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Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 18 months ago

#43441 new enhancement

WordPress News and Events widget: WordPress.org/news posts only show one at a time

Reported by: hlashbrooke Owned by:
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In the WordPress News and Events widget, there is only ever one post shown at a time from the WordPress.org/news feed. This same rule doesn't appear to apply to other sources as I often see more than one post from WP Tavern, etc. displayed at a time.

I'm guessing this was done because w.org/news only ever contained release posts and having more than one of those shown at a time was just unnecessary and potentially confusing. These days, however, w.org/news has more varied content - Month in WordPress posts, general announcements, etc.

To give a practical example of where this has caused a problem - a few months ago the Month in WordPress post went out the day before a point release post, which then pushed the Month in WordPress post out of the widget. That month the views for the Month in WordPress were about 80% less than other months. Unfortunately, both of these types of posts are time-sensitive. Month in WordPress needs to be on 1st/2nd of the month and the release posts obviously need to be posted when the release goes out.

I think it would be good if we removed the limitation that is placed on w.org/news to avoid these kinds of conflicts in the future.

Change History (2)

#1 @iandunn
2 years ago

That happens because the list is actually a juxtaposition of two separate feeds. The first feed is w.org/news with a limit of 1, and the second feed is planet.w.org with a limit of 3.

Some rough ideas:

  • Bump the w.org/news limit to 2, for a total 5. I don't love this, because it adds more visual clutter. Keeping the total limit at 4 would be best, IMO.
  • Bump w.org/news limit to 3, but then merge both feeds and sort chronologically. I kinda like this, but I think important news like security releases would fall out of the feed to quickly.
  • Maybe merge the lists like above, but add some conditional logic, where w.org news in the releases and security categories stick permanently, and w.org posts in all other categories stick for ~10 days?

Maybe there's a simpler solution, though?

#2 @pento
18 months ago

  • Version trunk deleted
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