This is the page where you create and edit indexes.

Index slug

The index slug will be a part of the URL of the index and is how WordPress recognizes that the page is an EasyIndex index. It must be 20 characters or less, all lowercase and contain only letters, numbers, and hyphens.

For example, suppose you make the slug "recipes". EasyIndex will generate a primary index at:

http://yoursite.com/recipes/

and secondary index's at

http://yoursite.com/recipes/term-names

where term-names would be the names of the terms in the group you're indexing.

You should make sure that the slug doesn't clash with any existing slugs. e.g. Don't use "categories" or "tags" - they are WordPress built-in slugs. Themes and other plugins might also have reserved other slugs.

Page Template

Page templates define the overall layout of the page. The options you see in this field are entirely up to the Wordpress theme you use. Some themes have options to show pages with sidebars on the left or right, or a different number of columns, show full width pages etc. Note that this field determines the overall page layout, not the index layout, which is determined by the index style you use. Genesis theme users: Genesis based themes do page templates a little differently. Click here to read about how to select a page template on Genesis themes.

Index style

Clicking on the Index style button will open a popup where you can select the style of index you want. Index styles are arranged in six groups:

Single image per term - Preset images
One thumbnail is displayed for each term. You must pre-set the images to use in the Primary Thumbnails section on the EasyIndex Settings page
Single image per term - Image from most recent post
One thumbnail is displayed for each term. Thumbnails are created from the most recent post that has a usable image for each term
Sample of posts
Thumbnails are created from a sample of the most recent posts for each term
Sample of posts with excerpts
Thumbnails are created from a sample of the most recent posts for each term and an excerpt is shown
Galleries
Thumbnails are shown for all posts in all terms, sorted by most recent first.
Text indexes
Text indexes are text only, and display the most recent post titles (you can select how many) in each term or all posts in each term. They are displayed alphabetically.

Reset Style

Clicking the Reset Style link will clear any changes you previously made to the index settings and return all settings to their default.

Thumbnail size

EasyIndex will generate any size thumbnails. You specify a thumbnail size in the format "WxH" where W and H are the width and height in pixels respectively. Thumbnails will be generated from the largest possible portion of each image and still maintain the aspect ratio. i.e. thumbnails won't be squashed or stretched. For gallery indexes, you can specify the height as "0" (zero) and EasyIndex will generate fixed width thumbnails and adjust the height so that the entire image is displayed.

Term tag

This is the HTML tag (e.g. <h2>,<h3> etc) to use for the Term values. EasyRecipe uses heading tags (<h2>, <h3>, <h4>...) by default for term styling. We did this so that the term names would have the same styling as other headings as defined by your theme. We've used tags that seem to produce reasonable results on almost all the themes we tested, but you might find that the default produces term names that are way too big or way too small - it will depend on your particular theme. You can change the tag that's used here, or if you need more control over how the terms look, you can use the Formatting button on the index edit page, or enter your own CSS, or you can use Live Formatting (Plus version only) and see the adjustments you make as you make them.

Title tag

This is the HTML tag (e.g. <h2>,<h3> etc) to use for the post titles when you display a sample of posts. See the comments for Term tag

Posts per scroll

On Gallery indexes, this is the number of posts to show before pausing and waiting for the viewer to scroll down for more.

Hide if no thumbnail

This is only displayed when you are creating a primary index that uses fixed thumbnails. If you check this, then terms for which you haven't defined an image to use as a thumbnail aren't displayed. Otherwise, a placeholder image that has the text "No Image" is displayed when there is no image for a particular term.

Number of posts to show

On indexes that show a sample of posts, this is the number of posts that will be shown. Posts are selected from the most recent first and will only appear if EasyIndex can find a suitable image (on indexes that display images)

"More" text

On indexes that show a sample of posts, this is the text that appears after the last of the samples. It links to the appropriate secondary index page.

Excerpt length

On indexes that show an excerpt of posts, this is the length in characters of the excerpt. EasyIndex will truncate the excerpt at the last word boundary before the number of characters.

Page title

The page title comes from the term you enter into the "Title" field when you create your index. It's the first entry on the page. Secondary indexes use the value you enter in the "Page title" field under "Secondary Index". EasyIndex will replace the string "%term% in this field with the term value of the index it's displaying. So for example, if you entered "%term% Recipes" in the Page title field, your secondary indexes would have titles like:

"Bread Recipes", "Candy Recipes" etc.

Auto include on menus

When you create an index, the Primary index will show up on the list of pages/posts you can add to menu, but since the secondary indexes don't actually exist in the database (they are generated at the time are displayed), you can't select and include them on the WordPress "Menu" page. If you check this field, EasyIndex will automatically add all the secondary indexes as sub items of a primary index you add to a menu. See Add an Index to a Menu.

Post order

Select the sequence in which you want your posts to appear on a secondary index.

Formatting

You can change basic formatting here. EasyIndex Plus give you total WYSIWYG control over index styling with Live Formatting.

Custom CSS

You can enter custom CSS that can override the standard styling.

What do you want to index

This is where you tell EasyIndex which taxonomy you want to index. The dropdown box will list all the taxonomies that are defined in your blog. You'll see at least Categories, Tags and probably Formats - Categories and Tags are taxonomies built-in to WordPress and most themes define Formats. You'll also see other taxonomies if your theme and/or other plugins define them (e.g. EasyRecipe automatically defines the Cuisine and Course taxonomies)

Include all current and future terms

You can select which terms of the selected taxonomy you want to include in your index. If you select Include all current and future terms, all the terms in the taxonomy will be included in the index and any new terms you add in the future will be included automatically. If you don't check this option and select individual terms, only those terms will be included and if you add another term in the future and want to include it in the index, you'll need re-visit this page and select the new term as well.

Select all

You can select all the current terms by checking the Select all box. Note that unlike the Include all current and future terms option, this option will only include the terms that are present now and any new terms you add in the future will not be automatically added to the selection.