Theme Options

The next time you design a WordPress theme think about using TypeRocket for your theme options.

TypeRocket works as a theme options framework for WordPress by providing the custom fields you need to customize your themes completely. To get started all you need to do is enable the theme-options plugin in the TypeRocket configuration.

<?php // config.php
define('TR_PLUGINS', 'seo|dev|theme-options');

Your options, your ideas

Theme options are commonly used to manage the global elements of a WordPress theme's design. These elements could be as simple as the copy right information at the bottom of every page; to API keys for Google Maps or Facebook Sharing.

You can use any of the fields that come with the forms api. This means you can have 18+ types of fields.

  1. Text inputs
  2. Passwords
  3. Hidden inputs
  4. Submit buttons
  5. Textareas
  6. Editors
  7. Radio buttons
  8. Checkboxes
  9. Select menus
  10. WordPress Editor
  11. Color pickers
  12. Date Pickers
  13. Images
  14. Files
  15. Galleries
  16. Items lists
  17. Matrix Fields
  18. Repeaters
  19. Totally custom fields

Going custom

Out of the box the theme options plugin comes with a file called admin.php.

  1. Duplicate this file.
  2. Place the new file in the root of you custom theme's directory.
  3. Rename the new file to theme-options.php.
  4. Delete the code inside the file (optional)

Next you need to let the theme options plugin know that you are going to use theme-options.php as the new admin page.

Configuring the custom page

In your theme's functions.php file add a filter for tr_theme_options_page. This will replace admin.php with theme-options.php.

// functions.php
add_filter('tr_theme_options_page', function() {
    return get_template_directory() . '/theme-options.php';

Configuring the theme name

To wrap up configuration, change the theme options name with the filter tr_theme_options_name. This will make sure you don't run into conflicts with other themes and save your options to the custom name in the wp_options table.

// functions.php
add_filter('tr_theme_options_name', function() {
    return 'my_theme_options';

Adding custom fields

Now, lets start with the bare minimum. Use the code below as the contents of the theme-options.php file.

<h2>Theme Options</h2>

$form = tr_form();
$form->setGroup( $this->getName() );

<div class="typerocket-container">
    echo $form->open();

    // about
    $company .= $form->text('Name');
    $company .= $form->image('Logo');
    $company .= $form->textarea('About');

    // save
    $form->setDebugStatus( false );
    $save = $form->submit( 'Save' );

    // layout
    $tabs = tr_tabs();
    $tabs->setSidebar( $save );
    $tabs->addTab( 'Company', $company );
    $tabs->render( 'box' );
    echo $form->close();


If you have debug mode enabled you will see the export/import feature at the bottom of the page. When debug mode is turned off the code hints and export/import will be removed.

TypeRocket theme options plugin and framework

Fields into your templates

With debug mode enabled you can simply copy the code hints into any theme template file.

Theme options debug mode field hint

Finally, you can get the basic field types into the templates: Text, Image and Textarea.

Text fields

For a text fields a using echo will work just fine. However, don't forget to sanitize all user entered data on output.

// footer.php
echo tr_options_field('[my_theme_options][name]');

Image fields

The image attachment ID is saved for image fields. Using a function like wp_get_attachment_image() will get the <img /> tag.

// header.php
$imgId = tr_options_field('[my_theme_options][logo]')
echo wp_get_attachment_image($imgId, 'full');

Textarea fields

For a textarea you can use nl2br() or wpautop(). Because wpautop() adds <p> tags over <br> tags in most cases you should use that.

// sidebar.php
$about = tr_options_field('[my_theme_options][about]');
echo wpautop($about);

Advanced fields

If you decide to use advanced fields like repeaters and galleries you can use var_dump() to inspect the fields. We are not going to cover using these types of fields here but if you know a little PHP it will make since.

Adding your own tabs and fields

Now that you have the most basic setup you can start adding more tabs and fields.