Multiple Metadata Taxonomies for different content areas!
The DivKid website design and build by HBM may look minimalist, but underneath the hood there's a lot going on. Specifically there are two separate tag taxonomies and a custom post type. Read on to discover more about what WordPress can do for you and your complex data management requirements.
Before we get into the technical details, the home page represents some pretty extreme minimalist design. This was an exercise in removing everything except the absolute essentials to make the visitor experience as immediate as possible. No sub-menus, no scrolling, no fuss; just a single menu which gives a complete overview of the site, a logo and links to social media. Job done.
Modules, Music, Sound Design, About and Contact are all standard WordPress web pages but the most interesting sections of the website are Videos and Blog. The Blog utilises the standard WordPress 'Posts', 'Categories' and 'Tags'. These come with WordPress as standard and are what everyone uses to publish their blog or news posts and add metadata when they categorise and tag them.
Custom Post Types and Video Tag Taxonomy
But what happens when you would like to publish two (or more) different kinds of post?
That's where WordPress Custom Post Types (CPTs) and Custom Tags come into their own.
A Custom Post Type lets you define a completely separate section in the WordPress Admin Panel, identical in form and function to the Posts section but for different kinds of posts, in this case Videos. The form fields for creating a New Video are also identical to the Post form, except there is an additional Custom Field to enter the Youtube Video link.
A Custom Video Tag Taxonomy is then associated with the Video Custom Post Type.
Compare the Video Tags with the Blog Tags; as you will see, they are completely different - super cool and seriously powerful!
Custom Post Type Template
The final requirement is a Custom Template for the Custom Post Type to make sure everything displays correctly. This takes the additional data, in this case the YouTube video link, and outputs it in a suitable format for display along with the rest of the video post data. This customisability makes WordPress a very flexible and powerful Content Management System (CMS).
Can you think of a way that this advanced WordPress functionality would help you manage your business data?
Timescale and Costs
The complete custom theme development including the custom post type, categories and tags took 5 working days, and the total cost for the implementation was £1500.
Working with HBM was a simple, personal and efficient process. I came to HBM with a vague idea and with their insight, experience and ideas this led to a fantastic website that's better than I imagined. We explored options along the way and everything was made simple so I can run the website easily.Ben Wilson / DivKid