The GUI in the settings now have tabs. Makes the GUI a bit less messy, and with it comes some filters and hooks that makes it possible for plugin to also add tabs there.
Import & Export: finally you can export and import fields. Currently you can choose what to export, and during import you can overwrite all your existing fields using that export. Pretty lame right now with only replace as an import option. But stay tuned, an import option to add fields that don’t already exist is comping in next version.
Using filters you now store fields by its slugs instead of ids. Very useful when ids have been messed up between development server and production server. Also useful when working with import and export, since ids are easily increased. I will try to post an intro/tutorial about this since it’a pretty cool and useful feature.
Last week Panic released Status Board for Ipad, a nice looking app that shows different kinds of data in beautiful way. Pretty much right away I knew I wanted to show the download stats for my Simple Fields plugin.
So today I made a little PHP script that fetches the downloads stats, using the API from wpapi.org (lots of thanks to @deanjrobinson for creating it!) and outputs the data in a format that Status Board understands. Very simple. But damn good looking:
My first plan was to just create a panel for the Simple Fields-plugin, but since it was so easy (just plain JSON) I added the option to add multiple plugins to the panel.
Just a quick screenshot to show the Import and Export function that I’m currently working on. This function will make it much more easy to move fields from one server to another (if you’re not using PHP functions to add your fields, that is).
As you already may have understood, development of Simple Fields takes a lot of time. Sometimes a few hours per week, sometimes a couple of hours each day.
Most of the time I really love my plugin! But there are sometimes when I get a bit tired of it. Spending whole evenings fixing weird bugs and spending weekends implementing new features is not always fun.
But you know what helps? What gives me inspiration and energy? Feedback from you users out there! A tweet, a blog post, or just an email saying that you like the plugin. Getting a bit of appreciation makes all the difference. And it makes all the work worth it.
So this blog post is a little reminder: if you like this plugin then let me know it. Send me a kind Tweet, a nice email. Or give me a small donation or send me something I want from my Amazon Wish List.
This is a little sneak preview of something I am working on right now: the option to have fields outputted in a more space efficient and less cluttered view. It’s very suitable when you have a few fields that are repeatable, like this image example with image fields and text fields will show:
Twice the amount of cats in the same area size! Not bad. Stay tunes for this small but great update in an upcoming version of Simple Fields.