PublishPress Series has a new update this week: version 2.7.1.
The PublishPress Series plugin allows you to collect WordPress content together into a series. This is ideal for magazines, newspapers, short-story writers, teachers, comic artists, or anyone who writes multiple posts on the same topic.
There are a lot of small fixes in this release, and also three improvements that are worth explaining in detail.
Here's an overview of key new features you'll find in version 2.7.1:
Pro version: New Design for Series Groups
The “Groups” feature is in the Pro version of PublishPress Series. This feature allows you to collect multiple series together into one larger group.
One example is in the image below, where the group is “Harry Potter”. This group contains seven different series, one for each Harry Potter book. Another example, could be a group called “Interviews”, where the series are “Interviews with CEOs”, “Interviews with CFOs”, and “Interviews with CTOs”.
In previous versions, there was no default layout, and you had to write some code to use the Groups feature. With this latest version, we've included a default layout, and the benefit is that you can immediately use the Groups feature. All you have to do is click “View” to see the Groups on the front of your site.
Integration with Bulk Edit
All versions of PublishPress Series now allow you to use the “Bulk Edit” feature on Posts, Pages, and other post types to assign content to your series. This makes it quicker and easier for you to create a series, particularly if you're importing content:
Grid and List View for Series
PublishPress plugins stick very close to the WordPress core. The idea behind this is that plugins will be more stable, reliable and familiar for users. So in PublishPress Series, the plugin uses WordPress taxonomies to organize the series and uses WordPress taxonomy pages to display the series.
However, some users have told us that the default taxonomy pages on their sites are not a good match for showing Series. So we've provided a “Grid” and a “List” layout option for your series. These are override files that you can use to create a unique look for your series. You can select them from the “Overview Page” settings tab.