Since the new version of our WordPress toolbelt Cuisine came out about nine months ago, I’ve been saying we’ll release the other plugins we’ve build on top of that *soon*. Sadly soon doesn’t really mean anything, so it now is my distinct pleasure to give you an actual date!
Our open beta will start on
Monday the 27th of June
We’ve picked this date to coincide with WordCamp Europe, where we’ll be present to find people interested in working with- and testing our tools.
What is this all about?
For those of you who have no idea; Chef du Web is a company very much working with it’s own set of plugins. We believe the WordPress plugin ecosystem, while incredibly rich, is also a big source of developers problems. Site optimization and plugin customization are pretty hard to do, let alone deliver a clean frontend that actually performs. That’s why we’ve build an entire suite of plugins. All of them are structured the same neat object-oriented way and all of them keep performance in mind. Anxious to see what we’ll be releasing at the end of this month?
Here’s a list:
Sections is a layout builder. And before I hear a collective developers-sigh; this layout builder is reliant on just 27 lines of Sass and keeps your html clean. It was build for (frontend) developers and end-users. And by that I mean you’ll need to apply styling to columns and rows (or sections); the end-user can’t do that. But since the end-user only gets to say what the content will be, the UI is actually really clean and simple. Here’s a short UI demonstration:
It works with rows and columns and comes with a few default column-types. You can easily add your own column-types by extending the default Column-class. Each column and each section has it’s own default template which you can easily overwrite in your theme.
Our form-builder. Easily create forms via the WordPress admin, like you’re used to or use Cuisine Core’s field-engine to generate a form from code. It saves entries, defaults SMTP-sending and has a top-notch frontend UI with inline validation and instant feedback.
But the best part is: Cuisine Forms handles all forms in the website. So if you have Cuisine Agenda installed, you’ll find your ‘agenda item signup’-form in this plugin, which you can then edit to suit your own needs. It also comes with a complete form layout-builder which works beautifully on all devices and relies on the same 27 lines of Sass as our layout-builder.
Allow users to login, signup and edit their profiles from the frontend (so no user-lurking in the WP-backend). It also allows admins to restrict access to certain pages or posts by user-roles. It uses Cuisine Forms for the login- account-creation, account-editing and password-forgot forms.
Ohw, and if you add new fields in either the registration or edit-profile forms, these fields will be automatically saved as user-meta 😉
This is the basic toolbelt all other plugins lean on. It helps you register post types, add metaboxes and has it’s own field-engine. It’ll make creating custom plugins for clients a breeze! Cuisine Core is available already as an open-source plugin. Ohw, and full documentation for Cuisine has been completed last week!
Other plugins included:
- Cuisine Social Login – Adds social logins to Cuisine Users
- Cuisine Related – Related posts. Either handpicked or fully automated
- Cuisine Agenda – Event manager with signup-forms
- Cuisine Mailchimp – Add Mailchimp signups to Cuisine Forms
- Cuisine Mollie – Add Mollie payments to Cuisine Forms
- Cuisine Twitter – Import tweets as posts
- Cuisine Facebook – Import status-updates as posts
We’ve been using these tools for a year now and we’ve found that we can build extremely fast with ’em. We definitely would like to share this with other WordPress developers, so if you’re interested; please leave a comment below; we’ll e-mail you the details.
On the 27th of June you’ll receive an invitation to a simple website where all these plugins will be downloadable. There will be documentation available for Cuisine Core, Cuisine Forms and Cuisine Sections. We’ll also have a starter theme, a starter plugin and a boilerplate custom Sections column to bootstrap your development. We’ll open a Slack channel if you have any questions and if you’re at WordCamp Europe, you’ll be able to ask those questions ‘live’ as well.