So, I asked this question differently in another thread but it was more of an advice type question so it really didn't render any useful responses. I believe I can word it better and should help some of you decipher what I am trying to accomplish and possibly help someone else once we collaborate on a solution.
I have a custom post type that is using very limited Supports (described here) values because I only need the meta-box values for my custom post type. It doesn't make sense for my type to include a title and content. Code below:
register_post_type( 'athlete', array( 'labels' => array( 'name' => 'Athletes', 'singular_name' => 'Athlete', 'add_new' => 'Add New', 'add_new_item' => 'Add New Athlete', 'edit' => 'Edit', 'edit_item' => 'Edit Athlete', 'new_item' => 'New Athlete', 'view' => 'View', 'view_item' => 'View Athlete', 'search_items' => 'Search Athletes', 'not_found' => 'No Athletes found', 'not_found_in_trash' => 'No Athletes found in Trash', 'parent' => 'Parent Athlete' ), 'public' => true, 'menu_position' => 15, 'supports' => array( 'thumbnail' ), 'taxonomies' => array( '' ), 'has_archive' => true ) );
As you can see, I only need the thumbnail supports option because the rest of my post type will be meta-boxes (not including in this question). The problem is, when I save an Athlete, I have two problems, I do not know how to display my meta-box values in the Athlete list (as columns in the grid) and I do not know how to set the Title value as it always sets it to "Auto-Generated" which is not preferred. If the Title will be a field that is searchable, I would prefer to set the value to [First Name]+[Last Name]. Can anyone help with these two issues and explain if I am going to run into any problems by using a custom post type as opposed to using custom database tables and a custom UI to manage my object?