Two new WordPress plugins became available over the weekend in the WordPress.org Directory, and both add more functionality to WordPress websites by offering more features. Both extensions were released to the public within the last five days.
WP Snippets is a plugin that adds a new post type to your WordPress site instantly, thus enabling the creation of snippets. Through the use of shortcodes, snippets can be included in posts, widgets, and pages without the need to manipulate code. The extension itself is billed as “lightweight” and is compatible from WordPress Version 3.2 up to 3.6 Alpha.
A Closer Look At WP Snippets
No configuration options are necessary when installing the WP Snippets plugin. Once it has been added to your WordPress site, all you need to do is find the new Snippet menu item on the left-hand side of your WP Dashboard area and create. Under the title, you can also give your new Snippet a Slug and subsequently include it anywhere on your website (pages, posts, widgets and PHP template files).
By default, those designated as Administrators can create and edit Snippets as soon as the extension is ready to go. If you have extended the ability to add and edit posts to other roles, those individuals will also be able to use this tool. Note that customization outside of the traditional WordPress assignment stipulations can be obtained by downloading the Enhanced Capability Manager plugin. If you would like to add Snippet creation capabilities to other roles, you can easily do so with a few short commands within the Editor (see screenshot below).
Other shortcodes may also be used to inside a Snippet along with the ability to next one inside another. If you previously installed the Raw HTML and ezPHP plugins, then you will easily be able to include raw HTML and PHP as well.
Facetious allows WordPress site administrators to add faceted (also referred to as advanced) search form. The plugin includes a ready-to-use sidebar widget along with several implementation options for developers. The official extension page informs WordPress users that the Facetious plugin form comes with drop down lists of Months, Taxonomy terms (categories, custom taxonomies and tags), as well as a conventional box for search input. Searches can also be restricted by singular post type.
WordPress.org adds that “additionally, Facetious introduces an extra ‘pretty permalink’ structure around search queries, which may help your site performance if you’re using a caching plugin like WP Super Cache.”
About The Facetious Plugin
An original product of Code For The People Ltd, the Facetious plugin is derived from the efforts made on behalf of numerous UK public sector clients (such as the Department of Culture, National Audit Office and Commission on Devolution in Wales) during the 2012 calendar year.
The advanced users sub-heading on the official product page informs readers that “developers can use a template function to output a Facetious search form and have complete control over the form and its fields, such as text labels, class names, etc.”
Those who would like to try out the new plugin can Download Facetious Version 1.1.1 and immediately install it by going to the Plugins menu option and clicking the Add New link. Once you have searched for Facetious, simply choose Install Now and then activate the extension.
The two new plugins are both extremely easy to make a part of any WordPress site without any purchase costs or subscription requirements. To find out more about how to enhance your WP website, visit the WordPress.org Plugin Directory.