By Neil on November 7, 2014
Custom post types are invaluable for WordPress websites once you understand how to use them. Basically you can assign a custom post type to different types of content on your website so that the information you input and the layout of each content type can be assigned so that it makes creating and publishing your work much easier.
You can create custom post types (and custom fields) manually, as discussed in this excellent article on Smashing Magazine, but I highly recommend using a plugin called Types. It’s free and you can learn more about it here. I use this plugin and love it.
In the video we look over one of my websites Turbobiketrainer.com and how I use custom post types. I have three main content types on this website, one is for standard article (I just use the standard Post and Pages for this), one is for products (I use a custom post type called Turbo Trainers for this), and one is for deals & offers (I use a custom post type called Offers for this).
Each post type has its own custom fields that ask for information specific to the content type. For example the Turbo Trainer custom post types uses custom fields that ask for RRP, Resistance Type, Control, along three different image fields and others. This means when I create a new product page I just fill out all the custom fields and hit publish knowing all the information I need is there.
Once you have your custom post types setup you do need to style them. You can do this manually by setting up custom post templates, but I highly recommend a plugin called Views that comes as part of the Toolset suite of plugins. Learn more about Toolset here.