When developing a website for a business company, sometimes there is a requirement for adding the company's team members on their page. Let's build a plugin that create custom post type for team, some extra custom fields and a shortcode for displaying. Follow this steps to create your own Wordpress Team plugin.

In your plugins folder, create a folder. For this purpose let's name it my-team-plugin. Create a new file my-team-plugin.php

First you have to define your plugin

Plugin Name: My Team Plugin
Plugin URI: http://wordpress.org/
Description: Let's you add a team on your website
Author: Marcel Badua
Version: 0.5
Author URI: http://marcelbadua.com/

Now let's declare a custom post type for your team members, lets name your post type 'Team'. We can use http://generatewp.com/post-type/ to generate our custom post type

// Register Custom Post Type
function team_post_type() {
  $labels = array(
  	'name'                => _x( 'Teams', 'Post Type General Name', 'text_domain' ),
  	'singular_name'       => _x( 'Team', 'Post Type Singular Name', 'text_domain' ),
  	'menu_name'           => __( 'Team', 'text_domain' ),
  	'name_admin_bar'      => __( 'Team', 'text_domain' ),
  $args = array(
  	'label'               => __( 'team', 'text_domain' ),
  	'labels'              => $labels,
  	'public' 			  => true,
  	'has_archive'         => true,
  	'supports'            => array( 'title', 'editor', 'thumbnail' )
  register_post_type( 'team', $args );
// Hook into the 'init' action
add_action( 'init', 'team_post_type', 0 );

To add extra custom meta fields, Let's use this awesome class written by Ohad Raz. This will speed up things. There's a tutorial on how to use this class further.

Download this class from this page.

Include the main class file


Setup your meta configuration

$prefix = 'my_team_';
$config = array(
    'id'             => 'my_team_meta',
    'title'          => 'Team Description',
    'pages'          => array('team'),
    'context'        => 'normal',
    'priority'       => 'high',
    'fields'         => array(),
    'local_images'   => false,
    'use_with_theme' => true
$meta =  new AT_Meta_Box($config);

The main reason for using this class is to add a repeating field for the team contact. This will allow us to add more contact details per team member.

Let's create the repeater block.

  'inline'   => true,
  'name'     => 'Contact Details',
  'fields'   => $repeater_fields,
  'sortable' => true

Then let's add the contact fields

$repeater_fields[] = $meta->addText($prefix.'contact_title',array('name'=> 'Contact Title '),true);
$repeater_fields[] = $meta->addText($prefix.'contact_value',array('name'=> 'Contact Value '),true);

Finally tell the class that it is done


To display your team, let's create a shortcode that will loop your team custom post type.

function my_team_func() {
  $prefix = 'my_team_';
  $args = array( 'post_type' => 'team' );
  $the_query = new WP_Query( $args );
  while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post();
    the_title('<h3>;', '</h3>');
    the_content( );
    $contact_details = get_post_meta( get_the_ID(), $prefix.'contact_entry', true );
    if( ! empty( $contact_details ) ) {
      foreach ( $contact_details as $detail ) {
        echo  $detail[$prefix.'contact_title'];
        echo  $detail[$prefix.'contact_value'];
add_shortcode( 'my_team', 'my_team_func');

Use this shortcode [my_team] in a page

You now have the base for your plugin. Go ahead and style you Team Plugin depending on your website's theme.