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08/28/2014 at 10:41 pm #302327SharaiGuest
I’ve purchased Link and Form and am needing to include custom fields in the form.
I bought the Form extension under the impression you can include custom fields in the submission form. Please advise how I do this…
Your plugin is great, but I must say your documentation is very poor and sporadic. From what I can find, your site only consists of installation and conflict FAQs; not actual implementation documentation… I’ve had to scour the forums for tidbits of information, so who knows if my above request is actually outlined somewhere, hidden deep within the recesses of this site…
Thanks for your help! I share the above information as constructive criticism and hope you consider putting as much work into your documentation as your development (which the latter I am grateful for!!).08/29/2014 at 8:51 am #302346Steven ZahmKeymaster
re: I bought the Form extension under the impression you can include custom fields in the submission form. Please advise how I do this…
You can, but there is no point and click method available at this time. They must be added programmatically by a developer. There is extensive inline phpDoc that is very thorough for each of the functions a dev would need to use to add custom fields. There are several free extensions I’ve released as working examples that a dev can refer to when coding custom fields, those too have very thorough inline phpDoc. Granted those docs are for devs and not users, but trust me, the level of inline phpDoc I write I far above most other plugins.
If you need a dev, to add custom fields, let me know as I can recommend one to you that has a lot of experience with Connections, its templates and custom fields. Everyone that I’ve referred to him has been very pleased.
re: Your plugin is great, but I must say your documentation is very poor and sporadic
I understand and do very much appreciate your feedback. Documentation is hard and takes a lot of time to write … more time than to code something actually, believe it or not. I am frequently adding and updating the docs. Currently I have 107 FAQ/s and 117 doc pages published which generally covers over 90%+ of what I usually get asked in the support forums. Admittedly, the doc pages that are available are very basic, but that is on purpose because I do my best to follow the core WordPress philosophy of decisions, not options (I feel Connections already has too many options…). Where I deviate is… I also try to cater to more advanced/experienced WordPress users by providing many methods to tweak or customize Connections to suit their needs. It is these “advanced” customization options and techniques that there really is no documentation for except for what one will find in these support forums.
With all that said … I hope it is not taken as me being defensive, just explaining the current state.
Is there any specific documentation you’re looking for or maybe not able to find other than custom fields? I’ll make sure to add it to me docs todo list.08/30/2014 at 5:44 pm #302452SharaiGuest
Thanks for the speedy response!
Yes what I’m specifically looking for is developer documentation. As you stated, most of it is basic, and that’s great for the average user… When you say … ” Granted those docs are for devs and not users” … where are these documents on the site? This is exactly the type of documentation/samples I am looking for.
I’m comfortable with making any programming changes, so would you be able to provide me with access to the sample extensions where custom fields are used. I’ve already figured out how to add in metadata fields in a custom template (without enabling the option in the Settings). But in the forms plugin, I couldn’t figure out how to pull the metadata custom fields, which is what I’m working on now.
Any push in the right direction would be appreciated.08/30/2014 at 6:30 pm #302455SharaiGuest
Hey I was able to download the free plugins for Education and Income Levels and this is exactly what I need to get started.09/01/2014 at 9:03 am #302503Steven ZahmKeymaster
Great to hear! That was one of the primary reasons in releasing several free plugins … so devs can learn how to add the custom fields.
Presently, all dev docs are in the PHP file using phpDoc and inline comments. I’ve been devoting a lot of time on adding this doc. The plan is to a phpDoc parser and then put up a subdomain where this info can be found in a more user friendly way.
If you have a moment, I would truly appreciate a review as they really do make a difference. Many thanks in advance!
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