A rundown of how ACF works with Gutenberg, plus a new feature that allows for easy custom block creation.
The big event is finally within sight: WordPress 5.0, featuring the new Gutenberg editor, is coming soon. And all of the emotions leading up to this release are quite unlike anything we’ve seen in the world of WordPress. Feelings are all over the spectrum, from those who are absolutely giddy with excitement to those who dread the thought of the new content editing experience. But perhaps the biggest majority of WordPress developers are simply cautious and concerned – and for good reason. Gutenberg has been controversial from the start and with the recent influx of mixed reviews, most of us are unsure if our websites will continue to work as they previously did.
Today, we’re going to try and bring you some peace of mind when it comes to using ACF with Gutenberg. While things aren’t exactly perfect just yet, we’ll show you that we are well on the way to that glorious place.
But first, let’s talk a little bit about where things stand with this new editor you may have heard about .
Gutenberg Inches Closer to Core
For months we’d heard that a future release of WordPress would feature a call for users to start testing Gutenberg, before it’s
The biggest thing here is that ACF aims to be compatible with...GUTENBERG.
2017 was an exciting year for Advanced Custom Fields, as we continued our quest of making both our free and PRO plugins better than ever. Some changes were quite noticeable, like the new fields and UI improvements introduced in ACF PRO throughout the year. Other changes were a bit more behind-the-scenes, but showed up in terms of improved performance and bug fixes. When it comes to ACF PRO, version 5.6 (released on July 25) brought major improvements to UI and UX. Whether it’s the reassurance of the confirmation tooltips included with the Repeater and Flexible Content fields, or the incredible power of adding custom fields to menus and menu items – ACF Pro has evolved by leaps and bounds.
The free version of ACF also saw some love , as it continues its march towards version 5. Early adopters can opt-in to the update right now.
And, as a special treat, I sat down with ACF founder Elliot Condon to get his take on both the year that was and the big developments on tap for 2018.
Looking back at 2017, what was your main focus in terms of ACF’s development?
Elliot Condon: Looking back, I’d like to think that 2017 was an important year for ACF. We hit a lot of milestones
Some tips on tidying up custom fields on the backend using ACF.
Utilizing custom fields is a great way to tailor your site’s content to match your exact needs. But the more fields you add, the more unwieldy the WordPress edit screen becomes. Thankfully, ACF includes several ways to help you better organize fields within WordPress. This takes away the clutter and provides a better user experience. Today, we’ll introduce you to some field types that are all about organization. Each one has special features that will help make your custom field UI look squeaky-clean and easy to navigate.
The newest addition to the ACF family (introduced in version 5.6.6), the Accordion field neatly folds all fields placed below it into a collapsible panel. Each Accordion field you introduce into your field group creates another panel. That enables you to provide some separation between different sections. Users will be able to better focus on just the fields they need at that particular moment.
This is a terrific solution for forms that contain a larger number of fields with different purposes. For example, you may want to place a Repeater field set (which we’ll discuss below) in one panel, while fields relating to a page’s header
This contains some juicy bits regarding ACF's Gutenberg compatibility. The free version WILL be compatible.
As expected, early 2018 has been a busy time here at Advanced Custom Fields. There are major enhancements coming on many fronts for both the free and PRO versions of our plugin. First off, the free version of ACF will soon see the long-anticipated upgrade to version 5, which is currently available for Early Access. Users will find a ton of improvements, including an updated UI, lots of new fields and more opportunities for customization.
And both flavors of the plugin can expect to see compatibility updates for the upcoming WordPress Gutenberg editor.
Suffice it to say that big things are in store for everyone! But to get you fully caught up on the latest developments, I asked ACF developer Elliot Condon to fill us in on the details.
ACF Free v5
One of the big developments with the of free edition of ACF is the upcoming release of version 5. What can you tell us about its status?
Elliot Condon: ACF version 5 is scheduled for release
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