In this video tutorial I take you through the integration of Advanced Custom Fields into WordPress. Advanced Custom Fields is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add custom fields to your posts & pages. This is by far the best plugin I have found to do this and it has enabled me to take my client work to the next level. With this plugin its a breeze to make a whole site customizable without it taking all day. There is although a slight learning curve. You can’t complain though because it gives you so much power to customize your themes.
ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) has over 20 field types from uploading files to date pickers. This plugin is free, but has a few paid add-ons… one of which is repeater. Repeater is amazing because it allows you to let the end user decide how many fields he wants to repeat. So for instance an agenda, or speakers for an event. These types of things are always changing and have different amounts even day to day as updates are made. Using repeater you could put that kind of control into the hands of your client and not have to worry about the length of certain fields. This is also great for slideshows so you don’t have to specify the amount of slides you should have, its flexible. Originally this functionality was baked into the main plugin files and to unlock the repeater field you would just have to input a code key, but recently due to some WordPress policy changes ACF was forced to remove this “baked in” functionality and now ACF Repeater exists as a separate plugin that needs to be installed.
So here is the tutorial video. I hope you enjoy and I welcome any feedback. FYI the first few minutes I go off on a tangent on some other minor update to the site. I originally recorded this as to just capture me working on a live site doing day to day updates but I really ended up focusing on ACF.
To download ACF go here: Advanced Custom Fields