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TPL (Tiny Plugin Loom) Framework - a plugin options framework for WordPress

This framework gives you a powerful options/settings management system that lets you set up Plugin Settings screen and Post custom fields / postmeta settings.

Basic Setup

  1. Copy the /framework folder into your WordPress plugin's directory
  2. Load the framework with this code into your plugin:
// Where PLUGIN_ROOT_DIR is the root directory of your plugin.
// You can add a constant for it or use plugin_dir_path() instead
require_once PLUGIN_ROOT_DIR . 'framework/tpl-fw.php';
  1. Now you can add Settings Pages, Sections and Options using the TPL backend functions
  2. Then, after you added some options, you can see and edit them inside WP-Admin
  3. And you can display or use the saved values of the options in your plugin or theme using the TPL frontend functions


v2.3 (2021-08-30)

  • New data type: checkboxes

v2.2.2 (2021-05-13)

  • Modification of how Select Type placeholders are added to the option list » less hardcoded mode

v2.2.1 (2021-03-05)

  • JS fixes to make some functions accessible from outside + WYSIWYG editor visual mode loader fix

v2.2 (2021-02-12)

  • Instead of the global $tpl_fw variable, we now use the singleton approach with TPL_FW()
  • Sections and Options now can have priorities (used with ordering inside a settings page)
  • Better tooltips for combined subitem descriptions
  • Options UI fine-tuning
  • Now you can hide intro text in TPL Error boxes

v2.1.1 (2020-08-19)

  • Values refresher for Select data type

v2.1 (2020-08-02)

  • Post Data Type: added easy way to generate new posts from templates
  • Added Hidden Data Type
  • Combined DT can now have multi-level default values

v2.0 (2020-06-18)

  • The PHP codebase was rewritten significantly to follow OOP / Clean Code principles
  • Now the framework loads earlier in the sequence - making it possible to use its functions right away after loading it (no need to wait until the init hook any longer)
  • Demo options were created in order to make things easier to test
  • Improved templating - a move towards being more MVC
  • Select2 updated from 4.0.5 to 4.0.13
  • Font Awesome updated from 5.2.0 to 5.13.0. Now all icons and variants can be selected from the dropdown
  • The working mechanisms of tpl_get_option() and tpl_get_value() were changed, so in some cases you might need to alter your code to work properly with 2.0
  • Success message is displayed when options were saved. Finally!
  • Tested metaboxes under Gutenberg: TinyMCE might have some isues, but other fields are working fine.

v1.3.8 (2020-04-23)

  • Fixed an issue with admin submenu pages

v1.3.7 (2020-04-05)

  • Fixed an issue with Textarea and TinyMCE fields
  • Plugin settings pages can now have unique menu icons

v1.3.6 (2020-02-05)

  • Updated Font Awesome to 5.2
  • Fixed Post data type to list all items if no max value present
  • Added a URL param standardizer to admin scripts

v1.3.4 (2019-07-03)

  • Made it possible to run the FW code earlier in the hooks

v1.3.3 (2019-04-17)

  • TinyMCE double button line bugfix
  • Post type: remove HTML tags from title when using in select
  • Minor bugfix in the core for not throwing notice if the options array is empty
  • Support for submenu pages

v1.3.1 (2018-12-07)

  • Minor bugfixes after Font Awesome 5 update

Original version of this package was the Themple Framework, which was a theme framework for WordPress (that was forked from NUTS), but now it's development is discontinued.


TPL (Tiny Plugin Loom) Framework - a plugin options framework for WordPress




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