Not new to Stack Exchange (i.e., Stack Overflow), but new to WordPress.
I want to understand the power of categories, posts, custom post types, and the ability to generate dynamic content using them. This question may seem narrow, but use your imagination: this general idea is something many WordPress sites would want to execute.
Question: Short of extensive custom PHP coding, what are the options in WordPress to create the following dynamically generated content?
I want to inform everyone what's in my closet, with the user user experience being:
- User sees a gallery of Pants, Shirts, Dresses (...), and Shoes, each with a thumbnail representing that
clothing group. I will add new
groupsin the future.
- User clicks, e.g., Pants.
- As I am overly vain, the Pants page is a gallery of pant
brandsI have in my closet. Most are Perry Ellis because, you know, I'm fashionable like that. Each
brandhas a thumbnail and hyperlinks to the
brandwebsite for that
group(e.g., Perry Ellis's page for Pants).
- Immediately shown under each
brandis a list of specific
typeof pants from that brand. Perry Ellis would list Khakis, Dress Slacks, and Jeans, but CK would just include Jeans and Shorts because I keep tearing holes in my CK dress slacks.
- Alternatively, the user can view my standalone
brandspage which lists all brands in my closet in a thumbnail gallery, with a bulleted list below
groups(Pants, Shirts) and each bullet being a hyperlink to the
brand's website for that
group. (I.e., the exact hyperlinks from #3).
That's the end of the functionality. So this is not a strict hierarchy of: Clothing Category > Brand > Clothing Type, because many
brands fall under many
groups, and many
types fall under many
Immediate Ideas: I would think this is a WP Post Category for Pants, Shirts, etc. all linking to a parent WP Post Category of
clothing groups. Then repeat for each individual brand, under a parent WP Post Category of
Brands. Then the clothing
types would be items in a list such as Gallery or a custom post type.
But there are several problems here: you cannot specify a thumbnail for post categories, meaning neither
groups would have thumbnail images. Similarly, there wouldn't be a clear association between clothing
brand that allows a URL.
I have to imagine there is some way (native functionality, existing plug-in, etc.) to do this without creating 3 new post types and my own plug-in from scratch. But I could be wrong.
What is one way to approach this? Obviously I do not want to create a separate page/post for everything, because I want someone to be able to add a new
group, update the other posts with appropriate WP categories or tags, and all pages and galleries update automatically because everything is dynamic.