BWL Advanced FAQ Manager Plugins ” Documentation by “ Md Mahbub Alam Khan” v1.6.3


BWL Advanced FAQ Manager Plugins v1.6.4

Created: 19/06/2013
Last Edited: 02/10/2016
By: Md Mahbub Alam Khan
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Web Site: www.bluewindlab.net

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Table of Contents

  1. Quick Introduction
  2. Installation
  3. Add New FAQ Items/Categories/Topics?
  4. How to use Short Code?
  5. FAQ Widget
  6. FAQ Sorting
  7. FAQ Rating
  8. FAQ Settings
  9. Translate Plugin
  10. Translate Plugin With WPML
  11. Upgrade Notes
  12. Change Log
  13. Credits
  14. Conclusion

For quick start, You can visit FAQ Manager video tutorial Gallery.


A. Quick Introduction? - top

This is a cool WordPress premium plugin that allows you to display unlimited number of FAQ's in your wordpress powerd website. By using it, you can able to display FAQ's in any pages, posts and in widget areas of your website. Plugin comes with a nice option panel that contains useful features for customizing FAQ display settings, font settings, and theme settings . You can easily add, edit, delete and sort FAQ's. We have integrated shortcodes with TinyMce Editor, So you can quickly add shortcodes in your post/pages. Widget option allow you to show faq in sidebar of your website. It's very simple but much more efficient. Checkout our plugin outlook in WordPress site-


B. Installation: - top

- Steps:

  1. Go to plugins section in your wordpress admin panel and click Add New to install plugin.
  2. Now, upload the "bwl-advanced-faq-manager.zip" file.
  3. Once it uploaded successfully you will get success message and then activate the plugin.
  4. After activating plugins, you will redirect in plugins section of wp-admin panel and show new installed plugins information in there.
  5. Now you are ready to use BWL Advanced FAQ Manager Plugin! In left sidebar menu you will see a new section like following image.

C. Add New FAQ Items/Categories/Topics? - top

- Steps:

  1. Add new FAQ items is almost similiar like adding a new post. Go to "Advanced FAQ" section and click "Add New FAQ" link. After than, Add FAQ title, description, select category, select topics and finally click publish to save new FAQ.
  2. FAQ Category Page allows you to add unlimited number of categories for FAQ. You can show category wise FAQ by using shortcode.
  3. FAQ Topics Page allows you to add unlimited number of Topics for FAQ. You can show topic wise FAQ by using shortcode.

D. How to use Short Code? - top

- All Shortcodes Overview:

  1. You can easily integrate FAQ accordion in you page or post. Go to any post/page and then click on "WHITE QUESTION" icon in TinyMce editor toolbar. Click on that "Icon" and you will get a pop-up window like below-
    Select options according to your choice.

    » Category Filtering:

    You can also show your FAQ's by category and Topics. If you want to show FAQ by category select "Category" radio button.


    » Topics Filtering:

    If you want to show FAQ's by Topics select "Topics" radio button.


    » Show FAQ's In TAB:

    You can also show Multiple Category/Topics in Tab. Follow the steps -

    1. Select multiple categories.
    2. Now, Checked the "Show In Tab" checkbox and Click "Insert" button
    3. Output:

    » Show Single FAQ:

    You can display single FAQ post using shortcode. Follow the steps -

    1. Click single FAQ radio button.Now, Select any FAQ from dropdown list then Click "Insert" button

    2. Output:


    » FAQ Pagination: (Added in version 1.5.5)

    If you've long lists of FAQ then you can paginate all of them using shortcode.


    Output:



    -Available Shortcodes:


    • Show All FAQs: [bwla_faq]
    • Show FAQs By Category: [bwla_faq faq_category='your-category-slug']
    • Show FAQs By Topics: [bwla_faq faq_topics='your-topic-slug']
    • Show 5 FAQs (SET LIMIT): [bwla_faq limit='5']
    • Add FAQ Form: [bwla_form status='1']
    • Disable FAQ Form: [bwla_form status='0']
    • Show Search Form in FAQ: [bwla_faq sbox=1/]
    • Hide Search Form in FAQ: [bwla_faq sbox=0 /]
    • Show Single FAQ: [bwla_faq single="1" fpid="8"/]
    • Display FAQ Author Name: [bwla_author /]
    • Display Pagination: [bwla_faq sbox="1" paginate="1" pag_limit="5" list="0" /]

- Show FAQs By Category Using Shortcode:

  1. You can show category wise FAQs using shortcode. Go to "FAQ Category" section from menu. You will get a list of categories in there. Copy category slug from quick edit section. Have a look -
  2. When you click on "Quick Edit" link you will get category slug. Copy that.
  3. Now create a new page and add category slug in to category shortcode.
  4. You can also show FAQs from multiple category .

- Show FAQs By Topics Using Shortcode:

  1. You can show Topic wise FAQs using shortcode. Go to "FAQ Topics" section from menu. You will get a list of topics in there. Copy topic slug from quick edit section. Have a look -
  2. When you click on "Quick Edit" link you will get topic slug. Copy that.
  3. Now create a new page and add topic slug in to topic shortcode.
  4. You can also show FAQs from multiple topics .

- Integrate FAQ Form Using Shortcode:

  1. You can easily integrate FAQ Form in you page or post. Go to any post/page and then click on "WHITE QUESTION" icon in TinyMce editor toolbar. Just checked the "Add External FAQ form" checkbox and click insert.
  2. Front end output of "FAQ add form".
  3. We have integrated form validation function with "FAQ add form".

E. FAQ Widget Option? - top

You can easily show faqs in sidebar by using Widget option. Go to Appearance >> Widgets. You will find a widget box titled by BWL Advanced Faq Manager Widget. Drag and drop it in your right side widget container. Remember, your theme must support widget option for using this feature. You can use shortcode option in here.

After setup all things successfully you can view faq in your website sidebar.

From version 1.5.7 we have include widgets to display FAQ categories and FAQ Topics.


F. FAQ Sorting Option? - top

You can sort faqs according to your need. Go to Advanced FAQ >> FAQ Sorting. You will find list of faqs. Drag and drop faqs and make them a nice list of faqs.

G. FAQ Rating Option? - top

User can rate you faq items and you can view them from admin panel. Website view -

Admin Panel view -

Reset FAQ Rating Admin Panel view (Introduced In Version 1.4.3) -

This feature is useful, if you add some vote for test purpose and then reset vote counter in to it's initial position. It's very simple to do. Just follow 2 steps described in below -

  1. Go to Advanced FAQ > All FAQs.
  2. Select "Yes" from drop down, If you want to reset counter and then click update button.

H. FAQ Settings? - top

1. "BWL Advance FAQ manager" has live FAQ search feature. So user can easily find out their required FAQ from long lists. This is an optional feature. If you want you can hide all search box from FAQ section. You can also able to hide search box using shortcode.

Admin Panel view -

Front End view -

2. To restrict spamming and security reason "BWL Advance FAQ manager" has an option for checking user logged In status before submit a new FAQ question. This is optional feature, but we recommend you to always active this option.

When a user submit a new FAQ, our system send a notification email to the Administrator. You can disable notification sending feature from settings section. But, we recommend you to active this option. Because when user/visitor submit a FAQ, then our system will not show in front section immediately until it's approved by Administrator.

Admin Panel view -

Pending FAQ's-

3. Login required front end view -

4. Captcha Validation Required Setting -
This feature has been introduced in version 1.4.3 for better user experience. You can easily restrict submission of unwanted FAQ from spam bots. A simple but powerful math captcha validation included with FAQ submission form.

4.1 Captcha Validation required front end view -

5.1 BWL Advanced FAQ manager comes with 7 different themes. So, you can change theme according to your choice. Just select your suitable color scheme and click save.

Admin Panel view -

FAQ's Front End View-

5.2 BWL Advanced FAQ manager provide a great of to create Excerpt of FAQ content. This is an optional feature. If your FAQ contents are big enough, you can limit no of words for content and set "Read More" link just beside of your content. By clicking on "Read More" link user will see the details of FAQ content in a single page.

Admin Panel view -

FAQ's Front End View-

5.3 BWL Advanced FAQ manager provide another nice option for creating custom theme that suit best with your website color scheme. You can easily select your prefered color with colorpicker tool.

Admin Panel view -

6.1 Set Custom Slug For FAQ "Read More" link-

Output of custom slug for single FAQ page-

6.2 Read More Custom Permalink 404 Issues & Solutions:

  1. Set your custom permalink structure (such as %postname%)
  2. Click Save
  3. See if your single custom post pages return 404 error pages
  4. If they do, go back and change permalinks back to default and save
  5. Now try setting the custom permalink again and save

6.3 Collapsible Accordion introduced in version 1.4.4. It's an optional feature. You can activate/deactivate this from admin panel. By default Collapsible accordion status is disabled. In version 1.4.9, we introduced a new option to display all FAQ question opened.

6.4 Font settings introduced in version 1.4.5. It's an optional feature. By default plugin uses theme Font sizes and settings. But you can adjust font size according to your choice. You can also select custom arrow for FAQ label. You can also disable loading of "Font-Awesome" in this section.

6.5 Custom CSS settings introduced in version 1.5.3. It's an optional feature. you can easily add your custom css code to change faq style without editing faq-style.css

6.6 A nice Expand All/Collapse All button has been introduced in version 1.5.6. It's an optional global feature. You can easily show/hide this Expand All/Collapse All button. By default option set in hide mode.


I. Translate Plugin. - top

"BWL Advanced FAQ Manager" offers cool translation feature. So, you can easily add this plugin any kind of website. Check following steps for translate BWL Advanced FAQ Manager" plugin.

  1. Inside of plugin "lang" folder you will get a file named "default.po" file. To edit this file you need to install "poedit" software in your computer.
  2. Our Plugin text-domain is 'bwl-adv-faq'
  3. If you are doing "localization of a plugin" for the first time, then I recommend you to check this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGN-hbMCPMg
  4. Suppose you want to translate plugin in to "German" language.
    So,".po" file name will be "bwl-adv-faq-de_DE.po". That's all.
  5. For country code check - http://www.gnu.org/savannah-checkouts/gnu/gettext/manual/html_node/Country-Codes.html#Country-Codes
  6. For Language code check - http://www.gnu.org/savannah-checkouts/gnu/gettext/manual/html_node/Usual-Language-Codes.html#Usual-Language-Codes

J. Translate Plugin With WPML. - top

"BWL Advanced FAQ Manager" also offers translation feature with WPML plugin. To get started, you will need WPML and add-on Plugins i.e. the core WPML Multilingual CMS which is always required and the String translations add-on.

Guide for installing & activating WPML is available on the WPML getting started guide.

A demo of BWL Advanced FAQ Manager running under WPML
Default english : http://theme-testing.wpml.org/plugin-bwl/bwl-advanced-faq-manager/
Spanish : http://theme-testing.wpml.org/plugin-bwl/es/bwl-advanced-faq-manager/

After having installed WPML, if the projects in BWL Advanced FAQ Manager were created before installing WPML, the dynamic strings aren't registered.

The first thing to do is load the page holding your Advanced FAQ Page in the front-end. This allows any dynamic strings not registered to be registered automatically.

Next go in WPML "Theme and plugins localization" page and You will find your "Advanced FAQ" plugins listed there.

Check BWL Advanced FAQ Manage and click Scan the selected plugins for strings WPML will look for all static translatable strings and add them to WPML for translation.

You are now ready for translations.

Load the "String Translations" page. You will have this once you install the String Translations add-on for WPML. Select either the dynamic list of strings it found in BWL Advanced FAQ Manage during the scan or the static ones.

The differences are denoted by "Name" field. Dynamic strings have a name field while the static ones don’t.

There, that was easy, wasn’t it? Happy coding!


K. Upgrade Notes - top

Please take a backup before update all files and folder.

Upgrading from 1.6.3 to 1.6.4
Replace all files and directories in your "bwl-advanced-faq-manager" folder.
Upgrading from 1.6.2 to 1.6.3
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Upgrading from 1.6.1 to 1.6.2
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Upgrading from 1.6.0 to 1.6.1
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Upgrading from 1.5.9 to 1.6.0
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Upgrading from 1.5.8 to 1.5.9
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Upgrading from 1.5.7 to 1.5.8
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Upgrading from 1.5.6 to 1.5.7
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Upgrading from 1.5.5 to 1.5.6
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Upgrading from 1.5.4 to 1.5.5
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Upgrading from 1.5.3 to 1.5.4
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Upgrading from 1.5.2 to 1.5.3
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Upgrading from 1.5.1 to 1.5.2
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Upgrading from 1.5.0 to 1.5.1
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Upgrading from 1.4.9 to 1.5.0
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Upgrading from 1.4.8 to 1.4.9
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Upgrading from 1.4.7 to 1.4.8
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Upgrading from 1.4.6 to 1.4.7
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Upgrading from 1.4.5 to 1.4.6
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Upgrading from 1.4.4 to 1.4.5
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Upgrading from 1.4.3 to 1.4.4
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Upgrading from 1.4.2 to 1.4.3
Replace all files and directories in your "bwl-advanced-faq-manager" folder.
Upgrading from 1.4.1 to 1.4.2
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Upgrading from 1.4.0 to 1.4.1

Upgrading from 1.3.0 to 1.4.0
Replace all files and directories in your "bwl-advanced-faq-manager" folder.
Upgrading from 1.2.0 to 1.3.0
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Upgrading from 1.1.0 to 1.2.0
Replace all files and directories in your "bwl-advanced-faq-manager" folder.
New Files added in 1.2.0
- bwl_advanced_faq_manager_form_shortcode.php


L. Change Log - top

2016, October, 02 - v 1.6.4
- Fixed single page 404 issue.
- Improved plugin performance. Load JS and CSS files where plugin actually required.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2016, January, 17 - v 1.6.3
- Added vertical tab. check demo- https://youtu.be/3Szf6EQsScQ
- Update shortcode editor.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, December, 21 - v 1.6.2
- Fixed External FAQ Submission Form Issue.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, November, 02 - v 1.6.1
- Improved Live search section.
- Added custom sorting options for categories and topics.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, August, 30 - v 1.6.0
- Update Addon Page.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, August, 05 - v 1.5.9
- Added wp-login.php pagel link for external FAQ submission notification message.
- Added option to show/hide category title.
- Added option to set custom email address for getting FAQ submission notification.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, August, 05 - v 1.5.9
- Added wp-login.php pagel link for external FAQ submission notification message.
- Added option to show/hide category title.
- Added option to set custom email address for getting FAQ submission notification.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, July, 31 - v 1.5.8
- Added white background for FAQ content.
- Added New Page For BWL Advanced FAQ Manager Addon.
- Improved Search Section.
- Improved Widget.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, March, 10 - v 1.5.7
- Added 'X' [cross] button to clear search box easily for mobile device.
- Added FAQ category and FAQ Topic Widgets.
- Improved RTL stylesheet.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, February, 13 - v 1.5.6
- Added Expand All/Collapse All Button.
- Improved Live FAQ Search.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, January, 29 - v 1.5.5
- Added Frontend FAQ Pagination.
- Improved Live FAQ Search With Pagination feature.
- Improved FAQ Shortcode panel.
- Improved Plugin Speed.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2015, January, 19 - v 1.5.4
- Fixed External Form Submission Issue.
- Improved Plugin Performance.
- Improved FAQ Shortcode panel.
- Fixed Plugin Update Notification Issue.
- Improved Translation file.
- Improved Documentation.

2014, November, 12 - v 1.5.3
- Added Font-awesome up/down arrow for FAQ collapse navigation.
- Fixed categories and Topics Filters issues.
- Fixed random FAQ display issue.
- Improve responsive style.
- Added RTL support.
- Added FAQ author shortcode.
- Update FAQ settings Page.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, October, 22 - v 1.5.2
- Fixed hide search box issue.
- Fixing Shortcode Show Single FAQ lists issue
- Update FAQ settings Page.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, May, 25 - v 1.5.1
- Integrate auto update feature.
- Fixing Shortcode Tab Issue
- Update FAQ settings Page.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, May, 19 - v 1.5.0
- Introducing WPML Translation Feature..
- FAQ Settings Page Improved.
- Update FAQ settings Page.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, April, 06 - v 1.4.9
- Introducing single Display FAQ option.
- Introducing Display All FAQ answer opened option.
- Added Font Awesome.
- Show Author name, FAQ post date and edit option below FAQ Answer.
- Fixed Rating System Issue.
- Update FAQ settings Page.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, February, 15 - v 1.4.8
- Fixed email content issue.
- Introduced FAQ filtering by categories and topics.
- Documentation Improved.

2014, February, 06 - v 1.4.7
- Fixed bug of Tabbed Accordion.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, December, 25 - v 1.4.6
- Update Tabbed Accordion.
- Introduce single search box with multiple category.
- Improved collapsable accordion.
- Translation Section Improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, December, 17 - v 1.4.5
- Introduced Tabbed Accordion.
- Introduced Custom Shortcode Editor.
- Translation Section Improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, October, 26 - v 1.4.4
- Introduced Collapsible Accordion.
- Unlimited FAQ theme with 7 predefined theme.
- Translation Section Improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, Augest, 01 - v 1.4.3
- Captcha Validation For FAQ Submission.
- Custom Slug For Single FAQ Section.
- FAQ Rating Reset Feature.
- Translation Section Improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, Augest, 01 - v 1.4.2
- Excerpt section improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, July, 25 - v 1.4.1
- FAQ preview limit section improved.
- CSS & Translation section Improved.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, July, 09 - v 1.4
- Live Search Improved. Now able to search in both title & content.
- Integrate Excerpt settings for long FAQ answers.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, July, 04 - v 1.3
- 7 different themes added.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, July, 01 - v 1.2
- Front-end "FAQ question add FORM" using Shortcode.
- Add email & log In Settings feature in admin panel.
- Shortcode for show/hide search form.
- Accordion improved for Internet explorer 7/8/9
- Integrate Modernizr.
- Documentation Improved.

2013, June, 24 - v 1.1
- Add Live Search Feature.
- Enable/Disable features for live search.
- Add settings section in admin panel.

2013, June, 22 - v 1.0
- Initial release


M. Credits - top

- Color Picker By http://www.eyecon.ro/colorpicker

N. Conclusion: - top

Once again, thank you so much for purchasing BWL Advanced FAQ Manager Plugins.

Md. Mahbub Alam Khan

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