WordPress Post Information Plugin

This is my first contribution to the WP community! It is a start, and I hope time permitting to advance the features in this plugin. This plugin aims to consolidate your post information into a collapsible panel (using jQuery) that can save space on your page.

You can see what it looks like below on this post, and you can test the interaction from the main page.

Usage

  1. Download, upload, activate.
  2. Add the following code somewhere in The Loop.
<?php
if (function_exists('postinfo')) {
  postinfo();
}
?>

Changelog

1.6

  • Fixed word count when using the read more command (was giving word count for excerpt not post).

1.5

  • Added CSS sprite to reduce image flash.

1.4

  • Added JavaScript callback to designate graphically box can be minimized
  • Changed text for toggle to be more descriptive
  • Tweaked CSS

1.3

  • Altered link for comments on single post entries

1.2

  • Added graceful degradation for users without JS

1.1

  • Converted to jQuery from script.aculo.us (uses jQuery bundled with WordPress)
  • Added support for tags
  • Added extensive styling including the famous Fam Fam Silk Icons
  • Reorganized code

1.0

  • Initial release

Considerations

I’ve noticed different styling results when using the function on single post pages and the loop on other pages. Be sure to test both for differences.

To Do

  1. Add an option page to choose the toggle effect and select information to be displayed. (Obselete)
  2. Add icons.
  3. Add ability to degrade for users w/o JS enabled.
  4. Clean up plugin code.

119 Responses

  1. Rob January 17, 2007 / 11:20 am

    Nice plugin. It looks really good when scripting is on but unfortunately it doesn’t degrade gracefully when it is off. Is it possible to make it cater for users with no javascript?

  2. Chris Poteet January 17, 2007 / 2:14 pm

    @Rob: Yikes! I completely missed that one. I’ll have to add that in the next release.

  3. Can February 4, 2007 / 10:22 am

    A wonderful plugin. Except that a newbie like me doesn’t know what you mean by adding an option page. Did you mean add another file, like postinfo.php? I’m using the Unwakeable theme, and it has an options folder. Put this postinfo.php inside this folder? I’m so confused. :(

  4. Chris Poteet February 4, 2007 / 9:43 pm

    @Can: It’s a page where you can set options for the plugin. Don’t worry about that now. Just use the instructions I included.

  5. G November 6, 2007 / 6:27 am

    where can we see a working demo?

  6. Chris Poteet November 6, 2007 / 3:12 pm

    @G: I posted a demo, but keep in mind some of the elements won’t show up because it’s inside the post.

  7. math December 2, 2007 / 12:20 am

    very nice plugin, look great and useful, but for me the probleme is, after installing “post information”, my website needs 25 secs more to load. So, I can’t use it, :(

  8. Chris Poteet December 2, 2007 / 12:24 am

    @Math: Can you activate it, and let me look at the site? I’d like to see what kind of performance bottlenecks come about.

  9. L December 5, 2007 / 1:15 am

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for this plugin, I’ve activated it on my site and also pasted the code into The Loop. Can’t seem to find the toggle effect (do I need to add another piece of code somewhere else?)

    I’m a newbie, sorry for all the questions :)

  10. Chris Poteet December 5, 2007 / 1:39 am

    @L: I see the “Post Information” link in your loop. Put the PHP function right where your comments link is underneath the post (the plugin has a link to the comments).

  11. L December 5, 2007 / 2:03 am

    Thanks Chris,

    It works now!

  12. math December 15, 2007 / 11:48 pm

    thx for answer. I really like your plugin and would like use it. I tried saveral times. But, whether I activate the plugin, make the loading way longer. too long, I can’t let it activate. any idea, where it can be from ?

  13. Chris Poteet December 16, 2007 / 12:26 am

    @Math: It does load some JavaScript libraries which could be it. I really do need to see it to troubleshoot.

  14. Matt June 1, 2008 / 11:46 pm

    I tried using this, but I guess I don’t understand how to find/edit “the loop”.

  15. Chris Poteet June 1, 2008 / 11:50 pm

    @Matt: You don’t have to actually edit the loop at all.  Just add the PHP function somewhere inside the loop.

  16. Matt June 2, 2008 / 4:17 am

    Thanks, got it to work after further reading. I guess i thought this would hide the existing meta, but doesn’t do that for my site template.

  17. Chris Poteet June 2, 2008 / 4:21 am

    @Matt: It is supposed to replace it, but just remove it and place the function where it used to live.

  18. Matt June 2, 2008 / 4:22 am

    Cool, got it. Thanks for your insight Chris.

  19. ovidiu July 24, 2008 / 2:52 pm

    jsut soem suggestions for improvement if you’re interested:
    what about an options page where yo ucoudl select what info you want displayed in the post meta info?
    i.e. I have a blog where only I blog and I have therefore disabled the author archives and the author pages => they redirect to the homepage, so I wouldn’t want to displaz that particular info..

  20. ovidiu July 24, 2008 / 2:53 pm

    sorry just noticed that was #1 on your to do list, but why woudl that be obsolete?
     
    To Do

    Add an option page to choose the toggle effect and select information to be displayed. (Obselete)

  21. Chris Poteet July 24, 2008 / 6:07 pm

    @ovidu: It’s obselete, because I’m not going to do it.

  22. ovidiu July 25, 2008 / 2:47 am

    cool, no problem I was jsut confused why you marked it as obsolete. I thought there might be an option I had not found :-)
     
    still a very cool plugin

  23. Chris Poteet August 11, 2008 / 1:29 pm

    @ovidiu: It’s because it’s on a single post page, and it doesn’t recognize that function there.  You could use some logic to check whether it’s a single post and if so don’t display the code.  It would look something like:
    if (is_single()) { // don’t display }
    else { // display }

  24. ovidiu August 11, 2008 / 6:39 pm

    thx, I understand your answer, but am confused as  Ithought this plugin could be used on single posts? I mean is this page here not a post? Could you explain where its supposed to be used?
    I.e. on a homepage inside the loop or where else could I use this plugin?

  25. Chris Poteet August 12, 2008 / 4:34 am

    @ovidiu: It’s your lucky day. It would take less time to update the plugin then explain it.  Upgrade to 1.3.

  26. ovidiu August 12, 2008 / 12:50 pm

    thanks a lot. I really appreciate this, especially given the fact, that you were not going to update this plugin any further :-) works now just fine. Btw. you forgot to change the version number inside the plugin so I guess wordpress updates won’t be picking up this update!?
    I just changed your plugin to completely skip the comments stuff if its on a single page :-)

  27. Chris Poteet August 12, 2008 / 1:25 pm

    @ovidiu: You’re right. Fixed now. Thanks.

  28. ovidiu August 14, 2008 / 11:05 am

    just wanted to let you know I made some modifications to your plugin so that it also outputs some information of these plugins: http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/

    you can check it out here: http://www.die-kellerkinder.eu/2008/08/formula-returns/
    I inserted email this post, print this post and rate this post, but I am still looking for an icon for the rate this post stuff :-)

    if you want I can share the mods when I am finished, they still need a little polishing, and all echo stuff should be enclosed in IF statements to check if those plugin sare activated.

  29. Chris Poteet August 14, 2008 / 1:43 pm

    @ovidiu: Looks good bud. I originally did have the WP-Email link in there but later decided to remove it.

  30. eilia March 5, 2009 / 3:49 pm

    wp 2.7.1 ?!

    • Chris Poteet March 5, 2009 / 4:49 pm

      I’m running 2.7.1 and it’s working fine.

  31. Mike May 8, 2009 / 2:37 pm

    Great plugin.

    Only thing I noticed that bugs me, and probably is IE’s fault, not yours:

    The list in IE inherits the default styling on an unordered list. So, if you’ve styled your UL with a custom bullet, etc, it shows in front of the fam fam fam icons in the plugin.

    Works fine in every other browser I’ve tried, just not in IE.

    Not looking for a solution, just pointing it out.

    Thanks for the great plugin.

    • Chris Poteet May 8, 2009 / 11:18 pm

      Good catch MIke. Just add the following CSS.

      .post-info ul {
      list-style: none;
      }

  32. Mike May 8, 2009 / 11:31 pm

    Excellent. Worked like a charm. Appreciate it, and again, thanks for the awesome plugin!

  33. GimliGlider June 24, 2009 / 8:41 pm

    Damn! Everything worked in my site but I removed it for the only reason that the .png image for Words didn’t show up. I manually verified that the required png file words.png came with the plugin and was installed on the webserver but no luck.

    Also went into the CSS file to see if the image was properly linked. Yes it was properly linked but the image didn’t show up.

    Then I used Windows Magnifier to see if the icon was hiding somewhere. Yes it was! It was hiding behind the ‘Author’ icon.

    Now Chris, how can I get that disobedient icon down and put him where he should be? If you want, i can reenable the plugin in my website and show it to you.

    I checked the tick box next to “Notify me of following comments via email”. So Chris, if u’re willing to help, post a comment here. or email me. You already have my email address. Please keep it privated.

    Thanks and wishing u all the best with the new job

    • Chris Poteet June 24, 2009 / 10:26 pm

      @GimliGlider: Activate it again, send a URL, and let me know which version you’re running of the plugin/WordPress.

  34. GimliGlider June 25, 2009 / 3:04 pm

    hey chris that was nicely executed. Don’t know of proper words to express my gratitude with. Where the hell is the donate button in your site? LOL seriously???

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