This week, popular plugin Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), announced the release of version 6.1.
This update marks a huge win for functionality of the plugin and WordPress development as a whole.
Site developers can now register custom post types and custom taxonomies from within the plugin. Having the functionality directly within the ACF dashboard not only saves time, it cuts down on the number of plugins needed to power a site. This exciting update significantly expands the features of both the free version and ACF PRO. All users can enjoy this historic new phase of ACF.
Let’s dive into the exciting new features and see what’s next for the plugin.
Developers can often lose a lot of time switching between different plugins or command lines. By including custom post types and custom taxonomies directly within the ACF interface, users don’t have the headache of continually leaving and coming back.
This update has been a long time coming. According to the release announcement, users have been asking for this functionality for years, “Registering CPTs and taxonomies has been on our roadmap for quite some time. When Delicious Brains acquired the plugin from Elliot, the first email we sent our users was to ask them the top 3 things they wanted to see in the plugin. CPTs and taxonomies in the plugin was right up there in the top five requests.”
Eliminating plugins makes your site faster and more secure, and not having to leave the dashboard to register custom post types or taxonomies will save tons of time.
The process is incredibly quick and easy. Post types and taxonomies are right at the top, and you can register them just like you would register fields.
Take a look:
Switching between plugins or command lines can lead to confusion and even errors. Having this functionality directly in the dashboard is going to streamline the development process.
On top of CPT and taxonomies, the update comes with improved test coverage, customized field setting tabs, translations, a security fix, and more.
ACF has over 4.5 million active users and has been a pillar in the WordPress community. The plugin along with other Delicious Brains plugins were acquired by WP Engine in 2022, and since then has maintained a commitment to finding powerful ways for WordPress developers to create sites.
The release marks a new generation of ACF users. By addressing the huge pain point WordPress development will be even more efficient. Huge shout out to the developers and testers who made this release possible.
The update is live now.