Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget. Based on Nick Croft's Genesis Featured Widget Amplified for additional functionality which allows support for custom post types, taxonomies, and extends the flexibility of the widget via action hooks to allow the elements to be re-positioned or other elements to be added.
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Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget

Contributors: wpsmith

Donate link: http://wpsmith.net

Tags: genesis, genesiswp, studiopress, featured post, cu

Requires at least: 3.6

Tested up to: 3.6

Stable tag: trunk

Genesis Featured Content with support for custom post types, taxonomies, and so much more.

Description

Genesis Sandbox Featured Content Widget adds additional functionality to the Genesis Featured Posts Widget.  Specifically it:

  • Supports Custom Post Types
  • Supports Custom Taxonomies
  • Exclude Term by ID field
  • Supports Pagination
  • Supports Meta Key Values
  • Supports Sorting by Meta Key
  • Multiple Hooks and Filters for adding additional content

New features include:

  • More filters/actions
  • Everything in a single class
  • Addition of column classes (including option for fifths class) & custom classes
  • WP_Query optimization for speed including site transients and term cache updating
  • Pushed everything to a framework approach so it can all be removed easily
  • HTML5 & Genesis 2.0 updated
  • Excerpt length & cutoffs options added
  • White labeled naming option
  • Added remove displayed posts option (won't display a post that already exists on the page)

Installation

Extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation and then activate the Plugin from Plugins page.

  1. Upload the entire `genesis-sandbox-featured-content-widget` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. Go Widget Screen
  4. Drag Widget to desired sidebar
  5. Fill in widget settings

Frequently Asked Questions

###Why a new version of GFWA?### Well, I bother Nick all the time to change things. He's busy. I'm busy. So, instead of hassling with the plugin, convincing Nick or whomever, I decided it was time just to create my own.

###What Hooks are available?###

  1. gsfc_widget_name - replace 'Genesis Sandbox' by returning a string with a new prefix name
  2. gsfc_before_loop - before the query is formulated
  3. gsfc_before_post_content - before the content
  4. gsfc_post_content - standard content output
  5. gsfc_after_post_content - after content
  6. gsfc_endwhile - after the endwhile but before the endif
  7. gsfc_after_loop - after the loop endif
  8. gsfc_after_loop_reset - after the loop reset
  9. gsfc_before_list_items - before additional list item loop
  10. gsfc_list_items - within additional list item loop
  11. gsfc_after_list_items - after the additional list item loop, where list items are output
  12. gsfc_category_more - within the archive more link conditional block
  13. gsfc_taxonomy_more (alias of gsfc_category_more) - within the archive more link conditional block
  14. gsfc_[TAXONOMY]_more (alias of gsfc_category_more) - within the archive more link conditional block
  15. gsfc_after_category_more - after the archive more conditional block
  16. gsfc_after_taxonomy_more (alias of gsfc_after_category_more) - after the archive more conditional block
  17. gsfc_after_[TAXONOMY]_more (alias of gsfc_after_category_more) - after the archive more conditional block
  18. gsfc_show_content - create your own custom content block

What Filters are available?

  1. gsfc_query_args - filter the main query args
  2. gsfc_exclude_post_types - used to prevent post types from appearing in the post type list in the widget form
  3. gsfc_exclude_taxonomies - used to prevent taxonomies and related terms from appearing in the terms and taxonomies list in the widget form
  4. gsfc_extra_post_args - extra post args for the extra posts list
  5. gsfc_list_items - HTML markup for the list items
  6. gsfc_form_fields - Add custom fields to widget form