Zone Manager (Zoninator)

Zone Manager (Zoninator). New plugin by Will Davis and Mo Jangda lets you create content zones, and add and move around arbitrary content in them. Highly useful for news organizations wanting editorial control over how their content appears on the homepage.


William P. Davis April 11, 2011 Reply

You can see it in action at I should add that Mo did all the development, the BDN just commissioned it.

Ed Sutherland June 24, 2011 Reply

How do I use Zoninator so that a thumbnail image appears? So far, only the headline appears.

Daniel Bachhuber June 28, 2011 Reply

The WordPress support forums would be a great place for your question. I don’t have much personal experience implementing this plugin yet.

William P. Davis June 28, 2011 Reply

The thumbnail appearing is not something natively supported by the Zoninator, as the two functions are rather disconnected. I would recommend looking into Justin Tadlock’s Get The Image plugin ( It allows you to easily integrate images you attach to the post pretty much anywhere.

Additionally, I’ve integrated the thumbnail into the Zoninator so that I can see which posts have images and which posts don’t, so that I can make sure a post with an image is always near the top. To do this:

add_filter( 'zoninator_zone_post_columns', 'bdn_add_zoninator_columns' );
function bdn_add_zoninator_columns( $columns ) {
$columns['images'] = 'bdn_add_zoninator_thumb';
return $columns;

function bdn_add_zoninator_thumb( $post, $zone ) {
//Code to display your image

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