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When creating plug-ins for WordPress, there are times when you need to make a settings panel. Sometimes, you need more than one page, and they can be quite complicated.

So far, I have been programming/coding them alone. I try to make most of the WordPress original Admin design, but for sophisticated panels, I get a spaghetti of PHP and HTML code. Also, every time, I have to write code that gets the data submitted by the user, analyses and saves it, and return a response.

What solution are you using for your plugins? Are you using a template engine, or just mixing PHP code with HTML? Are there ready framework that offers such a solution?

Update

I found the solution to this problem. It's provided by WordPress, and it's very simple and intuitive. This blog post describes how to use the settings API which allows to create a settings/option page with ease.

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There are indeed some frameworks

  • Thanks, but Google didn't help. – Omar Abid Sep 9 '11 at 17:08
  • Hope the in site search helps: WP Alchemy and Rilwis – kaiser Sep 9 '11 at 17:15
  • Well, I checked Alchemy and I'm not sure if that's what I really need. I don't need a custom metabox or post type. I need a template/framework to generate a personalized admin panel. – Omar Abid Sep 9 '11 at 17:17
  • Jep. And you can use that to build all the input stuff and meta boxes. Else search on github for the bigger well known frameworks. They normally got stuff like that. – kaiser Sep 9 '11 at 17:40

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