Improving the UI for Hierarchical Taxonomies in WordPress

Looks like this will be in WordPress 3.5 – hurray!

Since being able to easy add new taxonomies to any post type in WordPress, I have had a little gripe about the UI…

Creating taxonomies can be a really useful way of categorising and navigating your content but what happens if I want to add many taxonomies to my post type?

You have the choice of specifying when a taxonomy is ‘hierarchical’ or not. If set to false then the UI is the admin will display in the same way as it does for tags; a text field which you can use to add terms. If set to true then the UI displays in the same way as categories; a box with a list of checkboxes for each term.

So what’s my issue?

My issue is all that space if you only have a couple of categories.

It’s not so much of an issue if you only have categories but if you add multiple hierarchical taxonomies it can make your edit screen really long for no reason.

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Category Paging Functions in WP e-Commerce 3.7.6

WP e-Commerce 3.7.6 now includes better support for paging on category pages.

The latest release contains a suite of functions (my little contribution) to help you customise how pagination is displayed in your WPSC templates.

You can find an in-depth look at these functions and how to use them in the WP e-Commerce Documentation.

Below are some quick examples of what you can do…

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New style hooks for WordPress Theme Developers in WP e-Commerce 3.7.5

The latest version of Instinct’s WordPress e-commerce plugin uses the WordPress body_class filter to add classes to the HTML body tag.

WP e-Commerce 3.7.5 adds the following styles to the body tag:

  • wpsc
  • wpsc-home
  • wpsc-single-product
  • wpsc-single-product-id
  • wpsc-category
  • wpsc-category-id
  • wpsc-group-id
  • wpsc-shopping-cart
  • wpsc-transaction-details
  • wpsc-user-account

These extra classes will give you more flexibility when designing themes for WP e-Commerce.

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