easy way to add custom field meta boxes
There are many plugins that allow you to create custom meta boxes - the most popular of which is Custom Field Template. The basics of this should be added into core - or made a core plugin. And make it highly extensible so that it's easy to adapt.
A good example of a plugin with a good UI that does this is Simple Fields.
And no, this is not covered by Custom Taxonomies - sometimes there are things which are not part of a taxonomy which need a custom field. For example for custom field of Movies a custom field would be Review.
I am developing a plugin that will sovle custom field purpose and will help doing it super fast with ajax.
The initial plugin is released http://hiteshjoshi.com/wordpress/bulk-edit-custom-field-plugin.html
This will have more functinalities by the end of this december(cant commit time)
adding custom meta boxes is already quite extensible: you can do pretty much anything you want. are you not a developer?
@ucfknight10 - I am a developer, and I've developed a bunch of BuddyPress plugins. Focusing so much on BuddyPress, perhaps i've forgotten some WordPress basics.
I was just thinking as wordpress becomes more and more CMS capable, it would be nice to include some nice UI components in Core that address these issues. Sure you can do anything with PHP, heck if you know enough PHP you could build your own wordpress! my point was to include an easy way to improve custom fields out of the box. obviously not everyone agrees :)
i can understand the merit of having a simpler way of adding meta boxes, if you just wanted to add something quick and simple, but i believe that should belong to a plugin, and not something in the core. i personally prefer to add meta boxes and customize them personally, by hand, and not have the limitations of a plugin. no matter how great of a plugin is written, it won't be able to allow for extensive customization, especially those of a create and unique type.
For anyone who's used Drupal and CCK, this idea feels like a no-brainer. Drupal eventually made CCK core and it's hard to imagine that WordPress won't end up there some day. Until it does, I barely consider WP a true CMS (even thought it's all I use right now).
In the mean time, Dwenaus, check out Advanced Custom Fields as well as "Types" and "Views."
a metabox api might make it into wordpress version 3.4 http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18179
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