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Opened 20 months ago

Closed 16 months ago

Last modified 16 months ago

#24857 closed feature request (maybelater)

Easy-to-manage featured content for highlighting posts

Reported by: lancewillett Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.8
Component: Themes Keywords:
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Add new functionality to give authors a consistent way to spotlight certain posts on their home page so they can be uniquely displayed by a theme. When switching themes, the featured content will not be lost.

This is slated for 3.8. Development will occur in a plugin first.

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featured-content.jpg (119.2 KB) - added by ubernaut 20 months ago.
featured-content2.jpg (136.2 KB) - added by ubernaut 18 months ago.

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Change History (41)

comment:1 @markoheijnen20 months ago

You know we have sticky posts ;) is this going to be working together or is it a replacement?

comment:3 @MikeHansenMe20 months ago

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comment:5 @Frank Klein20 months ago

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comment:6 @johnbillion20 months ago

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comment:7 @obenland20 months ago

  • Component changed from General to Themes
  • Type changed from defect (bug) to feature request
  • Version set to trunk

comment:8 @jeherve20 months ago

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comment:10 @swissspidy20 months ago

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comment:13 @valeriosza20 months ago

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comment:14 in reply to: ↑ description @valeriosza20 months ago

Thank you for accepting the idea that I gave.

Well, I'm developing a plugin, along with another member of the Brazilian community. Once ready, send it to be analyzed, as was thought.

Replying to lancewillett:

comment:16 follow-up: @swissspidy20 months ago

Are we supposed to file plugin-specific tickets on plugins.trac.wordpress.org or should we do this here? I can't select the plugin as a component there, though.

Because IMO we should remove the dependency on a specific post tag ("featured") and use post metadata instead.

comment:17 in reply to: ↑ 16 ; follow-up: @helen20 months ago

Replying to swissspidy:

Because IMO we should remove the dependency on a specific post tag ("featured") and use post metadata instead.


comment:18 in reply to: ↑ 17 @swissspidy20 months ago

Replying to helen:


Thanks for the link! Already read the post back in May but must have forgotten about it ;-)

My initial thought was:
How can we use a custom term without having the user to change it? I'm sure a lot of sites already use a featured tag and an extra option for this would be too much.


  • wp-featured as term name and always hide it in public (only the 'Number of posts' option left)
  • Use a custom featured_content taxonomy which would allow for different featured content areas or
  • name it wp_internal so it could be used by other components

Just thinking out loud... What are your thoughts?

Last edited 20 months ago by swissspidy (previous) (diff)

comment:19 @obenland20 months ago

Featured Content

Proposed Lead: wonderboymusic

People (currently) involved:
wonderboymusic, tmoorewp, obenland, taylorde, DrewAPicture, carldanley, mfields, jayjdk, jcastaneda, swissspidy, melchoyce, karmatosed, sabreuse, rdall, mt_Suzette


Area: A location in a theme where featured content displays. Areas are defined by and stored in the theme. Areas may appear in multiple locations.
Post: This includes Posts and Pages. Support for custom post types may be provided by filter. Posts may appear in multiple areas simultaneously.
Collection: A group of posts. Ideally defined implicitly by dropping posts in an area.


We will need to create a UI that gives publishers the following abilities:

  • Add/Remove posts to/from area.
  • Move a post from one area to another.
  • Define a custom title, excerpt, and featured image for a post.
  • Manage collections.
  • Move a collection from one area to another.

We possibly need to create a metabox in the edit post/page screen so that publishers can:

  • Add the post to an area(s).
  • Remove the posts from an area(s).
  • Define a custom title, excerpt, and featured image for a post.

And of course an API :)

  • Register an area or areas
  • Get featured posts for an area

General requirements:

  • Collections and their assigned posts have to be portable between themes, and ex-/importable.

Features for a v2:

  • Scheduling collections
  • Area-agnostic custom title, excerpt. and featured image
  • Hierarchical areas

comment:20 @iandstewart20 months ago

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comment:21 @ethitter20 months ago

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comment:22 @melchoyce20 months ago

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comment:23 @carldanley20 months ago

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comment:24 @buffler20 months ago

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comment:25 @karmatosed20 months ago

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@ubernaut20 months ago

comment:30 @ubernaut20 months ago

here (just attached) is the very rough/basic mockup for the menu ui based idea i was talking about earlier today.

Last edited 20 months ago by ubernaut (previous) (diff)

comment:31 @ubernaut20 months ago

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comment:32 @jcastaneda20 months ago

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comment:33 @adamsilverstein20 months ago

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comment:34 @ubernaut18 months ago

just added a revised version of the menu style thing.

comment:35 @rachelbaker17 months ago

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comment:36 @mindctrl16 months ago

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comment:37 @hotchkissconsulting16 months ago

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comment:38 @SergeyBiryukov16 months ago

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  • Resolution set to maybelater
  • Status changed from new to closed

comment:39 @grantpalin16 months ago

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