Pods is a framework for creating, managing, and deploying customized content types and fields.
I love this module and how powerful it is but on the other hand I think it is a pain to get that information out once in there.
I know they've tried to update that but I think they should just stop EVERYTHING and focus on writing their own documentation and how-to's, and gathering ALL their resources together in a consistent manner and then it could be a game changer.
Perhaps that's why reviews are so polarised - it certainly irks me to spend hours trying to figure out something that is in the end trivial to do, but just hard to find out how.
Good "complete solution" with new features added regularly, unfortunatelly sometimes buggy. Test properly before you update this plugin to newer version on your production environment.
I've created custom posts before but the entire process felt rather clumsy. Although PODs isn't exactly idiot proof (I still had a few problems) it does make life a lot easier.
I would like it even more if I can have a bit more control in the admin space when adding that particular post type, such as grouping questions with a single header or even in separate panels.
Pods provides just the kind of functionality I needed. This is a very powerful plugin that takes custom post types (CPT) to the next level and adds to much more. I was able to do a law firm site with this and be able to link 2 CPTs together. This is really fantastic.
Even if you already have CPTs you created on your own or through another plugin, Pods works to enhance those CPTs and other content in incredible ways.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I found the documentation for displaying custom content to be less than simple. I'm not a PHP expert and I found it very confusing. But, that's the only thing I can complain about.
After a light evaluation of Types, Advanced Content Fields, Magic Fields (a fork of Flutter) and Pods, I choose Pods for heavy evaluation.
This review is based on a two month heavy evaluation and analysis of Pods 18.104.22.168 using its Advanced Content Type mode.
Pods is innovative - particularly impressive is the use of patterns with wildcards to match URLs to content and templates. Matching URLs to templates and content is rather inflexible in WordPress - in Pods use of patterns makes URL matching very flexible. No other plugin I tried has anything like this.
Pods makes building a basic CMS website very quick and easy. If your website has only simple CMS requirements then you can quickly and easily implement this in Pods. (To be fair this is true of all the other CMS plugins I tried.)
Pods is very actively supported. Responses to bug reports are usually given within a day. Clearly, the Pods developers have an extremely high commitment to this project.
Pods has a steep learning curve. Because pods introduces new concepts (e.g. pod) instead of using custom post types, fields and taxonomies as the other CMS plugins do, pods requires you to learn new things. Also some things are done in an unexpected way (e.g. advanced content types and taxonomies) which can lead to confusion and a waste of time.
Pods documentation is very incomplete. There are some important things missing in the basic documentation (e.g. advanced content types and taxonomies). There seems to a reliance on user contributed documentation and forums but this is a poor substitute for well organized, comprehensive, uniformly styled and formatted basic documentation. This is a common complaint that I have with lots of freeware.
Pods has too many bugs for a production release. Having said that if you restrict your program to the basic well used features of Pods then Pods works well. If you try advanced things you are quite likely to encounter problems.
I have decided not to use Pods because it lacks multi-valued basic fields (I find this a bit strange as Pods implements multi-valued pick fields which probably is a super set of the code for multi-valued basic fields.) but I still think Pods is an impressive product and may try it again in the future. If you are interested in how Pods works I have made some notes on Pods internals.
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