this is something I have been thinking about a lot for quite a while now. Something that was originally supposed to be part of version 15, but for reasons mentioned below I decided to make it as a Plugin.
Some time ago it occurred to me that there is in fact no possibility of writing articles, general info etc. Yes, there is the custom page option, but that always creates a new URL, would require new links in the menu etc. So I got an idea of creating a simple blog that would allow you to post anything you like as often as you like.
When I started thinking about it however, I realized this could be quite an extensive plugin, which means two things – first, the more functions it has, the more likely it is to have a bug (that´s just the sad reality :D), likewise I was not sure how popular this would be, I am now in a situation where I have more ideas than time so I try to concentrate on those things that seem to be well-received and popular. The problem with including something in the main template is that when there is a bug, or when I simply want to add something new/change something, it requires full template version update, which is something I only do on average about once every 3 months. Plugin on the other hand, is much easier to update and can be updated basically every day if necessary.
Based on that I did not include this in the previous template release and instead release it now as the new Blog plugin. I already included quite a few features, but I still have many ideas to extend this, whether I implement them will of course depend purely on feedback I get. And likewise, it is of course possible there are bugs, I tested it, but you never know, the scripts are not that simple so it is possible I made a mistake somewhere.
Here is a brief description of how it works. Basically it is a blog, similar to the one you are just reading. When you look at the page as a normal user, you see list of posts in the middle, with short post summary, date of publishing, category and title. On the left you see the individual categories, on the right you have a monthly filter. Clicking on a post shows you the full content of the post.
There is also a setup page for the blog, where you select a title for your blog and the maximum number of posts / page. This is simply the number of posts shown on the homepage. When there is more to show, the previous/next buttons will appear.
In the demo you of course will not see the admin page, that one you will only see if you are logged in as the admin on your page. Feel free to report any bugs, or whether you think it is useful. At this point I will probably say concentrate on that rather than suggesting new features, because I have ideas how to extend this myself and I first want to see how useful people find this, whether it works as expected and only then start thinking about new features 🙂
- unlimited number of posts
- unlimited number of categories
- easy text formatting
- possibility to include images/videos, links etc.