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www.listener.co.nz - Listener Magazine - Hybrid Core

  1. The New Zealand Listener Magazine is one of NZ's leading publications. Now with a new online presence.

    We redeveloped and redesigned the original site using WordPress and Hybrid Core.

    There are a few customizations here.

    We implemented a Columnist post type and Author taxonomy so we could assign multiple authors to an article as well as not have to link each columnist with a user account.

    Implemented a time wall which prevents the most recent issue articles from being displayed in full. This works in conjuction with a custom Issue taxonomy which has an Issue Date as an additional field (we used the Meta for Taxonomies plugin to help with that).

    Other custom stuff includes a nice post gallery, configurable home page and site options, custom registration fields, custom Omniture tracking, ads insertion.

  2. Hey Robert, just want to let you know I think you guys did an awesome job.

    I love the menus, and how the menu class colors match the article underline for each.

    Also, the columnist post type is pretty creative for a site that has lots of authors, or like you say, multi-author posts.

    Well done.

  3. Thanks Brian

    Most of the articles are entered by a dedicated content editor and not by the actual authors.

    As far as menu colors go, I wish the default WP menu system would output menu slugs instead of menu ID's as one of the class or ID parameters so styling would be easier when menu ID's change.

    The biggest issue is performance for logged in users as the full caching isn't enabled in that case. Our custom time wall query isn't the fasted kid on the block with some 1.5k articles.

  4. Site looks really good Robert and loads quite fast! Like the navigation as Brian said but also like homepage layout. What are you using for commenting? And how are you relating/showing Features under current-issue/ other issues?

    Great job!

    Dhaval

  5. Awesome job! I would love to have a look at the source of this theme. I love the preview functionality for print articles. I've always used a custom post type for issues and a taxonomy structure to link posts to issues. But I can see the advantages of using a taxonomy instead. I mean... articles are content and an issue is just that what keeps it together.

  6. Hey @dhavaljani and @Jan Egbert just saw your posts here.

    Thanks for the feedback.

    The client has a competent tech team and is maintaining the site themselves now. They would have done more performance tuning etc to speed the site up.

    Comments are just native WP comments.

    They didn't really want to be able to click on an issue and get all the issue articles (even though you can do it manually (for example: http://www.listener.co.nz/issue/3714/) since they had specific requirements for displaying issues which ended up outside of the scope of the project.

    Current issue is just a category to post the current issue, which is CSS styled specifically, the other issues are just posts in the category.

    Yeah, the theme source is 82 files excluding images and the hybrid core files so a bit tricky to put on display. The theme consist of a few custom front end and admin plugins, helpers, js files and WP template files. We also used WPAlchemy's Metabox helper class for the custom post metaboxes.

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