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Originally written
August 2, 2017
Updated
October 16, 2020

If you are already using custom post types, fields and taxonomy, you probably have created a custom post type and added fields to it. In the WordPress admin, you have a separate section for this post type, where you can conveniently edit its items.

The following table summarizes the basic, intermediate, and advanced uses for custom types:

Level What Why it’s important How to learn more
Basic Set up the custom types, fields, and taxonomy in your site This is the bare minimum. Your first step is always to add CPTs, fields, and taxonomy to the site. Setting up custom post types, fields and taxonomy needed for directory sites
Create templates for displaying custom types with their fields So that you can design the display once and apply it automatically to all items using that type Creating Templates to Display Custom Posts
Intermediate Create archives to display the list of CPT items To allow both visitors and search engines to discover your content. Creating a Custom Archive Page
Displaying lists of CPT items To save time getting lists of content and keeping them up-to-date. Creating a View in WordPress
Advanced Create a custom search for CPT items To allow visitors to find items, using filters Creating a Custom Search
Display items as markers on Google Maps When you talk about things that have an address, it’s always good to show on a map. Real estate is an obvious example, but there are many more. Displaying a List of Posts on A Map
Build forms for front-end content submission To create listing and directory sites based on custom types Front-end Forms for Adding Content