New major beta release is released and it contains many new features: filter archive pages, indexing of the product properties for filtering and searching, improved editors and controls, improved support for WordPress 3.3, updated jQueryUI and gdr2 libraries and more.

Warning: Plugin is not yet completed, and it is not recommended to use it on the live websites. Right now, from all the planned features for 1.0.0 release, admin side is 90% done, and front end is 85% done. This version includes complete data saving process, and it has been changed from previous versions. Some of the old data will be lost due to the format changes.

New filter example
New filter example

New plugin version is ready and we are getting close to implementing all planned features for 1.0 release. This time, focus is on filtering in searching that includes use of product properties. Example of the filter for the product archive is displayed on the image on the right. At this moment, not every property type can be used for filtering, and even when everything is done, some fields will not be usable. Right now, property types that support filtering are: select (normal, radio or check), boolean, resolution. Units and dimensions are coming in next version. Also, only one value can be selected, but in the final 1.0 plugin will use multi selection controls.

To help with filtering, plugin creates index tables in the database. Plugin has a tool for reindexing. New beta supports new context help model in WordPress 3.3. Also, many more minor changes, updates and fixes are included with this version, including updated jQueryUI and gdr2 libraries. Also, some visual elements are now updated to latest specification used for all other Dev4Press Pro plugins. About page is also added.

One more features is added to the list based on suggestions from users: integration with bbPress 2.0 plugin to assign topic to a product and integration. Hopefully, this would be possible to do for the next beta or maybe final release. I would like to see suggestions on layouts to have built in for the archives, single products and compare page. Right now there are several templates for each of these (only one for compare), but I will add as many more as needed.

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Resources

Theme Templates Integration:
http://www.dev4press.com/2011/tutorials/plugins/gd-products-center/theme-templates-integration/
Product Type Editor:
http://www.dev4press.com/2011/tutorials/plugins/gd-products-center/product-type-editor/

Plugin Info

Planned Features:
http://www.dev4press.com/2011/blog/development/planned-features-for-gd-products-center/
Plugin Information:
http://www.dev4press.com/plugins/gd-products-center/
Editions & Purchase:
http://www.dev4press.com/plugins/gd-products-center/editions/

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MillaN
MillaN
Dev4Press owner and lead developer

Programmer since the age of 12 and now WordPress developer with more than 8 years of WordPress experience, author of more than 100 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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