PageLines Platform 5

Description

Welcome to PageLines Platform. This plugin connects your site to the PageLines platform and infrastructure.
It’s designed to help you build great websites, faster.

Editing For Professionals

Platform 5 was built for web professionals and their clients. It is extremely fast, bloat-free, and fun to work with. Designers do what they love, clients get the control they need.

No Coding, No Debugging

Coding is tedious and frustrating, even if you are great at it. That’s why Platform 5 allows you to drop in sections of pre-coded design with a single-click.
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Supercharge any WP theme

Platform 5 is a plugin that works with any standard WordPress theme. Add it to existing client sites or use it with that old framework you love.

A few more reasons you’ll love Platform 5…

  • Mobile First
    Platform 5 was built with mobile devices in mind. It is responsive and looks great everywhere.

  • Drag & Drop
    Control page layouts with a simple drag and drop system that won’t get in your way.

  • Fast as Hell
    Platform 5 is rendered in the visitors browser so it runs fast even on cheap hosting.

  • Developer Friendly
    PageLines supports all the WordPress tools you are used to. Child themes, templates, plugins, etc…

  • Extension Based
    Platform 5 is extension oriented, which means it’s as lean or powerful as you want it to be.

Screenshots

  • Drag & Drop.
  • One Click extension install.
  • Global Options panel.
  • Per Section controls.

Installation

Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 3.8 or greater
  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Platform 5, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type Platform 5 and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found our plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking “Install Now”.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading our plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favorite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.

Updating

Automatic updates should work just like any other WordPress plugin; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Minimum Requirements

  • WordPress 3.8 or greater
  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

Automatic installation

Automatic installation is the easiest option as WordPress handles the file transfers itself and you don’t need to leave your web browser. To do an automatic install of Platform 5, log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click Add New.

In the search field type Platform 5 and click Search Plugins. Once you’ve found our plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. Most importantly of course, you can install it by simply clicking “Install Now”.

Manual installation

The manual installation method involves downloading our plugin and uploading it to your webserver via your favorite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.

Updating

Automatic updates should work just like any other WordPress plugin; as always though, ensure you backup your site just in case.

Reviews

Tremendous Time Saving Framework

This plugin is really the gateway to a broader framework you can use with the Pagelines themes and extensions in order to develop a WordPress site really fast.

It won’t design the site for you like some fixed theme templates, so you still have to be creative. But it gives you a blank slate that you can very quickly fill with header/footer and body content. This also isn’t a WYSIWYG visual editor like Wix (if you’re on WordPress you should abhor Wix anyway!) or even quite like the WP visual editor, but better in my opinion.

The two best things about it, and why we frequently come back to using it for WordPress builds, is that everything we add on the front end previews and saves via AJAX (i.e. you don’t have to hard refresh it to see your changes live, like a lot of visual editors out there) which is very useful in low bandwidth international/traveling scenarios (still a lot of digital nomads on WordPress these days I hope?) and the fact that the CSS/LESS editor is live preview as you enter the CSS into it. We’ve had new staff come into our agency who worked in web design for years and somehow never knew how much help a live CSS previewer on WordPress could be. If you know some basic CSS this feature can help you do almost anything your design needs on the WordPress theme you are building off of Pagelines. The page template feature is very handy too, once you make a good page design in one spot, you can save all the elements to quickly load in another similar page, then just swap out graphic elements/text as needed.

Our agency has been using Pageline frameworks since their pre-DMS days back in 2012 and have always been satisfied with the tools they offer. I’m not writing this because of any relationship our agency has with Pagelines (we don’t, they probably have no clue who we even are and we’ve never published a plugin for their framework even) but because I hate to see a good product and useful tool maligned in the WP community by reviewers who probably don’t know how to even use the tool properly. It’s like seeing a 16 year old kid who just learned to drive a car climb on the back of a Ducati and ask where the brake pedals are…

I can’t speak to their staffing size or future (like some reviewers seem to be doing!) but I know in the past we would suggest bug fixes (you have to include your code too guys, if you are developers you know you can’t just complain about it, show them the line and issue) and we’d see our updated code pushed live in their next framework version. Made us feel like they were listening, which I’m pretty sure they were! What makes the open source WordPress community great is that those in it help make each others work better, and not just sit waiting for hand outs and code freebies. If you have an issue with the PL5 tool set why not join their dev community and help make it better.

Never install this plugin

No more support from staffs.

I asked Pagelines to cancel their unauthorized transaction 25 days ago by multiple emails. But they even sent me a reply.

Never use this ugly plugin.

Stay clear!

been using this for a while. Don’t use this, and don’t pay for the pro version. Lots of small issues makes this a bad choice, and it’s no longer properly maintained.

PageLines is ran by 1-2 people. NO SUPPORT!

As someone who’s used PageLines for over 5 years now; I can honestly say that I cannot recommend their framework.

Their support is non-existent… they have one or two people who answer forum posts… but they delete any post questioning their future.

Good but just needs a few more improvements/advancements

Please note that this is meant to be a constructive review of the plugin based on my own testing. Some of what I mention may seem harsh to the developer, but it is meant to spur them on to create something better. Hope it is viewed as such.

I have tested PageLines and found it a very good system overall. There are many thoughtful components to it and only a few that I personally would change.

Note: I am mentioning other page builders in this comment, not to advertise them but to provide a clear comparison to back up my comments.

I found text editing awkward to use in some ways in PageLines compared to other front end page editors – and the absence of on-page drag and drop functionality was mostly frustrating.

Editing the text modules off the page in a special modal field slows things down, even though it often shows the results live on the page (I say often because sometimes my changes didn’t show up on the page until after I saved and turned off the builder).

This is a text editing disconnect that is slower than other systems out there and, frankly, unnecessary given that there are several front end page builders that let you edit text right on the page, including one completely free one called Live Composer (also available in the WordPress Plugin Directory), Page Builder Sandwich (not free), Thrive (not free), and others.

Re: drag and drop – The reason I found this mostly less effective in PageLines is that having to move around the various modules using only the old backend page building style kind of makes no sense, even if it is in a window right next to the on-page layout.

I desperately wanted to drag and drop rows and modules on the page, such as can be done by other front end page editors like Live Composer, Beaver Builder, Motopress, Page Builder Sandwich and the like.

Combining the current method in PageLines with on-page drag and drop positioning would be tremendous, however. The PageLines method is particularly good a locating and targeting elements on a busy page overall. I liked that!

Worth a three to four star rating for being reasonably simple to use right out of the box, and for the included full layouts and features that can be just dropped into the layout.

Get that drag and drop thing figured out and the text editing right (imo) and it would be pretty cool to work in.

My suggestion for all developers of page building plugins is to fully examine the competition to see what is already out there, and create something better. What is the point of creating something worse or more complicated compared to something else that already exists?

Why is this even a thing?

I am blown away by the clunky nature of this visual editor. This has got to be the single most terrible plugin to happen to web site development. My head already hurts knowing that I have no other choice for this emergency project I have just been brought in on.

#booooooooooooooooo

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Contributors & Developers

“PageLines Platform 5” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

5.1.6

  • Added primary button color option
  • Fixed inline editing of text

5.1.5

  • Make sure oauth response is not a WP_Error.

5.1.4

  • Remove src from images in hidden section template modules.
  • New Pro Feature: Ability to set default padding for sections (1rem default).
  • Fixed a layout issue with widget section on Safari.
  • Tested with PHP 7.1, no issues.

5.1.3

  • Clean up.

5.1.2

  • Tested with WordPress 4.7
  • Fixed an fatal error when section files are loaded and the php file no longer exists.

5.1.1

  • Revert search button changes.

5.1.0

  • Basic Inline Editing for section content added. ( More to follow! )
  • Enhanced SVG support for images using native tag.
  • New PageID option support.
  • Updated Font Awesome to 4.7.0

5.0.163

  • Fix google font loader priority.

5.0.162

  • Better error handling with tokens/oauth.

5.0.161

  • New arg added to pl_searchform() you can now change placeholder text.

5.0.160

  • New filter: pl_pagination
  • New function: pl_enqueue_google_font. Usage: pl_enqueue_google_font( ‘Fjalla One’ );

5.0.159

  • Fix extensions issue introduced in .157

5.0.158

  • Extensions not loading issue fixed.
  • wpengine added to staging whitelist.
  • logged-in body tag added.

5.0.157

  • Check if user has PHP cURL extension before trying to oauth request.
  • Bump tested up to.
  • Update all urls to https where appropriate.

5.0.156

  • ‘script’ option type bypasses kses.
  • Internal updates use CDN urls.
  • Fix javascript error if no data received on Extensions page.
  • pl_uploads_url filter added to shortcode output.

5.0.155

  • Multisite/Extend. Make sure were using network admin urls where needed. Fixes all the things.

5.0.154

  • Fix pagination on single post pages.
  • Add support for WP 4.7 WP_Hook()
  • Increase timeout for store connections.
  • flywheelsites domain added to whitelist.

5.0.153

  • Extend, fixed an issue if an extension folder is deleted PL5 still thinks its there.
  • Extend, New type: Page Templates, these are typically templates for one page sites.
  • Extend, Use SSL links for CDN.
  • Extend, Default to showing all extensions 20 per page.

5.0.152

  • Various touch events added in the builder, editing is now possible using ipads.
  • Multisite, only show account on the root site.
  • Multisite, Allow the extend page, but remove all install/update buttons.
  • Builder, allow new filter ‘template’.
  • Builder live script loading adjustments.

5.0.151

  • pl_maybe_unserialize() Use actual function as a callback instead of create_function()
  • Check a plugin is actually installed before we try and update it.
  • Fixed jQuery error on extend page.
    Low cost hosting that blocks all external HTTP requests would break the ajax for extend.

5.0.150

  • myftpupload now detected as a staging site, no need to activate.
  • Raw IPs as domains are also considered staging sites, http://111.222.333.444 for example.
  • Removed languages folder, not needed for language packs.
  • Added items_wrap to args for nav menus.

5.0.149

  • Use wp_json_encode()
  • Use wp_send_json()
  • Fix untranslatable string.
  • Make sure a plugin is installed before checking for updates.

5.0.148

  • Small UI fixes.
  • PageLines Plugins can now use ‘reqver’ header to require a certain version of Platform 5, just like sections.
  • PageLines Plugins data is now cached in the database for faster retrieval. A lot less hits to the file system.
  • Add a default array to Shortcodes, fixes an issue when ‘filter’ isnt declared. Props MrFent.
  • Check for nonce on user profile save.

5.0.147

  • preg_replace /e modifier replaced with preg_replace_callback.

5.0.146

  • Remove unneeded i18n code as we use language packs natively.
  • Small UI CSS fixes.
  • overflow-x hidden added to .site-wrap, fixes some issues with negative margins.

5.0.145

  • Updated FontAwesome libs to 4.6.3
  • Fixed an issue with DMS1/2 image picker and PL5. Thanks Trevor Corson.
  • New filter ‘pl_button_link_options’.
  • ‘staging’, ‘dev’, ‘xip’ as domain parts are used as staging domains.

5.0.144

  • Fix undefined index with PHP 7.1alpha1
  • Fixed minor z-index glitch in builder for hidden sections.
  • Added current post/page slug/id under section advanced settings.
  • Alternative script loader option added under main advanced settings.

5.0.143

  • ‘pl_btn_classes’, ‘pl_btn_sizes’ filters added.
  • Updates for PageLines theme updates were broken on multisites installs.

5.0.142

  • Fix undefined variable on accounts page.
  • Reworked auto-updates, now fully tested on ManageWP and Jetpack, should work with all the other
    remote admin providers.
  • Added PL_DISABLE_UPDATES to disable all PageLines Extension updates.

5.0.141

  • If no menu selected, show 1st available menu instead of nothing at all.
  • Added PL_ALTERNATIVE_FOOTER_SCRIPTS as an alternative footer scripts loader.
  • Only show the updates subscribe button if the admin user is the one with the ‘connected’ account.
  • Use count_select not select_count for an option type.

5.0.140

  • Add Subscribe to extension updates button in Extend.
  • Add object-fit:cover to background videos, props Doug.
  • Fix grid xs-2 with .666 not .667
  • section_head() was not being executed during shortcodes, props MrFent.

5.0.139

  • Mobile toggle fixes for menu section and ios devices.
  • You can now select ‘All’ with select terms.
  • Updates to the account area if users are affiliates.
  • Wrapper fix, fixes an issue where certain scripts were being loaded twice.

5.0.138

  • Fixed a CSS issue in wp-admin post editor.

5.0.137

  • Fixed an isset() php warning.
  • Fixed an issue where comma was being stripped from excepts.

5.0.136

  • Icons updated to 4.6.1
  • Various fixes for internal forms.

5.0.135

  • Searchform CSS namespaced, fixes an issue with 3rd party themes.
  • Various forms tweaks.
  • Bugs and other improvements.

5.0.134

  • Buttons now accept shortcodes, [pl_site_url] etc.

5.0.133

  • Namespaced .description class in admin. Fixes an issue with Woocommerce.

5.0.132

  • Fixed delete button for missing sections.

5.0.131

  • Clicking Builder button while editing a page/post in wp-admin now opens that page/post in builder.
  • Admin area messages should only show in admin area.
  • Code cleanup using PHPCodesniffer and WordPress-Core ruleset.

5.0.130

  • Fix links on plugins page
  • Allow use of PageNavi if installed for page navigation

5.0.129

  • Make sure during oauth handshake its actually PL5 and not jetpack
  • Multi extension install fixed
  • Media Picker CSS tweaks, search is now visible again

5.0.127

  • Smooth scroll for all anchors removed

5.0.126

  • Hide on page fixed
  • New Grid size added pl-col-ss

5.0.125

  • Public Release