Earlier this month in an effort to truly “content manage everything,” the interconnect/it team released the alpha of a new plugin they’re calling Spots. Spots allows for the creation of special locations within a theme, or via widgets in a sidebar, that will call in content from a specially saved “spots” custom post type within your Dashboard.
David Coveney, the Director at interconnect/it, described in his post how to add a Spot to the footer by editing the template, or to the sidebar of a theme using widgets. The widget method is shown in the image above.
Coveney also contrasted their Spots method with using the text widget or theme options to manage fringe content like copyright notices and credit lines. He argues that Spots is a better way of handling these types of content:
In the past, coding for this was a pain – you either needed to add an options page on your theme leaving your users with an HTML content area or deal with the weight of adding WYSIWYG support, or you’d just hard code these elements.
interconnect/it Spots solves this. By adding a new content type to WordPress and using the familiar WP interface, you can now quickly and easily make these Spots into content managed elements.
The alpha version of Spots is available to download from interconnect/it right now (see the bottom of that post), though the team will be adding it to the WordPress.org plugin directory when it’s ready.
What do you think of Spots, particularly compared to other options? Would you use Spots in your own projects, or work that you do for your clients?