Hi! I’m Kat, the lead of Team I/O. We’ve been hard at work bringing Custom Content Types into the Calypso environment, and we’d love to hear your thoughts. This feature is going live within the next few days, but we will continue to make changes and improvements based on your feedback.
What Is It?
Custom Content Types are also known as Custom Post Types, or “CPTs”. In addition to blog posts and pages, WordPress sites can support many other types of content, often added by themes or plugins. Certain themes display these special content types differently from the others, creating a richer experience.
With this feature, you can now create, manage and edit any type of post without having to leave the WordPress.com dashboard.
How To Test
To get started, head to https://horizon.wordpress.com and click on My Sites. In the sidebar, you’ll see any enabled custom post types under the Publish header:
You can view and change the post types you have enabled by clicking on Settings, near the bottom of the sidebar:
Try adding, editing, listing and searching your custom content types. In the editor, try to test all the functionality, including previewing, adding media, and categorizing/tagging posts. Take note of anything that seems broken, missing or confusing.
We’d particularly love to hear from you if you use WordPress.com to manage posts on your self-hosted site via Jetpack, especially if you’ve added your own custom post types and taxonomies.
- Currently, hierarchical custom post types are shown as a chronological list, rather than ordered by parent-child relationships. We plan to add a hierarchical view soon.
- In order to manage any custom post types that have been added by your theme or plugins, they must first be whitelisted so that they’re accessible via the API. There are instructions on how to do that here: https://developer.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/custom-post-type-and-metadata-support-in-the-rest-api/
Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments! We’ll continue gathering feedback until August 17, 2016.