A Practical Example of Using Notion With WordPress

TL;DR – Make a Plugin database and use Relation property to link it to any Project where you used the plugin.

I had some a-ha moments last night. I spent about 9am-4pm working on my Notion early yesterday (still nowhere close to done), and then I spent about 4pm-9pm reading about workflows, Notion functions, and looking at screen shots.

I passed out realizing that I will probably use Notion for a lot more than I even imagined before I started the day, and that it was worth the effort going into the New Year working on “process”.

As I type this, I just had a weird moment where I thought I was in the wrong Notion because my chaos looks comparatively under control now.

Anyway, I have a Resources folder, and inside of it, two folders: Studies and Personal. Inside of Studies I have WordPress Study, and inside of that Plugins, and somewhere there I made a database with the 25 or so plugins that I’ve been starting sites with lately.

I opened any Plugin page, and in the “property” area, I added URL properties for:

  • URL
  • Docs URL
  • Support URL
  • .org URL
  • git URL

Add whatever else you’d need…twitter url?

Of course having all of those URL’s in one place is super helpful!

But that’s just scratching the surface.

On the more power user end of the game, what if I used a Relation property to link all of the plugins that I use for a WordPress Project to the project. This is where it starts getting interesting and I can see why almost everything should be in a database. Maybe that’s the part I didn’t understand before.

Filtering the views of all of the stuff in the database is where a lot of power is.

Just think about any way you would want to filter or view a list of things in a database, and throw those Properties in. And then put those views where you need them! (to add a filtered list, hit the “/” key and find “List – Inline” and go from there).

Another property I added to my Plugin pages in this database was a Select box property with choices for “Free”, “Paid”, “Freemium”.

Maybe I’ll be filtering a Form Plugins category someday, and want to display a column to see which ones I have paid for, or if the plugin is free, or if it’s free, but I’m missing some features.

Anyway, I’m off to finish linking these plugins to the projects they’re in.

This won’t be my last Notion post. Just a quickie about some basics and how one might use it with WordPress.

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