Using WP Show Posts

Adding post lists and grids to your Site couldn’t be easier than with the WP Show Posts plugin. Dispatch uses the Free version to display posts on the Front page and in the Sidebars. Of course with a little Flint Skin CSS treatment.

Head off to Dashboard > WP Show Posts > All Lists. Within are six lists:

  • Align
  • Standard
  • Sidebar
  • Header
  • Simple
  • Simple Sidebar

Each of them have very particular settings required to match the demo content you see here. Changing those settings may affect the way the post is displayed, and not necessarily for the better. So please work on a duplicate or make a note before changing.

Note: the name of the List has no relevance to the different styles displayed.

General ( and important ) information

Before we go into the detail let’s cover some basic and very important information.

Advanced Settings

For the purpose of the demo content a couple of the Lists are using Advanced Settings. First off the Standard List is using Ascending Order (Default: Descending).  Secondly the Simple List is using Offset, so it omits the first 4 posts. You may want to put these back to default if you’re not intending to replace them.

Duplicating WP Show Posts List

So we have four lists, and we want to make a new Standard list with a different category. The easiest way is to use one of the Duplicate Post plugins in the WordPress repository. Simple hey. And it works for all post types including GP Elements. Awesome. Note: When making a duplicate you are generally given two options. Clone and New Draft. I advise using the New Draft as some people have reported issues when using Clone.

 

List: Standard

This is the standard WP Show Post list that has the same custom styling applied to the GP Blog:

New chef, menu provide a twist to the recently-resumed brunch service

Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel has relaunched its brunch with a new chef and menu. Bader Ali, the recently-appointed executive chef for the restaurant, will bring a diverse set of flavors from Japan, India and South Asia. Reflective of these cuisines, Gerrard’s Benedict is made with egg white masala, scrambled; and Shrimp Tempura, a starter, is elevated with tiger aioli. There’s also a Steak & Egg Frites.

Team behind Cane creates new Caribbean dining experience in Washington, DC

Jeanine Prime’s St. James, a Caribbean restaurant crafted by the team behind award-winning Cane, opens today, Tuesday, May 17, with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Diners will find the restaurant at 2017 14th Street, Northwest. Inside, a 67-seat dining room and diverse menu of Caribbean cuisine, plus creative cocktails from the bar, and a “thoughtful” wine list await. A true melting pot of flavors, the cuisine at St. James draws from various cultures: African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and French influences.

New, elevated food truck option to complement Windridge Vineyards’ wines

A new pizza truck by Neil Dundee, Eternal Love & Pizza, opened at the Windridge Vineyards in Darnestown, Maryland. Dundee cut his teeth working for top chefs around the country. He is also the husband of Gina Chersevani, a cocktail wizardess who operates restaurant-bars in the DC area and rarely needs an introduction.

Thrasher’s Rum Royale on the rooftop of Tiki TNT, a Polynesian-style waterfront watering hole, is fast approaching. For two decades, Todd Thrasher has been ingrained in the cocktail movement of Washington, DC. Supporting local bartenders, his search for the most creative cocktail talents has led to the upcoming Thrasher’s Rum Royale competition slated for Monday, June 6.

Milestone celebration for 148th Kentucky Derby, which airs May 7, is nearly here

Jack Rose Dining Saloon brings its 10th Annual Derby Day Celebration + Viewing Party this Saturday, May 7. The location is an ideal spot to watch the Kentucky Derby. Guests will seek out the Adams Morgan destination to catch the 148th Kentucky Derby, with two ways to enjoy it—on site or to go.

Denizens Brewing Company has partnered with chef Ed Reavis of All Set Restaurant & Bar and Money Muscle BBG for a an exciting new menu. The fruits of the partnership will ripen starting May 9.

‘Discovery’ grocery store to showcase curated collection of better-made brands

Pop Up Grocer is coming to Washington, DC’s NoMa district at Union Market May 6. The grocery store venture, founded in 2019 as a place for discovery, will land at 1262 5th Street, Northeast. Its month-long operation in NoMa will bring a set of “emerging better-made brands and their founders,” announced the company.

Partnership with Buffalo & Bergen’s Gina Chersevani brings creative, refreshing margarita list

Capitol Hill’s Santa Rosa Taqueria, by Sunnyside Restaurant Group, will reopen Saturday, April 23 in a new space at 301 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. The Mexican-style restaurant was to reopen April 16 but encountered some technical difficulties. The restaurant plans to donate proceeds from food and drink sales during opening weekend to World Central Kitchen to support Ukraine relief efforts.

Spring mashup of Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby celebrations arrives May 5

Hi-Lawn, the expansive rooftop above Union Market, is readying “Cinco de Derby,” a combo of the Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby spring celebrations. The Hi-Lawn Cinco de Derby will take place May 5 to May 8.

Neighborhood gem in DC shines after renovations

Hotel Madera, nestled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC, recently underwent extensive renovation and modernization that was completed in February 2021. The hotel building, at 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, was originally an apartment complex before it was transformed in the 1990’s. Then, five years after its debut, the beloved neighborhood restaurant Firefly opened its doors inside the hotel.

This is how the list is displayed within the Content area just by adding the WP Show Post Shortcode. Here follows the basic styling changes that have been made.

Content Wrap (WPSP Only)

Using a custom Hook Element the Post article content is now wrapped within a DIV container. This container carries a class of wpsp-content-wrap for styling. This wrap is present on all WP Show Posts that are output inside Dispatch.

Featured Image

The featured image has a fixed height to match the layout. This is achieved using this CSS:


.generate-columns-container article .inside-article img,  .wp-show-posts-image img {
    height: 180px;
    width: 100%;
    -o-object-fit: cover !important;
    object-fit: cover !important;
}

You can edit the height property to suit, or remove the CSS it entirely if you want to use your own sizes.

Meta above title

This is achieved using a flex box on the Entry Header. Again this applied to the GP Blog:


.generate-columns-container article .entry-header, .wp-show-posts-entry-header {
    display: -webkit-box;
    display: -ms-flexbox;
    display: flex;
    -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
    -webkit-box-direction: reverse;
    -ms-flex-direction: column-reverse;
    flex-direction: column-reverse;
}

Entry Title forced to 2 lines

The entry title always displays a minimum and maximum of 2 lines. This mantains the across row alignment. Again this is applied to GP Blog. The ex unit is used to define the number of lines visible. The lines are set by defining the line-height and setting the height to as many mutiples as you require lines. e.g up the height to 7.5ex will create three lines.


.generate-columns-container article .entry-header .entry-title, .wp-show-posts article .wp-show-posts-entry-title {
    line-height: 2.5ex;
    height: 5ex;
    overflow: hidden;
    text-overflow: ellipsis;
}

 

List: Align

Designed for a single column list this displays the content the image to the left and content to the right. This is subtly different to just resizing the image in the WP Show Posts list settings and aligning it left. Thanks to the Content Wrap we added (above) the content will never wrap around the image. On mobile it just stacks.

To add one of these your posts requires a little markup. And is done like so:

<div class="wpsp-align">shortcode_goes_here</div>
Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel has relaunched its brunch with a new chef and menu

Logan Circle’s Gerrard Street Kitchen relaunches brunch

New chef, menu provide a twist to the recently-resumed brunch service

Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel has relaunched its brunch with a new chef and menu. Bader Ali, the recently-appointed executive chef for the restaurant, will bring a diverse set of flavors from Japan, India and South Asia. Reflective of these cuisines, Gerrard’s Benedict is made with egg white masala, scrambled; and Shrimp Tempura, a starter, is elevated with tiger aioli. There’s also a Steak & Egg Frites.

Jeanine Prime’s St. James, a Caribbean restaurant crafted by the team behind award-winning Cane, opens today

Caribbean restaurant St. James opens on 14th Street

Team behind Cane creates new Caribbean dining experience in Washington, DC

Jeanine Prime’s St. James, a Caribbean restaurant crafted by the team behind award-winning Cane, opens today, Tuesday, May 17, with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Diners will find the restaurant at 2017 14th Street, Northwest. Inside, a 67-seat dining room and diverse menu of Caribbean cuisine, plus creative cocktails from the bar, and a “thoughtful” wine list await. A true melting pot of flavors, the cuisine at St. James draws from various cultures: African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and French influences.

A new pizza truck by Neil Dundee, For the Love of Pizza, Eternal Love & Pizza, opened at the Windridge Vineyards in Darnestown, Maryland

Eternal Love & Pizza opens at Windridge in Darnestown

New, elevated food truck option to complement Windridge Vineyards’ wines

A new pizza truck by Neil Dundee, Eternal Love & Pizza, opened at the Windridge Vineyards in Darnestown, Maryland. Dundee cut his teeth working for top chefs around the country. He is also the husband of Gina Chersevani, a cocktail wizardess who operates restaurant-bars in the DC area and rarely needs an introduction.

Thrasher’s Rum Royale on the rooftop of Tiki TNT is fast approaching, coming in June

Thrasher’s Rum Royale finalists to compete in June

Thrasher’s Rum Royale on the rooftop of Tiki TNT, a Polynesian-style waterfront watering hole, is fast approaching. For two decades, Todd Thrasher has been ingrained in the cocktail movement of Washington, DC. Supporting local bartenders, his search for the most creative cocktail talents has led to the upcoming Thrasher’s Rum Royale competition slated for Monday, June 6.

 

Lists: Sidebar

In the right had sidebar you can see the Sidebar list. This List is set to 1 column and only displays the Featured Image, Title and Category. This is designed for Widgets, a narrow column or as part of a grid (like in our next List).

To add this style the Widget requires a CSS Class of:

wpsp-card

Dispatch comes with Widget Classes Plugin installed. This provides this function.

 

List: Header

The Header list as seen on the Front Page requires a list containing only 5 posts. And can accomodate most of the content elements. Which are only displayed on the large leader post.

To add this style the Header Element requires the following element classes:

wpsp-grid wpsp-card

List: Simple

This is output using the wpsp-card inserted into a containing DIV like so:

<div class="wpsp-card">shortcode goes here</dib>

 

List: Simple Sidebar

Nothing fancy here,  just a list being output using the a Widget in the sidebar.

 

 

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