At the end of October, I took a very needed vacation. Naturally, I couldn’t just go on vacation, so while I was taking a break I developed two new WordPress plug-ins: My Content Management and Content Progress.

These are plug-ins designed primarily for developers, really — although a novice user can probably get something out of them, even so. They aren’t terribly complicated; they’re just designed as plug-ins which are used for developing new web sites.

About My Content Management

The first of the two, My Content Management, is a tool which creates a suite of custom post types intended to fulfill a variety of special content needs which are common to many web sites. Obviously, these can be done using normal pages, as well — or dedicated plug-ins for the specific content, but I like to have the option to use a standard, common interface. Using this plug-in, you can have an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), Testimonials, Staff Members, an artist’s Portfolio, etc. — all using the same interface.

If you normally develop web sites and then train your client’s to maintain the site themselves, it’s a tremendous help to have a standardized interface for all the content they need to add!

The plug-in features highly customizable templates for three different views of each content type; shortcodes to display the content; widgets for lists of content; special custom field support for the content; and custom taxonomies for each content type.

About Content Progress

This is really a simple plug-in, but particularly useful during the early content development stages for any web site. Content Progress adds a flag to the posts list view which allows you to easily pick out which pages have not been completed. For large sites, this can be particularly handy when you need to keep track of what has and hasn’t been taken care of.

There are two automatic labels: marking pages which have no content or which have very little content, since these are common indicators that content still needs to be completed. Since these are obviously not a complete picture of the site, there are also two manual flags, to specifically mark pages as completed or incomplete.

Hopefully, developers and content creators will find these plug-ins useful!