Using Custom Post Types in WordPress

If you’re a photographer planning to showcase your photos in WordPress, you will probably look for a “Gallery Menu” where you can post those photos. By default, however, you can only publish your photos as either a Post or a Page. Fortunately, WorPress 3.0 allows you to create and customise the post types that you desire.

Overview

If you’re familiar with WordPress, then you are probably familiar with its content creation. There are two major WordPress post types: Post and Page. Posts are generally used for blogging or one which requires frequent updates, while pages are used for static content like the Contact and About Page of a site.

Benefits of Using Custom Post Types

Custom post types give you the ability to incorporate your own menu in WordPress besides the default content. It allows you to display your content categorically. For instance, if you want to sort all special events and dates you have for your project, you can create a customised “event” menu and sort the date like a calendar planner. A few of the many ideas you can incorporate to your website include shopping cart, product catalogue, gallery, directory, and many more.

Also, it will be much easier for you to add a new product on your listing if you are running an ecommerce site. All you have to do is simply create a link for “Add New Product”, then provide some details about that product, and then save the update. The update is then added to your product catalogue menu. You can create a custom post type as many as you need, so updates will be quickly added and linked to the unique specifications of your post.

Aside from easy website navigation, custom post types will also make your site look tidier. Your visitors can basically click a specific menu and expect a specific content that it will be delivering. This is a very essential feature for attracting visitors to browse through your website easily otherwise they won’t bother to stay longer in your site.

Generally, custom post types in WordPress encourage website organisation and functionality to make it look appealing to the visitors as well as make it easier for you to manage the content of your site. Now if you want to customise and organise your website then contact Ignition Media, a professional web designer who can help you present your website in a better manner!

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