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Idea Stimulation System for WordPress by CreativeMinds

The Ideal feedback and ideation management system supports the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas.

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Idea Stimulation System For WordPress

The Idea Stimulation plugin adds the option to build an ideation feedback and management system (the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas).

It can help to support the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. This can support all stages of a thought cycle, from innovation, to development, to actualization.

The Idea Stimulation Process

Posting New Ideas

The process of idea stimulation starts by posting a new idea and describing exactly what it is you want to generate new ideas about. You can add video to demonstrate your idea and also set goals of how many approvals need to be reached.

While posting new ideas user should try to capture the true essence of what they are looking for in as few words as possible. A vague description will usually yield equally vague results.

Screen Showing Existing Ideas and option to Post New Ones
Screen Showing Existing Ideas and option to Post New Ones

Collaborating on Posted Ideas

Users participating in the system can respond to the idea posted, add comments and also vote.

Looking at all ideas posted under a specific category can shows which ideas gained more approvals and responses and which did not pick up. This is a useful aid when trying to brainstorm and facilitate new ideas and creativity within a group of people, students or within a workplace.

Screen showing a screen containing all details related to one posted idea
Screen showing a screen containing all details related to one posted idea

Administrators can moderate new ideas posted and also responses for each idea. Administrators can also define who can post new ideas and who can respond to ideas posted. Access restrictions can also be set to define who can view the content related to the idea.

Using the Idea Stimulation Plugin for WordPress

  • Let users post new ideas
  • Let other users add their thoughts and comments
  • Set approval goals and ask user to approve the idea
  • Add categories and set additional fields for submitting ideas for each category
  • Working with both the Answers Plugin and the Idea Stimulation Plugin

    This plugin comes bundled with the CM Answers plugins. When installed together with CM Answers the look and feel of CM Answers will change to reflect the way an ideation tool work.

    If you want to keep both options working together (Questions and Answers together with the Idea Stimulator) you will need to run two instances of CM Answers on a MultiSite environment or on a separate domain.

    All license activation issues related to running more than one installation are covered upon buying the AddOn. This means that we will alter the needed license activation limits to support both functionalities

    Idea Stimulation Plugin Localization and Supported Languages

    Easily Localize the Q&A Forum

    All front-end labels can easily be changed to any language so the user interface will speak your language. As well as this we already have a PO/MO files for many languages covering all plugin front-end interaction.
    Plugin Labels Settings
    Plugin Labels Settings

    Supported languages includes: Spanish, Polish, German, Danish, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish.

    We will be happy to assist building other PO/MO files upon user request.

    Idea Stimulator Prerequisite Plugin

    CM Answers – Is bundled with the Idea system addon

    Idea Stimulation Plugin Features

    Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

    • Custom Fields – Add custom fields for each category to make the ideas facilitation structured within defined guidelines and requirements.
    • Categories – Each idea can be posted under a specific category. Users can view all ideas by filtering the category name.
    • Access Restrictions – Admin can define who can post new ideas, who can answer and also who can view.
    • Moderation – Admin can moderate new ideas posted and also moderate responses posted to each idea.
    • Goals – The Idea poster can set a goal for the number of approvals they are expecting for the idea.
    • Attachments – Users can attach documents and images to the idea posted or to responses.
    • Video – The Idea poster can add a video to better explain the idea.
    • Notifications – User can follow an idea thread and see all responses made to it. Users can also follow a category to see all new ideas posted and all responses made to these ideas.
    • Labels – All text labels are customized and can be adjusted to the specific use case and terminology set.
    • Responses – Users viewing the idea posted can add their response and can also comment on other peoples’ responses .

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    Idea Stimulation Plugin Online Demo


    This demo shows how a logged-in user can post a new idea, support an existing idea or post comments to a posted idea. Non Logged in users can only view the ideas posted.

    Go to Live Demo

    Idea Stimulation Plugin Additional Addons and Modules

    The following list is additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Idea Stimulation Plugin to provide additional functionality

    Idea Stimulation Plugin Related Add Ons

    Ask the Expert
    This plugin provides an efficient ask the expert system for WordPress users. Just ask a question, simple or lengthy, and get an answer to your question quickly from a verified expert online. The system supports having multiple experts on various topics and categories.
    Answers Anonymous Posting
    An Add-on for the CM Answers plugin that adds the option for non logged-in users to post questions & answers on your discussion forum. Anonymous postings are Captcha protected and can be moderated by the admin to avoid spam.
    Answers Visual Widgets
    Add-On for the CM Answers Plugin. Set of six fun visualization tools which enhance your WordPress forum by highlighting your questions, tags and categories. The visualization tools comes in two forms, widgets and shortcodes
    Answers Import and Export
    Add-on for the CM Answers Plugin. Provides you with an easy tool to backup your CM Answers data and move it from one site to another. The output is stored on a file using the CSV format. It includes all questions, answers, categories, tags and links to the files and images
    AnsPress Import for Answers
    Supports the import of questions, answers, comments, votes and categories from the AnsPress plugin into CM Answers
    Answers PeepSo Integration
    This AddOn for CM Answers and PeepSo supports adding the questions and answers functionality to a Peepso social network. A new tab will appear on PeepSo members profile to show questions and answers posted by members.
    Answers Payment
    Adds Payment support to Question and Answers plugin using the EDD or WooCommerce cart system

    Idea Stimulation Plugin Frequently Asked Questions

    Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

    Can I change the labels of this plugin

    Sure. All labels can be changed and adjusted to your needs. This is done through the plugin settings and does not need any coding.

    Can I restrict the posting of new ideas to specific users or per roles

    Yes. the plugin support access restrictions so you can define who can post new ideas and who can comment or add suggestions to them.

    Can I be notified when new ideas are posted

    Yes. Within the notification settings of the plugin you can set to send a notification when new ideas are posted

    Can I moderate new ideas before they get published

    Yes. The plugin supports moderation. This is set using the plugin settings so new ideas will not be shown before they are moderated first

    Still have questions? Send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours.



    Version 1.2.2 22nd Apr 2018

    • Removed duplicated tags section from question snippet on the questions page.
    • Fixed CSS clear issue.

    Version 1.2.1 14th Mar 2018

    • Fixed issue with selecting the featured image for a question.
    • Fixed loading JS and CSS files.

    Version 1.2.0 7th Mar 2018

    • Added option to have the approve ideas feature only in selected categories.

    Version 1.0.9 8th June 2017

    • Updated licensing dashboard.

    Version 1.0.8 28th April 2017

    • CSS improvements.

    Version 1.0.7 27th July 2016

    • Updated licensing dashboard.

    Version 1.0.6 15th June 2016

    • CSS improvements.

    Version 1.0.5 24th May 2016

    • Updated licensing dashboard.

    Version 1.0.4 20th March 2016

    • Updated licensing api support.

    Version 1.0.3 25th Feb 2016

    • Added automatic updates from plugin dashboard
    • Replaced plugin admin interface including license activation and userguide

    Plugin Release 1.0.2 24th Jan 2016

    • Updated licensing api support.
    • CSS Improvments

    Plugin Release 1.0.0 22nd Oct 2015