WordPress has slowly been growing and evolving from a dedicated blogging platform into a more structured and flexible content management system (CMS) over the many years that it’s now been around.
But, there is a free, open-source and excellent framework called Pods that allows you to completely manipulate content types with a simple plugin install and its key features are these:
- All the benefits of Custom Post Types and Taxonomies
- One-click add to menu
- None of the unnecessary WordPress-post overheads (the default fields you get with any ‘new’ post type and the database tables, behind the scenes)
- Completely structure, organise and display the content any way you want
- Extend any of the existing post types and taxonomies, from one place
One of the issues I’ve experienced is with having different plugins managing custom fields/taxonomies/post types and they sometimes clashed, so the last point is a huge boon.
Technically, all of the Pods benefits have been achievable with WordPress – even from the beginning, really – but only via manual hacks.
Go grab the Pods framework plugin for yourself and let me know your thoughts.