Review of Aside Plugins

I’ve been mucking about WordPress’ meta info and such because I’m trying to show posts from specific categories to show up at specific places outside of the loop. Yes, this is one of those techie posts with code stuff and all so if you’re looking for my usual touchy feely monotonous nonsense, move along this is not for you. I will revert to normal programming immediately after I lick this problem.

Anyway, am writing here my thoughts on the 3 plugins that I tried for this purpose. Am doing so to remember them and possibly help others save time. Who knows, I might actually get the energy to write my own plug in after all this mucking about. I imagine a lot of people would appreciate it, and besides there’s thankfully no need for javascript, just php extracting from mysql in a specific way. The usual stuff.

asideshop – most full featured but does not allow for posts on sidebar.

sideblog – shows much promise but does not support wp 2.5.1

miniposts2 – works great but does not allow for categories. Posts that end up on the sidebar are selected via a ‘this is a minipost’ button on WordPress’ write page. I want whole categories to show up on my sidebar separately. This one will not differentiate by category.

I’ve basically narrowed my issue down to WordPress’ ability to count posts. I need to figure out how that works and learn how to use < ?php rewind_posts(); ?> properly to make it restart each time. I’ll get it right soon enough.

Anyway, I’ll park this baby for the day. Time to go to Alabang and watch SATC with The Jill.

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