I participate in a lot of weekly memes and I was wondering if there was a way to set up post templates so that I could just choose it instead of having to go through and copy and past every week!
I have two plugin choices for you! I’ve only used one of them first hand, but I’ve heard of a lot of bloggers using the second choice.
Option #1 (for coders): Advanced Custom Fields
Advanced Custom Fields is, in my opinion, the superior option. It allows for a much cleaner interface, and also has other benefits because every element of the design is individually saved into the database. This is why the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin is able to work. The UBB plugin doesn’t use Advanced Custom Fields, but it does use the same underlying method of using custom fields. Because each part of the book info (title, author, series, etc.) is individually stored in the database, I’m able to do things like create review indexes automatically.
Here’s what my implementation of Advanced Custom Fields for Waiting on Wednesday posts looks like:
Back-End (post creation page)
And all the little boxes you saw get transformed into this on the front-end:
You can see where each element from the box gets placed and how they all fit together. All that formatting and HTML is done automatically.
The down-side: you need to know how to code
When you first install Advanced Custom Fields and create the boxes you want through the user-friendly interface, that’s all you get… boxes. Those boxes don’t do anything or show up anywhere. In order to actually format the HTML and get it to properly display in your post, you need to know how to code. I’m not just talking HTML and CSS, I’m talking PHP. You have to be able to edit your theme files to implement this. That’s why Advanced Custom Fields probably won’t be a good option for your average book blogger.
If you do know how to code, it’s by far the better option. But if you don’t, it’s just not feasible.
Option #2: Easy Content Templates
This is the one option that I can’t really give as much of an in-depth review for because I don’t use it. But, a lot of book bloggers do use this if ACF isn’t for them. So go ahead and install Easy Content Templates and give it a whirl!
How does it work?
You can create an unlimited amount of templates, just like you would create a post. There’s a post box and you write your entire post in there. Then, when you actually go to create a post, t here’s a new drop-down menu for you to select a template. When you do select it, the post will automatically be populated with that template.
Screenshots from the Easy Content Templates download page.
It’s an alternative to copying and pasting (or duplicating) posts
A lot of people just copy the content of a previous meme post, paste it into a new post, then edit a few things here and there. That’s almost exactly what Easy Content Templates is… it just makes the process a bit quicker.