Beta 6 Testing

… to start, thank you!

What a response! I sent out an email last night and I’ve had a great response from people offering to test the Beta of version 6 of the Weight Tracker plugin. Thank you!

What is in Version 6?

Besides several tweaks to the back end, updated languages (including Russian being added) and various bug fixes…. Custom Fields! Custom Fields will allow you to define custom questions to ask your members when completing weight entries, for example;

  • “Did you stick to your diet?”
  • “How many cups of water did you drink?”
  • “How many miles did you run?”
  • “What did you think of this week?”

This data is then exposed in the Weight Tracker > Manage User Data when viewing user’s entries. So far, you will be able to use the following field types to ask questions:

  • Text Field
  • Number Field
  • Yes / No

In subsequent releases I intend to expand this to include additional field types like date pickers, check boxes, drop down lists etc.

Gimme Gimme Gimme….

You can download the beta version using the button below. Before installing, ensure any other version of the plugin has been removed and then upload the zip file via the Plugins admin screen.

I’m confident this is ready to go, but usual disclaimer, please backup your site / data and ideally run on a development copy of your site.
Download: Weight Tracker – Beta 6

Issues? Questions? Feedback?

If you have any issues or questions then please email me. I’m also looking at suggestions on how to expose the Custom Fields data… do we need shortcodes? etc?



Survey results for new admin area – Version 5.0

Recently I mailed plugin users asking for their opinion on improving the admin side of the plugin;  In particular, I wanted them to focus on methods / interfaces for accessing their members data in meaningful ways and allow their coaches to aid their members better.

Firstly, thank you all for your replies – they have been great. Besides showing me I’m thinking in the right direction, they have given me some great ideas.

Draft 5.0 Release

I’ve decided that the new admin area will be version 5.0 as it will hopefully bring a large improvement to the plugin. From your feedback, it will have (at least) the following features:

  • An admin summary page with the following features:
    • Stats around the number of members that have added weight entries.
    • Stats around who has lost the most weight over a filterable time scale.
    • A search bar that allows administrators to search for a given member.
  • Each member will have a “record card” which allows administrators to quickly see the following:
    • Quick summary data: Start weight / date, recent weight / date, target weight, height, current BMI, etc.
    • All of their entries in tabular format (with the 10 most recent displayed first).
    • A graph showing their entries (to replicate what the user would see in the front end).
  • Ability to add, edit and delete all user entries.
  • Improved data tables.
    • View all columns at once without the need to expand rows.
    • Toggle on and off columns that are not of interest.
    • Sort by all columns.
    • Visual indicator to show whether the user gained or lost weight between entries.
  • Ability to print charts (this requires further research to see if possible)
  • Increase granularity of entries. Some users are interested in knowing additional data about a person’s entry. So I’ll look into adding extra information like timestamps, IP addresses, user agents, etc.
  • Export data in CSV / JSON formats.


Currently I’m on track with my aims, however before really starting on 5.0 I want to work a little more on 4.2. I have some small enhancements logged that would be quick wins to add.

So hopefully I will do some wire frames over the next few weeks and then take it from there.

So guess we maybe around June / July – hopefully earlier.