FSML Contents with Widgets Temporary Plugin Information
This TEMPORARY plugin for the Wordpress Floating Social Media Links Plugin incorporates several upcoming features in a work-around method.
- Reorder all links and action buttons
- Keep inactive links in a separate section
- Social links and action buttons for: Pintrest, Google+, Linkedin, Flattr (implementations will improve over time)
- Infinite numbers of links and action buttons
- A drag-and-drop system for adding and reordering
- All appearance and general settings will be retained and continue to be managed through the fsml options page. When these features are released into the full plugin, the drag-and-drop system will replace "Links/Icons" and "Action Buttons" tabs, which will not work when this temporary plugin is in use.
THIS PLUGIN IS A TEMPORARY SOLUTION. It has not been thoroughly tested. Because full, native implementation into the Floating Social Media Links plugin will not occur until after Wordpress 3.5 has been released, I have only tested with the 3.5 beta, and features may not work. Image uploading (for custom links) requires the page to be refreshed after each image is uploaded IFF wp_debug is true. When wp_debug is false, there will be a php warning but everything works as intended.
The biggest caveat is that this plugin will transfer the link contents to a widget area and all of the links and action buttons will be added as widgets. While this is a nice solution, it does leave open the potential to add other widgets to the FSML area (just don't even try...), and the potential to add fsml widgets to other sidebars (also going to look very strange). I strongly recommend NOT setting this up on a client site as it is a very temporary solution and is confusing for anyone who hasn't read and thoroughly understood this page (not likely for clients, they will eventually get the features natively in a couple months).
The plugin does not support the fsml custom output option or dynamically-generated links. All of these features will be made possible when this temporary plugin is fully implemented in FSML 2.0.0. Please note that it is extremely unlikely that your "contents" settings from this plugin will be able to be retained when the features are implemented in the main plugin.
Installation and Use
To use the plugin, upload the files and activate through the wordpress plugins page. Floating Social Media Links
must also be active. In Floating Social Media Links settings, set the output method to widgets (only available in fsml 1.4.2
). Go to the Appearance -> Widgets page. You will notice a new sidebar/widget area called "Fsml Contents with Widgets TEMPORARY BETA". You will also notice many new widgets that begin with FSML. Drag any widget beginning with FSML (such as "FSML Social Link") into the new widget area. Obviously, you can have many of the same widget in a given area. For the Social Link widget, you can select from a multitude of newly integrated social media sites and url prefixes and icons will be automatically imported. FSML Custom Links allow full control over the link url and custom, uploadable icons. Finally there are many "action buttons", each with its own widget (such as FSML Facebook Like Button).
Please note that Widgets will NOT be used when these features are implemented into the primary plugin. I am providing this temporary plugin so that more advanced users can take advantage of some of the coming features sooner, as this part of the code is very easy to integrate with wordpress widgets and has already been implemented.
Please fill out the support form if you have any questions or feedback (I'd greatly appreciate your suggestions as this is a sort of beta). Do NOT discuss this plugin on the Wordpress.org support forums (except to suggest it as a solution to problems posed by a support question there).
Because of the temporary nature of this plugin, I am treating it as a BETA, and requiring registration of users, so that I can keep track of where and how it's being used and send updates. Please fill out the following form to download the plugin. I realize that you could enter a fake email here, and you can if you want, but keep in mind that I'm only collecting this information for your own good, and you won't be getting any spam whatsoever (remember, I keep all of my plugins advertisement and donate-button free and I consider this situation to be no different). You can also specify how you'd like to be notified of updates (since automatic updates won't be coming through wordpress, I don't anticipate making many as I'll be shifting my focus to integration with FSML).
Please submit the following form to downlod the latest version of the FSML Contents with Widgets TEMPORARY BETA Plugin. All form submissions are logged. Please re-download from here rather than sending the .zip file to others. Shortlink: http://celloexpressions.com?r=fsml-widgets. If you provide your website and I see that Floating Social Media Links is no longer installed, I will remove you from the notification list, so don't worry about getting notifications if you're just going trying it out.