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Automation Settings

In this next article breaking down the Series Options page let’s look at the Automation Settings section:

The majority of this section controls the automatic insertion of series related information in your blog. In most cases, you will want to leave everything here as is but there are cases where you may want to have more fine control over the addition of series related information in your blog theme so Organize Series makes it possible for you to do so. Here’s a run down of the different options in this section:

“Display list of series on post pages?”

Toggling this checkbox indicates whether you want the series postlist box to be displayed on the page of a post that belongs to a series. If you leave this unchecked, the postlist box will not be displayed automatically and you will have to insert the template tag yourself (I’ll be devoting a whole section to template tags in a later post in this series). The style and “layout” of the postlist box is controlled by the `Series Post List Template` in the “Template Tags Section” on the series options page.

“Display series-meta information with posts?”

Series Meta basically refers to the series related information that shows up with the posts that belong to a series wherever they are displayed. What is actually included in the series meta strip depends on what you’ve indicated in the `Series Meta Template` in the “Template Tags Section” of the series options page. By default the series meta includes what part the post is in the series, the total posts in the series and the series title linked to the series archive page. Toggling this option will control whether the series meta is displayed automatically or not.

“Use Custom .css?”

Organize Series comes with it’s own .css file that it uses by default along with the default templates set on series options. This enables the plugin to work out of the box with styling that is at least “semi-presentable” ;). I recognize, however that my layout and design skills aren’t legendary and so it is possible for users to have complete control over the look of all the different series related outputs. Here’s the options:

  1. Modify the existing .css tags (or add new .css) in the `orgSeries.css` file in the organize series plugin directory to your liking and leave the “use custom .css” checkbox checked. If you add new .css then make sure you modify the series templates section to include your new .css code.
  2. Uncheck the “use custom .css” option and include all your series related .css in the `styles.css` file in your theme directory. This is a useful option for theme authors who integrate Organize Series plugin with their themes.

“Series Table of Contents URL”

This is where you choose the custom url that will point to the Table of Contents page for all your series that contain posts (series that have no posts associated with them will not display on the Table of Contents Page). In your theme you can use `<?php get_series_toc(); ?>` to display this link on your blog.

“Series Table of Contents Title”

This field is where you can select what you want to be displayed in your browser title bar when a reader is viewing the Series Table of Contents page.  Here’s what it would look like if you stuck with the default.

“Select how posts in series are ordered”

One of the neat features in organize series is that you can choose how you want the posts to be sorted on your series archive pages. This will also affect the sort order when you filter the list of posts on your Manage->Posts page by series. There are four possible ways of sorting the posts.

  1. By series part, ascending. This displays the post that is part one of the series, then part two, then part three etc.
  2. By series part, descending. This displays the post that is the latest part of the series, then the next latest and so on (i.e. 5,4,3,2,1).
  3. By date, ascending. This displays the posts that are part of the series in order of the date they were published with the earliest date first.
  4. By date, descending. This is how posts are displayed on archive pages by default in WordPress – with the latest post by date first and then the next one is an earlier one (and so on until the earliest.

I should mention here that the number of posts displayed on a series archive page is controlled by the number you’ve selected for display on your blog in the WordPress Options  -> Reading page. Anything over that number will be automatically paginated by WordPress.

Delete Organize Series Data?

In the off chance that you decide you no longer want to use the Organize Series plugin and want to clean up all traces of it from your server and database you can check this option and when you delete the plugin using the built-in WordPress delete link for the plugin all the data from the database related to Organize Series will be removed as well.

That’s all the options that are available in the Automation Settings section of the Series Options page.

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