WordPress.org

Ready to get started?Download WordPress

Forums

Explain the value of custom content types (4 posts)

  1. hhk
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    When I heard WP3 was going to have custom content types, I jumped all over it. But I find myself a little disappointed. I installed Custom Post Type UI v0.5.2.

    I was expecting to be able to create a custom form where I could specify fields for site authors to fill in. For example:

    Movie Content Type
    Fields:
    Name:
    Genre:
    Year:
    Director:

    I realize you can use taxonomy to populate that data as tags but that's very intuitive for users.

    So I'm wondering, what is the value of custom content types? Can't I just use a Page to accomplish the same thing?

  2. MichaelH
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Can't I just use a Page to accomplish the same thing?

    Very good question--yes you could use a page with custom fields to do that. Then if that's the approach you take consider using scribu's Custom Field Taxonomies plugin and the Custom Field Templates plugin.

    But then again, custom post types will allow you to create a more customized, and cleaner screen to enter data. But that could take a some specific knowledge and require code via a plugin or theme's functions.php.

  3. hhk
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If WordPress wants to be a serious CMS and not just a blogging tool, I would think custom forms with user defineable fields would be a requirement.

Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.

About this Topic

Tags

No tags yet.