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Content Type / Custom Fields PluginsAdvanced Custom Fields / ACF ProCMB2CustomPressCustom Field SuiteCustom Content Type ManagerCustom Post Type UIDeveloper's Custom FieldsEasy Custom Content TypesEasy Custom FieldsFields FrameworkField ManagerGD Custom Post and Taxonomies ToolsKickPressMasterPressMeta BoxMore FieldsMore TypesMore TaxonomiesPapiPiklistPodsSimple FieldsTypesUltimate 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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Last Updated2015-08-11Add 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 daysThese plugins are all from the same developer
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Basic Info
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Developer Confirmation that the information in this spreadsheet is correctYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesNoYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewAwaiting ReviewNoYesAwaiting ReviewNo
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Plugin TypeCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent TypesCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsCustom FieldsContent TypesContent TypesCustom "Page Types" and Custom FieldsFull framework including Content Types and Custom FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom 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)
Free$19 (standalone)
$79 monthly (all WPMU DEV plugins
FreeFreeFreeFree$30FreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$49 - $169 (Pro, Yearly)
$119 - $169 (Pro, Lifetime)
Free$99 - $399 (Yearly)FreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$16 (Full)
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Contributor Team Size11-311113121?1216???13556121
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Lead DeveloperElliot CondonJustin Sternberg (WebDevStudios)WPMU DEVMatt GibbsEverett GriffithsMichael Beckwith (WebDevStudios)Steve TaylorPippin WilliamsonThorsten OttNaif Amoodi?Milan PetrovicDavid TuftsTravis HensgenTran Ngoc Tuan Anh???Fredrik ForsmoSteve BrunerScott Kingsley ClarkPär ThernströmOnTheGoSystemsDeepak SethMadalin UngureanuDimas BegunoffNico Amarilla
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Team contributes back to WP Core (patches, unit testing)NoYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNo?YesNoNoNo???YesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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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 restrictiveYesNoYesNoYesYesN/ANoNo?N/ANoNoYes???YesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesN/A
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Implements Unit Testing for Improved StabilityNoYesNo??No???No????????YesYesYes??????
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First Release Date2011-03-252011-03-242010-11-092011-10-012010-11-272010-02-262011-07-182011-04-212010-05-022013-07-24?2010-04-052011-08-202013-01-312011-11-07???2014-12-012012-07-022008-10-082010-05-272011-08-082011-12-292013-05-012010-06-022012-10-18
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Supported WP Version3.0+3.5+3.5+3.3+3.3+3.5+3.0+3.2+2.9+3.3+?3.0+3.2+3.3+3.0+???4.0+4.0+3.4+3.3+3.1+3.0+3.5+3.0+3.3+
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Has UI to manage fields / types?YesYes, when using CMB2 Admin Extension pluginYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Recommended Skill LevelBeginnerSome PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledge?Some PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledge?Intermediate PHP knowledgeBeginner????Intermediate PHP knowledge???Intermediate PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledge?Beginner?Some PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledge?
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Project ActiveYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Content Types
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Custom Post TypesNoNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNo, but you get to define new Custom "Page Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNo
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Custom TaxonomiesNoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNo
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Override Post Types (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNo?NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Override Taxonomies (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Tables (tables as content types)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Extend WP content types with a table for custom fields
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Options / Settings PagesPro ($25)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoHobbyist version ($49)NoNo
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Custom Fields
(added to content types)
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Custom Fields for Post TypesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Custom Fields for TaxonomiesYes (saved to wp_options)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes (saved to wp_options)Yes (saved to wp_options)NoNoYesNo?NoNoNoYesYes (saved to a custom table)NoNoYesNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for MediaYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for UsersYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoYesNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for CommentsNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Meta BoxesYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
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Basic Field Types
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TextYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Number / CurrencyYesYesThrough text field with your own number validationYesThrough text field with your own number validationNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoNoNoYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesNoYesNoThrough text field with your own number validation?No
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Date / TimeYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYes?Yes
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WYSIWYGYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesNo
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File UploadYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?Yes
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RelationshipsYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo?No
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Advanced Field Types
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MapAdd-on (free)with extensionAdd-on (through the WPMUDEV Google Maps plugin)Add-on (free)NoNoYesAdd-on ($6)NoNoNoYes?NoYes?NoNoNoNoBeta (free)Add-on (free)NoNoNo?No
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Repeatable Fields (Loop)Pro ($25)YesNoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYes?YesNo?NoNoYesYes
In development (free)NoYesYesYesYesYes
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Flexible Repeatable Fields (like Loop, but can choose to add different defined sets of fields per row)Pro ($25)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesEasy to buildNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Flexible Relationships (Embedded forms for related Content Types items)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?YesNo?NoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNo?No
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Gallery (separate from WP Galleries)Pro ($25)NoNoYes - using loop fieldYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNo?NoNo?NoNoYesYes - using file fieldYes - using file fieldNoNoYesNo?No
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AutocompleteYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo?NoNo?NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo?No
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Color PickerYesYesNoYesYesNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoYesNoYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNo?No
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Slider (Number)User-built, you can get the code in the forumsNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYes?NoYes?NoNoNoEasy to buildYesNoYesNoNo?No
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Custom Field TypesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo??YesYesYes?Yes??NoNoYesYesYes?NoYesNo??
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Features
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Meta-based StorageYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Table-based StorageNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Rules-based Meta Boxes (same metaboxes and fields, across multiple content types)YesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoPartial (Shared Field Sets)No?NoNoYesYesBeta (free)NoNoNoNoNoNo
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Public Forms (add/edit)YesYesNoYes?NoNoNo?NoNo??No?No??NoYesYes?See their other plugin, CREDNoPro Version ($139)NoNo
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ShortcodeYesYes*YesYesYesNoGoogle Map shortcodeYesNoNoNoYes?NoNo?NoNoYesYesYesNoYesYesPro Version ($139)?No
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Bi-directional Relationships (save on one side, update the other side too)NoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Extra DB Tables0001 for Relationships0004 (1 for post type definitions, 1 for taxonomy definitions, 1 for meta box definitions, 1 for fields)0000?80???001 for Relationships (optional)001 for taxonomy meta000
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Multilingual / Plugin compatibility
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WPML (premium) compatibleYesUntestedYesYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntested
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Polylang (free) compatibleYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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qTranslate (free) compatibleYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedYesUntestedNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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Tabify Edit Screen (free) compatibleYesYesUntestedYesUntestedYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntestedYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesUntestedNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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Advanced Features
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WP_Query CompatibilityYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Full *_*_meta Compatibility (get, add, update, and delete for all field types)NoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??Yes, but values differ from the MP APIYes?YesYesYesYesYesYes?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)NoYes (Post Types and Taxonomies)NoYes (Post Types)NoYes (Post Types)NoNoYesYes??Yes (includes a structured object-oriented API which is consistent across these types)No?NoNon/aUse standard WordPress functions.Yes (Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, Comments, Custom Tables)NoNoNoNoNoNo
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Templates / ViewsNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNo??NoNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoSee 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)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoYes (Post Types, Taxonomies, Users, Comments, Custom Tables)NoNoNoNoNoNo
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Content Type / Custom Field registration outside of DBYes?YesYes?????YesYes???????Yes?Yes???No??
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Uses Object Caching and/or Transients for all data (beyond search, add/edit/delete queries)?YesNoYes (all DB results are cached)Yes????NoNoYes?No????YesYesYes???Yes??
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Migration
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Import / Export settings between sitesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes?YesNo???n/aAll code based, no import/export neccessaryYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
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Migration from other pluginsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNo???NoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Export to Code (for use without plugin)NoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoNo???NoAll code based, no import/export neccessaryNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Export configuration to code for use without UILite version (no admin UI) of plugin available to embed within other plugins/themesNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoNo???n/aAll code based, no import/export neccessaryBeta (free)NoNoNoNoNoNo
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Multisite
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Multisite compatibleYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYes?YesYes???YesYesYes?Yes?YesYes?
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Network-wide Content Types and/or FieldsNoNoYesNoYes, all post types are network-wide when multisite is enabled, code-level configuration required for turning on / customizing thisNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYes???YesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNo
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Network-wide ContentNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo???NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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