Tom de Visser, a developer from Amsterdam, launched the Post Descriptions plugin final week. It was his first submission to the WordPress.org plugin repository. It permits customers to put in writing brief descriptions on a per-post foundation, that are then displayed on the post-management display.
For an preliminary outing, it already appears to be a success with its small person base. It has already racked up a number of five-star evaluations and over 100 lively installs. Granted, a type of evaluations is from his employer, Mediaversa. Whereas which may not appear to be a lot from the skin trying in, anybody who has created plugins is aware of that it’s a profitable launch for a person developer’s first plugin submission.
The plugin’s purpose is easy: depart small notes, reminders, to-dos, or longer descriptions for posts. It could possibly be a really perfect resolution for a small group, however lone bloggers may want it too.
Publish Descriptions works with each the common WordPress submit editor or the traditional editor by including a meta field to the facet of the modifying display. Presently, it solely permits descriptions for posts or pages. Possibly the developer will add a post-type-support flag or filter hook for customized submit varieties sooner or later.
Apart from the outline enter field, customers can tick the “Make your description essential” checkbox to spotlight a specific word. This selection provides the textual content’s show a crimson colour and turns it daring when seen.
Descriptions are viewable through the submit or web page administration screens. By default, they seem as a “state,” much like how pending or draft states subsequent to the title. The plugin additionally shows them below a “Description” column. Customers can flip off the state show through the plugin’s settings display and toggle the additional column through WordPress’s built-in Display screen Choices tab.
Considered one of my favourite options of this plugin is the pliability of choosing the place the notes seem on the post-management display. Those that want one or two phrases can select to show them as states. Those that want lengthier descriptions can present them in a separate column. Or, do each.
Customers also can add descriptions through the Fast Edit hyperlink on the post-management display.
From a user-experience standpoint, it hits a few of these candy spots of usability and ease. Below the hood, the code is stable. The developer doesn’t appear to be overthinking issues and making the plugin extra sophisticated than essential.
For small groups, I envision constructing a labeling system round this plugin that would handle workflow points. Including brief notes like Editor Evaluation, website positioning Evaluation, and comparable would alert the correct group members to log out on a submit.
Whereas the pliability of displaying notes as both states or descriptions is welcome, it doesn’t account for a 3rd kind of person. My perfect workflow could be to have separate inputs for each states and descriptions. I might create a shorter state that will get my group’s consideration. Then, if extra data is required, I might add an extended description.
The draw back in such a system is that it places yet one more enter area in entrance of the end-user. Typically the route with the least effort is finest. And, for a fast submit word plugin, it’s powerful to beat the plugin’s present resolution.