would like to request an interactive demo,
also how does this compare performance wise / resource intensity with other known related plugins out there? like:
Yet Another Related Post Plugin
nRelate Related Content
Video demo is on the way, hope to have it up soon.
The intention of Mockingbird is to be flexible for a range of Wordpress development. While a common usage of this plugin may be to display a list of related posts at the bottom of a post, there are other uses. For example a company might have testimonials set up as a custom post type and wish to associate pages with specific testimonials. The functions detailed in the developer API lets you access this data and use it in pretty much any way you want in your theme files.
Relationships are post specific and stored as arrays in the post meta table, there is no more than one WP Query per Mockingbird appearance whether its in the admin or in the theme files. All choices (at the moment) are manual so there is no excess querying going on trying to find related content programatically.
Looks great. I just see that can be enable by default in the bottom. Can I put the php code manually in my theme? Your images example are good. Do you can add a little video example for see them in action? Or a demo site?
There are a couple of functions in place (as well as a Wordpress shortcode) that lets you access Mockingbird data in your template files. mockingbird() and get_mockingbird() are designed to be used pretty much in where in a theme, for any number of purposes. The ‘auto’ facility is there as a basic concept and for those unsure of PHP. I fully expect developers to integrate the plugin in a more advanced way.
Amazing… please email me when be ready… In a few hours I will email you (profile page) for some questions.
Video demo up on Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/82573039
This will help me on my current project. The video helped sell me. Good luck with the sales.
Wow amazing, as I expected. Is easy to use… I am really happy with this powerful tool.
I just sent you a PM. Thanks.
Powerful and super recommended product. Of course FIVE STARS!
Also could you check the plugin root is /wp-content/plugins/mockingbird and not nested inside any other directories etc.
The path is different. I made the change in “mockingbird/index.php”, line 15 and16 and the problem was corrected. Thank you.
Glad you got it fixed, if you find any more problems just let me know. Thanks for buying.
It has been interesting to use the plugin, but I see a limitation that you could solve: the title and description could be specific for each post / page rather than being modified configurations only. For example, I have a post from a photographer. In this relate their albums and give the title of ALBUMS. In another post, I have a disk of this artist, which relate the lyrics and give the title LYRICS. Would think about it?
photographer = singer. Sorry…
Thanks for the feedback, i’ll add that to the wish list.
If you don’t mind getting you’re hands dirty with PHP you might want to have a look at the mockingbird() function, which would allow you to achieve this in your theme files. Granted its not a CMS controlled solution but would be suitable if you had a few specific cases on your site.
Thank you for your attention.
I lack the time to investigate PHP, but I await a solution thereof. I think in the case of my site, just give different titles for each set of related posts. Sorry if you can help me, it will be wonderful.
would be fantastic if a related post thumbnails and summary exhibited in others only the title would be interesting … Can you understand me?
Sorry, do mean you only want to display the title?
Yes, I’m just going beyond thinking that all settings could be specific for each post/page… It would be wonderful.
Right I understand what you’re getting at now. Adding (and testing) these new features might take a bit of time though. If i get a beta version together i’ll let you know before hand.
Version 1.1 (which I plan on uploading soon) addresses a couple of bugs and will allow you to enable/disable item re-labeling.
Thanks again for the feedback, much appreciated.
Just having another think about how you wish to use to use the plugin. Would the shortcode feature not let you achieve custom list configurations for each posts? E.g. turn off “display automatically” in the Mockingbird settings and manually configure how the list is outputted at the bottom of each post using a shortcode with the relevant attributes ( [mockingbird title=”Your Title” include_thumbnail=”no” include_excerpt=”yes”] ).
I’ve tested and cant see to recreate the issue, could it be because you are copying and pasting from a text editor?
You could try replacing line 113 in mockingbird/inc/mockingbird.php with:
$string .= Sc_Str::limit( esc_html__( $content ), $length );
Thank you. Replacing the line 113, the problem was corrected.
I want to make the plugin work alone. I have a custom post and would like to implement the code in php page so that every time I view a post, appear related categories based on taxonomies. How do I?
Doesn’t work. Configuring at the posts… doesn’t work. Excerpt doesn’t work. Either I hire yet another troubleshooter or I take another chance with something else. Just doesn’t work. But I do have many others which actually do work.
Sorry to hear that, could you detail the issue a bit further and i’ll have a look into it.
Ive been using since day one, very happy.
As I’m relating to two types of posts (Products and CPTs), is there a way to segregate so they can co-exist on same page but appear differently?
E.g, a section titled Products, which thumbnails are 1:1 ratio, then the other labeled differently with thumbnails as 1:2 ratio.
Currently there are far too many to keep this up on an individual per page basis, so I’m looking for a way I can indroduce via PHP as template defaults, then updated via admin.
Great plugin (five stars)!
Thanks for the feedback!
You can create separate/additional Mockingbirds to appear. Have a look at the Mockingbird Admin Class (http://www.carmichaelize.co.uk/projects/mockingbird/documentation/mockingbird-admin-class/) which will allow you to setup new instances with different config data. You can then display the Mockingbird list in your template files using the mockingbird() function(http://www.carmichaelize.co.uk/projects/mockingbird/documentation/mockingbird-function/) or a shortcode.
Thanks for your response! I’ll give this a go now.
Question I forgot to ask that’s been vexing is how Mockingbird is controlling the thumbnail dimensions e.g is it calling pre-registered or via CSS? I’ve looked through plugin but I seem to be overlooking. Reason I ask is that as default the size output is inconsistent nor related to the posts.
I take it your talking about the physical image dimensions? Mockingbird uses the image saved as the post featured image (thumbnail) so inherits the image properties that are applied when images are uploaded to Wordpress. You could look at Wordpress’s set_post_thumbnail_size() function (http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/set_post_thumbnail_size) which would let you change the default size being used by your theme, you would have to re-upload your images for a new rendition of it to be created.
You can also roll your own CSS if its more of a cosmetic change your trying to make.
Hi there! Just purchased your plugin and am looking for a little bit of help. I’ve got it installed and working fine on a single page – but I’m looking for a bit more advanced workings and am in need of some help.
I have my site set up with various CPTs – for example Markets, Solutions, Projects. I also have a sidebar for all Markets and a sidebar for all Solutions.
I have Mockingbird set up on the Markets and Solutions pages so I can choose a related Project. I would like to set up a ‘widget’ in the Market sidebar where it will show the related Projects (picked within Mockingbird) of the current page in a list.
I’ve tried using some of the example codes in your Documentation so I could build off of them – but none of the codes will display any related posts at all.
The code <?php mockingbird( # ); ?> works, but that won’t work for me – I need it to get the current post’s id.
<?php mockingbird( # ); ?>
I’ve also tried <?php mockingbird( get_the_id(), array(), 'related_projects' ); ?> but it’s displaying nothing.
<?php mockingbird( get_the_id(), array(), 'related_projects' ); ?>
I’m at a loss, and would love to hear that my solution is a super simple one! Thanks!
Thanks for for buying!
Have you set up a new Mocking Admin Class with ‘related_projects’ as the $unique_key? http://www.carmichaelize.co.uk/projects/mockingbird/documentation/mockingbird-admin-class/
No, I haven’t. Would I put that in the functions file?
You would only need to do that if you wanted to create an additional Mockingbird instance. So when you pass ‘relatedprojects’ its trying to get data that doesnt exsist.
Have you tried passing the current post id e.g. mockingbird( get_the_id()); ? Bearing in mind that if a post has no Mockingbird items set, nothing will appear so make sure you’re looking at the right page.
Hi there, great plugin! I’m wondering if it’s possible to have reciprocal connections or if you’re planning on adding this in the future? For example, I’m connecting posts in an ‘Actors’ actors post type to a ‘Movies’ post type – it would be great to be able to see and control the posts connected when in the ‘Movies’ type, rather than just when editing ‘Actors’.
Thanks for the feedback. I don’t have any plan at the moment to include that. I know what you’re getting in terms of making things more dynamic but I think that might start to get a bit confusing for most scenarios. There’s also some technical reasons that would likely limit how this functionality could be added to the plugin in its current form.
Perhaps you’re right. Well, at least keep it in mind as a potentially useful feature in the future. Thanks!
Hi, can you test this with the latest Wordpress 4.3 and confirm that it still works without out of the box bugs?
This is a really nice plugin. It would be awesome if it was revisited to include some different layout styles and hover animations, like essential grid.
This really gives us control over what posts should intrigue the reader based on the content they are already reading!
Hi, i can confirm the plugin still works with the latest version of Wordpress (4.3).
I currently don’t have any plans, to change the way these lists are outputted. If you know you’re way around PHP, you can use the Mockingbird API to pretty much implement it anyway you want on your site. http://www.carmichaelize.co.uk/projects/mockingbird/documentation/
Hi, thanks! Appreciate the API. I can handle it then.
Yeah, apologies, I didn’t look at the site. I normally don’t if the screenshots explain it fully enough for me, which yours did.
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