noioNoio Iconized Bookmarks

As promised, I am releasing a plugin to help manage favicons in WordPress blogrolls. The plugin is still in an early stage, but it works fine for this site. If there is interest, I will polish it and add functions. I might eventually even add it to the WordPress plugin store if that is needed. The plugin has three features.

List bookmarks with favicons

Upon activation there is a function available that works just like WordPress’ built-in wp_list_bookmarks. The function is called list_iconized_bookmarks(), and it takes the same arguments as the original. The function takes images from the link_image field of each link. The images are displayed in front of the link, with class="favicon", and it is up to the user to define a proper style.

There is also a replacement Links widget available, to get iconized bookmarks into your blogroll. This widget has one option, which is the arguments string, with the same arguments that are passed to wp_list_bookmarks.

Iconizing

Iconizing might be a bit of a stupid name, but what this function does is add favicon-URLs to each of your links’ image fields! So you can just add a bunch of links to your blogroll, then run the plugin, and all favicons will be correctly set. You can start the plugin from the N.I.B. (Noio Iconized Bookmarks) panel in the settings screen. It allows you to define a default favicon, for when the real favicon cannot be found or doesn’t exist. It also allows you to define a specific word that will ‘lock’ the favicon if you put it in the Notes field of a link. Suppose you want to set another icon for a website, and you don’t want N.I.B. to overwrite your custom icon when you run an update. Then you just put this locking word in the link’s notes, and N.I.B. won’t change the icon.

Download

To use the plugin, just copy noio_iconized_bookmarks.php into your plugin folder, and activate it on the Plugins panel. Get it from the WordPress repository.

References

I used a number of resources to help me build N.I.B. Here is some credit.

If you use the plugin, please tell me what you think about it! I’m very open to suggestions for improvements. Finally, if you want to donate money towards development of this plugin, go here.

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