Plugin / BNS Featured Category

Edward Caissie




  • Released March 2016
  • Added new custom meta field sort option (props Billy Solo)


  • Released February 2016
  • Added i18n language files


  • Released February 2016
  • Added “Title” option to sort order, both “A to Z” and “Z to A”
  • Changed plugin class to “singleton” style
  • Moved “in plugin update message” function into class
  • Renamed BNS_Feature_Category_Widget to BNS_Featured_Category
  • Replaced BNS_Featured_Category::custom_excerpt with wp_trim_words
  • Updated copyright year in all files


  • Released August 2015
  • Updated to use PHP5 constructor objects


  • Released March 2015
  • Update copyright years
  • Remove extraneous structure end comments …
  • Changed textdomain from bns-fc to bns-featured-category
  • Added “in plugin” update message


  • Released August 2014
  • Add new constants for use with plugin path and URL functionality
  • Added CSS wrapper class to separate shortcode style elements from widget usage
  • Added new option “Featured Image First” to display before balance of post
  • Added new style enqueue statement to read from update safe folder
  • Added sanity check to ensure there are “child categories” to display
  • Fixed sort order implementation
  • Updated inline documentation
  • Updated readme.txt


  • Released March 2014
  • Added bnsfc-container wrapper CSS element
  • Added bnsfc-widget-title class
  • Added bnsfc_no_posts_message hook to no posts message
  • Added option to only show posts from child categories
  • Added a “wish link” and “support_link” to the plugin meta row
  • Code Reformatting to better match current WordPress Coding Standards
  • Extracted code to create plugin_data method
  • Moved BNSFC Plugin Meta function into main class of plugin
  • Raised required version to WordPress 3.6
  • Updates to the readme.txt documentation


  • Released December 2013
  • Add new “union” option so posts must be in all categories chosen
  • Add hook bnsfc_query allowing the query arguments to be over-written
  • Add hook bnsfc_output allowing the entire output to be over-written
  • Add hook bnsfc_link to allow the infinity symbol to be more easily changed
  • Add plugin row meta details


  • Released September 2013
  • Added third parameter to shortcode_atts for automatic filter creation


  • Released May 2013
  • Version number compatibility update


  • Released February 2013
  • Added code block termination comments and other comments / documentation updates
  • Changed call to query_posts to WP_Query
  • Fixed conditionals for showing thumbnails
  • Fixed where content and excerpt post thumbnail sizes are used
  • Moved all code into class structure


  • Released February 2013
  • Assigned the string from get_the_excerpt to be used as the basis of the custom excerpt string
  • Added conditional to only append link if there are words to be used in the excerpt
  • Added termination comments to code blocks
  • Added dynamic version to enqueue parameters used in Options
  • Refactored code into a more OOP style


  • Released November 2012
  • Add option to use widget title as link to single category archive
  • Add filters to allow modification of author and date post meta details
  • Add filters to allow modification of category list post meta details
  • Documentation updates
  • Optimize output buffer closure in shortcode function
  • Remove load_plugin_textdomain as redundant
  • Updated widget option panel screenshot


  • Documentation updates
  • Corrected ‘no_excerpt” label issue
  • Featured images link to post
  • Remove ‘jQuery’ enqueue as it is enqueued as a dependency of the ‘bnsfc-options.js’ enqueue
  • Added option to not show the Post Title
  • Programmatically add version number to enqueue calls


  • Added option to set post sort order – ascending, descending, and random
  • Added ‘no excerpt at all’ checkbox option


  • Added BNS_Options_Scripts_and_Styles
  • Added inline documentation indicating what conditions will partially collapse the widget options panel
  • Added *-toggle variables for collapse effect
  • Added code to remove spaces (if used) when multiple categories are chosen
  • Added current_theme_supports check for post-thumbnails; no support = no thumbnail options


  • Fixed problem with non-existent custom stylesheet (see 1.9.1)


  • Added ‘offset’ option
  • Add CSS to set background to none; and width to 100% when shortcode used


  • Removed extra slash in wp_enqueue_scripts parameters
  • Added ‘content_thumb’ and ‘show_full’ to shortcode options – back to beta
  • Fixed 404 error when ‘bnsft-custom-style.css’ is not available


  • released November 2011
  • confirmed compatible with WordPress 3.3
  • added phpDoc Style documentation
  • added i18n support
  • added bnsfc-style.css for plugin specific elements
  • added wp_link_pages after the_content
  • changed code blocks order to more logical sequence
  • changed bnsfc_first_words to bnsfc_custom_excerpt (refactored documentation)
  • changed options panel width to 200px to fit within Administration Panel Sidebar
  • changed bns-cat-class- to bnsfc-cat-class- CSS prefix for category choices for consistency
  • corrected documentation typos
  • fix ‘only_titles’ form issue
  • minor code and format clean-up
  • updated ‘readme.txt’ Frequently Asked Questions
  • updated screenshot image


  • released May 2011
  • confirmed compatible with WordPress version 3.2
  • addressed some minor items in the readme (this file)
  • cleaned up some text strings in the code
  • minor variable changes – load_bnsfc_widget(), bnsfc_custom_excerpt()

1.8.4 /

  • released April 2011
  • confirmed compatible with WordPress 3.1.1
  • added option to use current category of post in single view


  • released December 11, 2010
  • Confirm compatible with WordPress 3.1 (beta)
  • Change ‘the_time’ to date-format option
  • Only show number of comments if not password protected


  • released Sept 21, 2010
  • added new and improved shortcode functionality – still may be considered beta


  • removed shortcode function due to error issues


  • released Sept 19, 2010
  • increased minimum required WordPress version to 2.9
  • add post_thumbnail support
  • added experimental shortcode support – currently best used to generate the only content on a post or page


  • released: 29 Aug 2010
  • compatibility check for WordPress 3.0.1
  • no other modifications


  • released: July 5, 2010
  • cleaned up code to meet WP Standards
  • added wp_reset_query();


  • compatible with WordPress version 3.0
  • updated license declaration


  • removed the_ID() function as redundant
  • added category related span around widget title

  • compatible with WordPress version 2.9.2
  • updated license declaration

  • clarified the plugin release under a GPL license

  • compatibility check for 2.9.1 completed


  • Total Posts to Display can now exceed the posts_per_page option value.


  • Minor correction to variable structure to allow for multiple instances of the plugin with independent post counts


  • added option to display the description for the (first) category choice as taken directly from the Categories panel under Posts in the Dashboard
  • wrapped Category Description in its own class: ‘bnsfc-cat-desc’
  • corrected issue with checkbox not displaying its state correctly
  • Updated the screenshot to show the most recent version of the options panel


  • modified excerpt function name to make more unique to plugin


  • added option to set the quantity of the first words of the post to display instead of the default excerpt.
  • modified description to reflect new functionality
  • slightly increased the size of option panel to better display controls


  • added version control compared against $wp_version
  • added horizontal rule to option panel for clarity


  • code cleanup and error trapping
  • added dynamic reference of maximum posts based on blog Settings | Reading “posts per page”


  • code clean up
  • changed the_content(__(‘Read more …’)) to the_content() as a more “default” version


  • added option for Post Titles only
  • added <div style="overflow-x: auto"> wrapper to allow for images wider than the widget area


  • Initial Release.


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