CELEBRATION! As of today, there is a new sort posts by category in the Manage Posts Administration Panels of WordPress.com blogs. I’ve been pushing and shoving, teasing and begging for this feature for so long, some WordPress developers have grown gray hairs in the process.
It’s so easy to use. Just click on the the Browse Categories drop down menu and choose your category and click Show Category. The numbers in parentheses are the number of posts you have in each category.
If you are viewing a particular category worth of posts, and you want to search, the search will automatically reset your view so the search searches all posts in all categories, not the posts in that category.
I begged so hard, one of my WordPress heroes, ColdForged, came up with a WordPress Plugin called Enhanced Post View which added the ability to sort posts by category, described in “The Perfect WordPress Dashboard”, and which broke with the update to WordPress 2. I held off upgrading for a long time knowing I would lose that functionality. The Enhanced Post Views WordPress Plugin did allow for searches within a specific category, but you had to reset all the categories back to “all” in order to do an all categories search.
I’d love to see a few more improvements with this, though I’m so thrilled with this new feature, it’s hard to complain much, but that hasn’t stopped me yet. ;-)
I’d love to see a conditional tag that checks for the number of authors on a blog and if there is more than one blogger, a “sort posts by author” option be available. I’d also love to see my blogroll categories out of my post categories, or give me an option to include them or not. I understand the intent, I hate the deployment as I now have a long list of categories, most of which I do not use, cluttering up my categories section on my Write Post panel, and now in my “sort posts by category” drop down menu.
But I’m doing the famous Lorelle dance with glee because I got what I wanted! YEAH!
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