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The Power of the WordPress Editor

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I’ve seen it too many times… unnecessary custom post types are created for something that does not need a custom post type. Meet the team, featured projects, and case studies sections are the most common offenders. I’m here to tell you that doing so is just making things more difficult and adding something that, in most cases, you don’t really need. The WordPress editor itself can handle what it is you seek to accomplish when creating such sections of your site, as it has the power to do so.

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The Power of the WordPress Editor

  1. 1. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR KYLE LAVERTY
  2. 2. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR INTRODUCTION Who Am I? ‣ Laverty Creative - 
 http://lavertycreative.com
 http://kylelaverty.com ‣ Father/Stepfather of 5 children and 2 pups ‣ Follow me @LavertyCreative or @lavekyl <–– This guy
  3. 3. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT AND WHY Custom post-types are often overused in WordPress. Their usage makes sense in a lot of cases, including for customized sections of websites. But they are often not necessary. Because of their overuse I aim to show an alternative way to display content similar to that of custom post-types, but by using the power of the WordPress editor.
  4. 4. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHAT IS A POST TYPE? Post-types are different types of content in WordPress. Some of the default post-types are… ▸ Posts ▸ Pages ▸ Attachments ▸ Revisions ▸ Navigation Menus Each have their own parameters that define how they will be displayed.
  5. 5. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHAT IS A CUSTOM POST-TYPE? Custom post-types are new content types that you create using the register_post_type() function or using a plugin like CPT UI. You determine the parameters such as use of categories, an archive page, etc. Here is a basic example…
  6. 6. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHEN TO USE A CUSTOM POST-TYPE When you have a lot of content that you want to separate from posts and pages, and/or if you want to make it easy for clients to manage different types of content. Examples ▸ Movie Reviews ▸ Resources ▸ Events ▸ Slides (the exception to lots of content)
  7. 7. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHEN YOU DON’T NEED A CUSTOM POST-TYPE When you don’t have much content. Using one is fine if you are making customizations, but maybe a plugin would be better suited for that (ACF or CMB2 anyone?). Examples ▸ Process ▸ Services ▸ Projects (recent or featured)
  8. 8. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Creating a custom post-type for a small amount of content is like Garth Brooks playing baseball… it’s just not necessary (but at least he tried, so props to him for that). As an alternative, use plugins if you want something special.
  9. 9. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR WHY USE THE WORDPRESS EDITOR? Some developers are cringe over use of the WordPress editor, but it has the functionality you are looking for and WordPress provides it for you to use. So don’t reinvent the wheel. Embrace the power.
  10. 10. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR GREAT EXAMPLES OF THE EDITOR’S POWER Here are some examples of embracing the power of the editor from other developers, including myself. ▸ Jared Atchison - http://www.jaredatchison.com/services/ ▸ Nathan Swartz - https://clicknathan.com/design/ ▸ Kyle Laverty (that’s me!) - http://lavertycreative.com/work/
  11. 11. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR BEHOLD THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR The keys to make it happen are already built in… ‣ Alignments (alignleft, alignright) ‣ Headings ‣ Line breaks
  12. 12. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR FINAL THOUGHTS ON CUSTOM POST-TYPES Custom post-types are great! But don’t overdo it. If you don’t have the need to create a custom section for it, or the content to create a bunch of custom posts… just keep it simple and embrace the power.
  13. 13. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE WORDPRESS EDITOR Don’t underestimate what the editor is capable of accomplishing. It has built-in functionality for you to use to your advantage. You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with some alignleft’s and alignright’s.
  14. 14. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR RECAP ▸ Custom post type overuse ▸ Still a good idea ▸ Don’t reinvent the wheel ▸ Keep it simple ▸ Embrace the power
  15. 15. THE POWER OF THE WORDPRESS EDITOR THANK YOU!
  16. 16. QUESTIONS ?

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