Displays the latest reviews of a WordPress Plugin in the sidebar.
The Plugin provides a sidebar widget which can be configured to display the latest reviews of a WordPress Plugin in the sidebar. You can have multiple widgets for different WordPress Plugins.
In addition to using the widget, you can also use the following template function to display the reviews of the WordPress Plugin, anywhere in the theme.
The following options can be passed in the $options array
- $plugin (string) – WordPress Plugin name.
- count (int) – defualt 5 – Number of recent reviews to show
The Plugin caches the reviews that are retrieved for about 12 hours.
Styling using CSS
The Plugin adds the following CSS classes. If you want to customize the look of the widget then can change it by adding custom styles to these CSS classes.
- The outer
divtag has the class
- The actual review text is enclosed in a
blockquotetag with class
- The author name is enclosed in a
spantag with class
If you are not familiar with either git or Github then refer to this guide to see how fork and send pull request.
If you are looking for ideas, then you can start with one of the following TODO items 🙂
- Pull Plugin name from custom field
- Shortcode support
- Added an option to display date
- Make the output of widget content plugable
- If you have found a bug/issue or have a feature request, then post them in github issues
- If you have a question about usage or need help to troubleshoot, then post in WordPress forums or leave a comment in Plugins’s home page
- If you like the Plugin, then kindly leave a review/feedback at WordPress repo page.
- If anything else, then contact me in twitter.
If you get timeouts or the error “WP HTTP Error: name lookup timed out” then it means that your server is not timing out before github can respond.
You can use the code from this gist to increase the timeout.
I would be posting updates about this Plugin in my blog and in Twitter. If you want to be informed when new version of this Plugin is released, then you can either subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed or follow me in Twitter.
Also checkout the other WordPress Plugins that I have created.
v0.1 (2013-02-11) – (Dev time: 3 hour)
- Initial Release
v0.2 (2013-02-13) – (Dev time: 0.5 hour)
- Generated pot file
v0.3 – (2013-04-24) – (Dev Time: 1 hour)
- Added documentation
v0.4 – 2013-04-26 – (Dev Time: 0.5 hour)
- Fixed some typos and added documentation