82: Why Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) Is Your Friend
In this episode we talk all about ACF and how it can make your Divi projects so much easier to pass off to clients.
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In this episode we talk all about ACF and how it can make your Divi project so much easier to pass off to your clients.
So advanced custom fields or ACF, as it’s known in the WordPress community is a ridiculously incredible plugin. The free version is really really good and does just about everything most people will ever needed to do. So I want you to picture this. You’re trying to train your client to update content on their Divi website. They’re trying to maneuver the Visual Builder and have to keep asking questions.
How do I change the paragraph text? How do I adjust this header? How can I change this image? Teaching someone the visual builder is a bit tough because I’m sure you’re just like me, and you didn’t hit the ground running the first time you started using it. There is a learning curve, paired that with the fact that Elegant Themes updates the theme often and learning never really stops. So this is where ACF is really, really useful. You can create field groups in ACF and assign them to certain post types. So for example, we can create text fields with name intro paragraph, and we can even create project image and assign all of that group to the project post type created by Divi. Then we can go to work, you know we build a portfolio layout. It’s beautiful, but the problem is it’s a static design. This can easily be fixed with Divi dynamic content but dynamic content in Divi is only related to post type information such as post name, category, meta, etc.
ACF and the custom field groups we created will now allow us to expand the dynamic text that can be used in a Divi layout. So you can change the text in your layout to the name we created an ACF the intro paragraph could be changed to the intro paragraph and ACF. You know if we wanted to put the featured image in the design, it can also be tied back to the image we select inside of ACF. And all of that custom data that is filled out by the client lives in the back end of the post type and it’s filled out below the Gutenberg layout.
So we can now completely hide the Divi Builder on the project post type, and assign the recently created project layout that we built to a project to all project posts inside of the theme builder. So this creates a dynamic layout with custom information that’s easily determined by the client, they can go in, they can change it, they can make it their own, without messing up the design or really having to launch the Visual Builder at all. So all they have to do is fill in the required fields on the back end. And the front end will look as we us the developers wanted it to look.
So the possibilities here, they are really, really truly endless. And if you want to see an example of this in action, take a look at our client portfolio at Keegan Lanier media.com. It will show you exactly that we fill in the name, we fill in the tagline for the client, we filled out three images that we use for the client as well and a paragraph that kind of talks about the project. All of that gets done in the backend and dropped into the design that we’ve built and assigned inside of the Theme Builder. It works well for us.
If you love what we’re doing here, head on over to the brand new Keegan Lanier media.com. We streamline menus pages and added the ability to purchase individual layouts in addition to our Divi Builder layout memberships, so take a look. Let us know if you’d love to see anything specific added to the layout options. We’re always listening. Have an amazing day, and we will see you next week on another episode of the Divi addicts podcast.