Justin Tadlock’s ‘Whistle’ Plugin…

I thought I’d share this useful little nugget of plugin wizardry, from Justin Tadlock called “Whistles,” which you can download here. What is/are Whistles? Whistles is a plugin that provides simple management and creation of Accordions, Tabs and Toggles. Most people like these features and make use of them on their WordPress sites. A lot of people (myself included at several points) have used plugins like “Styles with Shortcodes” or “All-in-One Shortcodes” to handle this. The problem with these plugins is that they tend to include a bazillion other shortcodes beyond what you actually need. Bah-hooey, I say!

## Is it any good? I think so. Instead of placing a bunch of content into your shortcodes…

Whistles you simply add ‘Whistles.’ And, really, Whistles are a kind of like a Custom Post Type and each Post can represent a single tab, accordion or toggle. A single Whistle is just like any standard Page/Post; you can insert any type of content from video embeds, to images and just plain ol’ text. Definitely worth checking out. In fact, I may add this plugin to ‘Some Like it Neat.’ We’ll see…

I think this is a really clever solution to the issue of an ‘all in one’ shortcode plugin solution. I think it’s clever because it doesn’t follow the route of other plugins before it that provide a thickbox with dropdowns and text areas to allow for input of content which is then output into the editor as a mixed bag of shortcodes and content; it’s kind of a mess and sucks to maintain. Tadlock’s approach is, to me, more intuitive in that it “feels” more like Core WP. You have a post type, add a whistle, assign a group and then add said Whistle to your posts or pages. It’s so gosh darn clever! Love it!!

Have you checked it out? What are you thoughts?

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