In the most basic explanation, post types are a way to categorize content on your site. Using post types correctly can help with the following:
For site administrators
- Manage content more efficiently
- Restrict the types of content that various user roles can create
- Display content in creative and more efficient ways
For site visitors
- Better understand the type of content they are viewing
- Use site search by broken down by post type
- View content in creative and efficient ways
Learn more about post types in the All About Post Types folder in the knowledge base.
Browse through the post types below to see how they can be used on your site.
The “Overview” Post Type
The Overview post type acts and displays differently than other posts on the site. Here are a few of the more important differences:
- All body content of an Overview will display on the term page; in Posts, only the teaser will display by default
- Overviews should not be tagged to more than one navigation term as it breaks the functionality of the Overview on some templates; Posts/Pods can be tagged to as many terms as is necessary
- Every navigation term should have an Overview, even if it’s just a title that duplicates the navigation term name; not every term will necessarily have Posts/Pods other than the Overview
The “Post” post type is the default post type on your site. The majority of your content will most likely use the “Post” post type. Use this post type unless your content fits into a more specific category that fits in with another type.
The event post type is set to display the date and time that are put in the calendar field. All posts that have a date added to the calendar field (regardless of post type) will automatically be added to your site wide calendar. After the calendar date passes, the event will automatically archive.
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When you want to share news articles from other publications, use the article post type. This post type by default shows the post type, post date, and source in the teaser. When you create an article post, you’ll see a spot to put the source of the article under the subtitle field. These are all settings that you can change in Post Type Settings.
Display settings help you display content differently. Most special display features won’t appear post teasers, however, so you need to click through on the post to learn more. You can even override the normal “Read more” to display something more descriptive.