Along with custom post-types, custom fields are an incredibly useful tool for WordPress development. They work exactly like they sound. Custom fields allow users to create custom editable regions for posts, pages, custom post-types and/or all of the above. For example, one could create a custom field that applies only to posts. Alternatively, one could also create a custom field that applies to posts and pages.

Let’s say one had a client that wished to associate and featured quote with some of their blog posts. A developer could create and title a custom field, “Featured Quote,” and associate the field with all posts. Therefore, anytime the user creates a blog post, an optional field would exist to enter in quote content. If a value is entered, the content can then be called anywhere on the site by simply inserting a simple script into the desired WordPress template.

Here are some of the benefits of using custom fields:

  • Simplified content entry
  • Can be called (displayed) anywhere on the WordPress site
  • Can be mandatory; meaning one HAS to enter in a value to create/update a post, page, or custom post-type
  • Media can be easily inserted
  • Can be easily created using a plugin

Some important notes:

  • Should be used inside the Loop
  • Not intended for e-commerce (i.e. associating a custom field of “Price” with a custom post-type of “Product.”
  • Can also be created by hardcoding script into a theme’s function file

Here is the custom fields plugin I recommend.

Find out more about custom fields here.

 

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