A Non-Developer’s Guide to Displaying WordPress Custom Post Type Data

If you’ve ever attended any WordPress event (like a WordCamp!),  you’ve no doubt heard a presenter wax poetic about how easy it is to create websites with WordPress. Heck, I’ve been that presenter on numerous occasions. Then a new WordPress user asks about how to display data, and before you know it, the presenter is inside a code editor showing you how EASY it is to create a custom template. If you listen closely, you can almost hear the new user’s eyes glaze over.

When we started developing Custom Post Type UI Extended, we knew we were building a tool that developers could use to save time on their projects…but we didn’t want to leave the non-developers (or new devs!) out in the cold. It was just as high priority to build a tool that would let non-developers display data in new and exciting ways without ever having to write a line of code.

We’ve done that. We’re excited about it. We want to show it to you!

Show off old posts

On your site, you’ve written hundreds of articles. Now, you want to write a post where you reach back into the archives and bring back some of your best stuff.

Here are a few ways you can do that:

Default Display Layout

The default display layout lets you include the featured image and you can select which posts to include.

Bullet Point List Display

For something a little simpler, the bullet point list display allows you to either include the title and an excerpt, or the post titles alone, which make for a clean, straightforward list of bullet points.

Single Post Display

Or perhaps you want to call out a specific post you wrote that’s going to add to your story. We’ve got you covered there, too!

Highlight Your Own Custom Data

Let’s say you’ve used Custom Post Type UI to create a post type for your exotic car collection, and you want to show them off.


Highlight A Product

We also wanted to make it incredibly simple to show off your products from your store and let your visitors add the products to their cart right from your blog post! We’ve included templates for both WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads and both are just as simple as you want them to be.

Display a list of products

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to display a list of products from WooCommerce. EDD products work the exact same way.


Highlight a single product

And this video shows how you can easily call attention to a single product. This demo uses an EDD product, but WooCommerce would work the same.


While these are just a couple examples, the possibilities are endless. Pick up a copy of Custom Post Type UI Extended and try it for yourself.

Hey, Developers!

No, we didn’t forget about you! Later this week Ryan will be posting an in-depth look at extending the plugin even further. You won’t want to miss it!

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