Get a preview of the new Drop-ins Manager in MD5.3

After years in the making and of what feels like an overnight success, the MD Drop-ins Manager is now standing on its own two feet… and is almost ready for your websites, too!

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The new MD Drop-ins Manager for WordPress

Beyond MD’s optins features, site design options, performance settings, and even writing tools is a smart underground system of tools that go deep into letting you extend what WordPress is capable of out of the box.

With this same toolset that powers MD core is now being used to create new Drop-in features that add powerful content creation tools and many new kinds of page templates.

Think of it like installing plugins to WordPress, except MD style.

…and MD Drop-ins don’t turn your site to sh*t.

Once you are logged in to your MD account you can start downloading new Drop-ins and upload them to you site.

You are also greeted with the latest Drop-ins and direct download from your account page:

Download MD Drop-ins from your customer account.

You’ll see customer-only downloads like Docs, Glossary, Beacon, and others ready to go on your websites. No (more) child theme required! 1 1. Don't worry—there are still very cool things you can do with Drop-ins and child themes! ×

Once you download the Drop-in you wish to add to your site, you can simply upload and activate it to the new MD > Drop-ins > Add new settings page.

Upload new Drop-ins to MD

A key advantage to this new process is now it will be much easier for us to update and continue to build on to the MD Drop-ins library.

Now, whenever a Drop-in gets an update or new features you can simply come back and upload the new version and MD will safely move your new features into place.

MD5.3 coming soon

We are still working on and testing the MD5.3 beta version and plan to have it ready to go on your sites very soon. As part of the new release we will show you how to easily port your child theme Drop-ins into this new system.

We would absolutely love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you have before updating your site and trying it out yourself

The MD Drop-ins Manager is a bold feature, but one that will unlock a whole new generation of high-powered websites with WordPress.

Footnotes

  1. Don't worry—there are still very cool things you can do with Drop-ins and child themes!

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Alex is the 27 year old creator of Marketers Delight.

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Alex

MD developer

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Part of the first move towards building a more integrated Dropins system is going into the admin panel, so MD5.2.1 brings in the new Dropins admin page. You will see the list of Dropins available on MD.com as well as some feature snippets from the Theme Mods forum.

View image at the forums

As Dropins have become more popular, we are moving towards a better way to install and update from the MD admin panel. The child theme method is simple, but an automated approach will make all of our lives easier as more features are developed.

Keep an eye out for more sneak peaks and MD5.2.1 coming soon. 😎

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Alex

MD developer

5,536 messages 1,447 likes

Are you ready to see the next evolution of MD Drop-ins?

Here's a sneak peak at what the new Drop-ins Manager is shaping up to be in MD5.3 (still in alpha development).

Trust me, this is already more than just a pretty interface...

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gauravtiwari

Blogger

179 messages 79 likes

Ohhhhhhh!!!! :)

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Alex

MD developer

5,536 messages 1,447 likes

Ohhhhhhh!!!! :)

It will make sharing Dropins across sites waaaayyy easier. :)

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Alex

MD developer

5,536 messages 1,447 likes

Here's another update. You'll see the screenshot has two categories for "Installed" and "Core" Drop-ins.

View image at the forums

Installed Drop-ins are ones you can upload via .zip file through the Drop-ins interface. You can activate and deactivate them like WP Plugins, which makes the old way of installing Drop-ins via child themes obsolete.

Core Drop-ins come shipped with Marketers Delight and in version 5.3 the definition of a Drop-in has changed. As MD exists now you see features like footnotes, subtitle, MD editor blocks, and a couple other things listed as Drop-ins that will now be treated as regular MD features. Those features I just mentioned can be enabled in MD > Site Design > Content.

View image at the forums

You'll also notice in the first screenshot I included a file window from the /wp-content/ directory. All Drop-ins you upload will be stored in this new folder where they can be updated by reinstalling the Drop-in, and eventually will be able to receive auto-updates like the MD theme.

This marks a big move because your uploaded Drop-ins will now primarily be stored outside of your child theme. But don't worry, you can still edit Drop-ins from your child theme, only now it works more like editing plugin and parent theme files.

For example, to edit the main Documentation loop template you should first go to /wp-content/md-dropins/docs/templates/category-listing.php and copy the file contents.

Next, go to your child theme and recreate the same directory (minus the md- prefix): /wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/dropins/docs/templates/ and create the file and paste its contents.

The huge advantage here is that your child theme no longer has to carry Drop-in files, and in fact will only hold the ones you've made changes to without getting lost in updates. As the purpose of a child theme is to store your own customizations, the new MD Drop-ins system makes that goal even easier.

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Alex

MD developer

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A dream come true. :love: Here's the new manager fully loaded with everything from the current Drop-ins library!

We're going to need filters for active and inactive Drop-ins once you guys start going crazy creating new Drop-ins!

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Alex

MD developer

5,536 messages 1,447 likes

...In-between some other work today I squeezed in those tabs. 🙈

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Leo Gopal

MD Team, Maker of things.

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Loving the screenshot and all that it proves to offer and especially that its coming in the next sub-major iteration of MD! Great work bringing this to life @Alex

Side joke for a bad release idea: Release the this manager as a drop-in (dont listen to me)

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Alex

MD developer

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Breaking - MD.com is the first website to run the new MD Drop-ins Manager! You can try it soon too, but first—here's a new sneak peak hot off the press.

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Alex

MD developer

5,536 messages 1,447 likes

Loving the screenshot and all that it proves to offer and especially that its coming in the next sub-major iteration of MD! Great work bringing this to life @Alex

Side joke for a bad release idea: Release the this manager as a drop-in (dont listen to me)

Funny enough I do have a "Drop-ins Drop-in" built just for the MD site I'll have to convert into the new format. You are not very far off. 😂

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