Badged - iOS Style Notification Badges for WordPress

Made a quick WordPress plugin which transforms the standard WordPress update & comment notification badges into iOS-styled ones.

Badged transforms the standard WordPress update & comment notification badges into iOS-styled ones. Upon activation it automatically replaces the badge styles in the admin menu and the admin bar. An optional settings page allows to control whether the badges show up as the new default iOS style or styled as pre-iOS 7 badges.

The badges are CSS only (box shadows, gradients, pseudo elements, you name it) and were tested in current versions of Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you care for how it’s done exactly, you can peek around in the repository on github.

The plugin is localized in english & german, which is only important for the settings page.

Download & Installation

You can just install the plugin via the automatic backend installer under Plugins > Add New, activate and enjoy the red badges.

Plugin Page GitHub Donate

The plugin is hosted on github and will always be mirrored in the WordPress plugins directory. But in case you want to install the plugin manually:

  1. Upload the badged plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress
  3. Enjoy
  4. (optional) Adjust options under Settings > Badged. Upon activation the plugin sets both options by default:

If you find any problems you can open an issue on Github or just drop me a line in the comments or on Twitter.

Version History

v1.0.0

  • new default style based on iOS 7
  • new setting to switch back to pre-iOS 7 style
  • rewritten from the ground up based on Tom McFarlin’s excellent WordPress Plugin Boilerplate
  • settings through WordPress Settings API
  • Retina banner for WordPress plugin repository listing
  • drop IE 8 support (still present in pre-iOS 7 style)
  • using Grunt for optimized images and minified css
  • confusing and ridiculous version number jump

v0.3.6

  • tested for WP 3.4
  • settings page: Retina ready icon for high dpi devices, css only submit button
  • updated german translation

v0.3.5

  • IE 8 improvements: box shadow, light gradient through DXImageTransform filters (but no rounded corners, sorry)
  • current versions of IE & Opera are now among the tested browsers
  • updated settings page links

v0.3.4

  • more descriptive readme and settings footer with links to blog post & github page
  • updated translation

v0.3.2

  • Make the plugin work if symlinked

v0.3

  • initial beta release

v0.2

  • added options to control whether the badges show up in admin menu or toolbar (default is both)

v0.1

  • initial alpha release