Essential Content Types | WordPress Plugins

Essential Content Types WordPress plugin allows you to feature the impressive content through different content/post types on your website just the way you want it. These Custom Post Types (CPTs) are missed by the themes in WordPress Theme Directory as the feature falls more towards the plugins’ territory.

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Content is at the forefront of any website. Changing the layout of your important content changes the way your website looks, which may not be a plus point if your current website layout is loved by your users.

Additionally, switching themes changes your website layout completely. Therefore, to keep things looking spic-and-span in your website, we bring you Essential Content Types.

Essential Content allows you to add up to three custom post types:

  • Portfolio – Create and display your portfolio on your website’s Frontpage
  • Testimonials – Add customer testimonials to your website’s Frontpage
  • Featured Content – Display the content you want as featured content on the Frontpage to attract visitors; attention
  • Services – Add your services on your website

Features of Essential Content:

  • Enable/Disable any content/post type as needed
  • Lightweight
  • Supports all themes on WordPress

Essential Content is inspired by Jetpack’s Custom Content Types feature. However, not everyone wants to have a plugin that “does-it-all”. Some may want plugins to be niche focused and concentrate on smaller areas. That is precisely what we have done with Essential Content Types plugin. Essential Content Types plugin, true to its name, has only the essential elements. We have added the features that WordPressers use most. We have ruled out all other elements to make it non-bloated and clean. It takes up lesser space and does the job well.

If you think we have missed any essential content/post types, please let us know. We’ll review the frequency of usage and add your suggestions.

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= Premium Support =
Catch Themes team provides support for Essential Content Types plugin at https://catchthemes.com/support-forum/forum/essential-content-types/

= Translation =
Essential Content Types plugin is translation ready.

== Installation ==
= Installing Essential Content Types Plugin through WordPress admin panel =
1. Go to “Plugins => Add New” from your WordPress Dashboard
2. Search “Essential Content Types Catch Themes” and you will see the “Essential Content Types” plugin
3. Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate”
4. It’s all done. You’ll then see Essential Content Types settings page from which you can enable or disable the content types as per your need.

= Installing Essential Content Types Plugin through FTP access =
1. Click on Download Essential Content Types Plugin to download the plugin zip file
2. Then extract the zip file (essential-content-types.zip) that you have downloaded
3. Using an FTP client to access your host web server. Go to /wp-content/plugins/ and upload the “essential-content-types” folder
4. Then go to “Plugins” in your WordPress Admin Panel and click on “Activate”
5. It’s all done. You’ll then see Essential Content Types settings page from which you can enable or disable the content types as per your need.

== Portfolio Shortcode ==
You can use shortcodes to embed portfolio projects on posts and pages.

= Embedding Portfolio Projects =
To embed portfolio projects on posts and pages, first activate the Portfolio custom content type on your site and add some projects to your portfolio.

Next, add the [portfolio] shortcode to a post or page. The shortcode will display projects in different ways, depending on how you use the optional attributes to customize the portfolio layout.

= Attributes =

  • display_types: display Project Types. (true/false)
  • display_tags: display Project Tags. (true/false)
  • display_content: display project content. (true/false)
  • include_type: display specific Project Types. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Project Type slugs)
  • include_tag: display specific Project Tags. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Project Tag slugs)
  • columns: number of columns in shortcode. Defaults to 2. (number, 1-6)
  • showposts: number of projects to display. Defaults to all. (number)
  • order: display projects in ascending or descending order. Defaults to ASC for sorting in ascending order, but you can reverse the order by using DESC to display projects in descending order instead. (ASC/DESC)
  • orderby: sort projects by different criteria, including author name, project title, and even rand to display in a random order. Defaults to sorting by date. (author, date, title, rand)

= Example =
[portfolio display_types="true" display_tags="false" include_type="grooming-tips,best-kitties" columns="2" showposts="10" orderby="title"]
The example will display up to ten portfolio projects in two columns, in ascending alphabetical order by project title. It will display Project Types, hide Project Tags, and only display projects that are assigned the “Grooming Tips” or “Best Kitties” Project Types.’

== Featured Content Shortcode ==
You can use shortcodes to embed featured content on posts and pages.

=Embedding Featured Content Projects=
To embed featured content on posts and pages, first activate the Featured Content content type on your site and add some projects to your featured content.

Next, add the [featured_content] shortcode to a post or page. The shortcode will display projects in different ways, depending on how you use the optional attributes to customize the featured content layout.

= Attributes =

  • display_types: display Content Types. (true/false)
  • display_tags: display Content Tags. (true/false)
  • display_content: display project content. (true/false)
  • include_type: display specific Content Types. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Content Type slugs)
  • include_tag: display specific Content Tags. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Content Tag slugs)
  • columns: number of columns in shortcode. Defaults to 2. (number, 1-6)
  • showposts: number of projects to display. Defaults to all. (number)
  • order: display projects in ascending or descending order. Defaults to ASC for sorting in ascending order, but you can reverse the order by using DESC to display projects in descending order instead. (ASC/DESC)
  • orderby: sort projects by different criteria, including author name, project title, and even rand to display in a random order. Defaults to sorting by date. (author, date, title, rand)

= Example =
[featured_content display_types="true" display_tags="false" include_type="grooming-tips,best-kitties" columns="2" showposts="10" orderby="title"]
The example will display up to ten featured content in two columns, in ascending alphabetical order by project title. It will display Content Types, hide Content Tags, and only display projects that are assigned the “Grooming Tips” or “Best Kitties” Content Types.

== Testimonials Shortcode ==
You can use shortcodes to embed testimonials on posts and pages.

= Embedding Testimonials =
To embed testimonials on posts and pages, first activate the Testimonial custom content type on your site and add some testimonials.

Next, add the [testimonials] shortcode to a post or page. The shortcode will display testimonials in different ways, depending on how you use the optional attributes to customize the testimonials layout.

= Attributes =

  • display_content: display testimonial content. (full/true/false)
  • image: display the featured image. (true/false) Defaults to true.
  • columns: number of columns in shortcode. Defaults to 1. (number, 1-6)
  • showposts: number of testimonials to display. Defaults to all. (number)
  • order: display testimonials in ascending or descending chronological order. Defaults to ASC for sorting in ascending order, but you can reverse the order by using DESC to display testimonials in descending order instead. (ASC/DESC)
  • orderby: sort testimonials by different criteria, including author name, testimonial title, and even rand to display in a random order. Defaults to sorting by date. (author, date, title, rand)

= Example =
[testimonials columns="2" showposts="10" orderby="title"]
The example will display up to ten testimonials in two columns, in ascending alphabetical order by testimonial title.

== Service Shortcode ==
You can use shortcodes to embed service on posts and pages.

= Embedding Service Projects =
To embed service on posts and pages, first activate the Service content type on your site and add some projects to your Service.

Next, add the [service] shortcode to a post or page. The shortcode will display projects in different ways, depending on how you use the optional attributes to customize the featured content layout.

= Attributes =

  • display_types: display Content Types. (true/false)
  • display_tags: display Content Tags. (true/false)
  • display_content: display project content. (true/false)
  • include_type: display specific Content Types. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Content Type slugs)
  • include_tag: display specific Content Tags. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Content Tag slugs)
  • columns: number of columns in shortcode. Defaults to 2. (number, 1-6)
  • showposts: number of projects to display. Defaults to all. (number)
  • order: display projects in ascending or descending order. Defaults to ASC for sorting in ascending order, but you can reverse the order by using DESC to display projects in descending order instead. (ASC/DESC)
  • orderby: sort projects by different criteria, including author name, project title, and even rand to display in a random order. Defaults to sorting by date. (author, date, title, rand)

= Example =
[service display_types="true" display_tags="false" include_type="grooming-tips,best-kitties" columns="2" showposts="10" orderby="title"]
The example will display up to ten featured content in two columns, in ascending alphabetical order by project title. It will display Content Types, hide Content Tags, and only display projects that are assigned the “Grooming Tips” or “Best Kitties” Content Types.

== Change log ==
= 1.0.6 =
* Added: Screenshots: Services Archive Option
* Bug Fixed: Services Archive option in Customizer
* Bug Fixed: Link to Services Archive option in Dashboard

= 1.0.5 =
* Added: Custom Post Type: Service
* Added: Position in Testimonials

= 1.0.3 & 1.0.4 =
* Shortcode instruction link added

= 1.0.2 =
* Checked: Version compatibility WordPress 4.8
* Renamed Featured Content to ECT: Featured Content

= 1.0.1 =
* Bug Fixed: Featured Content compatibility with themes with Jetpack: Featured Content Support
* Bug Fixed: Admin CSS

= 1.0.0 =
* Initial Release

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