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Sidetalkin’: WordPress Sideblog

WordPress plugin: Sideblog
After trying out the Sideblog plugin for WordPress for two months on Fanmode, I’m reasonably comfortable with it so I added the plugin to create a sideblog on this site’s left sidebar.

Naturally, there were complications.

For some reason I can’t discern, the plugin automatically includes paragraph breaks. There’s a CSS workaround for that but, unusually for me, I was content to let that be.

However, I got it in my head that I was going to exclude the sideblog entries from the list of recently written posts. This proved particularly complicated since neither the get_archives (which has been deprecated) or wp_get_archives WordPress functions allow posts from a particular category to be excluded. The solution is to custom code that. It looks complicated but it works perfectly.

The author of the code, rembem, noted:

There is one disadvantage: only post that have ONLY category 18 assigned, are excluded. If a post has other categories besides category 18 assigned, it will not be excluded.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. I’ve got a few posts that have multiple categories including the one I want excluded and none of them show up on the Recently Written lists. So, not only does the code work great, it works better than the author expected.

Posted in Blogging, WordPress.

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