The default link manager in WordPress has always been feature–packed since the 1.0 release, though it could still use some hacking to do certain things. The blogroll import function has been something I’ve always wanted to work properly, but I couldn’t. Not that I tried or read the documentation that much, but I wanted it to do just one simple thing—display the 12 most recently updated weblogs in my blogroll. And with my reluctance to stop using blo.gs’s wonderful service, I decided to create a blogroll plugin instead; which queries blo.gs for my favorites.xml file every hour, caches the data, and displays my blogroll just the way I want it. I know it can be done using
As a side note, I fixed some little nuances in wp–recent–links, taking us now to a 1.31 release. I’m planning to hack some nifty features soon, specifically to have links display like Photomatt’s asides and Jason Kottke’s inline remaindered links. I just realized this: using asides–styled links actually makes your site look like Dave Winer’s, but I’m not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. 😉
Just a tip: the
$post array produced by WP can be run through PHP‘s
array_slice() to display the most recent entry prominently, with the rest styled differently.