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Content Type / Custom Fields PluginsAdvanced Custom Fields / ACF ProCarbon FieldsCMB2CustomPressCustom Field SuiteCustom Post Type UIDeveloper's Custom FieldsEasy Custom Content TypesFields FrameworkFieldmanagerGD Custom Post and Taxonomies ToolsKickPressMasterPressMeta BoxPapiPiklistPodsTypesUltimate CMSWordPress Creation Kit (WCK)WPAlchemyWP Metaboxer
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What is this?This is a comparison matrix put together by Scott Kingsley Clark and Matt Gibbs, along with plugin authors of the projects listed here and users of those projects -- to help developers and users be able to determine the differences (at a high level) between all of the different Content Type / Custom Fields plugins active out there for WordPress. If you have any corrections or requests for additional plugins / options to be compared, just send it along to our twitter accounts @scottkclark or @mgibbs189

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2017-07-17Add comments to any part of this sheet you have questions about and we'll try to get back to you with a response within a few days
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Basic InfoWARNING:
Plugin is out of date (2+ years)
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Developer Confirmation that the information in this spreadsheet is correctYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewNoYesAwaiting ReviewNo
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Plugin TypeCustom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsContent TypesCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom "Page Types" and Custom FieldsFull framework including Content Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom Fields
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CostFree (WP.org)
$25-$100 (Pro)
FreeFree$19 (standalone)
$79 monthly (all WPMU DEV plugins
FreeFreeFree$30FreeFreeFree (Lite)
$49 - $169 (Pro, Yearly)
$119 - $169 (Pro, Lifetime)
Free$99 - $399 (Yearly)FreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$16 (Full)
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Contributor Team Size15+1-3111311212132366121
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Lead DeveloperElliot CondonhtmlBurgerJustin Sternberg (WebDevStudios)WPMU DEVMatt GibbsMichael Beckwith (WebDevStudios)Steve TaylorThemeIsle
(original: Pippin Williamson)
Naif AmoodiAlley InteractiveMilan PetrovicDavid TuftsTravis HensgenTran Ngoc Tuan AnhFredrik ForsmoSteve BrunerScott Kingsley Clark
(original: Matt Gibbs)
OnTheGoSystemsDeepak SethMadalin UngureanuDimas BegunoffNico Amarilla
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Team contributes back to WP Core (patches, unit testing)NoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Additional GitHub Collaboration (public GitHub repo for people to help dev the project)Yes, but free version and pro version are separate codebases with different features, so still restrictiveYesYesNoYesYesYesN/ANoYesN/ANoNoYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesN/A
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Implements Unit Testing for Improved StabilityNoNoYesNoNoNo??NoYes????YesYesYesNo????
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First Release Date2011-03-252016-02-052011-03-242010-11-092011-10-012010-02-262011-07-182011-04-212013-07-242012-10-252010-04-052011-08-202013-01-312010-04-262014-12-012012-07-022008-10-082011-08-082011-12-292013-05-012010-06-022012-10-18
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Supported WP Version3.0+4.0+3.5+3.5+3.3+3.5+3.0+3.2+3.3+4.3+3.0+3.2+3.3+3.0+4.0+4.0+3.4+3.1+3.0+3.5+3.0+3.3+
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Has UI to manage fields / types?YesNoYes, when using CMB2 Admin Extension pluginYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYes, via extensionsNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Recommended Skill LevelBeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledge?BeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledge???Some PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledgeBeginner?Some PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledge?
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Project ActiveYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Content Types
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Custom Post TypesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYes, via extensionNo, but you get to define new Custom "Page Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
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Custom TaxonomiesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesNoYesYes, via extensionNo, but you get to define new Custom "Taxonomy Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
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Override Post Types (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYes (labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Override Taxonomies (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYes (labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Tables (tables as content types)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Extend WP content types with a table for custom fields
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Options / Settings PagesPro ($25)YesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYes, via extensionYesYesYesNoNoHobbyist version ($49)NoNo
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Custom Fields
(added to content types)
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Custom Fields for Post TypesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Custom Fields for TaxonomiesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYes (saved to wp_options)YesNoNoYesYes, via extensionYesYesYesNoYesNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for MediaYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for UsersYesYesYesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesYes, via extensionNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for CommentsNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Meta BoxesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYes, via codeYesNoYesYesYes
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Basic Field Types
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TextYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Number / CurrencyYesYesYesThrough text field with your own number validationYesNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoNoYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesNoThrough text field with your own number validation?No
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Date / TimeYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes?Yes
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WYSIWYGYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
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File UploadYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?Yes
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RelationshipsYesYesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo?No
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Advanced Field Types
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MapAdd-on (free)Yeswith extensionAdd-on (through the WPMUDEV Google Maps plugin)Add-on (free)NoYesAdd-on ($6)NoNoYes?NoYesNoNoIn development (free)YesNoNo?No
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Repeatable Fields (Loop)Pro ($25)YesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYes?YesYes, via extensionYesYes
In development (free)YesYesYesYesYes
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Flexible Repeatable Fields (like Loop, but can choose to add different defined sets of fields per row)Pro ($25)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionYesEasy to buildIn development (free)NoNoNoNoNo
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Flexible Relationships (Embedded forms for related Content Types items)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?YesNoNoYesYes (2.7)YesNoNo?No
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GalleryPro ($25)NoNoNoYes - using loop fieldNoNoNoYesNoNo?NoYesYesYes - using file fieldYes - using file fieldNoYesNo?No
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AutocompleteYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNo?NoYesNoNoYesNoNoNo?No
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Color PickerYesYesYesNoYesNoNoAdd-on ($6)YesNoYes?YesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo?No
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Slider (Number)User-built, you can get the code in the forumsYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes?NoYesNoEasy to buildYesYesNoNo?No
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Custom Field TypesYesNoYesYesYesNoNo?YesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesNoYesNo??
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Features
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Meta-based StorageYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Table-based StorageNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Rules-based Meta Boxes (same metaboxes and fields, across multiple content types)YesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNoNoYesNoPartial (Shared Field Sets)Yes, via extensionYesYesIn development (free)NoNoNoNoNo
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Public Forms (add/edit)YesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNo??NoYes, via extensionNoYesYesSee their other plugin, CREDNoPro Version ($139)NoNo
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ShortcodeYesNoYes*YesYesNoGoogle Map shortcodeYesNoNoYes?NoYesYesYesYesYesYesPro Version ($139)?No
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Bi-directional Relationships (save on one side, update the other side too)NoNoNoNoNo, but there is data function to workaround thisNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Content Types registered to REST API????No????No???Yes, via extension??Yes?????
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Fields registered to REST API????No????No???Yes, via extensionYes?Yes?????
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Extra DB Tables00001 for Relationships004 (1 for post type definitions, 1 for taxonomy definitions, 1 for meta box definitions, 1 for fields)000?80001 for Relationships (optional)01 for taxonomy meta000
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Conditional LogicYesYes??Yes, for meta boxes; No, for custom fields????Yes???Yes, via extensionYes?Yes, but no docs and not available through UI to define?????
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Multilingual / Plugin compatibility
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WPML (premium) compatibleYesYesUntestedYesYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoYesNoYesYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntested
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Polylang (free) compatibleYesYesUntestedUntestedYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoYesYes, with additional compatibility codeYesYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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qTranslate (free) compatibleYesYesUntestedUntestedYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedNoYesNoYesYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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Tabify Edit Screen (free) compatibleYesNoYesUntestedYesYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedYesUntestedUntestedYesNoYesYesNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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Advanced Features
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WP_Query CompatibilityYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Full *_*_meta Compatibility (get, add, update, and delete for all field types)NoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes??Yes, but values differ from the MP APIYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYes
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Unified Theming (you can use the same functions to access fields on Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, and/or Comments)Yes (Post Types, Taxonomies, Users)NoNoYes (Post Types and Taxonomies)NoNoYes (Post Types)NoYesYes??Yes (includes a structured object-oriented API which is consistent across these types)YesNoUse standard WordPress functions.Yes (Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, Comments, Custom Tables)NoNoNoNoNo
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Templates / ViewsNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNo??NoNoYes, you can choose which page template to use for each post typeYesYesSee their full offering: ToolsetArchive CustomizationNoNoNo
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Customizeable Management UI (for custom manage screens and forms apart from defaults used by plugin/WP)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoNoYes (Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, Comments, Custom Tables)NoNoNoNoNo
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Content Type / Custom Field registration outside of DBYesYes?YesYes???YesYes????Yes?Yes??No??
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Uses Object Caching and/or Transients for all data (beyond search, add/edit/delete queries)?NoYesNoYes (all DB results are cached)???NoNoYes?No?YesYesYes??Yes??
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Migration
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Import / Export settings between sitesYesAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYes?YesAll code based, no import/export necessaryYesAll code based, no import/export neccessaryYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Migration from other pluginsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Export to Code (for use without plugin)NoAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryYesNoYesNoYesNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export neccessaryNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Export configuration to code for use without UILite version (no admin UI) of plugin available to embed within other plugins/themesAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryYesNoYesNoYesNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export neccessaryIn development (free)NoNoNoNoNo
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Multisite
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Multisite compatibleYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYes?YesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes?
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Network-wide Content Types and/or FieldsNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
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Network-wide ContentNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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