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For me, Toolset is the best wp plugins collection.
I’ve not talked about it before because I felt it required too much technical expertise for it to be useful to the majority of my subscribers – but a recent update has changed all that.

This is actually going to be the first in a series of videos that I’ll create about Toolset.

If you build sites for clients and your approach is I’m OK with building very basic sites for clients and charging $200-$500
Then Toolset is not for you
But if your approach is I’d quite like to build classified sites, directory sites, listing sites etc. for clients and charge $2,000 – $10,000 – provided I don’t have to do any programming…
Then Toolset is definitely for you

So, what is that’s so geat about the best wp plugins collection? You can:
Create custom post types, fields and taxonomies
List and display them very flexibly
Define detailed layouts for individual custom post types.
Create forms so that front-end users can populate and edit them.
Create any type of page layout
Export and re-use collections of components. And that’s EXACTLY what you want to speed up future developments and boost your profit margins on client work.

When might you use Custom post types and fields?
To define portfolio items for an artist site, for example. Each portfolio it would probably include several images, a title, a description, and a date.
For team members on a business site.
For properties on a real-estate site.
I’ve created a training site where Modules are custom post types, and Module Steps are a sub-types of Modules.
Product would be a custom post type on an eCommerce site. Toolset has a WooCommerce integration plugin.

Displaying custom post types. You can:
Display items either as a list, or in a grid – which can be mobile responsive.
Display everything, or filters
Provide a list of exactly what items you want included.
Specify that you want a normal display, or a slider-type display.
Create parametric searches.

How do those structures get populated with data?
The default is that you fill in the fields within the normal WordPress backend, just like you would create a post or a page, only with potentially many more fields. Sometimes that’s fine, but often it isn’t. Sometimes you need forms for users to populate the custom post types without having to log in to wordpress backend system.

Suppose we have a custom post type which is to hold details of freelancers. We also define a number of fields.
Next we need ways to display a single freelancer. Toolset does this by means of Content Templates.
The next step is to define views. For example, we could define a grid view or a simple list view, or a carousel view.
And we may need to define a user form for populating items without having to log in to the wordpress backend.

Creating content templates can be a challenge because you need to use HTML and CSS. Toolset have created the perfect solution because you can now use Visual Composer – the best-selling page-builder plugin for wordpress, to build your content templates.

What you get with the best wp plugins collection is
Types: for creating custom post types, fields and taxonomies.

Views: for creating the content templates and the views for displaying them.

CRED: for designing the front-end forms

Layouts: for creating your own page layouts without PHP

Access: which I’ve not talked about: for creating custom roles, and setting permissions for different roles for each type of content.

Maps: if you have any sort of content that has an address associated with it, you can show that on a Google Map as markers.

A Starter Theme: which is a minimal theme, onto which you can add whatever features you want. With Toolset, many of the special features of many themes become redundant, so it’s often easier to start with a basic theme.

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Personally, I have lifetime access, and I sometimes feel I cheated because I keep getting new tools and features, I keep adding it to new sites, and I keep using their support services – and it doesn’t cost me anything more.

I’m a huge fan of toolset, and I highly recommend it if you want to build sites that are in the $2,000 to $10,000 price range – or just need more power and flexibility for your own sites.


22 thoughts on “The Best WP Plugins Collection: Toolset

  1. Question: If I have this plugin, will I still need to learn/buy ACF Advanced Custom Fields?

    1. No, Brenda

      Toolset includes the functionality of ACF, and a lot more besides

    2. Oh, thank you so much. There are only so many plugins that I can afford and/or learn. Love love love your video. Just subscribed.

  2. Many thanks for a fantastic review. I have now bought Toolset and learning it. Your schematic description on the workflow Custom post type -> Content Templates -> Views opened up things for me.
    Cheers from Finland.

    1. I’m pleased you found it useful, and thanks for the feedback. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this great tool.

  3. Does Toolset Layouts not eliminate the need for Visual Composer? I thought Layouts and Visual Composer did the same thing.

    1. No – it’s not essential. What I’m showing here, though, is that when you build Content Templates (which you need to do when building Views using Toolset), you can now use the power of advanced page editors, such Visual Composer, to create those Content Templates.

      If you don’t have a page editor, you need to use HTML/CSS to create the Content Templates – which some folk may want to avoid!

    2. Alex Goodall thanks for the reply but if my content template is for a custom post type then how do I use visual composer. I have purchased it was still have to use css in the custom post type

    3. Hi PC Overload

      It’s the same issue however you use the Content Template.

      BUT – you don’t need Content Templates when creating Custom Post Types. You should lay out the fields of the CPT using the Toolset Layouts plugin – which gives you all the flexibility you need for creating complex rows and columns.

      If you’re not using Views you won’t need Content Templates.

      But would recommend getting a definitive answer from Toolset support, explaining in detail what you want to achieve. They are exceptionally helpful.

  4. Great description. the best i have found so far. What i am still not sure about is Layouts. I usually use Avada and on one site i would need kind of a profile for users. i know how to set it up and i dont want to change the overall layout of the template. but is Layouts still the best way to create the layout for the content template of the profile or can it be done with Avada and Toolset without using Layouts? I know how Toolset works, but i am not quite sure about Layouts purpose.

    1. Hi Gerhard

      This is probably far too late to answer your question, but it may help other people.

      It’s definitely confusing, and has got even more so recently!

      You could never use Layouts to edit Content Templates, but you COULD (and can) use third party editors to edit them. Layouts was ONLY for creating complete page layouts (including header/footer etc.) – although since you can define hierarchical Layouts, you can create a Layout that only applies to the content area of a page (which is NOT the same as a Content Template: the latter is a specific Toolset concept designed to work with the Views plugin).

      That was with Layouts 1.x

      With Layouts 2.x, you can now use it instead of – say, Visual Composer – when editing the Body of a post, or indeed when editing any WYSIWYG field of a post – again, just like you would Visual Composer.

      Oddly, though, I don’t think you can use Layouts to edit a Content Template!

      I hope that helps.

  5. Hey, Thank you for the video… I think yours is the best vid done on the Tooset from all available on youtube. I would like to know if the layout of the form as per this screenshot be achieved using CRED + Types + Views. http://prntscr.com/fd0dr2

    Kindly advice. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Tejas

      Yes, for sure.

      CRED provides default layouts for forms, but you can include whatever HTML and CSS you want, so I see no reason to not be able to reproduce that layout you show.


  6. Excellent job describing this too powerful product. , and i’ll read all your courses
    thanx a lot

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