Theme Admin Options Demo!

I’m pleased to announce that from today we now have the facility to allow customers to try out full versions of any of our themes prior to purchase, including the theme options admin area!

This means you can log in as an administrator and play around with all the theme option goodies and test the theme features in full. If you are interested in applying just use our contact form and include a user name, e-mail and preferred site title.

Once we receive your demo request and process it you will then have your very own test site created and account set-up. The log in details will be e-mailed to you (so make sure you include the correct e-mail address)! You will then be able to access the front end of your test demo site, and also log in to the admin area.

This is a great step forward for us, and I hope you agree, as usually you get the standard live theme demo of the front end, and only get videos, screen shots etc. of the theme admin options. Well, now you can get your hands on the theme options directly too! This way you get a good feel for how flexible and feature rich our theme options are!

So, want to experiment with FitPro Platinum? Well, contact us right now to take it for a test drive!


Settings API Explained

Update: Plugin Options Starter Kit

I have now written a Plugin options starter kit for people who want to learn how to put together a Plugin options form using the WordPress Settings API. You can see more information about the Plugin and download the latest version here.

Have fun, and be sure to let me know what other features you want added in future versions!

In this post I discuss the WordPress Settings API and how you can leverage them for use in your own plugins. Firstly there is coverage of the API in general and the various functions available together with their usage. After that there is a tutorial section with an example walk through of how to add options to a new sub menu page under the Settings Menu.

The Settings API was first added in WordPress 2.7 to make things more efficient when it came to adding options pages for your plugins (and themes) to the WordPress admin area. Until recently I was still doing things the ‘old’ way which involved doing all the form creation and submission handling yourself, checking for $_POST variables, manual security checks etc. Whilst this worked fine it was also cumbersome and time consuming to implement, and making changes was awkward.
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