My Business Directory Plugin is about to launch

WP Business Directory Pro is a great Business Directory plugin for WordPress. It’s easy to use, highly customisable and can be themed/skinned to suit any website.

The plugin has now reached BETA stage, which means a small number of willing participants are testing the plugin out for themselves. Hopefully any bug fixes will be completed very shortly and I hope for a full launch in November 2017.

There has been some fantastic responses to the plugin so far, with many people already signing up for a copy. As such I have developed a dedicated website for WPBDP customers at www.wpbusinessdirectorypro.com. Here customers will be able to download the plugin, view support and help, contact me directly and (eventually) download new themes for the plugin.

With the ability to customise the way in which the front-end of the plugin works, this opens the door to the prospect of new themes being constantly developed. I am therefore on the lookout for great designers who are willing to make their own themes for the plugin. These can be free to download or, if they wish, downloadable at a small price. This is a new avenue of development for me but it’s one that will ultimately benefit my customers and keep the plugin looking fresh.

 

No Frills Prize Draw WordPress Plugin

More WordPress plug-in work again :).  Following on from a recent project I realised there is a need for a decent, customisable WordPress plug-in that can handle prize draws. There are a very limited number of plug-ins available based on this (and none of them hit the target for me) so I ended up developing a bespoke system that caters for more than one type of prize draw.

The most important aspect of a prize-draw system is that it is flexible. Some competitions require a one-word answer, some require multiple choice options, while others are simple prize draw entries without the need to answer a question correctly. Similarly a prize draw may not require a CORRECT answer, merely an answer of some sort. Some competitions have an end date whereas others may not.

Attention must also be paid to the accessibility of the project – can a user, for example, enter a prize draw if they are not a registered member? Do they need to read and accept terms and conditions? Can they opt in to marketing? etc etc.

Finally the user detail requirements may change from one competition to another – perhaps the competition requires an address? All of these details must be flexible in order to cover a wide range of competition types.

As with my previous plug-ins I have provided a free, light version called No Frills Prize Draw (www.jamestibbles.co.uk/no-frills-prize-draw/) and a more extensive, advanced version called No Frills Prize Draw Pro (www.jamestibbles.co.uk/no-frills-prize-draw-pro/).

No Frills Gallery

For a recent WordPress project I was required to create a simple gallery that could be viewed in various areas of the client’s website as both a photo album and a slideshow. WordPress has a number of plug-ins that can provide some or most of this request, however I was surprised to learn that these plug-ins were either too complex, too rigid or too expensive. There was no plug-in that kept the process simple, customisable and easily themed. After spending a number of hours researching all the available plug-ins I decided I was going to need to develop a bespoke plug-in myself.

I was happy with the result: an incredibly easy to use gallery and slideshow generator that can be slotted in to any part of a WordPress website (thanks to it’s use of customisable shortcodes), and very little styling allows for quick and easy CSS overriding directly from my main theme’s CSS file.

Since developing the plug-in I’ve re-used it for a number of other projects, and now I’m happy to announce that it has been accepted as an official WordPress plug-in.

You can get the plug-in on the official WordPress plug-in page or read more about it HERE

I have also released a PRO version that provides additional features including multiple galleries/albums, photo description textfields and much more. You can read more about this HERE.

This freelancer is, once again, for hire

I’ve finally found some time to update my portfolio page…which can only mean one thing – I’m getting towards the bottom of my recent workload at last! It’s been a VERY busy 12 months but I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of great digital media agencies – some old acquaintances, and some new ones who I hope to do work with again in the future.

Although it’s a fantastic experience, moonlighting for other agencies means I can’t show you what I’ve been working on, but it ranged from some very challenging WordPress websites (including e-commerce, custom themes and a number of custom plug-ins), some fairly complex Laravel-based work and even a couple of Drupal ones thrown in for good measure.

Equally exciting, I’m nearly ready to launch my own WordPress plug-in. I’ll update you on that soon.

Now it’s time to rest my eyes!