News – Chatty Mango https://chattymango.com WordPress Plugins Sat, 01 Dec 2018 14:08:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 135434061 Redirect URL to Post, Version 0.19: Go to 2nd, 3rd, etc. Post https://chattymango.com/redirect-url-to-post-version-0-19-go-to-2nd-3rd-etc-post/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=redirect-url-to-post-version-0-19-go-to-2nd-3rd-etc-post https://chattymango.com/redirect-url-to-post-version-0-19-go-to-2nd-3rd-etc-post/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=redirect-url-to-post-version-0-19-go-to-2nd-3rd-etc-post#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:40:14 +0000 https://chattymango.com/?p=5464 The latest version of Redirect URL to Post adds a new feature that has been requested several times by users: Now you can redirect to the 2nd, 3rd, or any later position in the set of posts that match the criteria. Simply use the new parameter …

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The latest version of Redirect URL to Post adds a new feature that has been requested several times by users: Now you can redirect to the 2nd, 3rd, or any later position in the set of posts that match the criteria.

Simply use the new parameter offset. Here is one example:

https://www.example.com?redirect_to=latest&offset=1

This link would redirect to the second latest posts.

You can use it as well for the oldest post. If the offset is too high for the available supply of matching posts, the procedure for “no post found” will be initiated.

This release also adds the parameter suppress_filters. You can find the full changelog here.

Not surprisingly, the update is available from your WordPress backend. And if you don’t find it there, just install it from WordPress.org.

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The latest release of Tag Groups Premium comes with new shortcode parameters and the corresponding settings in the Gutenberg blocks.

Dynamic Post Filter: Total Number of Posts

The dynamic post filter is now able to show a line above the posts, provided that any post was found. This feature can be turned on with

display_amount=1

The message is different depending on whether one or more posts were found. There are therefore two shortcodes that allow you to customize the message for singular and for plural. In the plural message you can use the placeholder {count}:

message_amount_singular="1 post found"
message_amount_plural="{count} posts found"

Now you can also hide the close buttons of the groups. Use it with the parameters “include” and “open” to set a fixed selection of groups that cannot be changed by users:

hide_close_button=1

Shuffle Box: More Filter Options

A new parameter allows now to hide the “all groups” filter, in case you always want to filter tags by groups, for example if the total amount of tags is too big to fit on the page.

 show_filter_all_groups=0

Furthermore, you can set a group filter that is active after loading. Use it with -1 for all groups (default) or a group ID. Naturally only IDs work here that you have included with “include”.1

initial_group=3

Bug Fixes

This release comes also with several bug fixes, some of which were inherited from the free plugin. Please find more details in the changelog.


As usual, you can update your older version in the backend or buy the plugin at Codester.

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We are happy to announce that Tag Groups Premium is now officially compatible with the WordPress Multilingual Plugin (WPML).

Tag Groups Premium - WPML Compatibility

With the assistance of the WPML team we were able to add a handy new feature: Now you can translate group names. Simply select a language and edit the names. 

Please find more information about how to use this feature in the documentation.

If you wonder how to translate tag names: This is all handled by WordPress and WPML. Our plugin just adds the groups as a second layer.

As usual, you can update Tag Groups Premium on your dashboard or download it from Codester.


PS: This is a follow-up to the announcement of the free Tag Group plugin’s WPML-compatibility. Yes, also the free Tag Groups plugin is compatible and you can test the WPML features with Tag Groups before buying.

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We are happy to announce that Tag Groups is now compatible with the WordPress Multilingual Plugin (WPML).

How to use Tag Groups together with WPML

First, you need to set up WordPress Multilingual with the languages you need. Then you enter the Tag Groups admin page where you create and edit tag groups. This page will not look much different from what you are used to. But now you can edit the names for each language independently.

WPML language selector

All you need to do is to switch to another language in the admin bar. By default, all languages use the group names of your default language.

On all admin pages, you will see the group names that correspond to the language chosen in the admin bar. On the front end, the group names naturally match the language of the page.

Some more details:

  • If you create a new group in a translation (that is, not in your default language), the default language will first receive its group name from that translated language so that it won’t remain empty.
  • The order of the groups is the same across all languages.
  • The label “not assigned” remains untranslated on your back end. On the front end you can choose the translation in the shortcode.
  • Each language version of a tag can belong to a different group.1
  • If you create a translation of a tag, the translated tag will receive the groups of the original tag, unless you set different groups during the translation.

What has happened to the WPML menu?

If you are using Tag Groups for a long time, you may remember that there was once a menu item “WPML” that offered a basic integration into WPML. This function has now become obsolete.

Previously, group names were treated as translatable strings, not much different than text inside your theme. The new solution, however, enables you to translate and change group names right there where you create and edit them.

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If you use the popular eCommerce plugin WooCommerce, you are probably familiar with the standard template where each product can reveal some further details under the “Additional Information” tab. This additional information can be “Weight” or “Dimensions”, or any custom attribute that you created on the back end.

Now you can also display ordinary product tags in the “Additional Information” section. These tags will serve as attribute values (in the right column), while tag groups serve as attributes (in the left column). All you need is the latest version of Tag Groups Premium.

Using Tags and Groups as clickable WooCommerce Attributes

“Producer” is a WooCommerce Attribute, while “Technology”, “Size” and “Power Supply” are Tag Groups. Note that tags are always clickable.

When you create a product attribute, you can choose to “enable archives”, that means to link each attribute value to a list of products that all use that particular value. Product tags, on the other hand, are always clickable.

New Settings Screen

If you have WooCommerce installed and activated, you find a new tab in the Front End settings. There you have two checkboxes:

  • One lets you add tag groups and their tags to the attributes section (“Additional Information”) of the product. Of course, we display only groups and tags that you use with that particular product.
  • The second one removes the “Tags: …” part from the single product view so that the tags don’t appear twice. Your product categories will still be in place, but tags are used only as additional attribute values.

Since we are already replacing the template, we also added an option to set the separator between attribute values and tags.

Screenshot WooCommerce tags as attributes

Please note that these two option will only work if your theme doesn’t replace the default WooCommerce templates.

Get the Latest Version

As usual, you can update the plugin from the admin back end. If you don’t have it yet, you can buy the plugin from Codester.

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This update of the free Tag Groups WordPress plugin aims to improve the user experience on the back end.

Plugin authors should always be conservative about moving the settings into their own top-level menu. I think that the amount of required settings should justify this prominent position. And I feel annoyed when a top-level menu reveals nothing but a scanty page, or a good deal of promotion.1

Keeping it Simple

The Tag Groups plugin has tried for years to confine the growing amount of settings to one page, organized in tabs. Only the tag group administration needed to be separate from the moment when I added post and tag filters because the links from the groups to the filters depend on the taxonomy.

The tipping point was reached when I realized that (particularly in the premium version) the entire settings page reflected the development of an ever growing organism rather than being organized in a meaningful and usable way.

New Pages And Help Icons

Tag Groups menu - WordPressDuring the changes, I moved the “System Information” page from the premium to the free plugin and added a diagnostic tool for Ajax. I also add links to important parts of the documentation and some FAQs to the backend.

The menu item is now always called “Tag Groups” – regardless of whether you are using the free or the premium plugin.

A new “Home” page offers an overview of your enabled taxonomies with stats and direct links to the tag group administration pages. Much of the explanatory notes is now hidden behind “help” icons.

The result is a much clearer structure and fresher view. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Tag Groups Premium, Version 1.14: Filter Posts by Group and Responsive Table https://chattymango.com/tag-groups-premium-version-1-14-filter-posts-group-responsive-table/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=tag-groups-premium-version-1-14-filter-posts-group-responsive-table https://chattymango.com/tag-groups-premium-version-1-14-filter-posts-group-responsive-table/?pk_campaign=rss&pk_kwd=tag-groups-premium-version-1-14-filter-posts-group-responsive-table#respond Sun, 01 Jul 2018 16:26:38 +0000 https://chattymango.com/?p=5009 The latest release of Tag Groups Premium offers some usability enhancements and bug fixes. Most of all, you can use a shortcode to add a tag group menu to filter you posts and the table tag cloud adjusts on smaller screens.

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The latest release of Tag Groups Premium offers some usability enhancements and bug fixes.

Filter Menu

Filtering posts by a tag group is actually nothing new. You can use the Dynamic Post Filter or add a parameter to the URL of the page that displays the posts (or products).

To make things much easier there is now a new shortcode that adds a menu with tag groups. Visitors of your site can therefore select a group and will be taken to a list of posts (or products) that match these groups.

The default shortcode is:

[tag_groups_menu]

Just like the other shortcodes also this one works perfectly in text widgets. That way you can make sure that the menu is available again on the page where you find the filtered list of posts.

All shortcode parameters are detailed in the documentation.

Responsive Table

The table tag cloud switches now automatically to a mobile device mode on small screens. In that mode columns are displayed as rows – with groups on the left and tags on the right. That makes sure that even a huge number of groups neatly fits into the available space.

You can set this break point with the parameter “responsive_breakpoint”. The value is the width of the viewport (browser window) in pixel. With this parameter you can enforce the mobile device mode even for big screens if you think that your table should always be tall, rather than wide.

Separator for Post Tags

A small but handy enhancement is a new option to set a separator between the tags that appear under the posts. You can find that option in the Settings under “Post Tags”.

Object Cache

Another visible enhancement is a notice that appears on the admin back end when ever it is recommended to clear the object cache.

If you use the object cache and don’t purge it after particular changes, your tag clouds might not reflect these changes. On the other hand, some administrators might prefer not to rebuild the cache for every little change because an empty cache causes all affected pages to slow down for the next time the cache is re-filled.

Just a reminder: You can purge the cache also in the settings.

Get the Latest Version

As usual, you can update the plugin from the admin back end. If you don’t have it yet, you can buy the plugin from Codester.

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The latest version of the Tag Groups Premium WordPress plugin comes with some bug fixes and a filterable tag cloud that helps you cope with large amounts of tags.

The Problem

The number of tags on WordPress sites can reach intimidating dimensions. You probably organize them already in groups so that only related tags appear together in your tag clouds. But still, a list of countries that you visited or a group of product features can grow to formidable lists.

Dealing with large tag clouds has always been challenging. Should we display only the 50 most important tags and cut off the rest? Or should we split groups into smaller sub-groups? None of these solutions was really satisfying.

The Solution: Filtering Tags

Then, another idea turned out to be technically feasible and slowly emerged as my favorite solution: Integrate a filter into the tag cloud so that you simply hide all tags that don’t match your search.

The result is the Shuffle Box. It is basically a tag cloud on top of which you find a text input field and a button for each group. Press a button and you see only tags of that group:

Shuffle Box - tag cloud filter - WordPress

Or start typing into the search field and see how only those tags remain that contain that text in their names:

Shuffle Box - tag cloud text search - WordPress

Of course, you can also combine both filters: First you filter by a group and then you search for a name among that group.

There are also other options: Include only particular groups, customize the sort order, append or prepend text, and much more.

Try Yourself

This is a live Shuffle Box for the groups and tags of this site:

How to Use the Shuffle Box

You can insert the Shuffle Box into your posts or pages1 with a shortcode or as a Gutenberg block.

Shuffle Box - searchable tag cloud - Gutenberg - WordPress plugin

Themes for Tags

Theming your tags and also the Shuffle Box is now easier with prepared themes – like the ones you see in the examples above. These themes are applied by using one of the available class names. You can also use them as template to create your own theme.

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The update is available via the admin dashboard or buy the plugin from Codester.

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Version 1.12.0 of the Tag Groups Premium WordPress plugin is out. This update comes with plenty of new features, bug fixes and other changes.

Tag Groups is now bundled

When you update you will notice that the free Tag Groups plugin has been automatically deactivated. The reason is that I moved away from the “piggyback model” towards bundling both plugins into one package.

This will make it much easier to keep both plugins compatible, to test them as one unit and to provide support: If you know the version of the premium plugin, you also know which version of the free plugin is in use.

I also hope to avoid issues for the premium plugin that stem from updates for the free plugin. The free plugin receives much more frequent and smaller updates, and it is a merely a result of work in my free time, and a labor of love. Nevertheless, a bug in the free plugin might easily also break the premium plugin.

Starting from this version, it is safe to remove the free plugin. Before doing so, please make sure in the Tag Groups Premium settings under the Reset tab that you won’t delete any options when deleting the plugin.

Gutenberg drawing near

After adding Gutenberg blocks to the free plugin, also the premium plugin has received a major makeover to be able to cope with the upcoming WordPress 5.0. You can read more about Gutenberg and how to use the blocks in the related post for the free plugin.

All tag clouds and the dynamic post filter are now available as blocks. If you need to configure them beyond the options offered in the blocks, or if you plan to switch back from Gutenberg to the classic editor, you need to transform all blocks into shortcodes. You find instructions in the same post about the Gutenberg update.

New shortcode parameters

This update also comes with two new shortcode parameters:

In all tag clouds you can now use the placeholder {count} with the “prepend” and “append” parameters. It will be replaced by the post count for each tag.1

Tag Groups WordPress plugin - tag cloud - post count

Tag cloud with appended post count and custom styling.

The Dynamic Post Filter comes with the new parameter “open” to determine groups that should be initially open. Use it like the parameter “include”: Enter a comma-separated list of group IDs in the shortcode or pick the groups from a list in the Gutenberg block. The groups mentioned in “open” should naturally be a subset of those in “include”.

Bug fixes and other improvements

Please read the changelog for more details.

How to get the new version

If you already have the plugin, all you need to do is update the plugin from the backend. If not, you can buy the license at Codester.

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Gutenberg is a new editor and it will be one of the most disruptive changes in the history of WordPress. We are proud to present you now the first version of the Tag Groups plugin that comes with its own Gutenberg blocks.

What Gutenberg means for Tag Groups

Even though users will be able to opt out, Gutenberg will become part of the default package.  This means new challenges, the need to get used to a different way of writing posts, but also the chance to do things much better than before. Looking at the Tag Groups plugin, we see a huge opportunity to make the configuration of tag clouds much user-friendlier.

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Using shortcodes is a bit like writing code: You need to search their meanings and accepted values in a documentation and you have to make sure that you strictly follow the syntax and avoid typos, formatting and strings with spaces that are not enclosed in quotes.

Blocks are entirely different:1 You configure them with form elements such as menus, sliders or input fields. Each of them can have a self-explanatory title and a link to more information. They can even be “clever” enough to avoid settings that don’t make sense. Instead of searching IDs of tag groups or names of taxonomies, you simply select them from a list.

How to use the blocks of Tag Groups

First of all, you need Gutenberg on your WordPress site. Currently you have to install an extra plugin for that, but starting from version 5.0 it will be inside the WordPress core package.

Screenshot - Gutenberg - add block - WordPressWith Gutenberg your post edit screen looks different: The content is organized in blocks. Each of the blocks has its own menu, and many of them reveal further options in the Inspector under the “Blocks” tab. If you don’t see the Inspector, you need to click the gear-wheel icon in the top bar.

You find the Tag Groups blocks in the “Add block” menu – that is the plus in the circle. Try searching for “Tag Cloud”.

Since the tag cloud blocks are “dynamic blocks” they don’t display “live” on your edit screen. You still have to press the “Preview” button in order to see your changes.

What will happen to your existing shortcodes

Nothing. They will survive. Shortcodes will still be working and you won’t have to touch any of your published posts and pages.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict the development of WordPress in the far future. Looking at the huge amount of plugins and themes that use shortcodes, however, it is safe to assume that they will still be supported for some years to come.2

Transforming the block

Gutenberg - transform block menu - WordPressNot all shortcode parameters are available in the blocks because they are rarely used.3 And some options, such as font sizes, accept only a limited range of values. If you want more freedom to configure them, you first need to transform the tag cloud block into a “shortcode” block. You can do so through one of the menus directly at the top left corner of the block.

A shortcode block is simply a block that contains a shortcode, including the square brackets. The tag cloud shortcode may look like that:Screenshot - Gutenberg - Shortcode Block - WordPress

Please note, however, that it is not possible to transform a Tag Groups shortcode (back) into a block. You would have to create a new block and copy the settings.

The output is exactly the same for blocks and shortcodes. You only have to make sure they have the same settings.

If you prefer the classic editor

There are many folks out there who prefer to keep the classic editor. There is nothing you need to do now. Starting from WordPress 5.0, you will have to install the Classic Editor plugin.

Give it a try – or take your time

Gutenberg is still under development. You most certainly find many issues in the way how it works today. If you don’t like the “Gutenberg experience” now, you may want to check back in a few weeks.

Things might still change how Tag Groups blocks appear and interact. An extension of a beta version cannot be final.

PS: Other Changes

The shortcode parameters “prepend” and “append” for the tag clouds 4 can now understand the placeholder {count}. Now you can do things like that:

Screenshot - Tag Clouds - numbers – WordPress

The HTML structure of the tags has slightly changed (mainly <span>s were added). So if you used a custom styling, better make sure it all still looks fine.

 

We hope that you will find the new features useful. As usual, please let us know if you run into any glitches! And if you want to honor several weeks of work, please give us a 5-star rating or check out the premium plugin!

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