A Beginner's Guide to Installing and Using ​CROCOBLOCK-​JetEngine Plugin

An Overview

JetEngine is a powerful plugin that allows you to create custom post types, taxonomies, and meta boxes without any programming knowledge. It's a valuable tool for designing dynamic content and complex websites.

Installation of JetEngine Plugin

Let's start by installing the JetEngine plugin on your WordPress website:

First, log in to your WordPress dashboard. This is usually done by adding "/wp-admin" to the end of your website's URL.

Once you're in the dashboard, hover over the "Plugins" menu item on the left sidebar and click "Add New".

In the search bar at the top right of the page, type in "JetEngine". This will display the JetEngine plugin in the search results.

Look for the JetEngine plugin in the search results (it should be developed by CROCOBLOCK). Click the "Install Now" button right next to it.

After the plugin has been installed, the "Install Now" button will change to "Activate". Click this button to activate the plugin. You've now successfully installed and activated the JetEngine plugin!


Please note that JetEngine is a premium plugin. You will need to purchase it from CROCOBLOCK, and they will provide you with a zip file and a license key. In that case, the installation process is a bit different. You would need to upload the plugin by clicking "Upload Plugin" on the "Add New" page and then activate it using the provided license key.

Using JetEngine Plugin

Activating the Plugin License

Before you start using the JetEngine plugin, you need to activate your license:

In your WordPress dashboard, go to JetEngine > Settings.

Find the License Key field.

Enter the license key provided when you purchased the plugin.

Click the 'Activate License' button.


If you've entered the key correctly, a green checkmark should appear next to the field. This means you've successfully activated your license, and you're ready to use the plugin.

Creating Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

One of JetEngine's main features is the ability to create custom post types and taxonomies. Here's how to do it:

Go to JetEngine on your WordPress dashboard and select 'Post Types'.

Click 'Add New' to create a new post type.

In the 'General Settings' section, fill in the 'Post Type Name' and 'Singular Name'. These names are used in your WordPress dashboard and your theme respectively.

Fill in the other fields as needed. The 'Meta Fields' section can be used to add custom fields to your post type.

Click 'Add Post Type' to create your custom post type.


You can create a custom taxonomy in a similar way. Just select 'Taxonomies' instead of 'Post Types' in the JetEngine menu.

Meta Boxes

Meta Boxes are custom data containers that allow you to add additional information to your posts or pages. Here's how to create a meta box:

In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to JetEngine and select 'Meta Boxes'.

Click 'Add New' to create a new Meta Box.

In 'General Settings', fill in the 'Meta Box Title' and 'Meta Box ID'.

In 'Meta Fields', you can add the fields you want in your Meta Box. These fields will show up when you're editing a post or page.

Click 'Add Meta Box' to create your custom Meta Box.

Listing Items

Listing Items is a powerful feature that allows you to display dynamic content on your website:

Navigate to JetEngine and select 'Listings'.

Click 'Add New' to create a new listing item.

Choose the listing source (Posts, Terms, Users, etc.), then click 'Create Listing Item'.

You'll be redirected to the Elementor editor, where you can design your listing item using dynamic widgets.

Click 'Publish' when you're done designing your listing item.

To display your listing item on the front end, you need to use the 'Listing Grid' widget in the Elementor editor.

Forms

JetEngine allows you to create a variety of forms like Contact forms, Feedback forms, and Order forms to name a few. Here's how you do it:
Navigate to JetEngine and select 'Forms'.

Click 'Add New' to create a new form.

In 'General Settings', fill in the 'Form Name'.

In 'Form Fields', you can add the fields you want in your form.

In 'Notifications', you can specify what happens after the form is submitted (send an email, redirect the user, etc.).

Click 'Add Form' to create your custom form.

To display your form on the front end, you need to use the 'Form' widget in the Elementor editor.


and you can insert this form in any of your pages through the Elementor editor.

Dynamic Repeater Fields

JetEngine's dynamic repeater fields can display multiple related data types or field groups on a page or post. This is particularly useful when you need to show a series of similar items, like qualifications in a resume or portfolio projects. The setup for repeater fields is slightly more complex, involving both creating a meta box and the associated repeater field, then assigning it to a custom post type.

In your WordPress dashboard, go to JetEngine > Meta Boxes.

Click 'Add New' and fill out the form to create your Meta Box.

In the 'Meta Fields' section, add a new field and select 'Repeater' as the field type.

Add as many child fields as you need within the repeater field. These fields will be repeated every time you add a new set of data.

Once your meta box is set up, you can add data to it when creating or editing a post or page.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the JetEngine plugin within the CROCOBLOCK suite offers an expansive set of tools that substantially expand the capabilities of your WordPress website. Its dynamic content functionality, ability to create custom post types and taxonomies, listing features, and form creation capabilities, not to mention advanced features like dynamic visibility, profile builder, and data stores, all contribute to making JetEngine an indispensable addition to any WordPress website. Whether you're aiming to improve the functionality of an e-commerce site, a blog, or a corporate site, JetEngine provides a comprehensive solution to enhance your website building and managing experience. However, due to the plugin's sophistication, new users should expect a learning curve. The investment in learning this tool, however, yields substantial dividends in the form of flexible and robust website design and management. As we've explored in this article, the possibilities with JetEngine are vast, making it a significant asset for any WordPress user aiming to enhance their site's capabilities.

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