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How to Build Relations between Custom Content Types

How to Build Relations between Custom Content Types

From this overview, you will learn how to create a relation between JetEngine Custom Content Types and relate the desired items on your WordPress website.

JetEngine allows setting different types of relations, including those for Custom Content Types. Let’s check how to set the relation between the CCTs.

Firstly, head to the JetEngine > Relations directory to build a new relation.

Push the “Add New” button to open the editor.

jetengine posts relations list

Once the page is opened, begin with the General Settings.

General Settings

Set a Name for the relation and define the Parent object and the Child object.

Mind that the CCT options are located under the corresponding Custom Content Types subtitle.

child object list

Set the Relation type suitable for the relationship you create.

Define the grandparent relation by selecting the desired relation in the Parent relation drop-down menu if needed.

Enable the following switchers to widen the editing possibilities:

cct relations toggles
  • Register controls for parent object — enable to show the related items controls on the parent object editing page;
  • Allow to create new children from parent — toggle to enable the ability to build new related child items from the parent object editing page;
  • Register controls for child object — enable to display the editing controls on the child object editing page;
  • Allow to create new parents from children — toggle to allow new related parent items creating from the child object editing page;
  • Register separate DB table — switch to register a separate database table for this relation. If disabled, the related items will be held in the general relations table.

Once the General Settings are adjusted, move to the Content Type Related Settings.

Here, two more fields appear if the CCT has been picked as one of the objects, either parent or child.

Besides, if two CCTs are defined as the Parent object and a Child object, these fields will be doubled for each CCT.

content type related settings
  • Title field — choose which field will be used as a title of a related CCT item;
  • Create fields — select fields displayed in a pop-up that appears once the “Add New…” button is clicked in the related posts editor.


Complete the following Labels tab fields to change the default labels displayed while editing the related items.

jetengine relation labels

Meta Fields

One more tab called Meta Fields allows you to connect the desired meta fields to the relation.

If you do so, the corresponding column will appear while editing.

Press the “New Field” button every time you want to add a new meta field.

relations meta fields new field

Not all the meta fields will be available while building the CCT relations due to restrictions related to UI editing of these meta fields in the block with related items.

available meta fields for cct

Once you have added the needed meta fields, click on the “Add Relation” button to save the result.

CCT Items Editing

Head to the parent or child object to review the relation editor. For instance, let’s check the parent content type.

Once the list of items is opened, click the “Edit” button next to the desired post to relate some items to it.

tours cct items list

Except for the CCT meta fields editing, one more tab appears that is responsible for the parent/object items editing. 

There are no items yet; let’s add some by clicking on the “Add New…” button.

cct related item editing

As you can see, there are fields we have selected earlier in the Content Type Related Settings.

So fill in the desired fields and hit the “Add New…” button to save the changes.

add new related parent fields

The new pop-up with meta fields editing will be displayed if some meta fields have been added to the relation.

Adjust the meta fields or leave them empty and hit the “Save Meta Data” button.

edit relation meta fields

Besides, you can connect the existing items by clicking on the “Connect New…” button.

In the selector, choose the desired option and press the “Connect New…” button.

connect parent item

If you have added some meta fields to the relation, they will be displayed in the following pop-up.

Update the meta fields information if required.

Once the editing is done, push the “Save” button.

cct connected item

There you go. Now you know how to set a relation between CCTs on the WordPress website with the JetEngine plugin.

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