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Coming Up Next for AZIndex

It’s been almost a month since the last AZIndex update, and I thought that perhaps some people would be interested in what’s in the pipeline for the next version of the plugin.

One thing that’s been gnawing at me is the usability of the settings page for AZIndex.  The way I originally coded it allowed me to add new settings very easily, but now there are so many options that it’s not always easy to find the right one, especially when related options appear in different parts of the page.  Since there will only be more options added in the future, I thought it was high time to overhaul the look and feel of the settings page.

So the next version of AZIndex (0.8.2) will feature a redesigned settings page to address these problems.  While the overall look and feel of the settings will be familiar, I have made use of the JQuery Javascript library (as used in other WordPress admin pages) to rearrange the settings and split them into several tabbed pages.  This means, for example, that all the CSS styling options will appear on one tabbed page, and the language options will appear on another.   It also means that when you turn on, say, the multipage option, the text box for entering the number of items per page will appear right underneath instead of all the way at the bottom of the settings page where people can miss it.

One cool feature of the new settings page is that if you don’t like options split into the tabbed pages, then you can turn off the tabs and go back to a single page.  Another nice feature is that there will be two “Save” buttons — “Save & Exit” which works like the old “Save” button and exits the settings page, and a new “Save” button which keeps you at the settings page (at the same tab) which is very useful when you making a lot of tweaks to the options (especially the custom CSS) for your index.

There will not be much new function in this version of AZIndex (there are enough code changes already), but there will be a new option to omit the embedded CSS stylesheet from the index page.  This will allow you to add the index styling to your theme’s stylesheet instead, as some people would prefer.  I may also add an option to add the index CSS to the page header (instead of in the body).  If you select this option the stylesheet will be added to all pages in your blog, since I don’t believe there is a way to tell which pages will contain an index shortcode at the time the header is being assembled.

Anyway, the new version is still at least a week away.  I will make a more formal annoucement in a few days once all the code has been written.  In the meantime, feel free to comment on what I’ve said here, especially if you have any suggestions relating to the AZIndex plugin settings page.

47 comments to Coming Up Next for AZIndex

  • dpc

    Hey Mike,

    Just tried AZ Index and loved the look-and-feel and all. It’s quick and seems reliable, good job.

    The only thing is that accented caracters are not indexed the way they are supposed too. In the test page I did, the index listed À, Ç, È, Î, … A, B… Z instead of ignoring the accents and just let go as supposed. It’s quite ennoying.

    • Hey, dpc. Yeah, the National Language features of AZIndex are a bit hit and miss. The problem is that a lot of it depends on what the host server allows, but I am sure that there are still some things I can do to improve AZIndex too. The main problem is that I haven’t looked at the AZIndex code in more than a year, and I am just now slowly getting back up to speed with it, so any NLS related improvements aren’t likely to happen for a while.

      What you can do, if you are a PHP programmer, is add a filter (see the filter section of the Reference documentation) to change the accented characters to the non-accented characters in the index titles before the index is sorted. If you don’t know PHP, then I am afraid there isn’t much you can do at this point.

  • JT

    This is a fantastic plugin, does just what I want, except for one thing.
    I run a multi-lingual website using qTranslate, so each post has one title in English and one in the other language. When I generate an index, the two titles get mushed together without even a space (example: NewsNoticias), when I would prefer just to have the title in whatever language the reader is viewing the site at the moment. Do you have any ideas on how to fix that?

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  • Is there a plan to add an easy switch to sort in descending order instead of ascending?

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    hi i am using a AZindex in my website. Its work great. but when i select the category, its show all category in alphabetical order in frontend. but if i have three posts in same category. it will show three time categories name. i need to be display a category name at one time

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  • Ron

    Just found azindex yesterday and to my surprise it still works great in 3.12
    With about 500 posts coming up (changing from static website to blog) this will be a great way for my visitors/members to keep track, espescially with the options the plugin provides.
    My question is, are you going to keep up with the plugin, because I am a little worried that one day WP comes with a major update (WP-4 in 1-2 years) and it will stop working all together, which would be a small disater for me and many other happy user.

    Thanks and regards, Ron

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  • lutherblissett

    would it be possible to index custom posts?

    If I add a custom category name in the “Include/exclude posts in these categories” field, I get an error message.

    Thanks for this great plugin


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  • Dear Mike,

    how can i reduce the line space in the post list, my az index shows always double space between post lists. Please help



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