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I'm looking for a plugin or an idea that would allow a user to add a mini-post to a page. Each post would contain a .pdf, and a mini description.

I found Custom Field Template.. but I think once you fill it out once, you can't fill out another one for the same page.

Thanks!

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I actually wrote a plugin to accomplish this very thing ...

WP Publication Archive is a plugin for WordPress that specifically adds the ability to create objects like this. It introduces a custom post type for documents/publications that feature a downloadable file (i.e. PDF) with a title, description, tags, and authors taxonomy.

You can create multiple "collections" of publications by applying categories, then using a category filter within the shortcode on a page. For example:

[wp-publication-archive categories=cat-1 /]

Would present a list of all publications in the "cat-1" category.

Here's an example of what an unstyled publication list (with only one download) would look like:

Example output of WP Publication Archive

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Wow thanks a million! I just spent two hours working with Custom Fields Template and realized it's not remotely functional. :D Will let you know how it goes! –  Trip Dec 19 '11 at 19:35
    
Great work. Was an easy install. I couldn't find any documentation on your short-codes besides this StackExchange post. I'd throw some up on the Wordpress site. :D Thanks again for all your hard-work!!! –  Trip Dec 19 '11 at 19:46
    
All of the documentation is in the Readme file. The shortcode itself is documented in the FAQs –  EAMann Dec 19 '11 at 20:43
    
Hey EAMann, I added the ability to add thumbnails to your plugin. Would you like the snippet? If so.. how can I send it to you? –  Trip Dec 20 '11 at 21:11
    
@Trip I'm intrigued ... post details on the plugin's GitHub page ... –  EAMann Dec 20 '11 at 22:12
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If you want this as widget in the sidebar I can recommend plugin Mini Loops. It allows the selection of custom post types and offers an input field for a small configurable template with access to associated custom fields, too.

To avoid the unhandy standard custom field widget which comes with WP you may use a plugin like Just Custom Fields.

To create custom post types use plugins like More Types or Custom Post Type UI. These plugins can automatically create an edit page for the custom post type similiar to the edit page for posts.

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