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Using custom taxonomies in admin

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Video: Using custom taxonomies in admin

When you've created new custom taxonomies, they are administered in the exact same way you would administer categories or tags under posts. So if we go in under Recipes and create a new recipe, this is just going to be a dummy one so I'll just call it Dummy, and it can have some text. It doesn't really matter. In this recipe, I'm going to add taxonomies for all the different elements. So I'll go under Meal type, click Add new meal type, and I'll say Dinner. Click Add new meal type, and then maybe it is a specific kind of dinner, so I'll make a sub-category called Meat, and then I'll assign it under Dinner category.

Using custom taxonomies in admin

When you've created new custom taxonomies, they are administered in the exact same way you would administer categories or tags under posts. So if we go in under Recipes and create a new recipe, this is just going to be a dummy one so I'll just call it Dummy, and it can have some text. It doesn't really matter. In this recipe, I'm going to add taxonomies for all the different elements. So I'll go under Meal type, click Add new meal type, and I'll say Dinner. Click Add new meal type, and then maybe it is a specific kind of dinner, so I'll make a sub-category called Meat, and then I'll assign it under Dinner category.

Now you see it appears underneath. This is why it's called a hierarchical taxonomy. I'll set in the Level of difficulty. The Level of difficulty here is Medium. As you go along you can also collapse these panels so that you see what's coming next. Under Ingredients I'll say beef and onions, and you see they appear at the bottom here. Under preparation time I'll say 30 minutes.

Under Servings I'll say 2 and then we're good to go. Now you noticed as I was doing this, I can add new items whenever I want to or I can pick existing ones, and this becomes important later on. So I'll publish this post and then we can go into any of these taxonomies. So I'll say Meal type and we can see the taxonomies we just created. So here under Meal type we now have these meal types. We have Dinner and then the sub-category Meat. For each of these, first of all we see the names themselves and the slug and if there was a fescription we'd also see the description, and we also see how many posts are associated with each of these categories.

Furthermore, we can do a quick edit for each of them and just change the name quickly. So for instance, if you spell dinner with one n, you can go in and change it or you can do a full edit, so you go and click Edit and then you get a full view and then you can add things like "Dinner is the most important meal of the day, except of course for breakfast," and click Update. Now what's cool is because this is all dynamically handled, even if we change the name or description or anything, the taxonomy is still attached to that individual item.

We'll also see this when we go into Ingredients, which is a nonhierarchical taxonomy, it looks almost the same, except if we go to Edit you'll see we don't have the option of setting a parent. But otherwise, it's exactly the same. You can give it a name, you can give it a slug, you can give it a description, you can update it. And because some of these taxonomies carry across multiple post types even though we're now under Recipes and Ingredients, if we jump down to Photos and Ingredients we see the exact same taxonomy.

So now you see you can manage them both from inside an individual post or you can manage them on your own, and you can do a lot of work on your taxonomies to really beef them out and make them work really well. Adding custom taxonomies to your custom post types makes them extremely powerful. Understanding how to use the custom taxonomies and manage them makes you extremely powerful in managing your site.

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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

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Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 28s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 54s
    3. Using the code snippets file
      1m 36s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. What is an online portfolio?
      2m 43s
    2. Tour of the finished project
      3m 15s
    3. Setting up a WordPress development environment
      2m 33s
  3. 16m 10s
    1. Creating site architecture
      5m 1s
    2. Creating a child theme
      6m 7s
    3. Creating an external file to manage functions separately from the theme
      5m 2s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. What is a custom post type?
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a custom post type
      6m 39s
    3. Adding advanced variables to the custom post type
      3m 35s
    4. Advanced custom post type functionalities
      4m 29s
    5. Changing the menu position of the custom post type
      3m 19s
    6. Adding a custom post type icon
      5m 10s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. What are custom taxonomies?
      3m 34s
    2. Setting up a basic custom taxonomy
      2m 52s
    3. Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
      3m 13s
    4. Adding advanced variables to a custom taxonomy
      3m 9s
    5. Using hierarchical and nonhierarchical custom taxonomies
      5m 54s
    6. Using custom taxonomies in admin
      3m 26s
  6. 25m 40s
    1. Populating content into the custom post types
      10m 54s
    2. Uploading videos to YouTube
      2m 22s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type
      4m 23s
    4. Uploading videos to WordPress
      8m 1s
  7. 39m 47s
    1. Creating custom post type templates
      6m 50s
    2. Adding taxonomy info to the custom post type template
      9m 13s
    3. Creating conditional custom taxonomy links
      4m 46s
    4. Handling multiple post type templates: Individual templates
      6m 25s
    5. Handling multiple post type templates: Consolidating everything in one file
      6m 21s
    6. Handling multiple post type templates: Making custom post types the default
      6m 12s
  8. 15m 23s
    1. Creating an index page for a custom post type
      8m 10s
    2. Creating a custom taxonomy index page
      7m 13s
  9. 12m 3s
    1. Creating a custom footer sidebar template
      6m 58s
    2. Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
      5m 5s
  10. 14m 58s
    1. Creating static pages for the front and the blog
      4m 54s
    2. Populating the menu with new index pages
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a contact page with a contact form
      5m 12s
  11. 5m 55s
    1. Including the abstraction layer in other stock themes
      5m 55s
  12. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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