Information For Content Editors

Most Things Will Automagically Appear (or, About Custom Post Types and Templated Archives)

In practice, you’re likely to only be updating certain particular content within your site, such as adding your latest ‘news’ posts. This is done in the normal way within WordPress, using the ‘Classic Editor’.

All of the additional content in our framework are achieved using Custom Post Types which are merely extensions of regular posts or pages, and of those, there are only a few you will probably want to add or edit; perhaps ‘case studies’ or ‘testimonials’.

The full list of custom post types we have provided are:

  • Sectors
    • Sector USPs
  • Software Product
    • Software Product Features
  • Hardware
  • EFT Integrations
  • Case Studies
  • Testimonials

As such, each are simply tagged or categorised with a taxonomy that allows them to be queried together in a ‘traditional’ way with WordPress; you can instantly recall the Archive of all Software Product custom post types, or you could more specifically recall the ‘Archive’ of ‘Software Products’ categorised ‘ICRTouch’. Which is the basis of how the templates that in turn output the content work on your site.

So, just like when you add a new post to the ‘news’ category and it appears on your /news/ page, which is the ‘natural’ archive of posts with the category ‘news’, if you add a new Case Study, it will automatically appear in the archive /case-study/. If you add a new Sector, it will appear in the archive /sector/.

Some of the content has bi-directional relationships that bind, for example, specific sets of Software Product Features with specific Software Products, or Business Sector Unique Selling Points to Business Sector. Again, they should simply show up in the appropriate place when you add to them. Although in practice, you should rarely have to add to or edit these.

For example, if you look at /sector/pubs-bars/ you will see a set of ‘Features’. These are simply the output of the Sector USPs Custom Post Type where the ‘Related Sector’ matched the Sector Custom Post Type for ‘Pub & Bar EPoS Systems’. So a new Sector USP assigned similarly would show up on that page.


Some Things May Not Automagically Appear/Change

It should be noted that it does not necessarily follow that all of these will be in use on your site, or that they would instantly display on your site, depending on how your site was templated during development to your specification and the content supplied. For example, if you had not supplied a quantity of testimonials for us to utilise, there is likely no ‘widget’ set up to display them within the main body of your site. On the other hand, for most of the custom post types, the content is set to display dynamically; for example, if no Software Product Features are assigned to a particular product, the whole ‘Features’ section won’t appear in the page for that template. The first time you add one, that new section will appear.

The only other caveat is that the query to output to a particular page MAY have an upper limit, for example, only displaying the ‘top 10’. Although in general, they will either be displayed by menu order (the order they appear in the list of ‘All Posts’ of that type) or by date order depending on content type. So latest ‘news’ will always display first, but might knock a previous post off of the front pages ‘latest news’ ticker.

There may be pages on your site that you are unable to edit because you don’t have access to the template editor they were created with. This will usually include the ‘home’ page, but, depending on how your content is presented, may include other pages. For those, you would have to request template level changes to us.