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  • Don’t fully understand ACF Pro plugin

     David updated 2 years, 10 months ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • David

    Member
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Sorry for my slowness, folks. I’ve read a lot about how great ACF Pro is but don’t fully understand what it does and why so many people like it. Can anyone please post links to websites using it and tell me what’s so great about it? Thanks in advance.

  • peird

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    With ACF you can add custom fields to a post, page, taxonomy, custom post types, custom taxonomies…

    Here is a basic example:

    I’d like to have a page with my employees on my business site. So for that I would make a custom post type called Employees. Then when adding an employee you only see a wysiwyg. But I would rather like more fields such as name, function, telephone number, email…

    With ACF I would be able to disable the wysiwyg in my Employees custom post type and add a field for the name, a field for the function, etc…

    ACF Pro comes with more functionality for example the Repeater field (which allows you to enter more instances of one field)

    Note: WordPress also provides a custom field functionality but compared to ACF it’s nothing

    You can see examples on their website: https://www.advancedcustomfields.com/

  • Jedediah22

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    My use case : Products review posts.

    You can add fields like device type, cpu, GPU, ram (for a computer i.e.).
    You can also add any information you want and they act like variables (like in programming).

    So within your post template (front end), you can access, display, manipulate these fields.

    What is interesting here is that you can customize those fields on writing interface so it is user friendly for you and your colleague.

  • cliffobvious

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    Mild urgency – if you get it, like it and want to move forward with it… I’ve heard they’re moving from a one off fee to a paid subscription in the new year.

    Not sure what date they’re making the switch, but the short version is, buy it sooner rather than later for a one off fee for PRO to save yourself paying a monthly fee in perpetuity!

    I use ACF on pretty much all my work, took me a little while to commit to upgrading to PRO, but I was working on a project that left me no choice but having to, and the extra features it unlocks are great.

    Definitely worth dropping the one off fee if you think you’ll develop more sites with it.

    That said, there’s still a lot you can do with it on the free version if you don’t need the upgrade features.

  • flipinshit

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    For even more options check out [https://wordpress.org/plugins/acf-extended/](https://wordpress.org/plugins/acf-extended/)

    I only discovered this this week while having used ACF for years and I feel like a whole new world opened up.

  • fezfrascati

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I help maintain a site called [Storyline Online](https://www.storylineonline.net/), and we rely on ACF for each book featured on the site. We have custom fields for the author, illustrator, publisher, YouTube embed, Vimeo embed, activity guide, grade level, reader, reader’s image, book cover, and more.

    The template for each book’s page was built in PHP, and thanks to ACF, it’s easy to add new books and fill out all the fields to get a uniform look across pages.

  • tombnguyen

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I use it for my company’s website. I wanted our company’s portfolio pages to have the same look, so they all have the same fields (i.e. Client City, Client State, Project Description, Desktop Screenshot, Tablet Screenshot, etc). [Here’s a sample client project page](https://www.mrtechnique.com/website-portfolio/mobile-safe-watch/).

    I also use it to add a custom page title and subheadline on pages. Here’s an example of [a page with a custom title and subheadline](https://www.mrtechnique.com/services/web-design-development/). The page title is actually “Web Design”, but the custom page title is “Atlanta Web Design” and the subheadline is “New Designs, Redesigns, Tweakings”.

    I’ve used ACF on the following sites as well:

    [reddawnenergy.com](https://reddawnenergy.com)

    [theenglishisland.com](https://theenglishisland.com)

    The reason I use it is so I can have any field that I want in my post types.

  • privettoha

    Guest
    January 17, 2020 at 5:30 am

    I recommend to try [autocoder](https://autocoder.io) instead of ACF, cause it’s more powerful, easy and also for free. Really highly recommend

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