This is the first blog post in a new mini-series; BWL Knowledgebase for WordPress in Ultimatum Theme. With all these blog posts I am writing, I figured it was about time to organize them all in to some sort of order, and a knowledgebase is the tool to do this. I tried a few free ones from the WordPress plugins depository, but none seemed to work with Ultimatum Theme. I was recommended BWL Knowledge Base Manager from CodeCanyon. At $22 it seemed a reasonable deal.
The download and installation went fine. With the plugin files is what appears to be an excellent set of instructions. The first thing was to take a look at the Options Panel. Whilst I am sure I would want to make some changes, the only obvious one to change on the General Options tab was to switch off ‘Load Font Awesome’, as Ultimatum Theme already has this. I wish other plugins would do this for commonly used assets, it would make a webmaster’s life so much easier. Another thing to note is the save button at the top and bottom of the panel. Yet another good feature that other plugin writers should take note of. On/Off slider switches instead of checkboxes? These are use in Ultimatum, another thumbs up from me. These first signs are very encouraging. As an addendum, in the next post I show how to fix the sticky search button, but I then decided it was annoying to have it showing on every page of my site, so I came back and disabled it!
The ‘Knowledge Base Page’ options affect the display of the single article. I have switched off comments and the meta data, although I would say that the meta data does display very nicely – it just isn’t really necessary for my needs. Another thing I notice, OCD as I am, is the number of typos. They do not affect the operation of the plugin, just saying, that’s all. For example, the author calls this a Knowledge Base plugin, I prefer it as one word, Knowledgebase, and in this plugin the word Knowledge sometimes appears with an extra ‘e’ after the ‘d’. (more…)