We need the MB Custom Post Types & Custom Taxonomies plugin to create custom post types and custom taxonomies. It's free and available on wordpress.org, so just install it.
In the event that you use MB Custom Post Types & Custom Taxonomies without Meta Box, it will display in the dashboard like this:
If you install both the Meta Box and MB Custom Post Types & Custom Taxonomies plugin, you will see the Post Types as a sub-menu in the Meta Box menu.
Creating custom post types
In the Admin Dashboard, go to Post Types > New Post Type.
Now, enter the plural and singular name for the post type. About the slug, it’s auto-generated, but you can change it as you want.
In my case, I create a new post type with the name is Project, the slug is project.
Configuring the post type
Changing the labels
If you want to change the labels of the post type, move to the Labels tab. All the options are also auto-created based on the post type’s name that you’ve made.
In the event that you want to add more advanced information for the post type, go to the Advanced tab. And then, you will see a new screen with dozens of fields to edit.
Here are some options you may need:
- Public queryable: it allows to get the taxonomy’s data and display it on the website;
- Hierarchical: it allows to make the post type hierarchical - it means you can have a parent post type and its sub-post types inside;
- Show UI: it allows to show the post type as the menu in the Dashboard;
- Show in menu: once you enable the Show UI option, go to specify where to display the post type in the admin menu. There are several options to select like Show as top-level menu, Show as sub-menu of WP Engine, Show as sub-menu of Dashboard, etc.
If you still keep the Show as top-level menu default option, two fields will appear:
- Menu position after: it allows to choose the position in the menu order the post type should appear;
- Icon Type: you’ll have three icon types to select for the post type, namely Dashicons, SVG, and Custom URL;
- Menu icon: select an icon for the post type. If you choose other options in the Show in menu field, only the icons in the type of Dashicons are available;
- Show in nav menu: show the post type section in the menu;
- REST API base slug: enter the REST API base lug to get the data of the post type via API;
- Has archive: enable post type archives;
- Custom archive slug: customize the archive slug;
- Custom rewrite slug: customize the permastruct slug;
To choose the features which you want the post type to have, go to the Supports tab. This part is the same as the step of declaring the $support parameter when you create post types using the code.
Setting taxonomies for the post type
In the Taxonomies tab, you can see there are several options for you to choose which taxonomies you want to apply the created post type for. If you create any custom post types, they will also appear here. Keep reading to the next part to know how to create custom taxonomies.
After setting up the custom post types, remember to publish the one you created. Then, you can easily see the post type in the Admin Dashboard. In my case, a new menu named Projects has been shown.
Creating custom taxonomies
Go to Meta Box > Taxonomies > Add New to create a new custom taxonomy.
Then, you just need to fill in the information of the taxonomy. Similar to creating the custom post types, the slug is also auto-generated and you can also change it as you want.
Configuring the taxonomy
Changing the labels
In the Labels tab, all options are also generated automatically, but you can change them as well.
For the Advanced tab, there are several fields which are similar to the advanced tab when creating a post type. However, there are some special options:
- Hierarchical: show the taxonomy hierarchical that allows you to type the term you need like this:
- Show on edit page: display the taxonomy on the edit page;
- Show it quick edit: show this taxonomy in the quick/bulk edit panel;
- Hierarchical URL: enable it to include the URL of the parent taxonomy in the URL of the sub-taxonomy;
Setting post type for the taxonomy
In the event that you want to apply the created taxonomy to a post type, move to the Post Types tab and select the post type where you want to show it for.