With the release of my WordPress theme TotalPress looming on the horizon, I wanted to talk a little about the premium plugin that goes along with it, TP-Primo.
First off, we all know what plugins are right? They are pieces of code that are uploaded and activated to extend and or expand the functionality of your WordPress site. This is exactly what TP-Primo is, a plugin.
What exactly will TP-Primo do once you activate it? Good question! Basically it’s going to add more options to the customizer and it’s also going to add more metabox options in posts and pages. Trust me, your going to love this!
TotalPress Default Options
So here is what the customizer looks like when you just upload and activate the TotalPress theme. When you activate, go to Appearance > Customize. You will see a panel at the very bottom called TotalPress Options, click this and you will see all of the option areas available via the theme:
and these are the metabox options available in the post/page editor:
TP-Primo Additional Options
Once you upload and activate TP-Primo, go to Appearance > Customize, you will again see the panel TotalPress Options click this again and you will see that TP-Primo has added additional options for you:
and TP-Primo will also add additional options to the post/page metaboxes:
I do have to point out that the “Featured Image Options” tab of the metabox options, will only appear if there is a featured image attached to the post or page. If there isn’t one, then that tab will be hidden.
All in all, pretty cool right?
Default Options Overview
The default customizer options that ship with TotalPress will only allow you to do a few basic things. For example, you will be able to set the width of the grid, set the font family for the entire site and change some basic colors, like for font, links etc.
You will also be able to set the whether or not each section of the theme will be confined to the width of the grid or set it to 100%. Some areas will give you the option to set the alignment, like the Top Sidebar. You can set the alignment to Left, Center or Right. Another example is the Post section. This will only allow you to set post to be full post or only show excerpts.
The post/page metabox options will only allow you to do a few things as well. For example you will only be able to hide the post/page title, but you can hide all the footer widgets. You will also only be allowed to remove the padding from the content area.
Now if you attach a featured image, the “Featured Image Options” tab will appear but you will only be able to choose where you want the featured image to show, either above the title or below the title.
TP-Primo Options Overview
Once you upload and activate TP-Primo a ton of options are added for each section, plus some additional sections with options become available.
You will be able to change every single aspect of every section of the theme. For example, let’s take the Top Sidebar section again. With TP-Primo you can now adjust the margin and padding of the Top Sidebar and widgets, change the font family for the Top Sidebar itself as well as widgets, change the colors for text and links and do the same for widgets.
The metabox options in posts and pages get an upgrade as well. Whereas before you could only hide the title, now you can hide the Top Sidebar, the header, the main menu, the featured image and the footer.
Whereas before you could only select where to show the featured image, now you will be able to set it as the page header, or the page header with parallax. You want the title to be displayed in the page header? Yep you can do that to. Want the page header to be 100% width. Yes, go ahead and do it.
You can also set the content area width to be 100% as well. This works great with page builders like Elementor.
One of the coolest features of TotalPress are the hooks. Basically every single aspect of TotalPress has been turned into a hookable area. Now for those of you who do not know what hooks are and how they work with actions or filters, you can read this http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/hooks/. Basically actions and filters are functions that can be modified by theme and plugin developers to change the default WordPress functionality. In this case, theme functionality.
Right now there are 20 hookable areas. The only way to interact with these hooks is by adding code to functions.php. With TP-Primo however, you get a section where you can add code directly to the hook area you want:
You will be able to insert HTML, PHP and even use shortcodes. With these hooks you can add anything you want and basically create the layout you want.
As I stated before, TP-Primo is a premium plugin. This means that in order for you to use it, you will have to first purchase it. As of right now, I have not decided on a price. I’ll do that once I get to that point, but right now I am focused on getting this done and getting TotalPress approved.
When you purchase TP-Primo you will receive a full year of updates and access to the support forums. You will also be allowed to use it on as many sites as you want. You will, however, have to renew your access at the end of a year to receive the latest plugin updates. TP-Primo will work as usual, you just wouldn’t get the latest release.
For the initial launch, I plan to give 50 people the opportunity to purchase TP-Primo at a very discounted price and receive lifetime updates. This means that as long as you use the plugin you will have updates and access to the support forums for ever and ever. No need to constantly renew.
The reason I am going to do this is because I plan on using either WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads. Whichever I decide, I will need to purchase some addons to make this all work. If you have seen some of the prices for add ons then you know what I am talking about. Just keep in mind, this will only be for the first 50 people.
Well there you have it. A first look at TP-Primo, the premium companion plugin to TotalPress. Keep in mind, I just barely scratched the surface on what TP-Primo is going to provide so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to answer.
If you haven’t already done so head on over and download TotalPress and take a look. You’ll be glad you did.