We all know how flexible WordPress is, that’s why so many of us use it.
We can create static pages, pages that don’t do anything special. They just display what we ask them to in a simple and easy to load way.
We all love posts, the dynamic element that has us smitten with WordPress in this age of social media. We love the way our websites become hubs of information to share and the ease of finding historic and categorised blogs.
WordPress handles pages and posts by treating them differently – they are different post types.
What is a custom post type?
A custom post type is a specified post type created to segment your content away from pages and posts. This could be used to arrange portfolio, products, testimonials or any other segment you want to include.
We can take this a step further though, in the same way as the blog we can use categories and tags that are just for the custom post type, we call these custom taxonomies.
A great example would be to set up a custom post type for Portfolio. You could then separate these into categories or custom taxonomies called E-commerce, Bespoke, Templates, Email Signatures and Landing Pages.
How to create a post type?
You can create a custom post type through functions.php or by adding a plugin, hover the easiest way is by using a plugin called types. See more about types here….