on the demo pages

Features

  • SVG font-icon support for post formats
  • Template to arrange the post details
  • Premade Templates
  • The Template text can be a post details placeholder, plain text, HTML or HTML for SVG font-icons
  • New date format: Time since plublished
  • Filter by post status: Published, scheduled, private
  • New hover effect: SVG font-icon
  • Shortcode (Easily change all Shortcode options in the customizer).
  • Support multiple shortcodes at the same post.
  • Add option for post offset (use two or more widgets after another).
  • Add UI buttons in the editor toolbar to insert shortcode.
  • Option to touch device friendly "everything is a link".
  • For editing shortcode adds a Customizer link to the admin-bar ("With one click to the Customizer").
  • Option to show post thumbnail & set dimensions by width & height.
  • Option for client-side cropped thumbnail dimensions by width & height.
  • Fluid images for Responsive Layouts.
  • Option to set mouse hover effects for post thumbnail.
  • Set a thumbnail as default thumbnail.
  • Add option to enable excerpt filters from Themes and plugins.
  • Jetpack 'Social buttons on posts' support.
  • Add option to disable social buttons, banner, ... in the excerpt.
  • Option to change ordering of posts.
  • Set which category the posts should come form.
  • Add dropdownbox entry for 'all' categories.
  • Option to filter by post status.
  • Set how many posts to show.
  • Option to hide widget, if category have currently no posts.
  • Add option to disable subcategories.
  • Option to put thumbnail on top.
  • Option to hide posts which have no thumbnail.
  • Option exclude current post.
  • Option to hide the widget title and post titles.
  • Option to make the widget title link to the category page.
  • Option to show the post excerpt, set the length, allow HTML and change 'more' text.
  • Option show post author.
  • Option to show the comment count.
  • Option to show the post date.
  • Option to make the widget date link to the category page.
  • Option to format the outputted date string.
  • Option to link to the category page below posts list.
  • Option to disable the widget CSS or more granular control of default styling with not apply the font styles.
  • Multiple widgets.
  • Multi sites support.
  • Support localization with translate.wordpress.org
  • Use WP user profile for settings ('auto close' and if the shortcode button appears in the editor toolbar).

Documentation

Contribute

While using this plugin if you find any bug or any conflict, please submit an issue at Github (If possible with a pull request).

Installation

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Category Posts Widget,

  1. log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.
  2. In the search field type “Category Posts Widget� and click Search Plugins.
  3. Once you’ve found plugin, you can install it by simply clicking “Install Now�.
  4. Then, go to plugins page of WordPress admin activate the plugin.
  5. Now, goto the Widgets page of the Appearance section and configure the Category Posts widget.

Manual installation

  1. Download the plugin.
  2. Upload it to the plugins folder of your blog.
  3. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  4. Now, goto the Widgets page of the Appearance section and configure the Category Posts widget.

Upgrade Notice

  • Please consider to re-configure the widget as the latest version has numerous changes from previous.
  • Version 4.0 uses CSS file for styling the widget in front end.
  • Version 3.0 or later version uses WordPress 2.9's built in post thumbnail functionality.

Frequently Asked Questions

= Template, placeholder and post detail = Here You can control the Post Detail parts, which appears as part of the post item. All post detail will placed as placeholder. The text in the Template area can be a post details placeholder, plain text, HTML or HTML for SVG font-icons.

How it works? and examples.

For more layout options please try our premium widget: Term and Category based Posts Widget.

= Use SVG font-icons = For SVG font-icon HTML we recommend the WordPress Dashicons, which are included as default and can be used without any icon-font including.

= How Category Posts Widget work with SiteOrigin Page Builder = Please add the widget with shortcode [catposts] inside a editor widget which is placed to a SiteOrigin Page Builder row. We also create a YouTube video: How Category Posts Widget work with SiteOrigin Page Builder

= How Category Posts Widget work with Divi Builder = You can create a new Divi widget area and put our widgets into a Divi Sidebar Module: How to put a widget into Divi Module.

= How our widgets works with other page builder plugins like Elementor, Thrive Architect etc. = We recommend for all other page builder plugins like Elementor or Thrive Architect to use the WP Custom Widget Area plugin in additional.

Use the WP Custom Widget Area plugin and create a new custom area with this plugin and place the shortcode (from the new created widget area) to a post or page. Then add our widget to the new created custom widget area the widgets admin site (Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > … ).

= The font-size is different from that of other widgets or Theme elements? = Please use the option: "Disable widget CSS".

I want the title as a link pointing to the selected Categorie page? =

Enable the check box "Make widget title link".

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_FUNCTION in /home/www/blog/wp-content/plugins/category-posts/cat-posts.php on line 58 =

Some of the features that were used in that version needs PHP 5.3+. We apologies for any headache this may cause you, but frankly it is better for you to check with your hosting company how can you upgrade the PHP version that you are using, and not only in order to use this plugin. PHP 5.2 should be considered insecure now, and for your own sake you should upgrade. PHP 5.2 is very old and any support for it from the php developers had ended more then 5 years ago php.net/eol.php. We know there are peopel how use PHP 5.2 wordpress.org/about/stats and we can't imagine this people will have no other problems, if they don't update.

You check the PHP version with phpversion(), but the widget don't work

Check also the .htaccess file, if there is an entry for an older PHP version.

Screenshots

  1. Front end of the widget with SVG font-icon support for post formats, hover effects and the Template text-area.
  2. Template to arrange the post details with placeholders.
  3. Edit the widget options with the customizer.
  4. Use shortcode [catposts] in the content.
  5. The widget configuration dialog.
  6. Widget behaviour settings for each user.

Changelog

Read more on our blog ...

4.8.5 - April 02nd 2018

  • Fixed Tabs not working

4.8.4 - April 02nd 2018

  • Fixed Make widget SiteOrigin Page Builder Compatible

4.8.3 - March 03th 2018

  • Fixed Updated widget with zero for the thumb dimensions caused a JavaScript error

4.8.2 - January 30th 2018

  • Fixed Adding the widget with the customizer only the title is shown
  • Fixed Recognize "Empty lines" > Next line is a paragraph in the Template in widget areas

4.8.1 - January 25th 2018

  • Fixed Recognize "Empty lines" > Next line is a paragraph in the Template

4.8 - January 22th 2018

  • SVG font-icon support for post formats
  • Template to arrange the post details
  • Premade Templates
  • Date format: Time since plublished
  • Filter by post status: Published, scheduled, private
  • Hover effect: SVG font-icon

4.7.4 - October 21th 2017

  • Bugfix for filter by post status (note private)

4.7.3 - October 10th 2017

  • Add option to filter by post status
  • Fixed footer section do not change when switching to and from "all posts"

4.7.2 - February 25th 2017

  • Add option to disable only the font styles
  • Fixed if option 'Everything is a link' no closing anchor tag
  • Fixed if option 'Everyting is a link' wrong layout
  • Fixed when a manual excerpt is provided, use it instead of generating an automatic one
  • Fixed if option 'Disable the built-in CSS' the thumbnail client-side cropping isn't disabled
  • Fixed if option 'Disable the built-in CSS' title class is not rendered
  • Fixed when having multi shortcodes, clicking on a checkbox label marks in any of them selects the one in the "first"
  • Fixed if option 'CSS crop to requested size' for multi shortcodes
  • Fixed for CSS animation

4.7.1 - December 20th 2016

  • Support multiple shortcodes in content
  • Add option for post offset (use two or more widgets after another)
  • Fluid images for Responsive Layouts
  • Set a thumbnail as default thumbnail
  • Add option to enable excerpt filters from Themes and plugins
  • Add option to disable social buttons, banner, ... in the excerpt
  • Add dropdownbox entry for 'all' categories
  • Add option to disable subcategories
  • Add insert shortcode buttons to the editor toolbar
  • Use WP user profile for settings ('auto close' and if the shortcode button appears in the editor toolbar)
  • Simple API for external use
  • Support localization with translate.wordpress.org: Portuguese (Brazil) thank you Henrique Vianna and German by Daniel Floeter
  • Remove allow_html option (Instead we recommend to use the manual excerpt or we support this option furthermore in the Term Posts Excerpt Extension for the premium version)

4.6.2 - August 28th 2016

  • Fixed only five widget instances can be costumized with shortcodes.
  • For editing shortcode adds a customizer link to the admin-bar if page/post is in edit mode.

4.6.1 - June 5th 2016

  • Add shortcode [catposts] edit options only in the customizer
  • Keep panels open after save.
  • Option to hide social buttons on output.

4.1.9 - May 5th 2016

  • Fixed undefined constant.

4.1.8 - May 3th 2016

  • Add mouse hover effects: blur
  • Add option to choose allowed HTML in the excerpt
  • Add Jetpack 'Sharing - Show buttons on posts' support
  • Fixed division by zero bug (for small uploaded images)
4.1.7 - April 14th 2016
  • Fixed division by zero bug.
4.1.6 - April 13th 2016
  • Add option CSS cropping for thumbnails.
  • Add option to set mouse hover effects for post thumbnail.
  • Add option to change the excerpt more text.
  • Add option to allow links in the excerpt
  • Add filter 'widget_title' for the title
  • Add option to hide post titles.
4.1.5 - February 4th 2016
  • Support for multi sites.
  • Support for localization.
  • Area UI.
  • Meet new plugin author mark-k
4.1.4
  • Added option exclude current post.
  • Added option to hide posts which have no thumbnail.
  • Added option to make the widget date link to the category page.
  • Added option to link to the category page below posts list.
  • Added option show post author.
  • Added option to format the outputted date string.
4.1.3
  • Added option to hide widget, if category have currently no posts.
4.1.2
  • Fixed hide title bug.
4.1.1
  • Added option to put thumbnail on top.
  • Added option to show/hide the title.
  • Fixed no background bug.
4.1.0
  • Added PHP5 Constructor.
  • Added Option to allow/disallow widget CSS.
  • Now, compatible with WordPress 4.3.
  • Meet new plugin author kometschuh
4.0
  • Added CSS file for post styling.
  • Now compatible with latest versions of WordPress.
3.3
  • Fixed random sort bug.
3.2
  • Added option to change ordering of posts. Defaults to showing newest posts first.
3.1
  • Fixed a bug in the thumbnail size registration routine.
3.0
  • Added support for WP 2.9's post thumbnail feature.
  • Removed support for Simple Post Thumbnails plugin.
  • Added option to show the post date.
  • Added option to set the excerpt length.
  • Added option to show the number of comments.
2.3
  • Really tried to fix bug where wp_query global was getting over written by manually instantiating a WP_Query object.
2.1
  • Fixed bug where wp_query global was getting over written.
2.0