How to Speed up the Process of Development Using WordPress with Pods
Everything related to the design and development of web-sites is developing and not static. Programming languages, technologies, trends of web design and usability have also been advanced. If you develop sites using WordPress, you must have faced a situation when it is necessary to classify the content, add custom data types and form fields. Using the Pods Framework you will save time, get rid of routine work and will concentrate on implementing business logic of your web project.
Wordpress Content Types
As you know WordPress is a system that operates different data types. By default WordPress provides an opportunity of working with such types of content as Pages, Posts, Attachments, Revisions and Menu, which in their turn can be grouped into Categories and Tags taxonomies. These content types also allow you to store authors, the date and custom fields. But what if your web project is lacking data types that WordPress provides by default and you need a more complex structure? What if existing fields of categories and taxonomies do not satisfy the requirements of the project? In this case, there is a way of extending standard content types.
How to Apply Pods Framework
WordPress allows you to create data types of Custom Content Types and Custom Fields. Usually it requires writing extra PHP code in the functions.php file of your theme or plugin. So you define the properties of the content type and how it should interact with WordPress. However, using Pods, you can create completely new types of data. Pods also allows you to modify existing content types. For example, you can create additional fields to the form of category adding or posts adding, and add taxonomies for pages. All this can be done directly with help of the WordPress admin area, and you needn’t to be a programmer for that. Screenshot of creating a new content type or modifying the existing one:
Adding of Page, Post content types:
Tags are not hierarchical taxonomies. They are typically used to associate the content with a specific topic. For example, the content of the categories “Health” and “Sport” can be associated with the tag “Children”. Modified taxonomies (Custom Taxonomies) are the ability of arranging content in accordance with project requirements without using standard categories and tags. Suppose you are developing a sports website, where you are creating custom data type of Sport Custom Post Type that will store kinds of sports. Now we need to classify information hierarchically and not hierarchically:
Not hierarchical classification:
1. World Cup: Ukraine, Germany, Spain
2. Champions League: Germany, Ukraine
3. UEFA Europa League: Russia
4. League of African States: Kenya, Cameroon
Custom Taxonomy Adding Interface:
What Are the Modified Fields (Custom Fields) in WordPress
Custom fields provide an opportunity of extending the set of existing fields such as Post, Page or Custom Post Type. That significantly enhances the capabilities of WordPress when developing websites. You can create custom fields either programmatically (to write PHP code) or by using the Pods.
Custom Fields in Pods List Interface:
How to Use Advanced Content Types in WordPress
When creating a Custom Post Type they are added to the table wp_posts of the WordPress database. If you use Advanced Content Types, such information is stored in separate tables, which are not dependent on WordPress. The points of using Advanced Content Types are as follows:
1. You need to store data in separate tables in the database, not related to WordPress by default. For example, you have a list of users from a third-party system and you would not want to mix them with users of WordPress.
2. You need to select information from a large number of fields of a database table, for example, for reports or statistics.
3. You need to store information that will be periodically renewed or deleted.
If you're not a developer who has specific requirements for the web project, it is highly recommended to use the above described Custom Post Types.
More information about the Pods Framework can be found on the developer’s website or ask your question below.