We need to talk, Hasbro.

Holy god, why is this still an issue?

Imagine this: it’s 2015. A new TV series has six main castmembers (including a droid). Ratings on the premiere episode set a record for the channel it was broadcast on. Clearly, people are enjoying the cast members. And why wouldn’t they? It’s full of action, humor, and it’s something that fans big and small, young and old can enjoy. There’s even action figures! Multiples of them.

Except for two of the main characters. Those characters get one each and that’s deemed “enough” but the toy company.

That’s the reality for fans of Hera Syndulla and Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels, pilot of the Ghost and Mandalorian badass respectively.
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Pressgram: The app that could be so much more.

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Almost eight months ago, word of a new Kickstarter called “Pressgram” had surfaced around the WordPress community to some praise, some criticism but mainly a lot of curiosity. This was after Instagram had begun to be a victim of the fiery rage of people who like to know what’s happening with their content (I’m guilty). The official WordPress app had been (and still is) lacking in photo customization for people who want to post things on the go. You could always edit them in some third-party app (iOS 7 filters weren’t a thing) and email/post them that way but who wants to work, right?

Two months ago, Pressgram was no longer the idea of John Saddington and was an actual living, breathing iOS app and WordPress plugin and the ranks rejoiced! Or, well, most of them.1

Now we’re two months in and people have either fallen head over heals for it or seen no point in having it. I fall in the middle. There’s so much potential to be had and a lot of my complaints seem to be features coming in 2.0 which is “a long ways off“.

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  1. For the record, I completely agree with both of these posts. I set up a separate account dedicated to Pressgram with distinct passwords. I believe the ToS terms have been cleaned up as many services have done in the past. 

Genesis: Enable External Links as Titles

I’ve been interested in the ability to replace post titles with external links on sites such as MacStories.net, The Loop, and Daring Fireball. With word of the Post Formats being a big part of WordPress 3.6, I was excited to have something equal to a self-hosted Tumblr where I could have full control over everything but have custom post formats. However, that dream soon died as they couldn’t agree with a layout and promises of a plugin haven’t quite come to fruition.

Screenshot 2013-11-10 11.16.03

Normally this wouldn’t be a hassle but since the Genesis framework makes you use hooks, this was a bit cumbersome and I couldn’t find a guide. So I made my own.

First, this guide is assuming you’re using Advanced Custom Fields. You’ll need a regular text field named External Links (‘external_links’ should become the field name). For reference, here’s the screenshot:

Screenshot 2013-11-10 11.07.47

Your default rule should be Post Type is Equal To Post.  From here, go to your functions.php file and add in this little bit of code to the end.

//* Add Link Functionality
add_filter( 'genesis_post_title_output', 'link_titles' );
function link_titles() {
	if ( get_field( 'external_link' ) ) {
		echo '<h3 class="entry-title"><a href="';
		the_field( 'external_link' );
		echo '" title="';
		echo ' [External Link]">';
		echo ' &rArr;</a></h3><h5 class="entry-title"><a href="';
		echo '" title="';
		echo ' [Internal Link]">&crarr;</a></h5>';	}
	else {
		echo '<h2 class="entry-title"><a href="';
		echo '" title="';
		echo '">';
		echo '</a></h2>';

After that, go ahead and add a new post. Below your content editor, you’ll be greeted by a box like the one below.

Screenshot 2013-11-10 11.05.19

Insert your link (“http(s)://” prefix included) and post!

Some notes:

  • Your external link title will be the same as the title of your post. You can easily add in another custom field and slip that into your code but I don’t see the point, personally.
  • Your title has been dropped from an h2 to an h3 in size to easily indicate the different.
  • An arrow pointing right indicated the external link while the arrow going down and to the left indicates your post’s permalink. Both of these are visible in the first screenshot.
  • As far as I can tell, this works in both HTML5 and non-HTML5 themes (did testing on some old themes I developed on both versions).

Questions/comments? I’m @zachflauaus on Twitter.

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