After a long period of intensive development, we’re finally ready with a first release of both Views and Types.
What are Types and Views
Views and Types solve a great challenge to both experienced and beginner web developers:
How do I build a complex site with WordPress?
Views and Types let you define what your content will be like and display it in any way you choose.
- Types defines content types
- Views displays it
They are built for web developers, who are fluent in HTML and CSS, but have no desire to become PHP or WordPress experts. And, they’re pretty useful for established WordPress experts, who simply want to put their precious time to better use.
Here are some of the challenges that you can solve using Views, in 10 minutes or less:
- Load content from the database and list it
- Create sortable tables
- Create AJAX sliders
- Create your own image galleries
- Paginate through wild amounts of data
- Let visitors search and drill down for specific content
The beauty is, Types and Views are not designed specifically for any of the jobs. They are tool, which you can use to build almost anything. Just like you can build your own functionality with PHP, you can also build it with Views – just without the coding part!
Loading Content from the Database
Views includes a powerful query generator. You tell this generator what to load and how to order it. Then, start refining that selection using your combination of search filters.
For example, you want to load ‘events’ that are tagged as ‘ongoing’, associated with ‘women-rights’ taxonomy. No problem, you’ll tell Views to query ‘events’ and then add the ‘ongoing’ custom field and ’women-rights’ taxonomy as filter.
Got too many results for one humble page? Simple enough – enable the pagination and Views breaks it up into different pages.
Displaying Content with Style
Once you tell Views what to show, it’s up to you how it gets displayed.
Remember that WordPress PHP loop? Well, you can forget about it.
With Views, you can use one of several preset display layouts, including lists, a grid or a table. And, you can go wild with your very own HTML and CSS. All you need to do is tell Views what HTML fragments to place inside the loop and it builds everything for you.
Views includes its own templates engine. No need to worry about learning yet another API. There are plenty of these already. Click on the V icon to insert any field which Views supports. You’ll be happy to see that custom types that you declared with Types appear there too. Did we mention that Views and Types shine together?
To create your templates, just write HTML. When you want to include a dynamic field, click on the V icon and insert it.
Fully WPML Compatible
Since we’re also responsible for WPML, it’s our commitment to make Types and Views fully compatible with WPML. This is more than a wish or ‘good idea’. If you ever find anything that’s not working together, we consider it as a bug and fix it right away.
We develop and test Types and Views as individual plugins, we also test them between themselves and with WPML. Our demo sites are all multilingual.
Yeah, Still in Beta
After long months of development, we’re happy to release Views and Types in Beta.
You can download it from Types page.
To get your hands on Views, you’ll need to buy it from us. This way, you get a great tool and we get to make a living.
When you purchase Views, you also get support for both Views and Types – directly from the developers.
Normally, support and upgrades are included for a year. After that year, it costs another 50% to renew them. However, as we’re still in Beta, we give lifetime support and upgrades. Anyone who buys now, never needs to renew to continue getting our support and code updates.
What do You Think?
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