I really don't know if this is possible or not, but i can accept a alternative solution too. Here is what I gonna do:

I have a barbershop post type, this cpt has a taxonomy called service. Well, no problem so far. Every barbershop I register, has different services, but every service in every barbershop has a different price, right?

Is this something I can implement in wordpress? I want to do it with custom post type(barbershop), taxonomies(services) and taxonomy metadatas(price).

If this is possible with these wordpress concepts, I want to know how. But if you have another solution to implement this or you think it's not possible at all, I'm glad to hear it.

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Yes and no. Ofcourse you can do it, but that doesn't mean it's a great way to do it, or the fastest or easiest way.

You could give every barber shop its own term that has a price, but then you gain a whole host of new problems.

Instead, lets retreat to the fundamentals and rethink things.

  • Post meta is for details about an individual post
  • Taxonomies are for grouping, filtering, searching, querying.

So first, are the prices of services individual to a barber shop? Yes! They should be post meta

But do we want to flag barber shops as offering a service? Yes! So use a taxonomy

So now we have:

  • A Barber CPT
  • A taxonomy that stores which services they provide
  • Each barber post has meta values that detail the price of said service at the barber shop ( also known sometimes as custom fields )

I would also recommend adding a taxonomy for how expensive the place is, e.g. when you see options such as $,$$,$$$,$$$$, or 1-10,11-20,etc in filters. Querying the price directly and letting the user type in an exact value is possible but very expensive and slow ( post meta is designed for fetching details about a post when you already know which post it is, taxonomies are for when you don't know the post ).

So for example, if you have a service named "Beard trim" and the terms slug is beard-trim, why not add a custom field named price-beard-trim and store a price in there?

  • I have to many services, is that a good idea to add a price custom field for everyone of them? Can it be dynamic to just add the price field for services I need, while writing the post?
    – Amirition
    Commented Jun 8, 2018 at 10:22
  • Unless you have tens of thousands of services I doubt it will be an issue, besides, you need to add a price for every single one anyway, barbers don't standardise prices and each Barber has unique prices
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 22:52

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