I really like the Connections plugin and I have some suggestions for features I would like to see in Connections. Maybe some of them are already implemented, please let me know which one(s).
A kind of alphaindex, easy adaptable for local languages e.g. Swedish, for categories and their children categories.
When you click on a for example C, every category and child category that starts with a C shows. Then you click on “Clown” and all entries within that category/child category shows. With the possibility to show the result in custom order, like [connections order_by='organization|SORT_ACS,city|SORT_ACS'].
Feature for search: Search for category/child category/Entryname And/Or State/City etc. In short use 1, 2 or more search criteria. With the possibility to show the result in custom order, like [connections order_by='organization|SORT_ACS,city|SORT_ACS'].
1) In the Manage area. Display more information about an entry like Entry ID, City, State, Zipcode, end date (see 3a)), weight system symbol (see (4)) without having to click on “Show details”.
It makes it more easy to handle the entries, especially when there are two or more entries with the same name and it makes it easy to select certain entries to show on a page like [connections id='2,12,37'].
2) Display the Entry ID in Edit Entry Mode, so you can check if it’s the right entry you are editing, for example if there are at least two entries with the same organization/last name and first name.
3a) A possibility to set start date and end date for an entry. The entry shows in lists during that period between the two dates. Entry always shows in admin areas. You could set an on/off switch in Settings for this feature.
3b) Create a shortcode for showing end date for entries. Just like the [upcoming_list] for birthdays. And the same possibility to set the number of days in advance you would like to see e.g. 15 days.
4) Weight system: I want to promote entry/entries, so that entry/entries show on top off the list regardless of e.g. alphabetic order. It could be 1, 2, 3 etc. With the possibility to show the result in custom order, like [connections order_by='organization|SORT_ACS,city|SORT_ACS'].
(Maybe possible to show the entries in the same customized order in Manage area or create shortcode like [upcoming_list] for the Weight system).
Adapt alphaindex, so its show for local languages e.g. Swedish A-Ö
It would be great if alphaindex only showed the letters with entries. For example only A, C and Z shows when the list looks like:
Or A, C and Z are highlighted while the rest of the letters are grayed.
With kind regards