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  • How to Shortcode with micro formatted loop, meta, category, pagination


    Here’s a neat little wordpress shortcode that allows posting of individual blog posts based on ID, latest number of blogposts from a certain category or all categories, optional pagination, optional excerpt or full content showing and optional meta.

    Add this first snippet to the functions.php of your wordpress theme to enable the new shortcode. ( click code to copy )

    wordpress snippet : PHP - functions.php

    /************* SHORTCODES ****************/
    function showBlogPosts( $atts ) {
    	extract( shortcode_atts( array(
    	// what categories to show, default = all.
    		'cat' => '',
    	// number of posts
    		'num' => 5,
    		'p' => '',
    	// The following variables work on an "on/off" switch, 1 to allow, 0 to disallow
    	// excerpt or content. default = excerpt
    		'excerpt' => 1,
    	// show meta or not. default = yes
    		'meta' => 1,
    		'meta2' => 1,
    	//paged. default on no. Determines if page should be paginated or not
    		'pnavi' => 0
    	), $atts ) );
    	global $loopMeta, $loopExcerpt, $loopMeta2;
    	$loopMeta = $meta;
    	$loopExcerpt = $excerpt;
    	$loopMeta2 = $meta2;
    	if ($p != ''){
    	$posts_per_page = '';
    global $paged;
    $args = array( 'posts_per_page' => $num, 'cat'=> $cat, 'p' => $p );
    if($pnavi == 1){
    $args['paged'] = get_query_var('page');
    query_posts($args );
     while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
    /* for the loop part, use your own loop.php that contains only the post format.
    ** See my "micrLoopPart.php" to see how all the options play out
    if($pnavi == 1){
    echo'<div id="blogNav">';
    posts_nav_link( ' ', '&raquo;', '&laquo;' );
    echo '</div>';
    add_shortcode( 'blogPosts', 'showBlogPosts' );
    Create a new template file called microLoopPart.php and add the following micro formatted loop. ( click code to copy )

    wordpress snippet : PHP - microLoopPart.php

    <article id="post-<?php the_ID();?>" <?php post_class($classes);?> ><!-- START OF POST -->
          <h1 class="entry-title"><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>" class="url">
            <?php the_title(); ?>
          <span class="meta vcard" style=" <?php if($loopMeta == 0){ echo "display:none"; }?> ">
          <time class="updated" datetime="<?php
    $postDate = get_the_date('c');
    $postDate2 = get_the_date('d.m.Y');
    echo $postDate ?>" pubdate> <?php echo $postDate2; ?></time>
          | <span class="byline fn author">
          <?php the_author_posts_link(); ?>
          </span> | <a href="mailto:<?php the_author_meta('email'); ?>" class="email author">email</a> |
          <?php the_category(', '); ?>
          <div class="postContent entry-content">
    		if($loopExcerpt == 0){
    			if ( has_post_thumbnail() ) {
    			 the_post_thumbnail('thumbnail', array('class' => 'alignleft'));
    	   	echo '<div class="clearfix"></div>';
            <p class="postmetadata" style=" <?php if($loopMeta2 == 0){ echo "display:none"; }?> ">Posted in
              <?php the_category(', '); ?>
              <br />
              <?php the_tags(); ?>
              <br />
              Source: <span class="vcard"><span class="source-org copyright">
              <?php bloginfo('name'); ?>
    Place the following shortcode within your blog posts to display a micro formatted list of posts. ( click code to copy )

    wordpress snippet : SHORTCODE

    [blogPosts cat=3 excerpt=0 meta=1 meta1=0 num=2]
  • John

    This is a great  contribution. Thank you. I have a problem though on my theme. Everything seems to work except when I add the pagination, the link is there for the pages and it goes to those pages, but every page shows the latest posts (in this example, the latest 2) This is the shortcode I used. Copied the code above without changing

    cat=3 excerpt=0 meta=1 meta1=0 num=2 pnavi=1]
    Any ideas? Using WP 3.3.1 


  • Thanks for this! – Getting the_excerpt to show for custom queried posts in the sidebar on *single.php* (oddly, it worked on all other pages) was killing me.
    I tried rolling my own shortcode but i couldn’t quite get it to work. This was really handy, and fixed the problem …

    I dont know if its a bug in WP 3.3 but resetting queries, rewinding, trying three diferent query types – from wp_query to get_posts just didnt work on single.php…i was just trying to create a loop outside the main loop – and they all worked on *every page* except on single posts. So frustrating!

    thanks again!

  • Michael


    I really your code but like John said the pagination is not working. It will show the link but on next pages (like page 2) it still show the page one content. Any idea?


  • GMen

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