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Category LiveBookmarks Plus

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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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Jeff Starr
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  1. Jeff Starr

    Hi Sue,
    This looks like a presentational (i.e., CSS) issue that is not associated with the plugin or any of its code. Currently, your CSS stylesheet contains rules that are globally effecting the display of both images and links, including the CLB+ links generated by the plugin. A solution would be to neutralize the offending general CSS styles with something more specific. For example, you could try adding these rules to your theme’s CSS file:

    /* Specific CSS for Category LiveBookmarks Plugin */
    div#right ul.clb_plus li a {
       display: inline; padding: 0; margin: 0;
    }
    div#right ul.clb_plus li img {
       border: 0 none; padding: 0; margin: 0;
    }

    These rules are specific enough to remedy the display issue while not affecting anything else, anywhere, throughout your site. Please let me know if I may be of any further assistance. :)

    Regards,
    Jeff

  2. thank you Jeff! I will give it a whirl tomorrow (today actually after a little rest…)
    much gratitude,
    Sue

  3. Hi Jeff,
    we are 99.9% there. I have little bullets before the feed icons for each category now. I’m not sure where they came from and would prefer to not have them.
    with much gratitude,
    Sue

  4. Jeff,
    this problem is resolved
    many thanks,
    Sue

  5. Jeff,
    the ‘sort_column=name’ term is not sorting my new list. Is there a different term I should use to accomplish this?
    Thanks!
    Sue

  6. Jeff Starr

    Hi Sue, thanks for your patience.. I have been dealing with a bit of a cold and have been unable to get to the computer until today. Anyhow, it looks like you have discovered the secret CSS rule to remove bullets from a list, which, in your case would look something like this:

    div#right ul.clb_plus li {
       list-style-type: none
    }

    As for the mysterious reference to 'sort_column=name', perhaps you could provide the line number(s) to which you are referring? I couldn’t locate the specified code anywhere in the plugin document.

    Also, I hope you don’t mind, but I will be consolidating your responses as much as possible at the conclusion of the conversation. This is necessary for long-term comment management on plugin posts, which must remain open indefinitely and thus tend to grow rather long over time. I hope you don’t mind! :)

    Regards,
    Jeff

  7. Hi Jeff,
    So sorry to hear to haven’t been feeling up to par, and very glad you are back.

    By all means, edit what is useful and discard the rest for a compacted post of this thread.

    What I was inquiring about was controlling the order of the category listings. I have reorganized them now (into main and sub cats) and initially thought sorting them by alpha would be great, but ideally, it would be fabulous to be able to specify the order by category id. The syntax I provided in my previous post is WP standard, and not tied to your plug in, although I did try it to see if it would work…which, it didn’t.
    speedy full recovery!
    Sue

  8. Thanks, this is just what I was looking for! I’m using the Revolution News theme on my site and have received several emails from people asking if they can subscribe to a specific category instead of the full feed. I usually give them the URL, but now they can just access it from the bottom of each post in that cat.

    About to install. Hope it works. :-)

  9. can’t download this. get a file called jipe….

  10. Jeff Starr

    Which file are you having problems downloading? This page currently offers six (6) different files, all of which seem to be downloading correctly. Please provide more information and I will do my best to help :)

  11. I have a few questions. These are based on my installation using WP2.5.1 so some issues may be to do with the version of WP I am using.

    1. I put it into the sidebar where it auto-discovers evens categories which I have tried to indicate as being invisible using the Advanced Category Excluder plugin (this plugin is also only tested to 2.3). Is there a way to adjust the php file to select specific categories by ID?

    2. If one clicks on the category link it doesn’t show posts which are marked private (eg not available to those who are logged on). If one clicks on the feed icon it shows all posts INCLUDING private ones (eg posts which should not be shown).

    3. Is there a way to vary the icons for each feed so either it is a random selection of different coloured ones or by specifying each feed icon for each category? (not very important).

    4. How can I insert this into a specific post? Do I need another plugin?

    Thanks.

  12. Is there a way to drop the actual link to the category (which is underlined) so I just have the feed link? If I answer the question: “Do you want a category link to appear before each category feed link?” as False I get nothing at all – not even a description and just get the feed icon.

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