Posts Tagged ‘cms’

Custom Post Types

Okay, if you’re not impressed with WordPress yet, you’ve got to take alook at 3.0. The development team has really made some significant updates for power users. Those who love to develop wordpress sites, like we do, you’re gonna love having the ability to create your won custom post types.

To implement this most excellent feature, just paste the following into your themes functions.php file and tweak to your delight.

register_post_type('products', array(
	'label' => __('Products'),
	'singular_label' => __('Products'),
	'public' => true,
	'show_ui' => true,
	'capability_type' => 'post',
	'hierarchical' => false,
	'rewrite' => false,
	'query_var' => false,
	'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'author')

Can’t get much easier than that. Having this ability will allow us, as Wrodpress developers, to create more custom user interfaces for the content management systems we produce. Have fun with it!

Appointy Plugin (Appointment Scheduler)

We have quite a few clients that use booking tools for their business.  There are a lot of differnt options out there these days, and of course, we swing the WordPress way and look for excellent plugins that will fill our client’s needs.  Check out the description of Appointy below, we’ve played around with it a bit and we really like its flexibility and ease of use.

Accept appointments from your clients 24x7x365 on your blog. Unlike other calendar tools, this plugin allows your customers to book appointments with you directly from your blog. This service is brought to you by and it’s free! It has a very powerful and simple Ajax interface which allows one click booking. With just one click your clients can see your availability in the entire month. Try and find yourself.


  1. Sends SMS alert to client prior to appointment.
  2. 2 Way Sync with Google calendar.
  3. Supports multiple service booking.
  4. Works at service level i.e. your staff can perform any service at any time on any weekday.
  5. Powerful marketing tool to promote your services socially.
  6. ICal support to sync outlook or any other iCal supporting application.
  7. Allows you to accept pre-payments from your clients.
  8. Can be customized easily to fit any business needs.
  9. Can be used for service booking, resource booking, group booking and event booking.

Check out their Facebook Fan page and see what others are syaing about them.

TDO Mini Forms Plugin

This Worpdress plugin is awesome!  Essentially, you can now give your visitors the ability to post and edit posts right from the front end of the site. After the submission, the posts can be held for moderation, then published when approved by the site admin.   This comes in handy if you want someone to submit their own company to a business directory, but it can be used for so much more. 

Additional info below…

This plugin allows you to add highly customisable forms that work with your WordPress Theme to your website that allows non-registered users and/or subscribers (also configurable) to submit and edit posts and pages. New posts are kept in “draft” until an admin can publish them (also configurable). Likewise edits can be kept be automatically kept as revisions until an admin approves them. It can optionally use Akismet to check if submissions and contributions are spam. TDO Mini Forms can be used to create “outside-the-box” uses for WordPress, from Contact Managers, Ad Managers, Collaborate Image Sites, Submit Links, etc.

The plugin provides an extensive moderation view so administrators and editors can see posts and edits awaiting approval and publish or delete them. Administrators can also ban specific users and IPs from using the form. Administrators can also “Trust” specific users. This means that when they use the form, their posts are automatically published. This does not give them any other rights or permissions using the WordPress software, it only affects usage of the form. This applies to user and IP bans as well. There is even an option to automatically trust users after so many approved submissions and edits.

Administrators can configure the forms using drag and drop “widgets”. They are based on the same model as WordPress’ built-in Theme widgets and it is possible to write your own.

Registered users have access to a “Your Submissions” page which lists their current submissions and edits awaiting approval and links to their approved submissions.


  • Submission and Editing of Posts and Pages
  • Integration with the GeoMashup plugin
  • Integration with Subcribe-to-Comments 2.1 plugin
  • Integration with Akismet and reCaptcha to prevent Spam
  • Highly customisable: Create your forms using a Widget interface and then hack it to make it work how you like!
  • Create as many forms as you like.
  • Import and Export form configurations
  • Put a form in your sidebar using a widget for your Theme or put the form in a page or post.
  • Submit posts with alternative permalinks (great for link sites)
  • Simple Question and/or Image Captcha.
  • Add Custom Fields to your Forms.
  • QuickTags support for Forms.
  • Upload Files and can be attached to posts. Uses WordPress’ core to create thumbnails if applicable.
  • Submitters can be notified if post approved or rejected.
  • Allow users to select category and tags.
  • Ban users and IPs.
  • Control what roles can access the form.
  • Can automatically create a page with form for you.
  • Can automatically modified author template tag with info about submitter.
  • Can, optionally, automatically allow submissions to be published.
  • Throttle number of submissions by user and/or IP
  • Optionally queue publishing of posts
  • Numerous widgets for your theme, including a list of the top submitters
  • And many more…