What is Custom Fields in WordPress and Where it Used?
WordPress is a blogging platform which holds the default set of fields which is used to post the content, and have designed as per the requirement of the blog post. But if we want to use WordPress as CMS (Custom Management System) sometimes we required some additional fields to make it work as ones require, which demands to add fields to each post that is demanded.
WordPress has an ability to let you build as many custom fields as you need for each post. WordPress having the post meta tables that store the meta data which you adds to the meta fields. This meta table also having the potential to store any information that wants to store. By using this custom fields and custom post you can store any of the data as well, you can search that data and display that data.
Ways to Add an Extra Custom Fields in WordPress Posts.
If you have not faced such a requirement, then you are fine with the WordPress, but what if you need it. In WordPress you can add extra fields by using below methods.
1. Using built-in WordPress Custom filled User Interface in the post editor.
Built in custom field has very simple functionality which does not require any other additional plug-ins, but with this simplified functionality you will have some constraints. This custom field UI has potential only to handle text fields which only saves strings. You can save an array as a text string, but this is not all done. For an instant if you want to add any visual content to your post like an image, video then what? What will you do if you want to add one more WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor? What if you need to add multiple videos and images to your post? Uhh!!! Well will go to next option for that.
2. Using plug-ins to add Custom Fields to WordPress.
You can find many of plugins used to add custom field to any post type. Pods, Advanced Custom Fields, Types and Custom Field Suite are some of the plug-ins which is used to build custom fields. These plugins save a lot of coding time and increase the outcome. So it would be advisable from my side to add custom fields using plugins.
3. Custom code for custom Field.
Let me clear one thing that you can use Custom field without the use of the custom field plug-in or custom field UI. That is by creating and a custom field using coding.
- 1. You can create a forum using coding and then fill the data in that forum
- 2. You can directly import the data to your database using coding.
- 3. You can import the data to your database using CSV plug-ins.
Custom field error.
The drawback of built-in custom field is that your content would not be in a search result of a WordPress search. The solution for this issue is that you have to create another search functionality that does search for your custom field in WordPress. While in custom field plug-in, you may have a search option if not then you can have another plugin like custom field search or searchWP for the search function. So it might be better to use plug-ins for the custom field.
At last, I would suggest you to figure out what custom field you will need for your CMS project and how you are going to create custom fields and how will you fill those custom fields to prevent complications in your project. I wish this article will help you to decide which custom field to select during the project.