You may find it useful to sort the People on your site into specific categories that reflect the hierarchy of your organization. These categories are called People Types, and are a powerful way of managing your site’s People entries.
Creating People Types
There are multiple ways to create a new People Type on your site. The easiest way of doing this is to select the People Types tab under People in the Dashboard sidebar menu.
You can then fill out the form to create a new People Type.
This form includes the following fields:
- Name (what the People Type will be called)
- Slug (how it will be displayed in the URL bar)
- Parent People Type (if there’s another People Type you’d like this one categorized under)
- Description (any personal notes you’d like to make; this field is not displayed anywhere on your site)
Click the “Add New People Type” button to create your new People Type, and it will be added to the list. It can then be assigned to any Person as you see fit.
You can also create a new People Type directly from the People Types module when creating or editing a People entry.
Note that the Slug field is not available with this method, so your People Type’s URL will be automatically generated. This can later be edited from the People Type page if necessary.
Assigning People Types
You can assign a People Type to any person by using the People Types module to the right-hand side (or below, depending on your device’s display settings) of the WYSIWYG text editor when creating or editing a People page.
This module will list all the People Types you currently have on your site. You can choose to view them all at once with the All People Types tab, or pick common types from the Most Used tab.
Check the corresponding box next to any People Type to assign it to the Person. You can select as many or as few People Types as you’d like.
Managing People Types
All the People Types on your site are displayed in table format on the People Types page.
You can edit, delete, or view any of your People Types from this page.
People Type Pages
Just like how the All People page is an automatically generated listing of all the People entries you’ve created on your site, People Type pages are an automatically generated listing of all the People entries that you’ve assigned a certain People Type.
You can view this page for any People Type by clicking its View link on the People Type page. Alternatively, you can always reach it by following this URL formula:
Make sure to replace the bolded parts with your site’s name and the URL slug for whatever People Type you want to look up.
Adding to Menus
People Type pages are a powerful way of grouping different members of your organization, especially when linked in a menu.
However, since People pages are not grouped with the other pages and posts on your site, the process of adding them to menus is a bit different.
First of all, if you are managing menus through the dashboard Menus page, you’ll need to make sure that the People box is checked in the expandable Screen Options tab at the top of the page.
To choose a People Type page, expand the People Types section of the Menus module, check its box, and select the “Add to Menu” button.
This page can then be added to the menu like you would any other page or post.