In my first post, I went over how to extend wordpress using custom fields. Here in Part 2, you’ll learn how to make the custom fields look better on the admin side of things. This will make it not only easier for you, but for your clients and users as well.
Note: Since I last posted, Wordpess 2.2 was released. The techniques I’m showing you should work fine in Wordpress 2.1 or 2.2. With that being said, lets get started.
- Download and install the Custom Field GUI plugin on your site. (Don’t forget to activate it)
- Download this file, extract the conf.ini file and upload it to your wp-content/plugins/rc-custom-field-gui/ directory
- That’s it! You should now end up with the screenshot below when you go to write a post.
It looks a lot nicer doesn’t it? Now you have form fields for price, agent, bedrooms etc. It is possible to create an an unlimited number of fields and the plugin also offers the ability to create dropdowns, radio buttons, and text area boxes. I simply made this basic one to show you what’s possible. Please comment with your suggestions so I may improve it the next time around.
Move on to Part 3 - Templates.