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WordPress: Post Types and Page Templates

Aside from the normal “Add Post” link in the WP-Admin Panel, you can add a custom post type. See http://codex.wordpress.org/Post_Types#Custom_Types.

For example, if you want to add “Videos and Podcasts” as another post type, you put this in your functions.php file:

register_post_type('videos_and_podcasts', array(
	'label' => __('Videos and Podcasts'),
	'singular_label' => __('Video/Podcast'),
	'public' => true,
	'show_ui' => true,
	'capability_type' => 'post',
	'hierarchical' => false,
	'rewrite' => false,
	'query_var' => false,
	'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'author')

More details on the options can be found here.

You should be able to see something like this in your WP-Admin:

Your new custom post type is just like a normal post type.

Combining a custom post type with a Page Template

You can take things further by combining the custom page type with a Page Template. You simply have to create a PHP file that looks like this:

Template Name: Landing Page Test
    <?php get_header(); ?>
    <h1>This is a test landing page</h1>
    $args = array( 'post_type' => 'videos_and_podcasts', 'posts_per_page' => 10 );
    $loop = new WP_Query( $args );
    while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
    	echo '<div class="entry-content">';
    	echo '</div>';
    <?php get_footer(); ?>
<?php wp_footer(); ?>

In your WP-Admin, when you try to add a Page, you should be able to see something like this:

There you have it, a Page Template combined with a custom post type to display a different “frontpage” / “landing page”.

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