By herci

2015-08-02 11:22:55 8 Comments

I wonder how to decide either to use core Taxonomy module or Entity Reference module?

I didn't use Entity Reference module before but I've used the taxonomy module (and some related modules) on 10-15 websites.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using reference based modules instead of taxonomy module?

Recently, I've started to build a magazine archive website.

There are lots of magazines. These magazines have issues. Each issue has articles.

The smallest (and deepest) part here is the articles.


  • Page number (range):
  • Title:
  • Author:
  • Article type:
  • Keywords:
  • Magazine:
  • Issue:


  • Issue number:
  • Cover image:
  • Date (published):
  • Magazine:


  • Description:
  • Cover image:

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Here, there are (at least) 2 methods to implement this website:

1. There will be a content type called article and all others (issue, magazine, author) will be taxonomy terms (hierarchical). There would be a hierarchy between issue and magazine etc.

2. There will be lots of content types: article, issue, magazine, author. While creating articles; issue, magazine and author could be referenced etc.

So, theoretically both ways are seem very similar.

Is there anybody who faced similar situation and could you please say which method you preferred, why?

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