I was thinking about a way to showcase older posts and happened across the
Zazz Post Tickerplugin by Stew Houston.
I thought “Here we go, another chance for me to totally bork my blog with some unknown piece of code…” So I picked up the scissors and blah-blah-blah (you get the idea).
I took a quick look at the instructions (note that for historical purposes) and I didn’t see where I had to re-write my server’s kernel or edit core WordPress components and figured “wot the ‘ell”.
The good points: Easy to install, light-weight and does exactly what it’s supposed to do right out of the box (and that’s with WordPress 2.3-beta3). It’s easy to configure (though it does require editing the zazz-post-ticker.php file, it’s a simple, straight-forward edit), it doesn’t use tables (thank you, I’ve puked enough this week) and the CSS is not convoluted! It allows for changing the duration before fading, the number of posts and even allows for an offset (seems redundant to me to display post information that’s displayed an inch lower on the page so I liked this feature).
Open up zazz-post-ticker.php and go to line 30, it should look like this:
Create a new line under that one and insert:
And right before line 139 which reads:
Now you have a light-weight, easy to install/configure post ticker for WordPress that validates as well!
Note: As of 10/29/08 it appears the author’s site is down, here is the v1.1 file: Zazz Post Ticker