Custom Post Types
News, Event, Profile, Research, Notification, Countdown, Billboard
Custom post types allow you to create a content block that can be re-used in multiple locations on your website. For example, each News post can be viewed as a single page, or can be included in highlight lists or a page of all published news posts. The News, Event and Profile posts can be used on specific page listing templates, or in highlight components. The Billboard, Notification and Countdown post types are used in a specific, fixed component on most page templates.
When you create a News post, the primary content area is the Intro text which includes optional fields for a subtitle, excerpt, author and image, as well as a required body text field. The Excerpt field allows you to indicate which write content you want to show in a listing of news, either on a News Listing page or in a Highlight News component. If you leave this field blank, the excerpt will automatically pull the first few lines of body text.
In addition, below the Intro text, you can add several additional content components: Text Block, Text Block w/ Map, Video, Jumbo Link, Link Tiles, Quote and Table. Individual News posts cannot include Billboards, however, that component is available on News Listing pages.
You can create and add categories and tags for your news posts. Assigning categories to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on pages or in highlight components on pages.
Visitors to your website can share individual News posts to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and by e-mail based on which share links you enabled in your Theme Settings.
When you create an Event post, all fields are specific to details of the event. You are also able to include a Gravity Form Component within the event, so as to garner information from potential attendees.
Event fields include: date, time, location, cost, description, excerpt, file attachment, contact name, contact email, contact phone, speaker(s) information and image, large and custom thumbnail image, online files for visitors to download, and the ability to point to an RSVP page. The Event post type does not have RSVP function within it, however, you can point to a form within your site or an external RSVP site.
You can also add a map to the event post, by selecting the “Show Map?” checkbox, which will automatically generate a Google Map for the visitor to view, based on the location used in the address information.
You can create and add categories and tags for your Event posts. Assigning categories to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on pages or in highlight components on pages.
Visitors to your website can share individual Event posts to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and by e-mail based on which share links you enabled in your Theme Settings.
When you create a Profile post, all fields are specific to details of the Profile entry. There are no additional components or billboards available in an individual Profile post.
Profile fields include: Title, First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Credentials, Photo, Academic Title, Alternate Title, Building, Address, Email, Office Phone, TTY, Curriculum Vitae (PDF), Related Websites (3 max), About (Short Bio), Selected Grants, Selected Publications, Publication Aggregators (Max of 3), Service to the Community, Leadership in the Profession (Max of 4), Notable Honors (Max of 4), Education, Licensures & Certifications, Professional Memberships, Selected Presentations, Research Currently in Progress, Intellectual Property, Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits.
The only REQUIRED fields for creating profile posts are the following: First Name, Last Name, Profile Picture, and Title.
You can create and add categories and different taxonomies for your Profile posts. Assigning categories (or other taxonomies) to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on pages or in highlight components on pages. The new taxonomies (outside of categories) that can be created and assigned to Profile posts are as follows: Departments, Practice Areas, Research Areas, and Roles (within the organization – not site’s users). Similar to the categories, these three new taxonomies are also available to determine what shows within both the highlight components as well as a Directory template page.
Research Project Posts
When you create a Research Project post, all fields are specific to the details of the research project. There are no additional components within the Research Project post, just the data fields allowed.
Research Project data fields include: Principal Investigator (must already be created as a profile post for your site), Start/End Date, Co-Investigators (do NOT need to be a profile post on your site), Funding Source, Abstract field, Short Description (to show up on Research Project template pages), and Image (optional).
You can create and add categories and tags for your Research Project posts. Assigning categories to your posts allows you to select which group of posts show on Research Project template pages.
Billboard Posts are created individually, and include a Title, which only appears in your dashboard listing of Billboard Posts, and the content fields of Link, Title and description.
To use the Billboard Posts, on pages that include the Attach Billboards content area, you can selectively add 3-4 items on a page. These posts appear at the bottom of your page’s content, just above the footer.
See the bottom of this page for an example of how Billboard Posts appear on a site.
The Countdown Post is available for implementation on the Homepage as well as Landing and Default template pages. This post will create a Countdown timer on whatever pages it is attached to, enabling users to visually display the end of an event or application. Similar to Billboard posts, users will need to first go into Post Types and create a new Countdown post. After adding in the relevant information and clicking Publish, the Countdown post can then be added when editing/creating new pages. It can be found in the page edit screen under “Attach Countdown” and after a user selects the checkbox next to “Include a Countdown.” The users will then be able to select from the different Countdown Posts already created so that it is added to that specific page.
- It is important to note that when a Countdown post expires, it will appear as “Expired” on the page, so make sure to either manually remove it from the page back-end and update the page OR set the Page Expirator (new plugin), on the actual Countdown Post itself, to return to “Draft” form at the end date.
The Notification post is available for use across all page types (Homepage included). Similar to the Billboard Post and Countdown Post, you will need to first create a Notification Post (via the “Notification” post area in the left sidebar menu of the dashboard), before you can assign it on a page by page basis. Although a feature NOT similar to the other posts is that the scope of each Notification post can be set to “Global” (will appear across the entire site without assigning on a page by page basis) OR “Local” (will only appear on pages that you manually set to have display the notification post). Also, built into the Notification post is an expiration date/time so it should not need to be manually removed or set to draft.