Breadcrumb NavXT Multi Dimension Extensions 1.6.0

Previously, in the Vista-Like Breadcrumbs for WordPress guide, code was presented for recreating the breadcrumb style featured in Windows Vista and Windows 7. That code eventually was updated and placed into a plugin to ease implementation. In Breadcrumb NavXT 4.2 some internal changes were made that caused issues with the previous version of this plugin. Now, Breadcrumb NavXT Multi Dimension Extensions have been updated to work with Breadcrumb NavXT 4.2 and the forthcoming version 4.3 release.

Eventually, this and the rest of the Breadcrumb NavXT extensions plugins will make it into the official WordPress.org plugin repository so everyone will get update notifications. Until then, you’ll have to manually update (by first deleting and then re-installing).

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 Breadcrumb NavXT Extensions’ GitHub Repository.

-John Havlik

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Post Parents 0.2.0

Normally, flat post types such as the Post post type do not have parents. However, some like to use pages for their hierarchy and want posts to be children of these pages. While I do not recommend this type of site structure, Breadcrumb NavXT has supported Pages as the parent of Posts for quite some time. In a recent version this was extended to all post types, using the “post parent” selection for the post hierarchy.

The caveat has always been that setting the parent of the post was an exercise left to the user. Last summer, I wrote a fairly basic plugin that makes things easier. Previously meant only for the Post post type, this new version extends post parents to all post types (except for Pages as that wouldn’t make sense). It simply adds a Parent metabox with a pages drop down to the edit screen for posts (of any post type).

Eventually, this will make it into the official WordPress.org plugin repository so everyone will get update notifications. Until then, you’ll have to manually update (by first deleting and then re-installing).

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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Order Bender 0.5.0

By popular demand, Order Bender has received a substantial update. Now, rather than just working with categories, it will work with any hierarchical taxonomy on any post type (that is uses the taxonomy). Thus, now it is possible to specify a preferred custom taxonomy term for any post type for Breadcrumb NavXT.

Eventually, this will make it into the official WordPress.org plugin repository so everyone will get update notifications. Until then, you’ll have to manually update (by first deleting and then re-installing).

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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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

[end of transmission, stay tuned]