WordPress Creation Kit – a sparkling new custom field, taxonomy and post type creator

WordPress Creation Kit
WordPress Creation Kit consists of three brand new plugins that can help you with the tough task of creating and maintaining custom post types, custom taxonomies and most importantly, custom fields and metaboxes for your posts, pages or CPT’s.

Why another plugin for this?

We’ve actually started work on this more then a year ago, even though we didn’t know it at the time.

We needed to offer to our clients an easy way to add repeating fields that were tied to particular page, post or custom post type. While there were quite a few existing plugins at the time none really fit the bill or had various issues. So we started developing our own API for creating them.

Built around two main concepts

Everything can be a repeater field

As I’ve mentioned, the main feature of our plugins is that metaboxes are actually repeater fields.
This means you can create complex pages like “Our Team”, “Testimonials”, “Our Products” where you have multiple team members, testimonials or products but the number can vary. Also check out the video at the bottom as it should make things a bit clearer.

NO Lock In – everything is saved as post meta or WordPress options

The Custom Fields Creator does just what is says. Every data from your meta boxes or repeater fields is saved as a default custom field in WordPress. They are a bit different though as we’re saving them as a serialized array but that’s something WordPress supports in full.

The big benefit of this is that you can use standard WordPress functions (get_post_meta) in your page templates to list the information entered from the backend. No custom functions and full compatibility with WordPress.

The Plugins

WCK Custom Fields Creator allows you to easily create custom meta boxes for WordPress without any programming knowledge. It supports repeater fields and uses AJAX to handle data.

WCK Post Type Creator gives you the possibility to create and edit custom post types for WordPress.

WCK Taxonomy Creator – create and edit custom taxonomies and attach them to post types.

A short video tutorial

Last but not least, please check out this video on how to create an “Our Team” page using Custom Fields Creator.

Members: WordPress Plugin by Justin Tadlock

Justin Tadlock has done it again. This time he released to the WordPress community a user, role, and content management plugin called Members.

Its purpose is to make WordPress a more powerful CMS by giving you fine-grain control over the users of your site.

So what does this plugin do:

  • Edit Roles: Edit your user roles and their capabilities.
  • New Roles: Create new roles for use on your site.
  • Content Permissions: Adds a meta box on your write post/page editor that allows you to restrict content to specific roles.
  • Widgets: Adds a login form widget and user-listing widget that you can use in any widget area on your site.
  • Shortcodes: Creates shortcodes that you can use to restrict or allow access to certain parts of your posts and pages (or any other shortcode-capable area).
  • Template Tags: New functions for use within your WordPress theme for various things.
  • Private Blog: Allows you to create a private blog that can only be accessed by users that are logged in (redirects them to the login page).

I personally can’t wait for future developments of this plugin. It takes WordPress one step closer to full user management without having to code it yourself :)

Front-end interface portability between CMS – the next BIG step in web-development?

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I want to talk in this post about front-end interface that could be used without any modifications (or just with basic configuration) between different Content Management Systems (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Expression Engine and a million more) and how this could help the developer. I know it sounds far fetch but bare with me for a minute.

I’ve been reading a lot lately about Child Themes in WordPress and how easy is to create a new theme from scratch just by building it on top of a theme framework. Ian Stewart’s blog has been a real inspiration for me in the last two months since I’ve discovered it and really brought an “AHA” moment for me. He’s been developing his Thematic theme framework for quite some time and it’s really powerful, but most of all useful.

Now, with the introduction of WordPress 2.7 in November designers will be able to overwrite any of the master theme files, opening a hole bunch of  possibilities for the professional WordPress designer.

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