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  1. gleenk
    gleenk August 6, 2013 at 17:35 | | Reply

    Advanced Custom Fields wins over all plugins! The best ever!

  2. Sridhar Katakam (@srikat)
    Sridhar Katakam (@srikat) August 6, 2013 at 17:49 | | Reply

    I thought Repeater fields is a paid add-on with ACF (at least it was when I last checked)? It’s free with Types. I’ve been using Types recently and it works fine. And with Views, displaying WP values and custom fields is pretty easy.

    1. jasonjason
      jasonjason August 6, 2013 at 22:33 | | Reply

      Views is not free though. So either way you’re going to pay for some functionality for either package (if you need that functionality)

      1. darrylschmidt
        darrylschmidt September 6, 2013 at 09:46 | | Reply

        Yes, Views is not free, but the alternative companion solution for ACF does not exist.
        The comparison between individual plugins should be between Types and ACF.
        When you actually start creating a site, Types has a set of companion plugins (not free) that will save you time and money.

    2. Adrian
      Adrian August 8, 2013 at 16:09 | | Reply

      Hi Sridhar,

      You may want to look into WCK as well: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wck-custom-fields-and-custom-post-types-creator/

      All WCK metaboxes are actually repeater fields, making it really simple to to add repeating fields that are tied to particular page, post or custom post type.

  3. Gert-Jan Bark
    Gert-Jan Bark August 6, 2013 at 18:17 | | Reply

    Another alternative is to use the opensource Cuztom project at https://github.com/Gizburdt/Wordpress-Cuztom-Helper

  4. Grant Palin
    Grant Palin August 6, 2013 at 19:02 | | Reply

    The Pods framework makes creating custom types and taxonomies dead easy. It also allows extending existing types, and can add fields to standard and custom types.

    1. Mohsin
      Mohsin August 6, 2013 at 19:11 | | Reply

      +1 on Pods framework. I read yesterday on WPTavern that Matt Mullenweg is now sponsoring the plugin.

  5. Scott Pelland
    Scott Pelland August 7, 2013 at 07:17 | | Reply

    I stopped using Types after repeatedly finding that the plugin loses settings after updating. Fields assigned to a particular taxonomy would be reassigned. The last time this occurred was for a version of Types from early 2013, so the authors may have corrected the flaw by now.

    1. Amir Helzer
      Amir Helzer August 7, 2013 at 11:03 | | Reply

      Hi Scott,

      Obviously, this shouldn’t happen and we’re not seeing reports about it in our forum. We’re 7 months after the beginning of 2013, so some things have changed.

      Anyway, if you use Types again and see a similar problem, let us know in our forum.

    2. Marcel
      Marcel August 8, 2013 at 16:42 | | Reply

      Hey Scott, I was one of the persons who had reported this bug some time back. A patch was released after two weeks to fix the issue and with Types 1.3.1 it was permanently fixed. Hope this helps.

  6. Bogdan
    Bogdan August 7, 2013 at 17:21 | | Reply

    I can only recommend Advanced Custom Fields, it works like a charm and makes developing with flexible / custom field easy and beautiful.

    My recommendations for the list:

    – Pod Framework:

    – CustomPress:

    – MasterPress:

  7. Marcel
    Marcel August 8, 2013 at 16:50 | | Reply

    I have to say I never used Advanced Custom Fields, but I am an extremely happy customer of toolset. It was Jean himself who introduced me to them back last February when he and his girlfriend came to stay with us here in Thailand. Since then I have never looked back. Not only is toolset an absolutely astounding tool to have (I can hardly call it a plugin as its so much more) but just describing their support as ‘fantastic’ does not do them justice – their support, and specifically Emerson and Cardidaz is the best I have ever seen in my 12 years of working on web development. Thanks to toolset and the support provided I keep reducing the number of plugins I need to use because I can do it better with toolset. Simply fantastic guys. I am a BIG FAN

    1. Eyal Kaufman
      Eyal Kaufman August 8, 2013 at 18:09 | | Reply

      My name is Eyal and I am the CEO of OnTheGo Systems the makers of Toolset. I want to thank you very much for your wonderful testimonial.
      It touched the heart of all of us here.
      We will do our best to further improve Toolsets plugins (stay tuned for the next version of Views).



  8. pabloluisreypablo rey
    pabloluisreypablo rey August 8, 2013 at 22:16 | | Reply

    toolset is a great set of plugins, or may I say framework… or CMS!

    Seriously is great and is developing really fast.

    Didn’t tested the toolset using another CPT plugin…

    I must say that masterpress seems amazing… but the heart, muscle and soul of toolset is views.

  9. Rafael Ehlers
    Rafael Ehlers August 9, 2013 at 01:22 | | Reply
    1. Bogdan
      Bogdan August 9, 2013 at 14:21 | | Reply

      Impressive spreadsheet and very helpfull, thanks!

    2. Brenda
      Brenda June 5, 2016 at 10:08 | | Reply

      IMMENSELY helpful spreadsheet. THANK YOU.

  10. Dave Clements
    Dave Clements September 6, 2013 at 05:47 | | Reply

    While its not technically a plugin, Custom Meta Boxes and Fields deserves a mention: https://github.com/jaredatch/Custom-Metaboxes-and-Fields-for-WordPress. I use it very regularly

  11. miyarakira
    miyarakira October 1, 2013 at 03:59 | | Reply

    I’m currently at work on a small plugin that simplifies the display of custom post types and fields. It’s called Custom Content Shortcode: http://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-content-shortcode/.

    One shortcode displays content or fields from any post type, and another one performs query loops. Together, they can be used in a similar way to Views, to create layout templates.

    I find that Custom Posts UI and Advanced Custom Fields work together nicely, and for arranging the admin menus for created post types, Admin Menu Editor is very useful.

  12. Neil Link
    Neil Link October 23, 2013 at 04:45 | | Reply

    Pods should definitely be on there! Id also add Piklist too. Here is a great comparison chart http://comparewp.org/cck/

  13. The Design Creative (@tdesigncreative)

    Surprised More Types, More Taxonomies and More Fields have not been mentioned on here. They are free and simple to use.

  14. pabloluisrey
    pabloluisrey November 22, 2013 at 05:32 | | Reply

    now they were! thanks.

  15. Miles Gilmour
    Miles Gilmour January 27, 2014 at 13:01 | | Reply

    It’s great to have options, but Advanced Custom Fields gets my vote – the product is superb, and the latest version includes many useful new features like the map field being part of the standard package (not an add on).

    The support from Elliot is also great – I would pay for it if I had to, an amazing product and level of support.

  16. Jason
    Jason March 13, 2014 at 14:28 | | Reply

    Hey, I’m a complete php and wordpress newbie and I’m trying to call a custom field on my post by adding this ID, ‘dpta_discounttype’, true); ?> to display a value on my WP product post and its just showing up as text.

    I did not at anything to function.php, I only added that line of code to the post content.

    How can I display the field on the UI? Thank you so much.

  17. h3sands
    h3sands May 13, 2014 at 16:24 | | Reply

    If you’re a developer, Advanced Custom Fields is an outstanding tool. Great UI, powerful API, lot of fields, great support, …

  18. tkdas
    tkdas January 21, 2015 at 10:20 | | Reply

    Custompress is great as that is the ony that works with multisite

  19. Rilwis
    Rilwis January 21, 2016 at 09:00 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    This is an old post but I just want to add Meta Box to the list. It’s the best custom fields plugin for developers 🙂

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