[wp-hackers] Page Templates vs Category Templates

Charles Frees-Melvin wordpress at cefm.ca
Thu Dec 2 22:44:43 UTC 2010

Think of it this way too. A term links topics together but they have properties too.

In my instance I have a radio station. I use a custom taxonomy "shows" for my show listing.

Shows has a Title, a Slug, a short blurb (description) and all it's posts.

But it is also has a thumbnail, Times it airs, etc.

Now a custom post type, but to have the ability to post posts for each show I need a taxonomy.

Using additional terms allows more control in this case. I'm not even suggesting that we need to create a new table but more of a custom fields array field in the wp_terms table.

Thus allowing additional descriptions etc

Charles E. Frees-Melvin

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On 2010-12-02, at 18:14, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Haluk Karamete <halukkaramete at gmail.com> wrote:
>> with all due respect, Otto, if the web site talks about say breaking
>> news from countries all over the world, and it is all about that,
>> wouldn't you start with the continents at the top as your main nav and
>> be that driven by wp_list_categories?  And with one click, you are
>> down to the country names ( which are again the product of cats) .
> I'd use a custom taxonomy for that, but I do get your meaning. Any
> time you can come up with a bunch of "categories" which are all of the
> same type of item (places, people, etc), then you've got a good case
> for a custom taxonomy to group those descriptive terms together.
>> I think you agree that it would make the best sense that we use the
>> cats as the main kicker for this type of site and there could be
>> hundreds of thousands of site where "noun" based categorizer be it all
>> the way at the top or at sub levels are just all over the place.
>> whether it is a bad or good practice, it is too late fix/teach/fight
>> against etc.
> My noun/adjective analogy is not a perfect one. What I mean by it is
> that the posts are the "things" here, and the terms are what give some
> kind of flavor to those things. Yes, "America" is a "noun", but if you
> use it to describe something about a post, then it's really an
> "adjective" in the sense that it's descriptive of that post's
> content/type/category/flavor. Especially when you also have "China"
> and "India" as other possible terms to add onto posts as well.
> With a custom taxo, you can then call it, say, "place", and have
> things like http://example.com/place/china to give all the posts about
> goings-on in China. And so on. With multiple taxonomies, you could
> even do something like
> http://example.com/?place=china&person=ma-ying-jeou to describe stuff
> happening in China that has to do with Ma Ying-jeou. It's feasible to
> even pretty that URL up a bit, in whatever way you want to do that.
> Custom Taxo's can have pretty UI's too. For the place taxo, you could
> have it automatically create a new Meta box that lets you pick the
> checkboxes, like the category picker does. And for the people taxo,
> you could get a UI just like the Tag picker does, where you can type
> in individual's names.
> There is indeed room to work on the matter of theming and templating
> for custom taxo's, I grant you.
> -Otto
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