“Recommended Reading: Google Reader Shared” gets the shared items from your Google Reader account.
Want to easily share posts you recommend from other blogs? Want to share selected posts from your business partners’ news feeds or friends’ blogs? The “Recommended Reading” plug in is the easy way to do it! All you need is a free Google Reader account.
It includes an easy to use configuration panel inside the WordPress “settings” menu. From this panel you can control every aspect of the plug-in, including:
- Your Google Reader ID… or look it up dynamically with your Google username and password!
- Number of posts to show.
- Format of post dates (or hide dates).
- Option to show the source blog with link.
- How many characters from the post’s content or summary to show (including all, or none).
- Handling of links (new window, nofollow properties).
- Display of your notes.
- Advanced content output and styling when embedding on a page or post.
- A link back to your full shared items feed at Google
Use the sidebar widget, embed in a page or post with simple shortcode, or, for advanced users, call the list by a function in your template.
Precise CSS classes throughout the output (with common WordPress conventions) allows granular control over the look within templates. Powerful caching stores and compares the the feed’s provided update information, giving you fast performance with a feed that’s always up to date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I set up a Google Reader account?
A: Everything you need to know: http://reader.google.com
Q: Why won’t my ID validate, even though I’m absolutely positive that it is right or it was looked up?
A: The most common reason for ID validation faillure is a bad ID! If you are certain it is valid, make certain that your shared items are set for public sharing (not private) in your settings.
Q: How do I share posts?
A: Click the “Share” button at the bottom of any post from within Google Reader.
Q: How do I make posts show only the items I shared before I published my post?
A: You can embed your shared items in pages or posts by using the shortcode: just type in “[recreading]” (sans quotes) where you want it to appear. In the “Display on page / post (shortcode)” options at the bottom of this settings page, check the “As of publish date” option to only show items shared before you published your post.
Q: I want to regularly share my latest items in my posts. Can Recommended Reading automatically show all the shared posts between the publication date of the current post and the last post that showed my shared items?
A: Yes! First, check off the “As of publish date” option (discussed in the previous question). You can check the next option, “up to last post” to do just that!
Q: Do I need to be at my computer to update my recommended reading list?
A: Nope! Since the plug in gets posts from the Google Reader shared feed, you can update your feed from any Google Reader interface that supports sharing items. You can even recommend items from your mobile phone using Google’s free mobile version or third party clients (I personally recommend Byline and MobileRSS for the iPhone).
Q: I don’t want to include my shared notes. Can I hide those?
A: Yes… mostly. Uncheck the “show notes” option to hide the notes attached to shared items. Before version 4.0, you could also skip “standalone” notes. Google Reader treated standalone notes (a rarely used feature) as shared items, not annotations. Skipping them would dramatically reduce the performance benefits introduce in version 4.0. Although we suspect this feature was rarely used, if there is interest, please let us know by leaving a comment on the plug-in support page.