I'm sorry I couldn't really think of a more clear title.. But this is what I'm looking for.
I don't know if there are tools out there that exist or not, but I'm hoping someone could steer me in the right direction, or at least recommend some to look in to.
I don't have a lot of money, so FREE is a good word to me..
I need a plugin or tool (or tools) of some sort that will help make my content releases a little easier to manage without doing multiple steps..
I run www.oldskoolgames.com - (its been dead for a couple years but trying to change that now) where I distribute a retro-gaming magazine in PDF format (downloaded in 7zip archive).
Firstly, I am looking for some kind of Management tool, that will let me upload my files, and then publish download links via my site (the new site of course will have a WordPress/PageLines backend).
Hotlink protection is a big thing for me, so it must be able to do that. URL obfuscation would be a bonus, I guess.
Also being able to painlessly insert links to the files into a post, or build an archived page with links, that kind of stuff..
The 2nd part, I have a feeling is 99% doable in WordPress already, but would probably be more manual.
I'd like to be able to make a post, that depending on the category its posted to, is displayed differently.
What I mean by that, is you can see on my current site layout (done by hand), I have a general news posts section (script disabled) and on my sidebar I have a "Latest Issue" category with a Thumbnail of the issue cover and a text link (click-able anywhere).
It would be great if I could write a single post announcing a new issue, posted both to my front page, and then to a side-bar section with the same display setup as my current sidebar. Obviously I want the full post on the font page with any text, etc but only the cover image and text link underneath it, to appear in the sidebar - I don't know if that will require some other plugin trickery or not..
The way my current site works (when everything was enabled) is I had a PHP script to serve the downloads, which I had to manually edit to add new files I uploaded via FTP. I then had to make a news post for the front page of the site, and then also make a news post (using a hack of my news script for that function) to my sidebar Latest Issue category, linking to an uploaded thumbnail I made, for the cover image.
I would very much like to simplify that process.
If anyone can recommend any tools I can look in to, to help me achieve the desired look/functionality I need I would greatly appreciate it. Free is nice, but I will consider commercial options too, as long as they are priced reasonably (this is a hobby, not a business).