This simple tutorial covers the basics of how to create a Pods Page and associate it with a WordPress page template. This tutorial is no longer live; we will not be including it any longer in our documentation.
Pods Advanced Content Types (or ACT) are a special content type that stores its data outside of the regular WordPress post and meta tables. There are specific cases where this is important functionality to have, but for most applications, custom post types are a better choice than using an ACT. There are a few situations …
Pods Pages are used to display content from Advanced Content Types (ACTs) and should only be used with Advanced Content Types. Because ACTs exist outside of the main WordPress post table, they can not use regular WordPress functions, so attempting to display them with a normal WordPress theme template file would not work, because they can not be retrieved by the the_post(). Pods Pages handles the URL mapping necessary to create pages to display the ACT’s content and provide a way to set the title for the page.
Pods Advanced Content Types (ACT) do not work automatically with Yoast’s WordPress SEO or any other SEO plugin since they are not WordPress content types. Custom Post Types on the other hand do not share these issues. In this tutorial you will learn search engine optimization for Pods Advanced Content Types, including how to add your ACT to an XML Site Map and generateMeta tags–such as title and description–and Open Graph tags using Pods Pages precode.
This tutorial, from Web Design For Idiots, explains the difference between custom post types and advanced content types. It also covers the difference between coding for each of them.