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Category LiveBookmarks Plus

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CLB+
New version of Category LiveBookmarks Plus (CLB+) now available! CLB+ version 2.3.0b enables WordPress 2.3+ users to configure and customize the ultimate set of autodetection feeds, category feeds, category links, and feed links. Features include completely rewritten, optimized code, optional category post counts, and custom RSS-icon links for all category and/or feed links. Overall, the new version is faster and more flexible than ever! Let’s take a quick look..

Update: Category LiveBookmarks is discontinued as WordPress has integrated all of the same functionality. So no more need for this plugin!</update>

Live bookmarks

Category LiveBookmarks Plus is the easy way to provide complete “Live Bookmark” functionality and “Post Smart” feed links to your WordPress-powered website. Simply install the plugin, and users with Firefox, Opera, Navigator, or any other modern browser, will enjoy a selection of your RSS feed links at their fingertips. CLB Plus seamlessly integrates the code necessary for modern browsers to automatically detect and update any RSS feed available from the current page, enabling readers to stay current with important news and updates.

About the plugin

Category LiveBookmarks Plus also makes it easy to add category feed links to posts, comments, pages, or anywhere else within your site. Simply add the <? clb_plus(); ?> function to the desired location within your blog, and there enjoy a contextually relevant selection of completely customizable RSS feed links. There are also options to include RSS feed links for “all posts” and “all comments”, as well as settings to customize markup, icons, and feed links. Plus, as of version 1.7.7, there are options to display a custom set of category links next to feed links, which may include comment counts and RSS-icon links.

With CLB+, you may customize category feeds for the various WordPress view types (e.g., category views, page views). CLB automatically omits feeds with zero posts, and also excludes subcategory feeds. Further, this plugin produces strictly valid XHTML markup.

Installation and Usage

  1. Unzip php file and add to wp-content/plugins directory.
  2. Open php file and adjust any of the “CLB OPTIONS”, if desired.
  3. Add the following function call to your sidebar or any other location:
    <?php if (function_exists('clb_plus')) { clb_plus(); } ?>
  4. Feed links will be added to the <head> automatically. No further action required.
  5. Feed links will be added to the <body> wherever the function call (from step 3) is located.

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131 responses
  1. Jeff Starr

    @Austin: I have yet to test this plugin on versions of WordPress beyond 2.3+, which of course includes all versions released under the 2.3 branch (2.3.1, 2.3.2, etc.). As soon as time allows, I plan on upgrading the plugin with new features and ensuring 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 functionality. My plate is currently very full, but I am hoping to get to this soon.

  2. Brendon Barnett December 22, 2008 @ 10:13 am

    I have noticed that when a new category is added, the plugin does not automatically place it in the correct alphabetical place, but rather at the bottom of the feed list. I am assuming that the list is being ordered by category ID for new categories? Please advise:

    http://www.bradleyquick.com/rss-feeds

  3. Jeff Starr

    @Brendon Barnett: No problem, simply open the plugin file and locate each instance of the following code:

    ORDER BY $wpdb->terms.term_id ASC";

    and replace each instance with this:

    ORDER BY $wpdb->terms.name ASC";

    ..and that’s all there is to it! :)

  4. hello there. this looks great. but when i click on the downloard link, i get:

    Forbidden
    You don’t have permission to access /press/wp-content/online/plugins/cat-live-bookmarks_2.3.0b.zip on this server.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

  5. Jeff Starr

    @robert: Fixed! Thank you! :)

  6. thanks! gonna try it out now!

  7. Is there a widgetized version of CLB+ yet? Is there a way of getting its output into a widget?

    It’s hard to integrate it into a widgetized template as it is.

    I tried using the “My Widget” template about, but I can’t get the output to nest in the sidebar list properly. The CLB output comes before the widget’s title and outside its tag.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, how does one the the rss icons to follow the category links and numbers?

    Thanks,
    Michael

  8. Jason Green March 6, 2009 @ 4:29 am

    Brilliant, just what I was looking for thanks!

    Implemented it on our blog, and rather than including all feeds, I added two buttons at the top of the blog, one for jobs and one for general rss feed, check it out here: http://blog.dynamic50.com

  9. Jeff Starr

    @Jason Green: Sweet! But I don’t think you need a plugin to add two sitewide links to your feeds. You would get a slight performance boost from just manually coding them into the page. Either way, glad you found the plugin useful!

  10. Jason Green March 8, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    @Jeff Star: Yeah not just for that, I have plenty of categories and it’s nice to be able to select any of the feeds as well hence having decided to use it! Thanks!

  11. Ekaterina July 19, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    Hi!)
    Great plugin, it’s what i’m looking for!

    But I have an important problem for me. I made categories with subcategories feed-list as u wrote but dont know how to customize it in a hierarchical way

    Plz, answer me)

  12. Jeff Starr

    Ekaterina, I am not sure what you mean exactly.. could you maybe explain further to give me a better idea of what you are trying to achieve?

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