There are two features of WordPress that have helped push the platform over the last few years beyond a simple CMS. Taxonomies, first introduced way back in 2007, allow you to group things together. Categories and tags are two great examples of this.
3 years later custom post types were introduced to WordPress. This allowed you to extend the functionality of WordPress and create more than just posts, pages and attachments. You’ve probably used taxonomies and custom post types before and not realised it as many themes and plugins take advantage of them.
If you want to have complete control over your post types and taxonomies, I recommend the fantastic GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools plugin from Dev4Press. The plugin is a collection of tools that help you get more out of your WordPress website.
The front page of the plugin gives you a summary of the post types and taxonomies that are currently used on your website. Default and custom types are shown for posts and taxonomies.
The post types section shows you the custom post types you have creating using the plugin, custom post types created by third party themes and plugins and the post types that are built into WordPress. It’s a useful way of keeping track of the post types that are used on your website.
Creating a new post type is very straight forward. You simply need to enter the name of the post type and a description. There are dozens of built in icons which you can attach to the post type too and you can set the standard labels for the post type.
You can customise the post type to suit your needs. Through the settings and advanced featured tabs you can adjust the rewriting options, visibility, support taxonomies, capabilities and more.
There is a dedicated page for taxonomies too that works exactly like the custom post type area. The main page shows custom taxonomies you have created, taxonomies created by third party themes and plugins and default taxonomies such as categories and navigation menus. The process of creating taxonomies is the same as creating custom post types.
Those of you who have never created custom post types or taxonomies before may feel a little daunted by the sheer number of settings that you can modify. Thankfully there are lots of detailed tutorials that will walk you through the steps and there is a support forum for additional support too.
The plugin integrates a lot of new features into your WordPress website. All of these features can be switched off and on in the settings area.
GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools offers much more than just the option of adding and modifying custom post types and taxonomies. It also lets you set the permalinks of custom post types, add meta boxes and fields and attach images to terms. Additional templates, widgets, taxonomies and custom post type editors and a post type archives template are included too.
If you are looking to customise your website in any way, I encourage you to check GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools out as there is very little it can’t do when it comes to adding custom functionality to your website.
A lite version of GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools is available for free though if you want all of the plugins features you will need to buy a standard license. This retails for Ãƒ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬100 (around $135-$140). Both versions of the plugin allow you to use the plugin on an unlimited number of websites. To get 30% off the cost of any license just use the exclusive code WPMODS30. The code is valid until November 15 2011.
Stay tuned as later today as we will posting details about how you can win a lifetime license for GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools.