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GF to appear in post/page edit (pretty/easy custom fields)

  1. dixhuit

    Hi folks.

    Not sure if this has already been suggested, or indeed how plausible it is but here goes:

    I understand that an entire post can be created with a GF form (with custom fields) and that there are lots of plugins out there that try to make the process of playing with custom fields a little easier/pretty for users (not all succeed).

    I can only imagine how sweet it would be to be able to create a form in GF and then have it appear on my edit post/page screen as a means of controlling input of custom fields. I'm guessing that the form would have to not include a submit button and use the save post/page button instead (I'm not even sure that you can hook this in?).

    This along with upcoming WP3 features such as custom content types could be a fantastic combo. It would certainly make my life a lot easier. I could see lots of really smart ways that GF forms could appear in the admin of a WP site.

    I'm pretty new to GF - if I've just described something that you can already do (and I haven't realised) then I'd really appreciate a few tips. Cheers.

    Posted 10 years ago on Wednesday April 21, 2010 | Permalink
  2. Jason

    I may be misreading your post, but i think you are suggesting that you need to be able to add a post with multiple custom field values of your choosing, by submitting a gfom and then have it show up in Posts / Pages Edit.

    If this is the case, then that can be easily done right now - i have client sites working in exactly this way.

    1. Magic Fields - adds custom fields input easily and quickly to the Post / Page admin. I use this to create all the custom fields and easily categorise - not necessary - but cleans up the admin backend.
    2. Gravity Forms - Post Fields / Custom Field - Assign Existing Field to field of choice.

    I use this on real estate style sites, advertisers submit posts of different types (Free / Paid / Premium) from a Gravity Form - all without seeing the admin backend. Admin then comes along and approves new Posts - boom they are editable in the Posts Edit section and live on the site.

    Makes use of the front end design and keeps users out of the WP Backend, simple and effective.

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday May 3, 2010 | Permalink
  3. dixhuit

    Yes indeed, Magic Fields is the kind of thing I'm talking about. I tried it quite a while ago but ended up dumping it because it was too buggy. How is it these days? Still under development?

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday May 3, 2010 | Permalink
  4. Keep an eye out on a product announcement from us sometime in the next month or so... that is all I will say about Magic Fields :)

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday May 3, 2010 | Permalink
  5. Damn! next month is too late for me :(
    Playing with atm.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday May 4, 2010 | Permalink
  6. dixhuit


    Have my prayers been answered? Magic Fields is cool but it's very ropey and the support is all in some totally mashed up form of English.

    A Magic Fields equivalent from you guys would rule. I can wait a month but I do now regret spending most of yesterday afternoon mucking about with Magic Fields.

    Posted 10 years ago on Tuesday May 4, 2010 | Permalink
  7. Jason

    Magic Fields works like a charm for every application i have used it for - which is a few - it is probably a little odd and buggy - but i use it in its simplest form. It creates nice admin custom field boxes quickly and easily. I then use that custom field data in various ways that have nothing to do with Magic Fields - it just gives me an interface.

    I apologise for wasting anybodies time. I might add i use the latest MF Beta.

    PODS may be coded better and more stable, but since MF is doing the trick for me i haven't needed to play with it.

    I now sit and wait for the upcoming announcement. I have used forms in a radically different way since purchasing Gravity Forms, so if something cool and useful that can make my life easier for 10 minutes comes along, i am interested!

    Posted 10 years ago on Wednesday May 5, 2010 | Permalink
  8. dixhuit

    @JasonCrunch: I wasn't saying you'd wasted my time. By 'wasted' I guess I was referring more to the constant process of learning and re-learning different plugins and techniques all the time. I know, it comes with the territory, I should know that by now, I'll stop wining...

    My time spent with Magic Fields the other day was useful and made me realise that it's come on a bit since the last time I gave it a try. I'm gonna use it in a project I'm about to start so if anything I should be thanking you for prompting me to take another look. Cheers! :)

    I too am a Pods user. Pods is very powerful but far from perfect. I'm still not completely convinced by the way it seems to sit on top of WP as opposed to integrating nicely. The combination of the Pods and MF serve as a great temporary fix for a custom content CMS (along with countless other smaller plugins - TinyMCE Advanced and Members are a must).

    However, a more robust, easy to use and better supported replacement would be welcomed. The new custom post (they so should have called it custom 'content') features of WP3 look very promising and I admit that Carl's hint towards a new product in a similar vein to Magic Fields has got me excited. Whatever it is, I dearly hope that it integrates with Members and has Import / Export features for easy modular re-use over mutliple projects

    More hints please Carl :)

    Posted 10 years ago on Wednesday May 5, 2010 | Permalink
  9. dixhuit

    Hey Carl.

    Any news on this Magic Fields-esque product announcement yet?

    Posted 10 years ago on Sunday May 23, 2010 | Permalink
  10. anointed

    Another option for metafields is a plugin called verve.

    It is very robust, and works perfectly in every scenario I have tried. The best part is it ties in perfectly with custom post_types in wp 3.0beta2.

    I can't speak to tying custom fields into gravity, as I have not done that yet, but I can say for metabox creation verve is very strong.

    I used it for some time, until I learned to create my own post_types and metaboxes directly within my theme admin. I'd go into how to do that, but it would take weeks to explain. Needless to say, with wp 3.0 all the tools are readily available. It is just going to take a lot of homework on your part if you don't want to use a plugin for meta creation.

    Would be really nice to see a writeup on how to use gravity to populate custom post_types metaboxes via the front end though.

    Posted 10 years ago on Monday May 24, 2010 | Permalink
  11. Alex Smith

    Any updates coming soon on this post?

    Posted 10 years ago on Friday June 11, 2010 | Permalink
  12. Alex Smith

    Hi Carl,

    Any progress on this you can share?


    Posted 9 years ago on Thursday August 26, 2010 | Permalink
  13. No release date. Gravity Forms development delayed things. But it will be sometime this year.

    Posted 9 years ago on Thursday August 26, 2010 | Permalink
  14. Alex Smith

    Good to know - thanks for the update and looking forward to it when it's ready!

    Posted 9 years ago on Thursday August 26, 2010 | Permalink
  15. I use More Fields and More Types

    Posted 9 years ago on Monday September 20, 2010 | Permalink
  16. Alex Smith

    Hi Carl,

    Just checking in on this and fishing for the latest. Looks like you've all been working hard on many updates for GF so curious if this is still a possibility for this year.


    Posted 9 years ago on Monday November 15, 2010 | Permalink