With the Advanced Featured Post Widget you can put a certain post into focus, by displaying it in one of your widget areas. You can decide, whether or not to display the post thumbnail and whether the post titel is on top or under that thumbnail. Style your widget in a different way to give it even more exposure. ‚Advanced‘ means in this case, that even if your theme doesn’t allow you to hide sidebars, you can specify in the widget on what type of page it is visible.
Select the post to be displayed simply by choosing it from a drop down menu, to have a backup post (to be shown, when the main post from the widget appears on a single post page) just give a second post in another drop down.
We needed something to feature certain posts in the widget area of the theme, we are using. But not every theme seems to let you hide the sidebar(s) on certain pages. That’s why we made, next to the basic version of the Featured Post Widget, this a bit more extended version of it. You can specify, where the widget is shown and if wanting to, you can style the links seperately in the settings section.
The current version is 2.9.2 and has a Dutch, German and Slovak translation. Furthermore, you can define a ‚read more‘ link for the featured posts, if needing one. It’s more foolproof now, since if you forget to choose a post, there is a random post shown instead.
2.9.2 Giving the ID of a post includes custom post types as well, you can display the entire post instead of an excerpt.
2.9.1 Post Category can be shown now
2.9 You can give the post ID’s now if not wanting to use the dropdown menus
2.8.6 Inner beauty was added (code streamlined etc.)
2.8.5 Slovak translation added thanks to Branco Radenovich
2.8.4 No multiple posts when wanting a random post
2.8.3 Bugfix with headline and css
2.8.2 Bugfix in framework
2.8.1 Bugfix with missing class
2.8 Adjustable size of the post headline
2.7 Also the wp thumbnail is adjustable in size now
2.6 Bugfix, the plugin doesn’t crash the widget area anymore
2.5 Bugfix and translations changed
2.4 Some classes added to framework
2.3 Small bugfix in autoexcerpt
2.2 Complete overhaul of the code.
The plugin hooks now into the Ads Easy Plugin, to set Google AdSense Tags, if wanting to (this became deprecated).
2.1 More accurate excerpt function, images have better ‚title‘ tags, get’s also an image if working with galleries and uses dss instead of writing a css file all the time
2.0 Bug fixes and streamlining done; choosing posts is easier now and if you don’t choose a post, a random post will be taken
1.5 The textareas are now resizable and the input fields got smaller
1.1 Bug with empty style sheet on possible update fixed; settings accessible from plugin page now
1.0 Initial release with German and Dutch language pack
To install the Advanced Featured Post Widget Plugin simply download it here, unzip the file and upload the folder named „advanced-featured-post-widget“ into the /wp-content/plugins folder of your blog.
Once you have done that, simply activate „Advanced Featured Post Widget“ in your plugin panel and customize the instances of your widgets, when you place them into your sidebars.
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