I know you guys were expecting the Popup builder this week, but we've moved some things around and decided to bring up the WordPress dynamic content first. We know a lot of you were looking up for this and I think you'll like what we've come up with.
The WordPress dynamic content brings us a step closer to the official Brizy Pro launch. If you are not up to date on how we will approach the Pro's launch, and the whole process in general, you can find everything about it in this article.
Here is what you'll find in this article. Use the links below to jump to a specific section:
Download & Install
Brizy Pro can't be accessed directly from your WordPress admin. The Pro is an actual extension of the Brizy Free plugin so need to download the Pro plugin from your Brizy.io account and manually install it in your WordPress.
Step 1. Login into your Brizy.io account and download the Brizy Pro plugin .zip
Step 2. Login into your WordPress admin and manually install & activate Brizy Pro from Plugins > Add New (Upload the entire zip you downloaded from your Brizy account, don't unzip it.)
Important: The Pro will only work if you have Brizy Free installed & activated.
You will already have the 0.0.1. installed, you'll need to download & install the Pro again from your Brizy.io account on every update we make.
Don't worry, we are working on the update part. You'll be able to do it directly from your WordPress admin once we officially launch the Pro.
WordPress dynamic content
When you want to create a page, blog post, blog listing (archive) and so on, there are two types of content that you can use: Static and Dynamic.
The Static content doesn't change, it stays the same no matter what page or post you are viewing. Where things get interesting is the Dynamic content part, that changes based on the page or blog post you are viewing.
You might ask your self, why is important to be able to create pages that use dynamic content.
Well, it's very important because this way you'll be able to fully customise the template that determines how your posts, custom posts or archive pages will look.
Moreover, with the help of a custom field plugin like ACF, Pods or Toolset you'll be able to create a template containing your specific custom fields and that is where this WordPress dynamic content truly shines.
The possibilities are huge, imagine complex websites on niches like real estate, auto motor, hotels that will be created with an unmatched ease.
How to set dynamic content in Brizy
In Brizy Pro 0.0.2. you can use the following dynamic content elements:
Images - once you select a dynamic image, the placeholder will be replaced with a new one that will let you know that is where a dynamic image will be.
Text - you need to type # in order to bring up the dynamic content dropdown. We are still working to improve the usability here in the next updates.
Links - very useful when you want to link to the Post, Author or Comments
Templates & dynamic content
Dynamic content is usually used when you create templates that are applied to blog posts, custom posts, archive pages and so on. This may be images, text, and links (for now.) We plan to extend it to video, maps, backgrounds, button text, and we are discussing a cool idea for containers (more on that later).
In order to create a template just go to Brizy > Templates. Let's say you want to create a template for your blog posts.
Edit it with Brizy and start creating a template for all your blog posts. Think of it as creating all your blog posts at once using dynamic images, text, and links.
Your template will look something like this (not much of a blog post yet):
Once you publish your template (condition it to be included on all your posts) all the blog posts added via the regular WordPress interface, will use this template you just created.
Pods, ACF, Toolset integration
We've made steps to integrate Pods, ACF and Toolset in Brizy Pro. We will bring them in Pro in a future update. Check out this article to stay up to date with what was already released in the Pro and what's to follow.
The Advanced Custom Fields plugin has a Pro version that comes with a gallery element and a bunch of other cool stuff. For the time being, we've only looked at the free version of ACF but we'll test & integrate the ACF Pro as well in the future.
This is just the beginning, more cool features are coming to Brizy in the following weeks. Please add any suggestions/issues you have on GitHub. Also, consider joining our Facebook community where we discuss all things Brizy every day.
Until next time.