[wp-hackers] Direction for custom taxonomy/post types

Joshua Sibelman joshua.sibelman at gmail.com
Mon Oct 18 18:37:07 UTC 2010

Hi all,

Forgive the length and noobishness of the following, but I've been trying to wrap my head around how best to approach a custom WP implementation and am at an impasse.

I'm working on a site for a musician who's had a long career. I'm wanting to store his albums, navigable by year, and the songs on those albums.

The album needs to have a fair amount of data with it: title, cover art, description, photo gallery, in addition to its songs.

The songs also need to have data with them: credits, lyrics, media file - and they must be browsable on their own, as in the future he may move to only doing song releases and not albums.

My initial thinking was to do custom post types, but that's starting to seem overly complex and not really workable. I'm considering just doing a custom plugin with my own database tables instead.

The resources I've been able to find on working with custom taxonomies are sparse at best - does it seem to make sense to do what I'm wanting as a plugin? Or does it seem suited to using custom post types and custom taxonomies? If the latter, are there good resources available for working with these? Most of what I've seen out there for WP is geared towards very basic implementations.

Thanks in advance for any help or insight anyone can give me.


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