The Category Column was mainly designed to give our page a bit more of a newspaper behaviour. It shows the latest posts from all categories with an offset of three posts (which are in the main column) on our homepage.
Not every theme seems to have the possibility to hide sidebars or defines the styles of links site wide. That’s what makes the difference in the „advanced“ category column plugin. You can now style the links of the widgets and define, where the widget is showing and where not.
As the plugin was designed especially for the needs of a user of the Category Column Plugin; the first versions were very limited. It should work now on all sites without any problems. It is tested up to WP 3.9.
The current version is 2.8.1 and it has Dutch, German and Spanish language packs. Textareas are resizable.
2.8.1 added the possibility to give the image a border
2.8 more responsive; Spanish translation added thanks to Andrew Kurtis
2.7.2 Bug with title heading fixed
2.7.1 Bug fixed in the framework
2.7 Small changes in the framework and possibility to adjust the title heading
2.6 Added the possibility to change the width of the thumbnails; the category of the posts can be shown.
2.5.1 Small bug-fix
2.5 Great reduction of the payload by adding a cache to the plugin
2.4 Adjusting the classes of the framework to be more like alrounders
2.3 Code completely overhauled and straitened. The plugin hooks also into the Ads Easy Plugin. In case you use the Google AdSense Tags, you can invert them in the widget.
2.2 More accurate auto excerpt, thumbnails work also when using galleries and a dss (dynamical css) file is now written instead of a real css file, when using own styles
2.0 Minor bug fixes, check all function added
1.5 The textareas are now re-sizable and the input fields got smaller
1.2 Bug with empty style sheet on update fixed
1.1 Bug-fix concerning title slugs; settings accessible from plugin page now
1.0 Stable version with Dutch and German language files
0.5 Public Beta and initial release
0.3 Open Beta
To install the Advanced Category Column Plugin simply download it here, unzip the file and upload the folder named “advanced-category-column” into the /wp-content/plugins folder of your blog.
Once you have done that, simply activate “Advanced Category Column” in your plugin panel and customize the instances of your widgets, when you place them into your sidebars. Go to the options panel to change the style of the hyperlinks in the widgets.
If you use the plugin and like it, we appreciate a donation. If you find the plugin useful and like it very much, we appreciate your feedback even more.