Simplified content help

This is a help document for the Simplified Content plugin hosted on WordPress.org.

Summary

The Simplifed Content plugin enables normal website content to be automatically reduced into its basic text and html content, with no complex css markup, javascript functionality, or grid layout. It literally takes the core content in the page or post section of a WordPress page and outputs the content in a reduced format for old browsers. The plugin can also be useful to deliberately block browsers, for example in a intranet setup where a WordPress application may only be optimised to target a limited number of browsers.
The plugin also adds a very basic navigation system replacing the website home page with a site map, and a ‘back to site map’ link at the top of each simplifed page.
NOTE: this is an aggressive plugin which reduces normal WordPress content in a target browser. No content is actually rewritten or damaged, but normal functionality, such as javascript operations do not work in target browsers. Things like Google Analytics may be affected by this plugin, it is an over-simplified solution to provide ‘something’ for visitors using old browsers.

Getting started

  • Visit https://wordpress.org/plugins/simplified-content/installation/ for installation instructions. The plugin can also be installed by searching for ‘Simplified content’ from the plugin tab pane in the WordPress installation.
  • On plugin activation, the plugin adds a Simplified Content Setting pane to the admin Settings section of your wordpress installation.
  • Set up a sitemap page (if you don’t have one already) to replace as the home page, select browsers to trigger Simplified Content, and (optional) amend headers and footers to match your styles. (See configuration below).

Configuration

Prerequisite: the Simplified Content navigation system works as a simple ‘from site map, to page, back to site map’ system. As a prerequisite, create or choose a simple site map to use as a replacement home page in target browsers.
Note the following:
– Link to basic pages and posts from your site map.
– If you have complex pages, considering creating alternative text-only versions of these pages for this system. For example, pages containing information that may be critical for a public service.
– The system will not work with Custom Post Types or other rich media
– Remember this is a backup system, to give ‘something’ to give people who are using legacy, or browsers non supported by you intranet.

Select target browsers in the administration area
Select target browsers in the administration area

From the Simplified Content Settings pane:
1. Enter the numeric page id of your site map (see above).
2. Select your target browsers.
3. Save.
4. Visit your website URL in any of your target browsers, and observe the simplified content.

Wrapper fragments

Note, if you comfortable with HTML and CSS, you can edit the Wrapper fragments (headers and footers) to adapt the system and adjust the look-and-feel of the website in target browsers.

WordPress admin and login functionality

Simplified Content omits the wp_head() and wp_footer() tags from the template output, thereby disabling all normal WordPress functionality. WordPress admin and login functionality will not work in target browsers. The system disables normal wordpress functionality, and simply outputs static content for public viewing. Simplified Content is not suitable for membership, subscription or intranet services, it is a backup system to give simplified information to visitors using old browsers.

Google analytics

To restore services such as Google Analytics so that they work in legacy browsers, simply edit the header or footer fragments as appropriate in the Simplified Content Settings pane. For example, Google Analytics requires a tracking snippet which, usually, is automatically inserted in to your website header or footer by a plugin or theme. Simplified Content omits the wp_head() and wp_footer() tags from the template output, thereby disabling all normal WordPress functionality. You can manually add back features that may be critical for your system (requires some expertise).