We may seem quiet on our blog recently, but we are actually working hard behind the scenes to further improve the Flow framework. There have been many improvements and new features added in the recent updates. These new features allow you to design more advanced and flexible templates, such as displaying post/page elements anywhere in the header, content, sidebar, or footer. So for this blogpost, we’ve decided to outline a list of all the changes and highlights with the latest updates.
Changes & Highlights
- Added Category Image and Page Featured Image in Templates.
- All module types are now available in Template Parts. This is particularly useful because it allows you to drop in any module in Template Parts (eg. you can have the Post Title in header, Post Meta in sidebar, or Featured Image in footer if you want).
- As requested by a few users, a new "List Posts" module is introduced. It allows you to display posts from any category within Templates and Template Parts.
- Another new module is "Template Parts". It is too display Template Parts anywhere within Templates and Template Parts. The purpose is to showcase the same piece of layout or content in multiple areas without having to add/edit it multiple times.
- Modules are now rendered based on the page view (ie. page type modules will only render in pages). Lets say you drop in a Page Title module in the header, it will only display the page title when viewing a page.
We’re pleased to announce a new simple, yet useful feature called "Flow Template Options". Instead of creating multiple templates to assign a different header, sidebar, and footer, now you can use the template options to select the template options per post/page. The Flow Template Options meta box allows you to select which template to use, and then choose the template part (header, sidebar, and footer) that you would like to use it with. Check out this demo to see it in action (click around to see different page template options).
In our previous post, we talked about how using Flow and the Themify Builder as the perfect combo to design both your theme and content layouts. Now for this post, we’re going to talk about how we can use Flow with the Post Type Builder plugin to create a complete custom WordPress site that is tailored to your needs. As you may already know, most clients need more than just the default post types that come with WordPress (i.e. Post and Page). That’s why we built the Post Type Builder, an "all-in-one" plugin to create any custom post type with custom meta box, taxonomy, and post type template. The Post Type Builder has the ability to create any post type that you can imagine. From a simple post type, such as portfolio, to a complex post type like property listing.
The Post Type Builder plugin is powerful enough to create templates for the custom post types, but it can’t customize the theme templates such as header, sidebar, and footer. This is where Flow steps in. Flow not only allows you to design the header, sidebar, and footer, but also templates for custom post types. To demonstrate this, we’ve created a demo site showing different templates for each custom post type.
- Movie Post = Right sidebar with 6 latest movie posts, static text box at the top, comments at the bottom.
- Restaurant Post = Fullwidth no-sidebar with text box at the top and latest items at the bottom.
- Property Post = Left sidebar with one featured property post, boxed post content with next/prev post link below and a static text box.
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Head on over to the Themify site now! For a limited time we’re giving a 20% discount on all Post Type Builder plugin purchases. Just use the coupon code: FLOW-PTB.
Just like mustard goes with hotdogs, Monday mornings with coffee, and beer with chicken wings. Introducing the perfect combo to creating your WordPress site – Flow + Themify Builder plugin.
We are happy to say that Flow works perfectly with the Themify Builder plugin. Just in case you’re not familiar with the Themify Builder: it’s a plugin to make responsive content layouts with drag & drop interface. The Themify Builder interface works very similar to Flow. However, it is limited to build post/page content layouts only (ie. you can’t use it to build header, sidebar, footer). Flow is the perfect companion to fill this limitation. Now you can use Flow to design the theme (header, sidebar, footer, and templates for posts, pages, categories, etc.), and the Builder plugin to design the content layouts.