I got quite a number of requests from people asking for a plugin that lets you choose an explicit order for your WP Categories. Geesh, I guess people weren’t content with just being able to set an order for the links and link categories. Check it out at http://geekyweekly.com/mycategoryorder/ or hit the little button underneath my header image that says “WP – My Category Order”.
I’ve taken the time to create a plugin to address the fact that some WordPress users would like to have more control over the order their link categories and links in each category. Sure you can order by name or id or recently updated or this and that but what about setting an explicit order?
I actually had this idea last year when I wrote my own simplistic blog software and was dissapointed by the link management options WordPress had. So instead of complaining I did something about it.
Right now the plugin is fairly simplistic, check out these screenshots for a quick preview.
For more info click on the tab in the horizontal navigation bar or click through to http://geekyweekly.com/mylinkorder/.
Now that the semester is over I’m going to devote some more of my time to my blog and also developing software. One of the first things I was going to do on my blog is add more links over on the right and realized it is a major pain in the butt to order not only the links but also the link categories themselves. WordPress has no facility for manually ordering the link categories so I changed that. My quick fix was adding a column to the database and then editing the select query to order by “my_order” instead of whatever it was doing.
My plan is to develop a plugin to add this functionality because it is sorely missing and the weakest point of WordPress that I have found. I’ll update as I work on that and hopefully I can get it released to the WP community for others to use.