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The website of the brazilian newspaper O Estado de São Paulo has a nice way to
display news in a retrospective-style (check this

or this link
— Flash required).

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could display WordPress posts in our pages and
categories in the same way just by using a shortcode? The possibilities are
many. That’s why I wrote the Retrospective plugin for WordPress.

It has at least two advantages over the version you just saw:

  • Does not require Flash (its implementation uses only CSS and jQuery)
  • Has a option to respect the (time-)scale of the posts.

See Installation for more info on how to use it.


  • Retrospective plugin in
  • Retrospective plugin in a fresh WordPress install using a pure TwentyEleven theme


Upload the Retrospective plugin to your blog, activate it, then it’s

Its use is very simple. Wherever you add the shortcode [retrospective] the
plugin will draw that cool retrospective. The shortcode supports several

  • count — limit the number of posts to be displayed (default = 10; use -1 to
    display all)
  • cat — display posts with category IDs comma-separated (default =
    display all posts)
  • width — the width of the timeline in pixels (default = 600)
  • delay — the time of the focus change animation in milisseconds (default =
  • scale — if set, respect the time scale in the distances between the points
    in the timeline (default = false)
  • image_width, image_height — the dimensions of the thumbnail images in pixels
    (default = 300×180)
  • image_border_size — the size of the image’s border in pixels (default = 7)
  • image_border_color — the color of the image’s border in hexa RGB (default =
  • image_margin — the space between the images (default = 5)
  • date_format — the date format in PHP format (default = d/m/Y)


How to style retrospectives?

The generated HTML is very easy to style (but just be careful with margins and
paddings, they’re set with !important attribute — I did it to try not to break
with any theme). Here is a sample:

<div id="retro-uniquehash" class="retrospective">
    <!-- TIMELINE -->
    <ul class="time">
        <li rel="0"><a href="permalink" style="left:0px;"><span>date</span></a></li>
        <li rel="1"><a href="permalink" style="left:300px;"><span>date</span></a></li>
        <li rel="2"><a href="permalink" style="left:600px;"><span>date</span></a></li>

    <!-- PHOTOS -->
    <div class="photos">
            <li rel="0"><a href="permalink" title="title">
                <img src="file" class="wp-post-image" /></a></li>
            <li rel="1"><a href="permalink" title="title">
                <img src="file" class="wp-post-image" /></a></li>
            <li rel="2"><a href="permalink" title="title">
                <img src="file" class="wp-post-image" /></a></li>

    <!-- POSTS -->
    <ul class="posts">
        <li rel="0"><a href="permalink" title="title"><h2>Title <span>(date)</span></h2>
        <li rel="1"><a href="permalink" title="title"><h2>Title <span>(date)</span></h2>
        <li rel="2"><a href="permalink" title="title"><h2>Title <span>(date)</span></h2>
How to style a specific retrospective?

The generated hash takes in consideration all the attributes sent to the
shortcode and also how many retrospectives appeared before in the parsing of
the actual page. I made it that way to allow users to set up two exactly equal
retrospectives in the same page. Because of that, I don’t recommend setting
styles for #retro-uniquehash. I think a reasonable solution for this issue is
to make something like

<div id="something_that_makes_sense">[retrospective]</div>

when inserting the shortcode and then styling #something_that_makes_sense


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