Piklist WordPress Development Framework Rebrands, Plans to Launch Commercial Products

piklistThe Piklist rapid development framework for WordPress has rebranded and relaunched its website with the 0.9.0 release. The framework helps developers to quickly build things like fields for settings pages, widgets, custom post types, custom taxonomies and user profiles with minimal code.

The most recent 0.9.0 release includes the ability to easily create your own list tables, add post-to-post relationships, group users by taxonomy and much more. Piklist now automatically creates and supports multiple user roles, a feature that WordPress currently supports without a UI.

Piklist Plans to Add Commercial Plugins and Support Packages

The project is maintained by two main contributors, Steve Bruner and Kevin Miller. I spoke to Bruner about Piklist rebranding. He said the new logo and site design are part of a new era and symbolize their mission for the future. “This year we plan on releasing other plugins that will be built on our framework,” he said. “Each Piklist plugin will connect, enhance and collaborate with other Piklist plugins.”

With Piklist’s continual improvement and plans to expand into plugins, it’s clear that this framework has found a solid user base. I asked Bruner if he thinks every WordPress developer needs a framework and why many of them are turning to Piklist. “We believe that Piklist is to WordPress what Rails is to Ruby,” he said. “Not every developer is going to use Piklist, but the ones who do are going to finish projects quicker and never look back. It simplifies many of the more difficult tasks in WordPress and adds functionality not presently common in WordPress core. Anything you can build with WordPress can be done in less time with Piklist. It’s that simple.”

Bruner and Miller have been supporting Piklist for the past two years without monetizing it in any way. The plan to release commercial plugins and support packages will help to fund the future of the framework. “We’ve helped businesses achieve higher levels of productivity by using Piklist,” Bruner said. “Their donations have funded Piklist until now. We hope that our reputation for quality and ease-of-use will convince users that they can’t do with out Piklist, and the (soon-to-be-released) Piklist family of plugins.”

The Future of Piklist

In the meantime, the team at Piklist is locking down features for the upcoming 1.0 version. Their next major release will be plugins based on the framework and they have more products in the pipeline that Bruner believes “will be as revolutionary as Piklist itself.” A drag-and-drop field and form builder is in the works. The team also plans to develop some out-of-the-box applications, such as a contact manager and order management.

All of the documentation and screenshots have been updated for 0.9.0 and tutorials have been added for the new features. Piklist is available for download on WordPress.org. If you want to learn more about the framework, check out Building Powerful Websites and Web Applications with Piklist on WordPress.tv.

Have you tried Piklist? Do you use a development framework to build your themes and plugins?

22 Comments


  1. Interesting, wonder who’s using this? I was hoping to make it through my development life without learning a new framework or system hahaha, curiosity will get the best of me and I’ll look at this.

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    1. Herb– The best part of Piklist, is if you know how to write code for WordPress, then you know how to write code for Piklist. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

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      1. Sounds interesting I run mid scale news websites in WordPress all day with paid content feeds, multiple contributors, custom post-types and taxonomies…at a cursory glance this sounds like it might help. The real issue will be time to integrate. Right now we are moving from yellowbrix to acquire media and the process has been fun : ) (not) We use PDO to load the feeds and make it all work with WordPress – would your system use core WordPress functions? At our scale and post volume transitions are time sensitive…

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  2. Piklist makes it super easy to add fields and add additional features to WordPress. In most cases you will use standard WordPress functions to get your data and display it.

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  3. I think Piklist is a very usefull framework for WordPress developer. Thanks for sharing it with the community :)

    Just a question: does Piklist allow us to use “More add” fields group in a widget?

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    1. I’ve got the answer: yes Piklist allow us to use “More add” fields group in a widget.
      I made a test ;-)

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      1. @Gilles– Any field… anywhere. Even Add-more’s. ;)

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  4. I’ve been following Piklist since the very begining but I haven’t have the chance to dig deep. I think now it’s a good time to start with Piklist…looks very promising. Thanks and congratulations to the Piklist team.

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  5. I’ve used Piklist on several recent projects and am currently developing a plugin that will be incorporating Piklist, and let me say, I LOVE it. The devs have done a fantastic job bringing Piklist along, and it has literally saved me hours. It has also helped me take my DRY coding practices to the next level: “arid”.

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    1. Piklist definitely makes ARID coding a reality. ;)

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  6. I’ve been using PikList to run the customer section of http://www.PigeonLab.net for about a year now. The devs are very responsive on the support forums. The plugin is a fantastic tool and I think it would be a great resource for anyone who would like to build applications with WordPress.

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  7. For about a year this is the first (and sometimes only) plugin I install on every WordPress project. Building custom applications in WordPress and still staying within tight budgets and timeframes has never been easier! And then to think it is still in Beta! Amazing!

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    1. Martijn– Glad you love Piklist. Would love to know about some of the projects you used it on. Feel free to use our contact form or support forums to let us know.

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  8. We can use Piklist plugin in selling premium themes, right ?

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      1. Which means “no”. Do we all understand GPL? It’s a viral non-commercial license. You have to license your themes to be GPL in that case, and they need to be free.

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      2. Which means Yes. GPL allows for the redistribution and selling/reselling of code. You can even sell GPL code that was originally free. The GPL encourages developers to monetize their work. So it’s definitely commercial.

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