Keeping a list of all the feature requests you get from your users can be a cumbersome task. Maybe you’re managing your customer feedback all via spreadsheet and adding “+1″s to requests? Perhaps you’re using an expensive third party solution?
Whatever method you use, chances are it costs you time AND money.
Simple Feature Requests aims to make the whole process of collecting customer feedback and idea management much easier for you. Now you can let your users submit requests themselves and vote on the ones they want to see in your product — all from within your existing WordPress website.
Simple Feature Requests Free
The free version of the plugin provides the following features:
- Accept user-submitted feature requests.
- Users can vote on features they want to see included in your product.
- Users can comment on feature requests using the native WordPress commenting system.
- Admins can approve and manage feature requests.
- Intelligent search before submitting user feedback.
- Sort/filter by “Latest”, “Top”, “My Requests”, and “Status”.
- Select status from “Pending”, “Published”, “Under Review”, “Complete”, “Started”, “Planned”, and “Declined”.
- Ability to add custom statuses (requires code snippet).
Simple Feature Requests Pro
The Pro version of Simple Feature Requests provides enhanced features that make idea management even more effortless.
- Categorize feature requests to improve and organize the feature request process for your users.
- Bulk change request statuses to save you time managing user feedback.
- Add a roadmap to keep your users updated about where your product is heading.
- Enable email notifications for status changes or new comments, so your users keep in the loop.
- Limit votes per user to ensure they vote on only essential features.
- Image Uploads for feature requests.
- Custom Statuses for feature requests.
- Multiple Boards for grouping feature requests.
- Custom request labels to allow you to rename ‘request’ and ‘requests’ to whatever is most appropriate for your use-case.
Pro Feature Highlight: Product Roadmap
Simple Feature Requests makes it easy to create a comprehensive product roadmap based on the customer feedback you’ve received.
Our roadmap shortcode presents your product’s requests in a kanban view, organized by request status.
You can configure which status columns to display in the roadmap and use the shortcode multiple times throughout your website.
A product roadmap is essential for any product-based business. It allows you to keep your users in the loop about upcoming features and when to expect them.
Install the Plugin
- Login to your WordPress admin area.
- Navigate to Plugins > Add New.
- From here, you can either upload the plugin zip file, or search for “Simple Feature Requests”.
- Once installed, click Activate.
Create an Archive Page
This page is used to display the feature requests archive, and also as a base to display the single feature requests.
Navigate to your WordPress admin area.
- Click Pages > Add New.
- Give you page a name, for example “Feature Requests”.
- Place the following shortcode into the content area of the page: [simple-feature-requests].
Set the Archive Page in the Settings
Now that you’ve created your archive page, you need to assign it in the settings.
- Navigate to your WordPress admin area.
- Click Requests > Settings.
- Click the General tab.
- From the Archive Page dropdown, select the page you just created.
You’re All Set!
Now if you view the page you created on your website, you should see the Feature Requests archive page.
Is there a Pro version of the plugin?
Yes, there is! You can get it from our website.
What is a feature request system?
A feature request system, also known as a user feedback board or idea management board, allows your customers to submit features without someone having to manually manage them and reply every time one is submitted; thus freeing up your time to grow your product.
Gathering customer feedback in this way will enable you to prioritise which features are important to your customers, and which features will be the most profitable for your company.
Will users have to submit feature requests via my WordPress admin?
No! Users submit feature requests through the front-end of your website. They never have to know you’re using WordPress if you don’t want them to.
Can I categorize feature requests?
Yes, with the Pro version.
I’m getting a 404 error when loading a request or the requests archive.
You may need to refresh your permalinks. Go to Settings > Permalinks. Just visiting that settings page will refresh the permalinks.
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[security] Security fix.
[fix] Fixed an issue preventing custom labels from being translatable
[fix] It’s now possible to set the single and archive title tags in Simple Feature Requests Free
[fix] Corrected PHP Notice: Trying to get property ‘ID’ of non-object in /public_html/wp-content/plugins/simple-feature-requests-pro/inc/class-compat-astra.php on line 69
[fix] Corrected fatal error that sometimes occurred in Simple Feature Requests Free
[new] Added ability to organize requests by board, allowing multiple boards per site [pro]
[new] Added ability to rename ‘Request’ and ‘Requests’ to any other applicable label, e.g. ‘Report’ and ‘Reports’ [pro]
[update] Added setting to hide default entry title on single request view
[update] Added options to select heading tags for single request titles and archive request titles
[update] Added filters for all SFR redirects
[fix] Corrected the presence of non-unique IDs on SFR form fields
[fix] Corrected fatal error on Easy Digital Downloads receipt page
[fix] Corrected issue that caused PhotoSwipe template to be loaded where it wasn’t required
[new] Custom Statuses UI [pro]
[new] Option to allow image uploads on feature requests [pro]
[fix] Ensured text domain is properly loaded
[new] List all users who voted on a request (admin) [pro]
[new] Allow vote count to be updated manually on a request [pro]
[new] Merge feature requests [pro]
[update] Update dependencies
[update] Remove redirect from admin area for voters
[update] Add body classes to archive and single request pages
[update] Remove single user instance
[update] Update email subjects
[update] Add status descriptions to emails
[update] Add pending status description to single view
[update] Add comment contents to email notification [pro]
[update] Update POT file
[fix] Enqueue styles from Elementor template on single request
[fix] Show taxonomies in Gutenberg sidebar
[fix] Dropdown styles on Windows machines
[fix] Dropdown heights match other buttons
[fix] Register new users as subscribers
[new] Allow multisite activation
[new] Set admin from and to email addresses for notifications [pro]
[new] Set number of requests per page in the archive view [pro]
[update] Ensure admins can view pending posts
[update] Add pending requests count to admin menu
[update] Make voters “contributors” so author can be changed for a request
[fix] Prevent pending requests from being accessed via URL
[fix] Add text domain to comments and votes
[fix] Text domain for statuses
[fix] Filtering by ‘declined’ showed all requests
[fix] Vote/Voted translations
[fix] Fix foreign character decoding when searching
[fix] Ensure archive ID isn’t cached to 0
[new] Choose the default request status in the settings
[new] Roadmap shortcode [pro]
submission parameter to disable submission form
[update] Astra theme compatibility
[update] Disable theme comments
[update] Use author display name instead of nicename
[update] Ensure post type is set correctly for archive pages
[update] Make categories public and redirect default archive
[update] Don’t send notification when status changed to ‘pending’
[update] Update dependencies
[fix] Don’t cache page type as it may get called too early
[fix] Fix issue where query var was checked too soon resulting in fatal error
[update] Add Elementor compatibility
[fix] Settings error when running wp-cli
[fix] Suppress filters when querying single post to prevent possible infinite loop
[fix] Issue with modifying the post for the request endpoint
[new] IMPORTANT! The plugin now uses shortcodes for better theme compatibility. You will need to add a page and update your settings: https://docs.simplefeaturerequests.com/getting-started/setup
[new] Shortcodes! See here: https://docs.simplefeaturerequests.com/getting-started/shortcodes
[new] Set a limit for votes per user [pro]
jck_sfr_votes_limit filter [pro]
[new] Option to disable comments
[update] Add setting to allow vote removal on your own requests
[update] Don’t show completed requests in “top requests” widget
[update] Add some additional default form styling
[fix] Hide submission form when search cleared
[fix] Scripts not loading on archive
[fix] Ensure new request is visible when default is pending
[update] Flush permalinks on activation
[update] Allow “powered by” credit to be enabled/disabled in the settings
[update] Send notification to admin when request is added
[update] Update dependencies
[fix] Disable auto complete on search field
[fix] Fix avatar and credit icon sizing
[fix] Non-numeric error when adding a request
[fix] Security Fix
[new] Pro – Categories
[new] Pro – Bulk update statuses
[new] Pro – Email notifications
[new] Sidebar widgets
[update] Update dependencies
[fix] Fix single request visibility when completed or declined
[update] Ignore “status” and “filter” when searching as they can’t be changed anyway
[fix] Remove search when filtering or changing status
[fix] Keep status when filtering
[fix] Show all statuses when searching
[fix] Ajax search was returning all results
[update] Add custom statuses for feature requests
[update] Update notices class to use transients
[update] Add notice on successful submission
[update] Filter by status
[update] Update Freemius
[update] Update settings framework
[fix] Fix feature request height when no content
[fix] Fix return value error for older PHP versions
[fix] Add before/after hooks to single template.