Line25

WordPress Custom Post Type Guides & Resources

Read the full post

I only recently discovered the power of WordPress custom post types and found some really useful resources while I was learning the basics of how they work. If you’re looking to learn all about the potential of custom post types yourself, this post rounds up the best tutorials, guides, generators and plugins to give you a head start and to make sense of what can initially appear to be a complicated subject.

WordPress Custom Post Type Guides

The WordPress Codex is always a good place to start when learning anything about WordPress, but it can be a little technical and difficult to understand if you aren’t one of those coding brainiacs. Thankfully there are other guides out there that take the basic concept and put them into more understandable examples, often with screenshots and handy code samples.

The Complete Guide To Custom Post Types

The Complete Guide To Custom Post Types

This thorough guide to Custom Post Types on Smashing Magazine provides an in depth explanation of what custom post types actually are and the various settings and configurations that come with them.

Create a WordPress custom post type

Create a WordPress custom post type

.net magazine shares some great tips with a working example of how to implement custom post types into your WordPress site. The example of a books database is shown with a step by step process of how it’s set up.

Custom post types in WordPress

Custom post types in WordPress

Justin Tadlock’s overview of custom post types is one that really helped me get to grips with the concept. His well designed site and detailed explanations make it easy to absorb all the information.

A Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types: Creation, Display and Meta Boxes

 A Guide to WordPress Custom Post Types: Creation, Display and Meta Boxes

This two part tutorial series from Wptuts takes you through the entire process of setting up a custom post type and the various related features such as custom meta boxes and custom taxonomies, all with useful code samples to copy and paste into your own projects.

How to use Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0

How to use Custom Post Types in WordPress 3.0

If you’re not much of a coder this tutorial and screencast from WPBeginner shows you how to create a custom post type with the help of a WordPress plugin, which makes the whole process accessible to beginners.

Creating A Custom Post Type In WordPress

Creating A Custom Post Type In WordPress

Paulund not only describes how to set up a WordPress custom post type in his guide, but also talks about best practices and common problems associated with the various techniques.

Create your first WordPress Custom Post Type

Create your first WordPress Custom Post Type

Treehouse’s guide to custom post types uses the idea of a WordPress based portfolio as their working example, which makes this guide perfect for any designers looking to build their own portfolio using WordPress.

WordPress Custom Post Type Resources

Now you’re armed with the knowledge of how to create your own custom post types in WordPress here’s a couple of extra resources that will help speed up your workflow and make the implementation of your own post types much easier.

WordPress Custom Post Type Code Generator

WordPress Custom Post Type Code Generator

Setting up a custom post type requires a considerable amount of code. Thankfully this handy generator does all the hard work for you after a few options are configured in a form.

WordPress Custom Post Type Generator

WordPress Custom Post Type Generator

O3′s post type generator is a handy alternative. See all the options conveniently laid out with the entire code immediately available to copy and paste.

Types – WordPress Custom Post Types Plugin

Types - WordPress Custom Post Types Plugin

The Types plugin for WordPress generates an interface in your admin dashboard where you can easily configure and manage your custom post types, custom taxonomies and custom fields.

Custom Post Type UI WordPress Plugin

Custom Post Type UI WordPress Plugin

The Custom Post Type UI WordPress Plugin is a useful tool for setting up custom post types without needing to write any code. All the same settings are configurable via the online interface.

Free web shadows pack for every subscriber

Join the mailing list to have new content delivered straight to your email inbox. Every subscriber gets a free pack of realistic web shadows.

Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

  • http://www.luit.nl Peter Luit

    I do use the Types & Views plugins for this purpose. See http://www.wp-types.com. very good support.

  • http://pixelsugar.co Diana

    I love custom post types and I love the debate that Paulund brings up. I’m personally not a big fan of putting custom post types in functions.php.

    Thanks for the resources!

  • http://amirpk.com/ Amir Sattar

    Great Resources! thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.enfusionweb.com Ahmed Ali

    Genuinely true, I have made a lot of complex functions for my clients based on Custom Posts. I think it just opens the “Everything is Possible” door in WordPress

  • http://kit-invest.com/webdesign/ Ralf

    Realy great Webdesign, thx for show us.
    Greets

  • http://www.freelancetoindia.com/ KevinJohnson

    Great resource about custom post type. I always like to know something advance about wordpress and it’s plugins. Thanks for sharing such a great resource.

  • http://www.planweb.co.uk Adrian at Plan Web

    Great resources, thanks for sharing.

  • http://hsameer.com.np/ Sameer Humagain

    Really a great resource, thanks for sharing with us.

  • Alex Hoffmander

    I’ve been using Advanced custom fields, and I’ve tried a few of the ones above…still not switching though!

    http://www.advancedcustomfields.com/

  • http://flattrendz.com/ Navin Nagpal

    Chris, outstanding compilation. Really helpful !!

  • http://www.usdesignschools.com/en/web/ Gianluca

    I personally like to create my own plugins and widgets, but there is no doubt about sometimes you don’t have enough time for such a task. Thank you for sharing. Now it is time to choose the right one! :)

  • http://www.1sourceauto.com/ Michael Andrew

    This is best tutorial and guidance for me. Thanks for sharing this amazing collection. .It is helpful for me a lot.
    1 Source Auto

  • dave

    Been really interested in this for some time, great collection of resources. Thanks.

  • http://www.wdcwebsitedesign.com ian

    I do Use A few Plugins so thanks for the Great resources, and thanks for sharing