JM Breaking News

The JM Breaking News Plugin allows you to display a breaking news banner with custom text and a custom link for as long as you want anywhere on the site.

Price: $0.00

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Share breaking news with your readers

Are you a news organization or focus on local news and information? Then you’ll love the ability to keep your readers up to date with the latest information with this banner. It will alert them to the latest breaking news item that you add in a way that they will not miss.

Customize and place the banner anywhere

Everything about the breaking news banner is customizable. From the background colors to the text colors to even where it shows up. The plugin has a template tag that you can add into your theme. Or you can add the banner via a shortcode, block and even widget wherever you want it to show up.

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Version: 2.0.0
Tested up to: 5.7.1
Minimum WP Version: 4.7
Required PHP: 7.3

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  • Refactor the entire plugin to use an object-oriented programming paradigm.
  • Upped the lowest PHP version supported to 7.0.
  • Tested to work with WordPress 5.7.1.


  • Added Gutenberg block to show the breaking news banner in a post.
  • Switched the CSS to use flexbox for better display of the banner.
  • Added a Gulp process for better export of the plugin.
  • Tested with WordPress 5.3.


  • Changed to load internal posts to link over to the WP REST API to avoid fatal errors.
  • Changed required WordPress version to 4.7.


  • Added color options for the background of the body section and the text.
  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.8.


  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.7.


  • Added: Breaking News shortcode to put a breaking news banner inside a post.
  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.6.


  • Added: Breaking News widget that allows users to display the breaking news banner in the sidebar.
  • Added: Translations for French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.
  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.5.


  • Added option to change background color of “Breaking News” half of the banner.
  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.4


  • Removed ‘http:’ from the functions to enqueue the Google fonts


  • Tested to work with WordPress 4.3
  • Fixed vertical margin for “Breaking News” text to even it out.
  • Added a line-height of 1.2 for text on the right side to even it out.


  • Added: Option for users to select whether the link will be internal or external.
  • Added: A select option of posts for the user to select if it’s an internal link.


  • Added: default value of 1 for the time limit.
  • Added: wp_reset_query at the end of the jm_breaking_news function to keep the banner from interfering with the page query.
  • Changed: the left side font to Oswald.
  • Changed: the right side font to Lato.
  • Changed: the left side background to #C42B2B.
  • Changed: the right side background to #252525.


  • Initial Release

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