In this week’s lockdown live we discussed the following topics:
***Custom Content Types***
**What are they?**
They allow you to move custom content data out of the normal WordPress database structure into their own tables. The major benefit is speed. Instead of having multiple database records per entry, you only have a single line of data. This means searching and filtering is a much quicker and more streamlined affair.
**What are the current limitations?**
At the moment, CCT’s are limited to only being a single record that can’t have taxonomies or tags associated with them. To organise your data you’ll need to create meta fields to hold the values you want to use and use that for organisation and filtering. For example, if you wanted to display the records for a particular company, you would need to create a meta field inside your CCT and then set that to something like a Select field and add in the values manually as opposed to using custom post types or CPT’s to create your custom taxonomies in the more traditional method.
**What could you use them for?**
At present, the best way to think of them is as a great way to create simple dynamic lists. For example, it could be something as simple as a list of clients or a list of addresses. Anything that doesn’t require complex relationships or data hierarchy which would normally use CPT’s to group data and make that grouping dynamic.
While I don’t have any specific insight into the future from Crocoblock themselves, I think it’s fairly safe to say that they will look to make CCT’s as close to custom post types and meta fields that can be associated with CPT’s as possible. How viable that is, I don’t know.
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