Road Mapping Sports Bench 1.4

October 4, 2017 | Updates Read This Post

Sports Bench 1.3 has been out for almost a month now. Now it’s time to start thinking about Sports Bench 1.4.

The next update to the sports WordPress package is slated to come out in early December around the first anniversary of its release to the world. As always, the next version will include a couple of features to keep pushing Sports Bench to be better. And as you’ll see at the bottom, you can always suggest features to help it meet your needs.

Here are a few things you can expect when Sports Bench 1.4 drops in December.

New sports!

For the first time since it’s release last year, two new sports will be introduced in the next version of Sports Bench.

Volleyball and rugby teams and leagues will be able to use the plugin to keep track of their leagues. Both are extremely popular, both professionally and at the recreational level. So league managers in those sports will have a great option to keep track of their stats.

More REST

The WP REST API is so hot right now in the WordPress community. Since it’s inclusion in WordPress 4.7, the REST API has led to a lot of cool things being done with WordPress sites.

Since version 1.1, Sports Bench has supported viewing data through the REST API. Now with Sports Bench 1.4, you’ll be able to add data through the API.

While I’m sure the majority of users won’t necessarily need this, for those people who are developers and want to extend this plugin to a headless WordPress install or use it in an app, this allows them to do just that. And that makes anything truly possible with Sports Bench.

Abbreviation guide

Sports are infamous for all of the abbreviations. What’s a “K”? What does “YAC” mean?

Unfortunately, Sports Bench isn’t an exception to this. If you look at any of the stats area, you’ll see abbreviations all over the place. Fortunately, Sports Bench 1.4 will give you and potentially your readers a leg up when it comes to the abbreviations.

The next update will include an abbreviation guide in the starting guide, here on the website and on the options page. And you’ll have the option to show the guide on the front end on game recaps, player stats and teams stats. It’s a small thing, but this will help everyone know what everything means.

Suggest other additions

These are just a couple of the features that will be coming in 1.4, but there’s still time for you to suggest features for this and future versions. You can use the form below or shoot me an email to suggest a feature. I don’t make any promises, but I will definitely look into it.

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