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A WordPress case study
WordPress North East
May 2020
Virtual Event @PeacockCarter
Think about a typical web
page
What content fields does it
support?
A typical web page in
WordPress
- A heading / title
- A featured image
- Some content
What if you wanted more
types of content in a page?
How would you add these?
Would they be editable?
You could use…
- A custom page template
- Widget Context plugin
- Page builder theme
- Advanced Custom Fields
- Custom Pos...
Advanced Custom Fields
@PeacockCarter
Advanced Custom Fields plugin
- Allows you to add custom
content fields
- Free & “Pro” versions
advancedcustomfields.com
You can add custom fields…
…per page, post, page
template, post status, user, …
A custom field can be…
- Text
- WYSIWYG
- Page links
- Images
- URLs
- Google Maps
ACF Pro version has:
- Page building tools
- Repeater field
ACF vs Custom Post Types
@PeacockCarter
Custom Post Types
- Allow you to create a
structured type of page with
different fields for data
Custom Post Types
- Can be added via plugin or in
a theme’s function.php file
ACF vs CPT
Advantages Disadvantages
Advanced Custom Fields • Great for “one off” fields
• Good for lists within a page
• E...
Demo time!
(What could possibly go wrong?)
@PeacockCarter
Questions?
@PeacockCarter
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Slides from our talk at WordPress North East's virtual meet in May 2020. We talk through the options to adding custom fields to your WordPress website, and focus on the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin, comparing it to Custom Post Types (CPTs).

The majority of this talk was a live demonstration of ACF in action, which is not included in these slides.

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A WordPress website case study - Advanced Custom Fields

  1. 1. A WordPress case study WordPress North East May 2020 Virtual Event @PeacockCarter
  2. 2. Think about a typical web page What content fields does it support?
  3. 3. A typical web page in WordPress - A heading / title - A featured image - Some content
  4. 4. What if you wanted more types of content in a page?
  5. 5. How would you add these? Would they be editable?
  6. 6. You could use… - A custom page template - Widget Context plugin - Page builder theme - Advanced Custom Fields - Custom Post Types (CPTs)
  7. 7. Advanced Custom Fields @PeacockCarter
  8. 8. Advanced Custom Fields plugin - Allows you to add custom content fields - Free & “Pro” versions advancedcustomfields.com
  9. 9. You can add custom fields… …per page, post, page template, post status, user, …
  10. 10. A custom field can be… - Text - WYSIWYG - Page links - Images - URLs - Google Maps
  11. 11. ACF Pro version has: - Page building tools - Repeater field
  12. 12. ACF vs Custom Post Types @PeacockCarter
  13. 13. Custom Post Types - Allow you to create a structured type of page with different fields for data
  14. 14. Custom Post Types - Can be added via plugin or in a theme’s function.php file
  15. 15. ACF vs CPT Advantages Disadvantages Advanced Custom Fields • Great for “one off” fields • Good for lists within a page • Easy to reorder content • Yet another plugin! • Not great for filtering fields • Not designed for large amounts of data – gets slow! Custom Post Types • Ideal for content displaying in more than one place in your website • Allows grouping of similar content • Filterable • Bit more involved code-wise
  16. 16. Demo time! (What could possibly go wrong?) @PeacockCarter
  17. 17. Questions? @PeacockCarter
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    May. 14, 2020

Slides from our talk at WordPress North East's virtual meet in May 2020. We talk through the options to adding custom fields to your WordPress website, and focus on the Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) plugin, comparing it to Custom Post Types (CPTs). The majority of this talk was a live demonstration of ACF in action, which is not included in these slides.

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