Special Feed Items Plugin for WordPress

I believe it was John Gruber who started the trend: adding small unicode symbols in front of noteworthy feed items. Because this was such a great idea, I’ve started providing little ♥ icons next to noteworthy feed icons.

This, I have turned into a WordPress plugin, which you can now download from the official WordPress plugin repository.

Note: I believe you have to have your blog set to UTF-8 (Settings > Writing) for this to work, and of course you have to pick a unicode character as the special feed item.

13 thoughts on “Special Feed Items Plugin for WordPress”

  1. Joen says:

    This plugin got a minor bump today, fixing a spelling error that could cause people to tear hair out.

  2. Photowork says:

    Nice plugin, very helpful and easy to use, thanks!

  3. Erin says:

    Joen – I love the idea of this plugin, but when I activated it, all my non-favourite post titles were preceded by a ‘?’ (questionmark, without the quotes), and the feed did not update when new posts were published. There problems went away when I deactivated the plugin. (using wp2.9.2)

    1. Joen says:

      Are you using the plain RSS2 feed? Or are you using an Atom feed or something else?

      Also, try go in to the admin section, the special feed items settings menu, and replace the star symbol with something else. The question mark is clearly a character set issue. Also, does this issue appear in all feed readers, or only in some? How does my feed look to you?

    2. Erin says:

      It was only after reading this post again that I realized I had to use unicode! Everything works great now. Thanks for the plugin. ( May I suggest a comment about using unicode in the readme file for uninitiated folks like me?)

    3. Joen says:

      That’s a good point. I’ll see what I can do.

  4. Damian says:

    Thank you for a great plugin. I’m very appreciate it. Cheers!

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