While Custom Post Types were introduced in WordPress 3.0, usage of this feature has only recently started picking up momentum. Thus I want to introduce a handful of plugins that complement this feature.
Custom Content Type Manager
I had originally found this plugin a few months back. It’s really nice in that it not only allows you to add custom post types but also to add standardized custom fields to make things easy for the client. The only issue I have with it is that it makes itself a top level menu item.
Simple Custom Post Types
I recently ran across this plugin when I found the above mentioned plugin to be too much. This plugin’s simple yet granular control will keep it at the top of my toolbox for awhile. I also love that it’s part of the “Settings” menu as clients are less likely to find and fiddle with it.
A taxomony is basically a way to group things, ie a post’s categories or tags. This plugin is also made by the developer of Simple Custom Post Types and allows you to create your own groupings, perhaps a “genre” taxonomy for a “movie” custom post type. I find that the plugins work great together when trying to manage large data sets.
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Say you have a “movie” custom post type that you want to associate with your “actors” custom post type. This plugin would allow you to link “actors” to “movies” via UI. The developer also recently added support for linking posts to users. I’m finishing up an intranet that uses this plugin to link various post types to internal departments.
I hope this post allows you to benefit more from Custom Post Types. I’m planning to highlight a new WordPress feature each month and would love to hear any ideas below. I may even do a few Q&A posts!