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April 18th, 2007 Visited 2779 times, 2 so far today

Writing a series of a posts on a given topic is a great way to write about something that you’re passionate about and yet not overload a given post with too much detail.  We’ve done a few series here at MInTheGap, and I’ve really enjoyed being able to break down the topic and discuss complex issues this way.

One of the problems with a series, however, is that when people enter in the middle they may be interested to see what has come before.  The related posts plugin works well, but it does not always give you the remaining posts you have not read, and it’s not very good and letting you know if there’s more out there.

Some blogs actually go in and code a link to each part of the series by hand– that way you can move about freely and know how many parts are in the post.  This takes some time, and a lot of fetching of links.

I was just about to do this for Godly Wife and Godly Husband when I found In Series.  In Series adds a new menu to your post screen.  On that screen you can select a current series and add the post to the beginning or end of the series.  You can also create a new series.

Once you’ve done this, you have a wealth of presentation options at your fingertips.  You can choose to have a Table of Contents and have it at the beginning or ending of the post.  You can have link to the previous and next post.  You can show these links in the single and/or multiple post view, and you can have the series title automatically injected into your post header.

This is a great plugin, but I have had one catch and one improvement.  The catch is that the drop down for selecting a previously creates series does not work with 4.0.x versions of MySQL.  The enhancement was actually being able to go in and create style markers for the title and content so that I could make it blend with the rest of my posts.

I’m very happy with it, and I’m sure that if you try it you will be too!

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  • Stephen Kingston says on: April 18, 2007 at 9:13 am

     

    This looks perfect! I will install it tonight.

    Thanks,
    Stephen

  • Colleen says on: April 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm

     

    very cool.

  • ann_in_grace says on: April 19, 2007 at 7:04 am

     

    I find it very useful – for Word Press…

  • MInTheGap says on: April 19, 2007 at 8:18 am

     

    You could always switch over, Ann. :biggrin:

  • ann_in_grace says on: April 19, 2007 at 8:21 am

     

    You know what, Mary?
    Why don’t you take a look at http://sveana.wordpress.com ?
    I am testing!!!!
    And maybe even switching, if I mange the moving of all my sidebar thingies…

  • Stephen Kingston says on: April 19, 2007 at 8:37 am

     

    Now got this working on my site. One upgrade and a fix of a plugin or two later, all seems to be working. Thanks.

  • Rebecca says on: April 19, 2007 at 4:31 pm

     

    “The catch is that the drop down for selecting a previously creates series does not work with 4.0.x versions of MySQL. The enhancement was actually being able to go in and create style markers for the title and content so that I could make it blend with the rest of my posts.”

    I have no idea what that means, but I think I am going to try the thing anyway. It looks to be very useful.

  • MInTheGap says on: April 19, 2007 at 4:56 pm

     

    The first is changing the way the heading looks (which, if you need help with it I can help) and the second is something you’ll notice when you try to use it.

    😉

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