I have two custom post types

  • Hotels
  • Things to do

And I have two taxonomies

  • Activities
  • Regions

So when a user sees a Hotel (custom post): the user can then see

  • the region it's in
  • what activities they can do.

And viceversa as well

When the user sees Things To Do, he can see in which Region it is and what Hotels have the same type of Activity nearby.

The problem if I use two custom post type and create a taxonomy for it, I have no way of discerning each taxonomy related to a custom post:

Example: Hotels in X Region

I would get both the Hotels and Things to do custom post, within that taxonomy.

It's basically the same issue as this question (which doesn't have any great answer).

  • so if I understand you correctly, you want two separate taxonomy term pages for each term, one for each post type?
    – Milo
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 1:08
  • Correct. Because if you think about it, there are hotels and attractions. Both hotels and activities are in a region. And both hotels and activities are suitable for a type of activity (say Romantic Hotels). Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 2:37

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I prefer set different taxonomies with distinct slug for them, I'm dealing with a project alike yours:

  • Hotels (taxonomy is continent-hotels) values: Europe, Asia etc
  • Places (taxonomy is continent-places) values: Europe, Asia etc

Even if both itens share same taxonomy and value, is easier to link the content than filter in frontend. Maybe I'm wrong but things seems tidier this way.

You can use non-hierarchical taxonomies for especific items such Hotels (romantic, economic, etc).

  • I went for this route in the end. I just figured it would be "cleaner" to go with one for each thing. I just wish I didn't lose as much time, frozen, unknowing what to do. I am sure you can relate to those moments (where we seek an answer and freeze for days finding it) only to come up empty-handed Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 22:40
  • I see, we have thousand resources in WordPress but still anything is better than the paper and pen approach, sometimes a diagram too. We also have to think about who wll kepp the site and how, so things can't get too whimsical.
    – Diana
    Commented Jun 13, 2012 at 22:55

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