[wp-hackers] Advice regarding Custom Post Types and Taxonomies

Mike Walsh mpwalsh8 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 17:18:49 UTC 2012

I am working on a new site for my daughter's soccer team and have decided
to use it as an opportunity to learn more about Custom Post Types and
Taxonomies.  I have the basics working - I have defined a post type for
players and another post type for teams and each have a number of custom
fields based on what the team wants to track for each player and at the
team level.  I have also defined a taxonomy for player positions so the
players can be looked at by position.  I am struggling with how to define a
roster for a team and connect the player CPTs to the team and/or roster.
 Should the roster be a taxonomy or should the team CPT be hierarchical and
each roster is a child of the parent team?

My initial solution was to define the roster as a taxonomy as it makes it
very easy to assign each player to a roster (e.g. Fall 2012, Spring 2013,
Indoor 2012-2013, etc.).  But doing so doesn't really connect the players
to the team - for that I need to use a plugin like "Posts 2 Posts" or
reinvent the wheel which I'd rather not do.  So if I connect the posts,
does it make more sense to define the roster as part of a hierarchical team

Right now I am doing this by trial and error as I learn more about post
types but with their first game a week away, I need to finalize my
solution.  I am hoping the collective genius of wp-Hackers has some
recommendations or can point me toward something similar that I can learn

Ideally I'd like to end up with the ability to look back in time to any
roster which is defined to see which players were on the team at that time.
 There is a small chance that the site could grow to support more than one
team so I'd need to be able to differentiate the players who were on the
Fall 2012 roster of Team A versus the players on the Fall 2012 roster of
Team B.  I think a hierarchical post type would help me do this but I am
not sure if this is the best solution.


Mike Walsh - mpwalsh8 at gmail.com

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