Using the Flutter Plugin for WordPress
Flutter is a WordPress plugin that allows you to move beyond simple posts and pages in WordPress. You can create different types of pages with different types of content. In this example we’re going to emulate IMDB.com and list movies together with details about the movie.
Go to Plugins >> Add New and search for “Flutter”. Click “Install” on the right hand side of the page, click “Install” again and then “Activate Plugin”.
Browse to Flutter
Flutter adds two areas to your WordPress admin screen. Under “Settings” you’ll find “Flutter” which is the main configuration for the plugin. There will also be a whole new area called “Flutter” which is where you will add content.
Create a Write Panel
Click on “Write Panels” and then “Create Write Panel”. You can choose different options for your panel. For example, to simplify things for your users you can unpublish custom fields, password, excerpt and other features that are confusing for beginners. Click “Finish” when you’re done.
Add Fields to Your New Write Panel
If you’d like to you can group your fields into different areas. For Movies, you might have a group of fields called “People” and inside that fields called “Director”, “Cinematographer” and so on. You might also have a group of fields called “Details” and inside that fields called “Release Date”, “Genre” and so on. We’re going to set that up and click on “Create a Group”.
Name Your Group
Enter the Field Details
Flutter will offer you all sorts of options for the field. A “Textbox” is a simple one-line text field but you can also allow people to write in a larger area (Multiline textbox) multiple choices (Checkbox List, Radiobutton List) or even to upload files or images (useful in example to upload movies posters for example). Choose your options then click “Continue” and “Finish”.
Add More Fields
See if you can go ahead and create extra fields and one extra group so that your “Movies” Write Panel looks like the image above.
Go and Start Writing
You’ll see that Flutter has added a new option called “Movies” at the top left, underneath “Posts”. Click “New” to start writing.
Enter Information Into Your Fields
The post page will look just as it does normally with just one exception … your Flutter fields will show at the bottom of the page. View your post on the front of your site and your fields should be visible.