Headway + Types and Views, A Match Made In Heaven
One of the areas of web and CMS development that I’ve naturally been drawn too over the past couple years is content construction. The term is commonly referred to as CCK (a term first coined by Drupal), which means Content Construction Kit.
One of the areas of web and cms development that I’ve naturally been drawn too over the past couple years is content construction. The term is commonly referred to as CCK (a term first coined by Drupal), which means Content Construction Kit.
In laymans terms, it simply refers to the creation of custom content types, which facilitate easier content management, more consistency in your content and less margin for error.
Custom content types generally have a number of associated views, which is how the custom content types are displayed.
There are a few different CCK solutions for WordPress, but my personal favorite has to be Types & Views, from the talented folks from OnTheGoSystems.
Types and Views are made up essentially of two parts: Types allows you to create custom post types and taxonomies, while Views allows you to display your content in a multitude of different ways.
The best part of Types and Views for me is that its beneficial whether you’re a everyday WordPress user, or a seasoned developer - there is something for everyone.
The Types plugin is free and lets you create and manage your custom content types nicely within WordPress. Views is the paid counterpart and costs $49 for a years subscription - which is definitely worth it in my humble opinion.
If you build WordPress sites and want to speed up the process of creating custom post types for your clients, then Types & Views is definitely worth investigating.
So I bet you’re wondering what this has to do with Headway, since that is obviously our focus. Well, I’m glad you asked. This post was actually inspired by a recent gem I discovered while perusing the Types & Views forums.
The guys from T&V have built a free Headway Block, which lets you choose from a list of your pre-built Views. While this wasn’t exactly difficult to do before using the Widget block and the Views Widget, but it definitely reduces a step and makes your workflow a smidge more efficient.
At the moment the block is pretty basic and only lets you choose from your existing Views, but I’m sure it’ll be extended as more users provide feedback and feature requests.
Here is a quick demo of the block in action:
How to get the Views Headway block:
Mario has recently added the block to the WordPress.org plugins repository, so you can download a copy here.