WCK 1.1.0 is now alive and kicking!

Want to build a bullet proof, content adding interface for your clients, dead simple to use?

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WordPress Creation Kit helps YOU to improve the usability of the sited you build, making them manageable by your clients. Your very own repeater custom fields and groups, custom post type and taxonomy creator with front-end posting.

On WCK powered websites, clients will be able to easily enter their content without getting confused by shortcodes, html and who knows what else, because the UI will look and feel like it’s part of WordPress.

What’s new?

  • Options Page Creator – you to create new admin menu items called “Client Site Options” which can hold advanced custom field groups (just like any other edit page).
  • More extra-field types: Date, User Select, Country Select.
  • Automatic Updates via the WordPress Plugins interface.
  • Quite a few bugfixes and small improvements.
  • Multiple versions at different pricing points. (We have a Pro and Hobbyist version available now)

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Give Clients the Power to Self-Manage and Update Their WordPress Sites

UPDATE: WordPress Creation Kit 1.1.0 is now available for download

To developers, the WordPress admin interface is really simple and intuitive, particularly considering the amount of trouble we go through to make things behave like they should.

I found out a lot of clients that were excited about having their own self-powered CMS, freaked out when trying to change a piece of content or simply weren’t using it at all. It still wasn’t easy or intuitive enough.

Three things that make it hard for non-technical clients to update their site

  • using HTML with different classes in the content editor. Sooner or later they are just going to forget a closing tag, break the site and that means an email or phone-call when you were in the middle of a really cool project and didn’t want to be interrupted.
  • using various plugins with settings with settings all over the place. They’re gona forget to change something and that’s coming back to you.
  • shortcodes – I know what you’re thinking, they are actually useful, but not if they forget the shortcode name or what parameters to use. Also, shortcodes get intertwined with content in the editor and that’s like using HTML, only a little bit easier.

Now imagine having a single place where your client can edit exactly what he needs: a couple of testimonials, update their logo or favicon, changing the copyright footer text, managing the slideshow on the homepage or give them some textareas where to insert their ads.

Welcome Options Page Creator – a new feature coming soon in WCK

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The Options Page Creator Allows you to create a new menu item called “Client Site Options” which can hold advanced custom field groups (just like any other edit page). You can register multiple options pages with multiple meta-boxes and repeater fields.

Perfect for:

  • Theme Settings
  • Mini plugins that need an UI
  • Advertising zones
  • Small content pieces that don’t deserve a Custom Post Type just for them (mini-testimonials, widget like zones, etc.)

A new WordPress Creation Kit is coming June 13*

Building a bullet proof, content adding interface for your clients will get a lot easier.

WordPress Creation Kit helps YOU to improve the usability of the sited you build, making them manageable by your clients. Your very own repeater custom fields and groups, custom post type and taxonomy creator with front-end posting.

  • Custom Post Type Creator
  • Custom Fields Creator
  • Custom Taxonomy Creator
  • Front-End Posting
  • Options Page Creator

Hop on the list if you want first dibs and some more freebies from the launch day:



Fixed and Improved WordPress User Listing

We have some good news for our WordPress User Listing feature from Profile Builder Pro!

Yes, as the title says it, we have fixed quite a few bugs on the WordPress User Listing feature.

Thanks to you, we received lots of feedback and there were a lot of edge case scenarios that broke the functionality.  This feature was rebuilt from scratch, now being a lot more stable and working as it was supposed to.

To get access to the latest Profile Builder Pro version please visit your account page, or wait top 12 hours for the automatic update to arrive to your WordPress installation.

As you know, this feature was created for you to ease the process of listing your registered users, and customize that list by your own preferences.

Writing your own html code for the front-end WordPress user listing design, can be done in the back-end, where you have two text areas to be completed: the one for the “all-userlisting’, and the one for the ‘single-userlisting’.

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The User Listing feature allows you to list users with only certain roles, to list users only with a certain meta-field/meta-value combination, to list only users who want their profile to be viewable by others or to list any a combination of the last three mentioned.

That’s pretty much of it, if you have any problem, or any other suggestion, please let us now, by asking in the forum section, or send an email to our colleague gabriel[at]cozmoslabs.com.

WordPress Login and Registration with Email

Do you have users that would like to Log In and Register into your WordPress site by email? Knowing what a hurdle can be reminding a username, Profile Builder comes with a new feature to fix that issue.

Reckoning that an email address is unique and more personal than just a random user name and since we all want happy users, as owner of your WordPress site, you can make it easier for your users to Log In and register , by enabling this feature on your site.

To activate the Log In with email feature of the Profile Builder, you just have to download,install and activate the plugin, if you don’t already have it.

As admin of your WordPress site, you have to enter the Dashboard menu, and select the Users field, and the Profile Builder subfield.

Now just go to the ‘General Settings’ field and all you have to do is to select from the tab the ‘Allow Users to Log In with email” choice.

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And that’s it. What’s left is letting your users be aware of the availability of the new option.

If it happens for you to be  an existing client of Profile Builder Pro you’ll automatically have access to the new feature via Automatic Updates or you can download the latest version via the Account Page.

WordPress Email Confirmation for New Users

WordPress Email Confirmation for new users has been around in Profile Builder for quite some time, however something was missing from it.

What do I do if the confirmation email doesn’t send? Is there a way to force activate it?

Since new users that didn’t approve their emails are stored in the wp_signups database table, they don’t appear in All Users section. That’s how WordPress Email Confirmation works.

That turns into a problem when:

  • the user deletes the WordPress confirmation email before activating his account
  • the confirmation email end up in the spam folder
  • the email doesn’t get sent at all due to a server error

When the above happens, there are three problems that appear:

  • the user can’t approve his account
  • the user can’t try to register again with the same email or user name (since WordPress is still waiting for the previous account to approve his registration)
  • the admin can only delete the un-confirmed email from the database and can’t manually approve the account

Imagine having the possibility to manually approve users or delete fake accounts from wp_signups table

WordPress Email Confirmation

Starting with version 1.3.4 of Profile Builder (Pro and Hobbyist versions), the WordPress Email Confirmation just got better by giving you the possibility, as an admin, to manually approve or delete users that haven’t confirmed their email addresses directly from the WordPress backend.

To do so, just go to Users -> All Users and click the “Users with Unconfirmed Email Address” link. That’s it folks!

WordPress User Registration Plugin

Not sure what’s the right WordPress User Registration Plugin for you to use on your project?

Going through all the WordPress User Registration plugins can be disorienting. You probably spent hours and hours searching for plugins and tutorials to help you with your project and you’re still as confused as when you started. Imagine finding the best one to use for your project without loosing hours testing them all out. You can them spend all that saved time relaxed knowing what’s needed for your project.

In this Part 2 of the WordPress User Registration Series we’ll go through what makes a good WordPress User Registration Plugin, what you can achieve without coding and why using a registration plugin is a good idea.

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WordPress Registration Email – Customize with Profile Builder Pro

Trying to customize the WordPress Registration Email normally means copy pasting a custom php function and then modifying it to fit your project.

But what often happens is that you’re not sure how to implement this because you’re not a developer and you’re not sure how to use the filters that are setup in place.

Now imagine that you can customize the:

  • WordPress Registration Email
  • The email sender and body text with the info from the fields on the registration form
  • Override the from address so that it is the name of the business
  • Customize the Admin Email sent when a new users is registered

All that and more is possible with two new addons for Profile Builder Pro 1.3.0.

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WordPress User Registration

Have you hit a road block when it comes to WordPress user registration?

You probably would like to have new users register before being able to take certain actions (for example, posting reviews or commenting) but do not want them to have access to the WordPress Dashboard? Truth is, WordPress User Registration doesn’t have to be hard to get.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward guide to the WordPress User Registration that will take you through:

  • the default WordPress user registration
  • recommended plugins to make it work the way you want
  • code and tutorial suggestions for the more advanced readers

So if you found the user registration in WordPress confusing, hopefully the WordPress User Registration Series will shed some light on the hole subject and gets you closer to finalizing your project.

The Default WordPress User Registration

Default WordPress User Registration

We’ll start with some basic knowledge about WordPress users and the entire registration process. If you’re already accustomed with this, you can come back next week for the plugin and code snippets parts!

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WordPress Plugin for Dynamic Menus Based On Logged In Status

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Displaying dynamic menus based on logged in status is quite straight forward and any developer you’re gona ask will tell you the same thing.

Regardless of that, up to this point, the only way show a different menu to your logged in users was to add a bit of code to your theme header, some conditional tags and you’re good to go.

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WordPress 3.5 Media Manager

As you all probably noticed, WordPress.org gave us the perfect Christmas present: the new 3.5 WordPress version can now be downloaded.

Named Elvin (after jazz drummer Elvin Jones), this version came out to rock (or jazz?) the  WordPress world by changing and improving quite a few things.

The main feature is the new process for uploading media and creating galleries but also you will notice the new Twenty Twelve theme, which comes with lighter, minimalist and responsive design (that means we won’t see the large bulky header image never again!).

Another news: a brand new color picker, the Link Manager in hidden and the dashboard supports HiDPI (Retina) displays, easy content-import from Tumblr and supports for Instagram, SoundCloud and Slideshare embeds.

Media Manager in WordPress 3.5

This version’s marquee feature – the Media Manager – allow you to upload images and other files and also to insert them into your posts a quite different than you’re used to. Also you’ll definitely like the new way the galleries are created.

Uploading Images

You can now upload media (specifically images) by dragging and dropping them into the Media Upload area. You can drag-and-drop more images at the time.

Also, you will notice that each uploaded file will be edited in a different page. That’s not a bad idea, but it also requires the click that you saved when uploaded the images by dragging and dropping them.

Inserting images into posts

When you decide to insert media into post, the new Manager, instead of listing the images – as it used to – will display the thumbnails of each image and you’ll be able to select and insert more than one at the time (with the possibility to reorder).
More than that, it has a side-pane, where you can add or edit information like title, caption, description and also you can make display settings.

Probably you will notice the absence of Use as featured image when uploading an image. Don’t worry, it’s not gone, just that it has a place of its own in Media Manager, just like Insert Media and Create Gallery.

Galleries

The media gallery interface is a great improvement. It allows you to choose multiple image thumbnails at the time and to create a gallery, which can be edited by reordering the images and by making some gallery settings.

Yes, we like it!

This new user interface and experience is a major step forward, for both WordPress and users of all kind. Some disadvantages are covered by other advantages and so on. But at the end of the day, you will realize that playing with the new Media Manager was a great new experience and you have witness to another WordPress improvement.