One of the first things new users to WordPress worry about is that it will be too difficult for them to build the exact website they have in mind.
Thanks to Toolset, that is no longer a concern.
Toolset is the perfect set of tools (pardon the pun) for anyone hoping to build a professional website regardless of whether they are a coding wizard or novice.
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Not only is it easier to build websites, it’s faster too. What once took weeks will now take hours thanks to Toolset.
Toolset is composed of a number of different plugins that are completely integrated with each other. Below we’ll go through them and how each one will help you build your website.
For example, imagine you want to add a heading to your page. With Gutenberg’s blocks, you simply select the “Heading” block, add it to the page and type in your heading.
Toolset Blocks takes this further and does something no other block plugin can do. You can use Toolset Blocks to make your content dynamic. For example, if you run a travel website you might need to design a template for your trips so that each one has the same design. When you click on a trip to Venice you will not want to see different information to a post about London even if it has the same template. This is possible thanks to Toolset Blocks and dynamic content.
Toolset offers the following blocks with dynamic capabilities:
- Single field
- Content template
- Fields and Text
- Progress indicator
- Repeating field/gallery
- Social share
- Star rating
Toolset also has two unique blocks that you cannot find anywhere else. The Container Block lets you style groups of blocks together including the padding, font, and background. Meanwhile, the Conditional Block allows you to display or hide blocks based on conditions. For example, on our travel website, we might need a block to appear for any trips that are available on special offer.
This is the cornerstone of Toolset functionality. It allows you to go beyond the simple posts and pages that WordPress provides out-of-the-box, and create entirely new post types representing anything you can imagine, from directory listings to testimonials to hotel bookings.
These are called Custom Post Types, CPTs for short, and you use them to create custom posts. The CPT, defined by you, controls what types of data these custom posts contain, who gets access to them, and how they relate to one another.
You use Custom Fields to define the types of information that will be requested every time a new custom post is created of a particular CPT. If you create a CPT called Movie, you might ask for Custom Fields such as Title, Release Date, Plot, Budget, etc.
You use Custom Taxonomies to define a new taxonomy type, to use alongside the two standard WordPress taxonomy types: Categories and Tags. For instance, if you were designing an accommodation booking site, you might have created a Custom Post Type for properties. You can categorize each type of property with a “Property Types” custom taxonomy. You can then define which of your properties are apartments and which ones are cottages.
You use Post Relationships to define the relationships between your Custom Post Types. For example, you might have one CPT for Movies, and another CPT for Movie Directors. You could define a One-to-Many Relationship that allows you to connect each Movie with a specific Movie Director, and Movie Director with all the Movies they directed.
These are all native WordPress features that you can customize by editing raw code, but the Toolset Types plugin allows you to do the same magic by pointing and clicking around a well-designed visual interface.
Forms is a powerful plugin that enables you to create custom front-end forms for your WordPress website. With this plugin, you can allow your visitors to submit content, register for an account, or edit their existing content.
You can build forms using a drag-and-drop interface, which makes it easy to add different input fields, like text boxes, dropdowns, radio buttons, and more. Plus, you can set up conditional logic to display or hide fields based on user input. For example, you might only want to show an “upload file” field if a user indicates they have a document to share.
Another useful feature of Forms is the ability to validate user input. This means you can make sure that users are providing the correct information before their submission is accepted. For instance, you can require that an email address follows a standard format or set a minimum length for a password.
Toolset Access allows you to control who gets to see what is on your site, applying different rules to different WordPress user types. This is often called “role management”.
With Access, you can create custom user roles and assign specific capabilities to each role. This might include things like viewing or editing certain content, creating new posts, or managing comments. You can also limit access to specific custom post types, taxonomies, or fields, allowing you to create a tailored experience for different user groups.
For example, let’s say you have a membership site. You might create a custom role called “Premium Member” that has access to exclusive content not available to regular users. With Access, it’s easy to set up and manage these permission levels.
The Maps plugin in the Toolset suite allows you to integrate Google Maps into your WordPress website. It’s a great way to display geographic information, like store locations, event venues, or any other map-related data.
One of the standout features of the Maps plugin is its ability to connect map markers with custom post types and fields. This means you can associate specific locations with your custom content, making it easy for users to find information relevant to their needs.
For example, if you run a real estate website, you can create a custom post type for properties, and then display those properties on a map using markers. Users can click on a marker to view details about a specific property, like its price, size, and features.
Additionally, Maps offers several customization options to make your maps fit seamlessly with your site’s design. You can choose from different map styles, customize the appearance of markers, and even create custom info windows.
In upcoming articles within this series, we will take a look at the many other tools and integrations that make Toolset so powerful but, for now, in those five plugins – Blocks, Types, Forms, Access, and Maps – you have the heart of it, and I hope that I have at least planted in your mind the possibility that you could jump to an entirely new level of WordPress skill and ability without needing to become a coder.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it will be easy, there is always a learning curve when you try to develop powerful new skills – not having to code doesn’t make the whole thing simple – but you might perhaps now, at least, have the sense that you will be in good hands if you hop onboard the Toolset bandwagon.