Version 1.1.0 of my Custom Post Type Auto Menu plugin is out, and I am happy to say it now handles multiple custom post types. This is a feature that was requested, and frankly does make a lot of sense. It took quite a bit of reconfiguring, so any previous users of the plugin will have to re-do their settings in order to make it work, even if they just update it (sorry about that!). But with only a single custom post type, that is an easy fix.
In the announcement post I explained how the plugin works. It is still basically the same, except that multiple post types, and therefore multiple menus and parent menu items can be selected.
In this example three custom post types have been chosen: Motorycle, House and Project. After selecting CPTS’s it is neccessary to save in order to launch the Menu Settings tab.
NOTE: The plugin has been updated since this post to handle multiple custom post types. This article still gives the basics but the settings have changed since then. Read about it here.
While working on a recent site, I realised that a simplified method for adding a new custom post type post to a menu was needed for the sake of the clients, who are not used to working with a CMS. In this case, the ‘Projects’ custom post type is used to encapsulate all the photos and information they would like to display related to each of their construction projects. The projects are listed on the ‘Projects’ page and displayed in the corresponding menu.
The philosophy is catching on, the market if catching up. Mobile First has taken root and for us developers things are getting easier. The Foundation framework by Zurb has adopted the principle in version 4, its latest incarnation:
“Mobile First: Now you can build for small devices first. Then, as devices get larger and larger, layer in more complexity.”
Next to follow is the very popular Twitter Bootstrap, when version 3 is released:
“Go mobile first. Responsive CSS is no longer separate and all responsive features are now compiled into the core bootstrap.css file. Separate files are no longer required, and have thus been removed.”
With these two productivity tools pushing the Mobile First mantra, we can expect the whole web landscape to start becoming a lot more responsive. This is a great opportunity for developers, and a great way to get left behind for businesses who don’t consider how important having the right site for the right device really is.
Now that I have managed to finish a project and do some work on others, I feel that the remote work experiment has been a success, albeit with some caveats. The most difficult two aspects of working remotely in a place like Central America are easily connection and distraction. Continue reading