After much planning and work making plugins, I have finally launched CalderaWP.com with Josh Pollock. The aim is to simplify WordPress as much as possible through good, easy to use plugins and clear training.
A few weeks back I released Caldera Forms. My take on a WordPress form builder.
It offers a fairly intuitive UI and gives access to multi-column & responsive layouts. And it’s totally free.
I am planning on releasing some premium add-ons soon. But I assure you they are only to enhance and add functionality. They won’t be to hold basic features ransom, they will be enhancements and extensions. Like connection a form to a Newsletter subscription. Things like conditional logic and file uploads, I consider basic features and are all free.
I have been developing a new frontend suite for Pods Framework over the last few weeks and thought it might be a good time to post a short dev report.
The aim of the suite is to bring easy templating and content structures to the front end without needing to code directly to your template. Currently the the suite includes Formbuilding, Templates and Page Layouts.
They can all work independently but the true power come in bringing them all together. For example: you can build a profile update form, a profile viewer template. Then build a layout to organise them in a responsive grid to display on the page.
This kind of structure generally takes a while to build with complex shortcodes or theme template pages. With the frontend suite it’s all done in minutes with a simple drag and drop interface and intuitive templates. I’ll try post more on the development and share some of the challenges as I go. But for now, heres some screenshots on the current UI and frontend result.
I did a Post on Forrst a few months back, showing a concept for an uploader.
The idea of using a ring to indicate the progress of the upload is not new, but I liked it as it takes up less space than a standard bar. 8 months later, here it is in a working form.
Unfortunately, I can’t test it in all browsers, but I have tested it in a current-ish FireFox, Chrome, Opera and Safari and seams to work fine. (Works great in Safari on iOS 6 btw, Not so good in IE 10 on Mu Lumia 920… Sigh!)
Give it a try and let me know what you think. If anyone can test it in other browser not mentioned, your results would be great.
Remember, this is just an experiment, I’ll refine it later.
Just a note: images are posted to a non existent page so nothing is saved anywhere.