Breadcrumb NavXT 4.2.0

Holy revamped settings page Batman! As previewed earlier in “A New Settings Page,” the settings page has been heavily modified for Breadcrumb NavXT 4.2.0. The number of tabs has been reduced to 4 basic tabs: General, Post Types, Taxonomies, and Miscellaneous. These tabs reduce the tab clutter seen when a site has several Custom Post Types and Custom Taxonomies. Visually, the tabs have been styled to match the H3 sized tabs within the WordPress admin area.

Other new features include support for Post Format archives and Custom Post Types can use post parent, or taxonomy based hierarchy. Date based archives are now only allowed for Posts, as they do not work for Custom Post Types. Finally, a slew of bugs relating to the max title length functionality, the widget’s don’t show on frontpage setting, and mainsite links on pages in multisite environments.

The Translation Team:

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As always, you can grab the latest version of Breadcrumb NavXT from the Breadcrumb NavXT page. If you experience any issues with this version of Breadcrumb NavXT, please leave a comment on this post detailing the issue.

-John Havlik

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A New Settings Page

The most noticeable change in the next version of Breadcrumb NavXT (4.2.0) will be the reorganized settings page (preview screen shot above). Since the introduction and subsequent inclusion of tabular (the code that gives the settings page its tabs), each custom taxonomy and post type has had it’s own tab. This will no longer be the case where there are just 4 tabs, “General”, “Post Types”, “Taxonomies”, and “Miscellaneous”.

This reorganization, while causing the content per a tab to be greater, keeps the tab list from growing with every new custom post type and taxonomy added to a site. Additionally, it allows greater distinction between settings for custom taxonomies and custom post types. Previously, there were instances where CPTs and custom taxonomies had the same name in their tabs and it was not clear which was which without entering that tab.

Keep tabs on Breadcrumb NavXT 4.2.0 development over at GitHub.

-John Havlik

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Specifying a Preferred Category Hierarchy

As part of the best practises for organizing your WordPress site so that Breadcrumb NavXT’s output is what you expect, having a post be a member of multiple category hierarchies is something you should not do. While it still isn’t something you should do, there is a way to specify which category hierarchy is more important for a specific post.

The idea is that the order of the categories being returned by get_the_terms() can be modifed so that the more important category hierarchy is output first. This takes advantage of Breadcrumb NavXT’s behaviour of choosing the first category (term) hierarchy it finds for a post.

This is where Order Bender comes in. Order Bender gives you a nice post meta box to select the primary category for a post, and will modify the output order of get_the_terms() accordingly. Simple as that.

Installation is quite easy:

  1. Download the Master branch zip archive from GitHub
  2. In your WordPress Dashboard navigate to the plugin uploader (Plugins > Add New > Upload)
  3. Upload the zip archive
  4. Activate and enjoy!

You can keep up with day to day development via the Order Bender’s GitHub Repository.

-John Havlik

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Setting a Parent for a Post

Normally, flat post types such as the Post post type do not have parents. However, some people like to use pages for their hierarchy and want posts to be children of these pages. Typically, these pages have a description and then a post list based off of a category.

While I personally do not recommend this type of site structure, Breadcrumb NavXT has supported Pages as the parent of Posts for quite some time. The caveat has always been that setting the parent of the post was an exercise left to the user. I’ve just written a fairly basic plugin that removes that makes things easier. All it does is add a Parent metabox with a pages drop down to the edit screen for posts.

Installation is quite easy:

  1. Download the Master branch zip archive from GitHub
  2. In your WordPress Dashboard navigate to the plugin uploader (Plugins > Add New > Upload)
  3. Upload the zip archive
  4. Activate and enjoy!

You can keep up with day to day development via the Post Parents’ GitHub Repository.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT 4.1.0

Holy improved custom post type support Batman! This release added a few new features and fixed several bugs custom post types work better in general (covering more usage scenarios). Several bug fixes revolved around archives, including restricting a mixed archive to a specific post type, empty term archive pages, and author archive pages when showing the page number (e.g. on page 2 of the author archives). The included widget was improved with a pretext option. Finally, the behavior of posts that are using a flat taxonomy in their breadcrumb trail but do not have a term assigned was modified to match the same case for hierarchical taxonomies.

On the localization side of the house, the textdomain was changed to facilitate better integration with GlotPress, which we now use for managing translation sets. Also, a big thanks to the translation team. This is the first release that we used GlotPress to coordinate translation sets. Another first is the high of 9 translations that are 90% complete or better (and are shipped with this release). You can check out the Breadcrumb NavXT translation project to see the status of the translation for your language. An improved sign up process for translating through this GlotPress install will be opening soon.

As always, you can grab the latest version of Breadcrumb NavXT from the Breadcrumb NavXT page. If you experience any issues with this version of Breadcrumb NavXT, please leave a comment on this post detailing the issue.

-John Havlik

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