Simple Content Templates

Description

Custom Post Types, Custom Fields, Tags, Categories, Featured Images: if you need any of these, you should check out our pro plugin, Advanced Content Templates: Advanced Content Templates

Many bloggers use a similar format for each of their posts. WordPress doesn’t provide a native way to pre-fill your new posts with default content. This plugin provides the simplest solution to this problem. It takes 5 minutes to install and setup. The templates allows you to define a title, post body, and even an excerpt.

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Version History

Version 2.1.8

  • Updates on Friday the 13th are unlucky. Fixed a fatal error. So sorry 🙁

Version 2.1.7

  • Prevent conflict resulting in fatal error.
  • Enable easier support.

Version 2.1.6

  • Check that the old version table exists before attempting upgrades.

Version 2.1.5

  • A couple of tweaks. No functional changes or bug fixes.

Version 2.1.4

  • Fix fatal errors. We finally replicated the fatal error in our dev environment and fixed the root cause. We are very sorry about the problems we caused!

Version 2.1.3

  • Re-factor activation routine to reduce chance of fatal errors.

Version 2.1.2

  • Fix comment support for templates.

Version 2.1.1

  • Fix upgrade routine to run without reactivate.

Version 2.1.0

  • Complete re-write. No uses same code base as Advanced Content Templates for an improved user experience, and easier code maintainance for our team.

Version 2.0.16

  • Fix upgrade menu item bug that causes menu to show up for non-privileged users.

Version 2.0.15

  • Change menu permission to edit_others_pages so that editors can manage Simple Content Templates.

Version 2.0.14

  • Fix one more menu related issue with Subscriber role.

Version 2.0.13

  • Change role requirement to manage_options from edit_dashboard so Subscribers and other low permission users can’t see SCT menu or modify settings.

Version 2.0.12

  • In my clean up of the last release, I forgot to apply the fixes to the template editor, which caused some abnormalities. I apologize!
  • Warning: Tiny MCE isn’t a fan of PHP. If you need to do php tags in text view, switching to the Visual view will cause them to be commented out. I’d work in one view or the other.

Version 2.0.11

  • Tighten up HTML parsing with PHP. May make PHP parsing more strict at the expense of fewer HTML template problems.
  • Fix issue loading template manually on page post type.

Version 2.0.10

  • Renamed plugin to Simple Content Templates. This should be a better description of what the plugin actually does!
  • Fixed bug with editing an existing template where HTML was loaded improperly into editor.

Version 2.0.9

  • Sort templates alphabetically.

Version 2.0.8

  • Properly handles the WordPress propensity to add quotes to all request data.

Version 2.0.7

  • Disables that horrible ‘feature’ known as magic_quotes_gpc, if it is enabled (< PHP 5.4 only).

Version 2.0.6.2

  • Fixed PHP eval handling.

Version 2.0.6.1

  • UTF-8 support!

Version 2.0.6

  • WYSIWYG editor for post content.
  • Reformatted settings page.
  • Now uses singleton pattern.
  • Added a few shameless plugs for Advanced Content Templates

Version 2.0.5

  • Bug fixes.

Version 2.0.4:

  • Sacre bleu! A change in the way WordPress handles plugin updates 3 major releases ago prevented upgrades from 1.x to 2.x from working. This should be fixed with this release. So sorry for the confusion!

Version 2.0.3:

  • Fixed bug where HTML in templates messed up templates layout.
  • Fixed bug with 1.x to 2.x migration script. Previous versions did not work at all.

Version 2.0.2:

  • Fixed bug that prevented proper use of HTML in templates.

Version 2.0.1:

  • Fixed error in upgrade process. Should import old templates no matter what, now. Error in logic prevented this.

Version 2.0:

  • NEW! Add / maintain multiple templates.
  • Rewritten from the ground up to support OOP coding techniques, and the latest WordPress methods.

Version 1.1.0.2:

  • Fixes blank excerpt problem
  • Fixes deprecated options page syntax.
  • Sorry for taking so long to update this.

Version 1.1.0.1:

  • Fixes problem with blank excerpts.

Version 1.1:

  • You can now specify a default excerpt in your template (in case you wanted to)
  • Rewrote backend to use standard supported methods and less hacking.
  • Completely fixed issue with template content breaking “Insert Template” button. Contents is now encoded to HEX and decoded upon insert.
  • Removed upgrade option for legacy versions. I never received any feedback on this feature and suspect it was rarely used, if used at all.
  • Redesigned admin panel for aesthetic and informational purposes. Now includes PHP examples and considerations.

Version 1.0.0.1:

  • Fixed security issue. Now only Administrators can access admin pages.

Version 1.0:

  • Moved all settings to administration pages under Settings -> Simple Content Template.
  • Moved content of template and title to WordPress options.
  • Provided upgrade mechanism to convert old templates to the new format. (May not work for all applications. Some may work but may be more complex than neccessary.)
  • Added optional “Insert Template” button to new post page. You can now determine from the settings page whether or not the template will be automatically applied to all new posts.
  • Plugin is now upgrade proof. Settings are stored using WordPress’s setting functions.
  • Various other improvements were made to address inefficiencies in the first version.

Version 0.1:

  • Original release.

Screenshots

  • The meta box in the post/page editor.
  • The settings view.
  • The templates view.

Installation

  1. Upload the directory “simple-post-template” to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Find “Content Templates” in menu on left.
  4. Add as many templates as you wish.
  5. Configure settings and select a default template for auto-fill, if desired.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the directory “simple-post-template” to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Find “Content Templates” in menu on left.
  4. Add as many templates as you wish.
  5. Configure settings and select a default template for auto-fill, if desired.
Does it support multiple templates?

As of version 2.0, yes!

Does it work with pages?

Yep!

Can it work with custom post types?

For custom post type support and much more, please check out Advanced Content Templates

Can feature x be added?

At this point, Simple Content Templates is feature complete. You can get extra features by buying our pro plugin: Advanced Content Templates

Can Simple Content Template specify default custom fields?

For custom fields and much more, check out Advanced Content Templates

Reviews

update rendered my site unusable

This plugin worked for me for years but the last update yesterday destroyed my site and I had to delete it from my server to get everything back to normal. Please research, repair and re-issue

Worked, but updates ruin all [fixed]

It worked fine (but not perfect — accepting the template reloads the editor and creates totally new post; if you enter the title before you accept it…you’ll have to do it againg). But then…
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1. Update to 2.1 deleted all templates without warning.
2. Update to 2.1.1 made the site crash with php 500 error.
I don’t recommend to use it.
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Update — fixed fast, works well. Thanks to the developer.

Newest Update fixed everything

Edit (4/10/17)
Based on the company’s responsiveness, I am editing my previous review. The company was able to fix the code and push out an update within a day of identifying the problem. This is a very handy tool that allows you to create your own post and page templates, with a dropdown menu to select which one you want to use upon creating a new page or post. I would like to see a way to not have the category default to “Uncategorized”.

Previous Review
Previous update from a few weeks ago deleted my templates and took away some of the functionality. The most recent template from this weekend caused a fatal error and my site can no longer be accessed. This is pretty unacceptable. I’m going to follow a previous comment and see if I can restore my site. Unbelievable!

Very Handy Plugin.

Amazing support and response from the dev to fix a broken update.
All working again now as it should.
Many thanks

[OLD REVIEW. TEMPLATES DELETED]Amazing plugin.
Updated the plugin today and all my templates have been deleted!!
Not happy

Works well, plugin creator is quick to address any issues

I began using this plugin as a replacement for an older, similar plugin that hadn’t been updated in forever, and while there have been a couple of issues, the plugin creator is pretty impressive with his response time, and those issues remain resolved. They’ve also made some changes with the latest updates that seem to have fixed two things in the plugin that didn’t take away from the functionality and usefulness but proved to be very irritating. They’re definitely listening to their customers, even those of us who don’t have a need for the premium version. That alone is worth 5 stars.

templates all lost

After upgrading to 2.1.0, ALL my previous templates are lost.

Also, commenting and pingback become disabled by default. I have to enable them manually in each new post.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Content Templates” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors