Software Development

WordPress Custom Post Types

WordPress is best known as a blogging engine, but new features in recent releases and the ability of plugins to add functionality have made WordPress a viable CMS (Content Management System) for sites.

WordPress 3.0 added ‘custom post types’ which allows a developer to define new types of content in addition to the 5 inbuilt types. No longer will posts or pages need to be twisted into shape by use of custom fields or lots of PHP coding. Don’t let the name ‘custom post types’ have you believe the new content is just an extension to WordPress posts. The more correct title is ‘custom content types’.

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Software Development

But I Still love WordPress

The other day I had a whinge about WP security updates & releases. This post was written after I had just spent valuable time updated a number of WP sites I maintain.
Now I have that out of my system here are the reasons I use WP more and more:

  • Not just a blog tool, but a legitimate small-medium CMS
  • Large and knowledgeable support community
  • A huge and vibrant community of themes and plugins
  • FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) all the way

I have recently moved 2 more sites to WP, and both are better for it:

  • Girraween Athletics from Joomla
  • devReview from custom code

When I next need to put together a site with content management type capabilities I will likely use WP again over alternatives I have tried.

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