I am designing a Wordpress blog where I will have two types of posts:
a. Normal posts; regular posts with a number of text paragraphs
b. Posts with table content, where the table structure will be more or less like http://click.apache.org/docs/user-guide/html/images/introduction/simple-table.png
Knowing that normal posts will be the regular Posts > Add New from the admin area. I came up with two solutions for the table-type posts:
A custom post type. My knowledge of custom post types is very limited but I believe I would need to create the custom post type, a template for it as well as any custom fields I may need
Shortcodes, where I treat posts with table content just like regular posts only that where I want to place the table I will use a string such as:
[PEOPLETABLE]231|Albert Masterfirstname.lastname@example.org|Bonds 210|Alfred Alanemail@example.com|Stocks 256|Alison Smartfirstname.lastname@example.org|Residential Property[/PEOPLETABLE]
The html in the post will then be rendered by passing this string to a shortcode where the parsing will take place and the HTML generated.
Am I right in saying that Solution B is faster as it does not involve custom templates and custom fields?