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Still Here…

Hey guys.  It’s been a week, so I thought I’d better just let you know that I haven’t gone back into hiding. It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t been able to do much with AZIndex except for getting back up to speed with it. It’s amazing how much you can forget in a year :-). The good news seems to be that the plugin is still working well on the latest version of WordPress (2.9.2) although I have noticed a small bug in the CSS code for grouped entries, where the headings are being displayed on the same line as the subheadings, when they should appear above them. This is being caused by a missing “float:left” in the CSS.

If you are seeing this problem, to work-around it, simply turn on the custom CSS option and change the following line:

.azindex .head {font-weight:bold;}


.azindex .head {font-weight:bold; float:left;}

Once I have read through all the comments to see what other issues people are having I’ll probably upload a new (minor) version of AZIndex with this fix, and any other minor bug fixes that might be necessary.

Finally, I am aware that WordPress 3.0 is just around the corner. I haven’t tested AZIndex on it yet, but I guess that with any major version change there is an increased risk of plugin breakage. I will be testing AZIndex before the 3.0 is official, but if anyone has already tried the plugin on the 3.0 beta code, it would be great to have some feedback.

51 comments to Still Here…

  • Hey – Great plugin!!

    In your documentation you say:

    “Note: although you can have more than one custom field with the same key name attached to the same post, currently AZIndex only handles one custom field per key.”

    Do you have any plans to change this? The website that I am trying to implement AZindex on often has multiple items of the same type in a single post (e.g. 2 distinct dessert recipes in the same post). It would be great to be able to create a custom field (e.g. “rec_sweets”) and have 2 values with the same key. I could then create an index that found all “rec_sweets” values in all posts even if there was more than one in the same post.

    Just a thought.



  • Paul

    Hey Mike, my site uses the plugin PageNavi to generate better page navigation links, but the AZIndex ignores my theme’s stylesheet and goes by it’s own stylesheet. How can I edit the AZIndex so that it too will use the PageNavi plugin?

  • Big D

    I’m using the script which I modified a little. I have it set for no pages and show all post with 4 cols. For some reason the last col (no matter if I set it to 2 or 3 also) falls off and moves to the bottom of the page using FireFox, Chrome. It doesn’t happen in IE8. Take a look! (Be Advised its an adult site)

    Someone please help!

    • Big D

      I just hacked the script until I got it to show the way I want, but if anyone knows what I am talking about please let me know

  • Judie

    This is fantastic….thank you so much!

  • Thank god you are back but a-z index will only post a certain amount of posts per category before going invisible. I have a category with 1500 posts but i’ve noticed in the past that once any category goes over 1,000 entries you get no index just some sort of bug that makes only the page title visible and that’s about it.

    How can I fix this? I have desperately tried to fix this myself to no avail. My sites most popular section is not accessible anymore because of this bug.

  • Chvad SB

    glad yre back!

  • FYI, I ran into an issue with the plugin, just wanted to let you know…

    When making a grouped index, the Heading of each group was being displayed in-line with the first Subheading in the list… and not only inline, but AFTER the Subheading… like this:

    – (SubHeading #1) (Heading)
    (Subheading #2)

    Once I changed the following in the custom style sheet for Gruoped items:

    .azindex .head {font-weight:bold}
    .azindex .head {float:left; font-weight:bold}

    it was fixed, and properly showing as:

    – (Heading)
    (SubHeading #1)
    (Subheading #2)

    just wanted to let you know in case it’s a bug. GREAT plugin, thanks!!!

  • Running wordpress 2.9.2, but the index won’t run on the page the plugins create. Do you have any ideas on why this is? Is anyone else having issues with this?

    • I got it running on another install running the same version of wordpress, so I guess it’s in conflict with some other plugin. But now I have another problem:

      I’m testing azindex on this page, where I’ve set Customized alphabetical links to 0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÆØÅ

      I’ve created three dummy posts, one for each for the special characters towards the end there, ÆØÅ, but I’m having some confusing results both with or without setting the locale to Norwegian, NOR, 1252, no_NO or nb_NO which are the options that seem to be possible.

      For some reason the listing is very out of order, Æ and Ø is displayed before the numbers, and Å is placed correctly towards the end of the index, but instead of Å the heading is shown as A. Æ and Ø is displayed correctly in the index, but placed on the wrong end of the alphabet.

      Any suggestions?

  • Quena Gonzalez

    Hey, Mike, glad you’re back!

    On a site I help manage, we use multiple indices (a dozen or so). Rather than enable custom CSS and edit each one, I added this line to the site theme (WP [2.9.x] > Appearance > Editor > stylesheet.css):

    .azindex .head {float:left;}

    That works, as long as I don’t upgrade (or restore) the site’s theme. I assume the fix will find its way into the next release?

  • Amy

    Are you going to add the function to create an index for post types. Like have each post type using its own index.
    Now that would be awesome.

  • Jim

    I may be missing something, but your feedback page does not allow comment or navigation through its pages. The comments feed does not work either. Subsequently, I will leave a suggestion here.

    Having just discovered this plugin, I believe something in this vein should be available in WordPress, such being the power and adaptability of your logic.

    In that spirit, I am almost surprised to find that AZIndex does not naturally take advantage of the Page hierarchy.

    Such is the power of AZIndex that WordPress’ inherent archive and tag and category php files must remain pale imitations of the logic inherent in the plugin, allowing non-programmers much more flexibility in post access (less images) than the WordPress core itself.

    However with pages, the user must bastardize the tag function and reproduce the hierarchy there in order to utilize the plugin’s versatility. Perhaps we need AZIndex page 2.

  • marajasa


    I´m using the qTranslate Plugin to display multilingual content. Now I wanted to create an index with displaying Title (always in the language chosen), but when I choose “Title” for Index subheadings I get all languages at once in a line as title, not even with a break in between.
    By chance, is there a solution for this problem?

    Thank you in advance,


  • yeah, the same problem wit qtranslate here!

  • Tom

    Great plugin!! Really has helped me out. One question that is probably very simple but I am missing it somehow. How can I change the direction of the sort, ie… ascending vs. descending?
    Thanks in advance for you help.

  • Hi everybody,

    I agree with all of you: this is a very Great Plugin! Thanks to Mike .

    Now I need your help (Mike or anybody who could) .

    1- I create an author index on my site . It seem working very well . But how I can group items with the same heading under one main entry without selecting subheadings ? I mean each author name appear only once and when we click on it we’ll see all his post. Please take a look on my page

    2- I have another site (same server, same hosting) but the author index page on this site can’t be read (please click on this link for reading the error message)

    Many thanks in advance


  • 2- I have another site (same server, same hosting) but the author index page on this site can’t be read (please click on this link for reading the error message)
    Sorry ! I don’t know why the above link is not working .

  • Julie

    GREAT plugin, thank you!!

    @curtis klope, thanks so much for the tweak, i was experiencing the same issue and was so not looking forward to diving into the code, so was thrilled to find a quick solution!

    i think it is a bug and your fix should be rolled into the next release…

  • Diana Wells

    I am building my first WP website, and am trying to use your AZindex plugin. I followed your exact instructions under Simple Index, but all I get is a blank page with a title. Plus the Title shown at the very top of the page.

    I went to the settings page and tried adding the category and/or post tags several times and several different ways, but I still only get a blank page (with the title). It doesn’t seem to matter whether I list the category tags or leave it blank.

    My site is for movies, and I wanted the movies listed alphabetically by post (which is the movie title). I already have a Genre list separately.

    I don’t know what else to try. Can you help me, please?

  • ZHA

    I am using WP 3.01 and I want azindex on my site. Since vertion 3, WP used post_type.
    One of the new adventages for this is to opens up the ability to create and manage custom content types and taxonomies for WordPress site.

    CMS PRESS plugin do it and another one is TooltipGlossary, but i can’t index them.

    I want to use Include/exclude post_type to create one or more alphabetical indexes.
    Please help me, Which code must I insert to recognize post_types?


  • I just upgraded WordPress from 2.7 to 3.01, and I got this error message below. It was working fine before the upgrade though. The site is now in maintenance mode, so you won’t be able to see a live preview.

    “Fatal error: Call to undefined function: mb_strtoupper() in /home/content…/wp-content/plugins/azindex/az-index-cache.php on line 863

    Please help!

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