Downloads: 14533
Category: Plugin
Compatible with: GetSimple 3.2.1 - 3.3

Last Updated: April 20, 2020
Tags: catalog shop blog article lists data management database emulator flat-file framework
Author: Bigin
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Support: Support Forum

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Plugin Description:

ItemManager 2

ItemManager (IM) is a simple flat-file framework for GetSimple-CMS that allows you to develop completely customizable PHP applications bundled with GetSimple-CMS.

ItemManager offers you a XML data management in just as straightforward a manner as if you were working with a real database. ItemManager’s powerful API is very easy and enjoyable.

Design any type of product lists (items), search and filter through the items lists by using flexible API functions. You can create a random set of categories and fields, each category is assigned any number of fields and each item is assigned to one category, that represent the underlying data structure of ItemManager, which allows a countless design combinations.

If you plan to create a new GetSimple plugin: a blog, shopping cart, user management or just a simple script, be sure that ItemManager helps you to achieve your goals. Stop wasting your time and effort reinventing the wheel. ItemManager takes care of the basic data management, getter, setter methods and all XML data storage processes for your plugin properties, while you can keep your focus on more important matters like the plugin architecture.

What can be achieved with ItemManager?

The use of ItemManager allows a very variable field of application, ItemManager can be used to create tools and plugins:

  • Product -lists, -catalogs
  • eCommerce plugins
  • Image galleries
  • Blogs
  • User management tools
  • Varios data storage
  • Basic data structures for applications and plugins
  • Settings and data storages for other plugins
  • Depiction of complex Informations in Tables
  • Masks, search functions
  • Substitutions for small databases
  • etc


ItemManager was born as a fork of Items Manager on May, 2013. IM was written out of the necessity to create a simple product list with images, and has been constantly developed ever since. As of version 2 ItemManager offers a powerful API, which allows you to perform all kinds of tasks very comfortably.

Plugins Based On ItemManager

ItemManager has already been used several times to create helpful plugins:


First, create an instance of the ItemManager core (It should be called at least once in your code):

$imanager = imanager();   

Here's an example, should you want to save your data in order to be able to use it again later on, just do this:

$item = new Item(1);   
$item->name = 'My item name';   
$item->setFieldValue('data', 'Hello world');   

In order to bring the data into display again do this:

$item = imanager()->getItem(1, 'name=My item name');   
echo $item->fields->data->value; // Outputs: Hello world   

Documentation Website

More infos about ItemManager:

Other Tips & Examples

Latest Changes v 2.4.6:

:::Bug fixes
- Issue if OPcache library is used
- Minimal CSS fixes

Changes v 2.4.5: :::New features
- This version adds new methods to format the output of the Money field #10.
- A custom config file can now be used: The IM can run with different configuration options without having to exchange the default config.php. To accomplish this, just copy an existing config.php file from /plugins/imanager/lib/inc/ to your /data/imanager/settings/ directory and modify the relevant variables in it.
- Minimal CSS adjustment for the rendering of fields in the admin.

:::Bug fixes
- Money field error Invalid value format for the Fieldtype NAME has been fixed #10.
- Type assignment for the config variables thumbwidth and thumbheight has been corrected.
- Redundant Allocator code block `` has been removed

Complete changelog

Install Instructions:

Installing ItemManager 2.+ from the ZIP file:
You can download the current version of the ItemManager on GitHub. Unzip the downloaded file and copy its contents to your plugins folder. The required data directories and configurations should be created automatically when you first access the plugin. Make sure that PHP-process has enough security permissions to access these files.

Upgrading ItemManager 2.+ from the ZIP file:
ItemManager upgrades are easy because everything important to your site is contained under the /data/imanager/ and /data/uploads/imanager/ directory. You should delete everything else in /plugins/ directory that belongs to the ItemManager and leave the both directories above as it is.

Upgrading ItemManager 2.+ to 2.3.+:
Download the latest version of ItemManager GitHub
Extract the ZIP file somewhere temporary.
Delete the following file from your /plugins/ directory:

Delete: /plugins/imanager folder
Delete: /plugins/imanager.php file
Upload the new version imanager folder to /plugins/ directory
Upload the new version imanager.php to /plugins/ directory

NOTE: Backup any files you replace or delete!

Archived Versions:

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