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Content Type / Custom Fields PluginsAdvanced Custom Fields / ACF ProCarbon FieldsCMB2CustomPressCustom Field SuiteCustom Content Type ManagerCustom Post Type UIDeveloper's Custom FieldsEasy Custom Content TypesEasy Custom FieldsFields FrameworkFieldmanagerGD Custom Post and Taxonomies ToolsKickPressMasterPressMeta BoxMore FieldsMore TypesMore TaxonomiesPapiPiklistPodsTypesUltimate 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 Updated2016-07-16Add 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 correctYesYesYesYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesNoYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewYesYesNoNoNoYesYesYesAwaiting ReviewNoYesAwaiting ReviewNo
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Plugin TypeCustom FieldsCustom 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 FieldsContent Types and Custom FieldsCustom FieldsContent TypesContent TypesCustom "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
FreeFreeFreeFree$30FreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$49 - $169 (Pro, Yearly)
$119 - $169 (Pro, Lifetime)
Free$99 - $399 (Yearly)FreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree (Lite)
$16 (Full)
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Contributor Team Size15+1-31111312121213???1366121
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Lead DeveloperElliot CondonhtmlBurgerJustin Sternberg (WebDevStudios)WPMU DEVMatt GibbsEverett GriffithsMichael Beckwith (WebDevStudios)Steve TaylorThemeIsle
(original: Pippin Williamson)
Thorsten OttNaif AmoodiAlley InteractiveMilan PetrovicDavid TuftsTravis HensgenTran Ngoc Tuan Anh???Fredrik 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)NoYesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoNoYes???YesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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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 restrictiveYesYesNoYesNoYesYesN/ANoNoYesN/ANoNoYes???YesNoYesNoYesYesYesN/A
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Implements Unit Testing for Improved StabilityNoNoYesNoNo?No???NoYes???????YesYesYesNo????
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First Release Date2011-03-252016-02-052011-03-242010-11-092011-10-012010-11-272010-02-262011-07-182011-04-212010-05-022013-07-242012-10-252010-04-052011-08-202013-01-312011-11-07???2014-12-012012-07-022008-10-082011-08-082011-12-292013-05-012010-06-022012-10-18
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Supported WP Version3.0+4.0+3.5+3.5+3.3+3.3+3.5+3.0+3.2+2.9+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 pluginYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYes, via extensionsYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesNoYes
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Recommended Skill LevelBeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledge?Some PHP knowledgeIntermediate PHP knowledge?Intermediate PHP knowledgeBeginnerIntermediate PHP knowledge???Some PHP knowledge???Intermediate PHP knowledgeBeginnerSome PHP knowledgeBeginner?Some PHP knowledgeSome PHP knowledge?
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Project ActiveYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Content Types
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Custom Post TypesNoNoNoYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYes, via extensionNoYesNoNo, but you get to define new Custom "Page Types" which get their own fieldsYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
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Custom TaxonomiesNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesNoYesYes, via extensionNoNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
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Override Post Types (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNo?NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Override Taxonomies (args/labels)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Tables (tables as content types)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Extend WP content types with a table for custom fields
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Options / Settings PagesPro ($25)YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYes, via extensionNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoHobbyist version ($49)NoNo
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Custom Fields
(added to content types)
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Custom Fields for Post TypesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Custom Fields for TaxonomiesYes (saved to wp_options)YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes (saved to wp_options)Yes (saved to wp_options)NoNoYesYes, via extension?NoNoNoYesYes (saved to a custom table)NoYesNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for MediaYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNoYesYes?NoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for UsersYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoYesNo?NoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Custom Fields for CommentsNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Custom Meta BoxesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYes
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Basic Field Types
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TextYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Number / CurrencyYesYesYesThrough text field with your own number validationYesThrough text field with your own number validationNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoNoNoYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoThrough text field with your own number validation?No
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Date / TimeYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoYes?Yes
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WYSIWYGYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
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File UploadYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes?Yes
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RelationshipsYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesNoNoYesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoNo?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)NoNoYesAdd-on ($6)NoNoNoYes?NoYes?NoNoNoNoBeta (free)YesNoNo?No
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Repeatable Fields (Loop)Pro ($25)YesYesNoYesYesNoNoYesNoYesYesYes?YesYes, via extension?NoNoYesYes
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)YesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYes, via extensionNoNoNoYesEasy to buildNoNoNoNoNoNo
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Flexible Relationships (Embedded forms for related Content Types items)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?YesNo?NoNoNoYesNoYesNoNo?No
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Gallery (separate from WP Galleries)Pro ($25)NoNoNoYes - using loop fieldYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNo?NoNo?NoNoYesYes - using file fieldYes - using file fieldNoYesNo?No
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AutocompleteYesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNo?NoYes?NoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo?No
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Color PickerYesYesYesNoYesYesNoNoAdd-on ($6)NoYesNoYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesNoNo?No
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Slider (Number)User-built, you can get the code in the forumsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoYes?NoYes?NoNoNoEasy to buildYesYesNoNo?No
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Custom Field TypesYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNo??YesYesYes?YesYes?NoNoYesYesYesNoYesNo??
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Features
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Meta-based StorageYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
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Table-based StorageNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Rules-based Meta Boxes (same metaboxes and fields, across multiple content types)YesNoYesNoYesNoNoYesYesNoNoNoYesNoPartial (Shared Field Sets)No?NoNoYesYesBeta (free)NoNoNoNoNo
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Public Forms (add/edit)YesNoYesNoYes?NoNoNo?NoNo??No?No??NoYesYesSee their other plugin, CREDNoPro Version ($139)NoNo
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ShortcodeYesNoYes*YesYesYesNoGoogle Map shortcodeYesNoNoNoYes?NoYes?NoNoYesYesYesYesYesPro 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 thisNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNo?NoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Content Types registered to REST API????No??????No?????????Yes?????
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Fields registered to REST API????No??????No?????????Yes?????
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Extra DB Tables00001 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)01 for taxonomy meta000
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Conditional LogicYesYes??Yes, for meta boxes; No, for custom fields??????Yes???Yes, via extension?????Yes, but no docs and not available through UI to define?????
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Multilingual / Plugin compatibility
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WPML (premium) compatibleYesYesUntestedYesYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoYesUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesYesUntestedYesUntestedUntested
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Polylang (free) compatibleYesYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedTesting in progressUntestedNoYesUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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qTranslate (free) compatibleYesYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedYesUntestedNoYesUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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Tabify Edit Screen (free) compatibleYesNoYesUntestedYesUntestedYesYesUntestedUntestedUntestedUntestedYesUntestedUntestedYesUntestedUntestedUntestedNoYesYesNoUntestedUntestedUntestedUntested
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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)NoNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes??Yes, but values differ from the MP APIYes?YesYesYesYesYes?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)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)NoNoNoNoNo
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Templates / ViewsNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesNoNoNo??NoNo?NoNoNoYesYesSee 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)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNoNoNoYes (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)Yes????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 necessaryYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes?YesYes, via extension???n/aAll code based, no import/export neccessaryYesYesNoNoNoNo
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Migration from other pluginsYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo?NoNo???NoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
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Export to Code (for use without plugin)NoAll code based, no import/export necessaryAll code based, no import/export necessaryYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoNo???NoAll 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 necessaryYesNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoFor Post Types and Taxonomies (not fields)?NoNo???n/aAll code based, no import/export neccessaryBeta (free)NoNoNoNoNo
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Multisite
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Multisite compatibleYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYesYesYes?YesYes???YesYesYesYes?YesYes?
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Network-wide Content Types and/or FieldsNoNoNoYesNoYes, all post types are network-wide when multisite is enabled, code-level configuration required for turning on / customizing thisNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoYesYes???YesYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
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Network-wide ContentNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo???NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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