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A Quick Guide to Custom Fields and Post Metadata

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WordPress is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system (CMS) out of the box. The default “Page” and “Post” content types are enough for many websites and blogs. In order to really harness the power of WordPress as a CMS, though, you’ll want create custom content types with fields and taxonomies specific to your particular application.

In this short video tutorial from my recent course on custom content types in WordPress, I’ll explain what custom fields are. You’ll also learn how to add them using the default interface. After, I’ll show you how post metadata is stored in the database.

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In the full course, Using Custom Content Types in WordPress, I’ll show you how to create a variety of different custom content types in WordPress. You’ll learn how custom content types work with the WordPress database, plugin and templating system. Along the way, you’ll use custom post types, custom taxonomies, and custom fields to build a simple astronomy CMS for displaying information about the largest moons in the solar system!