[wp-hackers] URL structure for web application with wp

Christian Foster christian.foster at gmail.com
Sat Apr 17 19:50:48 UTC 2010

Hi Charles,

I think you're right - and so what I am doing at the moment is
creating a taxonomy and a post type for many things and then making
convoluted links between them (the post type only being necessary to
store extra information about the terms in the taxonomy). I'm guessing
that term meta might be included at some point, it would make building
more complex things out of wordpress easier.

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 5:40 AM, Charles Frees-Melvin <charles at cefm.ca> wrote:
> I think you are running into a complexity/limitation of WordPress. That a
> taxonomy cannot have meta.
> For example I've been using Wordpress for my photo album. And have been
> running into the issue that I cannot have a link meta to say that ID 55 of
> the people tax is user 14. Or I cannot link a thumbnail to a category or tag
> or tax. I think that this would be the next move to make your project
> simpler.
> --
> Charles E. Frees-Melvin
> charles at cefm.ca
> www.cefm.ca
> 506-640-1007
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 2010-04-17, at 16:10, Christian Foster <christian.foster at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> This has been driving me mad for a couple of days now and I was hoping
>> for some suggestions or ideas. Apologies for the long question but I
>> am really looking for the best possible (and most Wordpress-like) way
>> to set this up.
>> I'm building a basic project management system. This is the setup:
>> Custom post types: Project, Milestone, Task, Message
>> Taxonomies: Projects, Task List, Message Categories
>> Obviously this app needs to be project-centric - so whatever post,
>> archive or taxonomy we're viewing generally it should relate to a
>> project. So - all post types are linked to a project via a term in the
>> projects taxonomy that has the same name as 1 project.
>> Example: Project 1 (post type project) is linked to term "Project 1"
>> from the projects taxonomy. Message 1...Message 10 are also linked via
>> term "Project 1" in Projects taxonomy.
>> Therefore when viewing any individual post, we can check the term
>> they're linked to in the "Projects" taxonomy and find out which
>> project we are talking about. But, when viewing an archive we have no
>> way to reference which project is being referenced unless we put
>> something in the URL (or set a session variable which I also played
>> with).
>> Basecamp uses this style:
>> /projects/id/ - project single
>> /projects/id/messages/ - messages archive
>> /projects/id/messages/id - message single
>> Wordpress is using
>> /project/id - project single
>> /projects/term - archive for all posts with project term
>> /message/id - message single (we check project term to get which
>> project it's linked to)
>> So - what do people think the best way of structuring the app might
>> be? Here are what I see as the options at the moment:
>> 1. Create pages as so
>> /projects/project-id
>> /projects/messages/project-id
>> /projects/tasks/project-id
>> Create custom rewrite rules, stick a project id on the end of the url
>> on all of the above and then do custom page templates to look up and
>> display the correct posts. Or some variation of URL rewriting and
>> pages with custom templates.
>> 2. Try to achieve functionality like categories where project is a
>> category and we can link all post types into it and get the same style
>> of paths:
>> /projects/project-slug/task-name
>> /projects/project-slug/message-name
>> /projects/project-slug/project-name
>> Wordpress is rewriting all custom post types as /post-type/slug at the
>> moment, so I am not sure if this is achievable.
>> 3. Some other solution using sessions to set the current project and
>> then relating all queries to that project.
>> Having written all of that I guess any of those options would do, I'm
>> just not quite able to get a neat and tidy solution out though - any
>> ideas would be appreciated.
>> Chris.
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