Compare: Free vs. PRO-JCI-Plugin

If the free JCI-Plugin reaches it’s limits, the PRO JCI-Plugin might be the next step for you:

  • support and ongoing development
  • handle almost all JSON-feeds / APIs, XML, CSV… data
  • mighty twig-template engine
  • template-manager: store templates independent of pages
  • build applications: select JSON-feed on the fly
  • third-party shortcodes work inside the jsoncontentimporter-shortcode
  • and a lot more…

In detail: See the matrix below to compare free and PRO-version of the JSON Content Importer.
If you have special requests or neeed a customized version of the plugin: just drop me an email and we’ll figure it out..

Feature / Version
Free Version
free option for many JSON-Feeds
and display-challanges
PRO Version
more features, better JSON-handling
Development further development motivated by donations or bugs ongoing development
Template-engines JCI-Template-engine Twig-Template-engine (JCI-Template-engine is still there, but twig is way better)
Debugging Debug-Mode: use “debugmode=10” in the shortcode Debug-Mode: use “debugmode=10” in the shortcode
Widget Display JSON-data as widget in the sidebar.
Shortcode jsoncontentimporter jsoncontentimporterpro (parallel install of free- and PRO-Version is no problem)
Pass WordPress-Customfields to the JSON-Feed-URL by Shortcode-Parameter”customfieldparam” “customfieldparam”: see for details here
Passing GET-Parameter to JSON-Feed by special Shortcode-Parameter “urlparam”, “pathparam”, “fileext” “urlparam”: see also here
The URL of the JSON-Feed is defined either by the Shortcode-Parameter “url” or by together with the Template at the Plugin-settings. By default the “url” is static and always the same.But sometimes it should be dynamic: When calling the page GET-parameter should be passed into the plugin setting the URL.
E.g. a WordPress-page like “http://…displayDomain/example.php?test=5&exa=7” should use a JSON-Feed like “http://…JSONdomain/data.json?test=5&exa=7”. Without “urlparam” you can define the Shortcode like this: [jsoncontentimporterpro url=”http://…JSONdomain/data.json”], there is no way to pass the value of “test” to the JSON-Templateengine.
By “urlparam” you can do this. [jsoncontentimporterpro url=”http://…JSONdomain/data.json” urlparam=”test#exa”] will put together the URL of the JSON-Feed out of “url” and the “#” separated parameter.“pathparam”, “fileext”

With “pathparam” and “fileext” you can dynamically build the JSON-Feed url. So not only the parameter are flexible with “urlparam” but also the whole url. Where “fileext” ist fixed by the Shortcut-Parameter “pathparam” takes the “#” separated GET-Parameter.You must switch on these Shortcut-paramater in the plugin-options! They’re switched off by default!
Show only some data
oneOfTheseWordsMustBeIn, oneOfTheseWordsMustBeInDepth, oneOfTheseWordsMustNotBeIn, oneOfTheseWordsMustNotBeInDepth

The “if-else-endif” syntax of twig gives you all options to select JSON-data
Template is parameter of the shortcode
Template must be placed between [jsoncontentimporter url=..] and [/jsoncontentimporter]. Hence on the the page where it’s parsed.
more Free-Shortcode-Parameter

Shortcode-Parameter nameoftemplate:
Besides placing the Template inside jsoncontentimporter you can store Templates in a list.
Out of this list you can call the template by it’s id like [jsoncontentimporter nameoftemplate="NAME_OF_TEMPLATE"] which gives the template and optional basenode and a JSON-URL
more PRO-Shortcode-Parameter
Unchangeable and technical Errormessages

Custom Errormessage (set via Options)
Method retrieving JSON-Feed GET GET, POST, PUT:
CURL-GET and CURL-POST (and sometimes CURL-PUT) are very ofter the best choice.
Alternative: You can set the WordPress-GET/POST-functions. These add some data (like User-Agent) to the request.
Some APIs need a pure, 100% configurable request. This can be done by rawget or rawpost.
XML-, CSV-, Text-Feed
If the APIs gives you XML-/CSV- or Text-data and not JSON_ add “inputtype=xml” or “”inputtype=csv” as Shortcode-Parameter. Then the plugin tries to convert XML / CSV into JSON. Switch on full debugging in the plugin options: This will show you what JSON was created out of XML. Use to check the resulting JSON-structure.
Cache of JSON-Feed
Display range of items
The subloop-code is {subloop:KEY:m}: This will display the 1-st to m-th Element. If set to -1 all items will be displayed. same with {subloop-array…}

The twig-syntax  {% for i in team |slice(start,noofitems) %}…{% endfor %} will display “noofitems” Elements, starting from “start”.
Value: attributes
A JSON-Key/Value is represented by {KEY:ATTRIBUTE} in the template. ONE of the following values are valid for ATTRIBUTE:

The pro-version uses the twig-syntax:
{% set a = “test1” %}{% set b = “whatever” ~a %} concats strings
“if-else-endif” selects data
Formatting of date: see here for dateformat
Shortcodes inside Template
Other Shortcodes are NOT evaluated.

Other Shortcodes are executed.
So you can use other plugin-Shortcodes together with JSON Content Importer
{{…}}: Insert values from Shortcode
Insert KEY-name of the JSON-KEY-VALUE pair. Plus: Value of the shortcode-parameter param1 (“{{param1}}”) and param2 (“{{param2}}”)
Parsing JSON
Most of the JSON-feed can be processed. But only modified and filtered in a few ways.

Some JSON-feeds the free-version can’t handle. The pro-version can handle almost all JSON-feeds.
If you buy the pro-version and the JSON you need can’t be handled you’ll get full refund!
Feature / Version
Free Version
free option for many JSON-Feeds and display-challenges
PRO Version
full control on JSON and wordpress