I'm creating a network that has profile pages for authors (custom post type) on the main site, where I've created a few non-hierarchical taxonomies to help users sort through the authors.
These taxonomies are: title, genre, publisher and date published. I understand the first three.
What I don't understand is how to appropriately keep track of date published. Should I use a taxonomy? But that presents certain problems (I think) when it comes to searching a range of dates, lets say between 1900-1917. Or if I wanted to create a tag cloud.
I've always felt that taxonomies were to establish relationships between terms. Does a range qualify as a relationship, and more practically can it work?
If I created a custom field for date, how would I have users search through results?
Hope that makes sense. Just looking for some opinions, from more experienced people, on how that would be best represented.